FLO Factory Team

Cody Kalinowski

Lancaster, Pennsylvania | n/a

Primary Discipline(s) Triathlon, Road Cycling / Criterium, Road Running, Trail Running, Yoga
Bucket List RaceRace Across America, Ironman Hawaii
Post-Race DrinkSomething not good for me
Off-Day ActivityTaking my dog, Yasha, for some coffee and a trip to the dog park

Growing up as a swimmer two things happen: 1) you grow to believe that your metabolism is invincible, and 2) at some point you get burnt out. Following my senior year of high school I took a break from swimming and developed a very serious Oreo habit - one that then brought me to the realization that my metabolism wasn't quite as invincible as I'd imagined. Looking for something other than swimming to get me back into shape I signed up for my first triathlon in Philly 4 months later, hopped on a borrowed bike, and got to work. 18 months later I was competing at my first Ironman, and the rest is history.

Since then, endurance sports has become a central part of my life. I've competed in a variety of triathlons at a variety of distances, competed in road races, running races, trekked through Alaska, ridden 12 hour ultra endurance rides, etc. More importantly though is the community I've fallen into along the way - making dear friends out on the bike or at the local track, or at the local pool where I started up a masters swim team to try to share my love of sport with others.

To me, sport has the ability fundamentally impact on the lives of people of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels. We all love to play outside, yes, but it's what we take from those experiences back into our everyday lives that is truly transformative.