“I’m a professional triathlete. I’ve been competing as a professional since 2002. I live in Austin, TX. Gosh, I’ve done everything here in the triathlon realm from starting with the ITU with the draft league back in 2002. Flown to the Olympic center in Colorado Springs then did that for awhile. In 2006 my husband and I moved here to Austin and that’s where I started doing non-drafting and non-drafting gradually gravitated into Ironman racing. So that’s what I have been doing the past 5 years. I guess some of my biggest achievements have been way back in 2002 the American Champion ITU and that was my rookie year racing. Qualified for the World Championships that year so that was kind of a big year. Then I had lots of bumps along the way including a broken arm and just kind of getting my feet wet with all that. Flash forward to 2010 or so when I did my first Ironman and got 3rd which qualified me for Kona so that’s when kind of my Ironman racing kicked off. Since then the biggest things I have done are Ironman, Half Ironman distance champion, various Rev3 and 70.3 races and such. Then most recently last year at Ironman TX, I won that at 8.54 so that was definitely a big Personal Record for me. Currently, focusing on mostly 70.3 in Ironman.”
Describe a typical day in the life of Kelly Williamson:
“It’s funny you ask because just yesterday I was thinking about training and I thought to myself on average most days I would say I train approximately 4 hours. I don’t usually do it all in one clump. I usually get up drink coffee do my morning workout, you know swim, bike or run. Eat breakfast usually head out mid-morning for my 2nd workout and most days I’d say its two whole solid workouts. I’m not really one that does swim, bike and run every single day.”
How did you approach recovery prior to discovering RecoveryPump?
“So I’ve actually been with RecoveryPump for about 4 years now. So actually it’s almost harder to remember what I did prior to that but before I think it was just the basics of rolling your legs out, ice baths and stretching. Probably just laying down and elevating my legs a little bit. You know nothing really magic. I didn’t have another system before this so you know I kind of started with RecoveryPump as my first compression device. You know maybe compression socks before that but again nothing quite as robust as what I’ve been able to use with this and ironically I also started with you guys about the time I started doing Ironman so right when the training load volume really started to go up I also had the advantage of having this system.”
How do you use RecoveryPump?
“So on a regular week basis with regular training load, I would say my training is structured usually so hard days are hard and easy days are easy so usually those hard days entail a hard bike or run in the morning and a hard bike or run in the evening. So typically I’ll go out ride in the morning and sit in the boots, come home have lunch sit in the boots and usually I’ll do that about an hour or so. Usually a little higher pressure when my legs are really sore and fatigue. So probably like what used to be 80 and now I would say 90/95 maybe even a 100 pressure after a really hard session like that. I like the 60 minute time frame because I feel like its long enough and it’s effective. It flushes my legs very well but it doesn’t make me feel sluggish by sitting in them too long. Simply just by moving and then after the other really hard session in the evening I don’t always get up in the boots after that 2nd session because it might be dinner time and shower and do all that stuff and I’m kind of running around a little bit too much but then I figure if I’m going to be laying down sleeping soon thereafter at least I’ll be there elevating my legs. In terms of other work outs, I would say the other main time I make sure I have them is after the really big sessions. On the weekends I typically have a 5 to 6 hour bike ride usually it’s a bike and a run so I’m looking at like 6 to 7 hours of training, so I’ll get in them after that at a high pressure and for 45 up to an hour, hour and a half depending on how tired I am. The other way I use them is sometimes I use them before a race or before a morning workout. So Ill wake up and I might just sit in them for 20 minutes at a slightly lower pressure of 70 to 80. Typically I try to take them to all my big races and if I’m driving they will always go with me but when I fly I try to carry them on as often as I can.”
What is it like to travel with your RecoveryPump?
“Super simple! I have a bag that actually my sister bought me and it’s just kind of like a shoulder bag and they actually fit perfectly in it. Pretty compact, I mean I could probably break the whole system down and have it in the bag in less than 5 minutes. So you can break it down super quick and it’s really small which is really nice. I can just throw it over my shoulder and the nice thing about the new system to is that it’s a little lighter and it might not be much but when you carry it on your shoulder for a trip you definitely notice. In terms of security and such, I have never had any issues. Frequently it just stays in the bag the whole way through. I would say maybe half the time they might take it out and look at it but I’ve never had any issues with it.”
How do you like using the battery powered RPX?
“It’s funny, at first I always had to make sure I had an outlet and then I realized and kept forgetting I didn’t have too! So for the most part I use it without being plugged in. Once it starts to get to the bottom of the battery, I’ll plug it in and let it charge or use it a little bit plugged in but it is huge to know that you don’t have to be attached to somewhere within reach of an outlet.”
Would you recommend RecoveryPump to other athletes?
“Yes, of course, I mean I coach a handful of athletes so I’ve told my athletes about it. I’ve had some try out mine. That’s always a good way to get people hooked on them. Simply because the way I see it, we put so much time and energy and money and effort into the training we do. Yes, everything costs money in triathlons. It’s not an inexpensive sport but this the way it comes back to you is so monumental because you know you can get a system and for the price you would pay for how many massages? Say 10 massages and you could use this all the time, every day. So to me it makes total sense. I think it just really allows you to train just as hard or harder and recover better. What I have found the most helpful with using the RecoveryPump is to really come back to that second session of the day and really hit it a lot more effectively. So of course I would recommend it and I’ve seen some neat cross overs to. To where I know a handful of people who have MS and I’ve seen some of them use it and see like my aunt who can’t use her legs a lot but she’s able to but the boots on at a very low pressure and get a little bit of energy in her legs that she can’t get otherwise. So it’s pretty neat to see it not only affect athletes but also for people in her situation also.”
- Kelly Williamson, Professional Triathlete and Ironman Champion