Kris Messner

TriDot Ambassador

Race Distances

Sprint, Olympic, Half

Performance Level


I was dared to do my first sprint triathlon by a friend in 2011. She injured herself prior to the race, so I showed up alone and really nervous. I was immediately embraced (literally) by several other women in my swim wave who recognized my fearful, deer-in-the-headlights look and took me under their wings until we were in the water. I finished the race and I was sure I was going to do more after that. Before then, I could swim well enough to survive (not fast, but steady) and while I had never raced on a bike, I was regularly doing long rides including several centuries per year. But I had never run a 5K before my first tri. I followed a couch-to-5K plan to gain confidence in the run, and I did a total of 30 races over the next 5 years, gradually working my way up to longer distances. But still I feared signing up for a half or full because of the run requirement. When I decided to try my first half iron distance last year, I knew I needed to have a disciplined approach to training, especially for the run segment. Being a bit of a data geek, I was attracted to TriDot for their data-driven, highly individualized approach to training. I finished 4th in my age group at my first Ironman 70.3 last year and I attribute my success to trusting and following the TriDot program! This year I plan to do at least one more 70.3, several smaller races, and my first-ever marathon. Then in 2020 I want to do my first full distance triathlon. I know TriDot (and my tri club, West Chester Women's MultiSport) will be there with me for the distance. Pun entirely intended!

Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance- David Mamet