Member Spotlight: Kristine Mylls

When NTC member Kristine Mylls isn’t working as the marketing manager for J. Alexander’s Restaurants here in Nashville, she’s working in-stadium production for the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators, singing jazz and training for half-marathons and triathlons.

Kristine has been cycling her entire life. It’s in her blood. After moving from Arizona, where her brother was racing BMX bikes, to Northern Virginia, her father started a BMX racetrack after realizing that there wasn’t one available in that area. Kristine’s father himself raced bikes as a teen well into his thirties and retired for forty years before coming out of retirement at the ripe old age of 75. His story is an example we should all aspire to! After the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) created a 75 and over division, he began traveling the country to race and in 2010 traveled to Portugal for the World Championships.

At age ten, Kristine also began racing BMX bikes and competed until high school, when, at that time, cheerleading and karate became her focus. Can you say black belt? Yes, she got one.

Fast forward to 2009 when Kristine started running as a way to keep up with college friends who had scattered across the country post-graduation. Fitness has become a way for she and her friends to stay connected. The group tries to run at least one-half-marathon a year together. In 2010 she competed in her first triathlon, the Cedars of Lebanon Triathlon, and was hooked. What would anyone do after their very first triathlon? Sign up for the 2011 Augusta Half-Ironman, of course! A bout of heat-sickness during the race made for what she calls “the hardest race experience” of her life, but 2012 was a good year. In October, Kristine headed down to Augusta for her second Half-Ironman. Her results:

Swim: 29:29

Bike: 2:58:06

Run: 2:20:48 

Way to go, Kristine!

Click here to read the full Augusta recap on Kristine’s blog, Mylls To Go.

She credits her year full of PR’s to being more experienced and having Coaches Andrew and Jessica from Nashville’s FTP Coaching in her corner.

“I have a lot of self-discipline and will workout on my own, but I push myself more when training with a group. I’ll also be more likely to get my butt to the pool at 6 am on a cold January morning if I know FTP is going to be there. Plus, I like the team comradery at races. It’s really motivating. Coaches Andrew and Jessica are great, and I can’t say enough about the people I train with. Very supportive and I’ve learned a lot from them.”

What does 2013 hold? Kristsine is still planning her race calendar, but on the books so far are the NOLA Half-Marathon, the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon, the Hatfield-McCoy Half-Marathon, REV3 Olympic Tri in Knoxville, Mach Tenn and the Music City Triathlon.

If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration and want to keep up with Kristine’s training progress, make sure to check out her blog, Mylls To Go.

 

 

Photos Courtesy of Kristine Mylls