Scott Kolbe

I started triathlon after talking to a couple triathletes on a hike. I came from a running and biking background in school. Swimming was completely new to me. In 2012 I signed up for my first and met a few people from the club. I went to a meeting and said this is a fun group. I am signing up. I quickly became addicted to the sport. I love how everyone from sponsors, coaches and members are willing to help everyone get better.

What is your favorite energy fuel?  Clif Shot Bloks – Orange
What is your favorite race? Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga
What is the most challenging moment you’ve had during a race? My most challenging moment in a triathlon was the swim at Border Wars. I cramped up and couldn’t swim. Side stroked the rest of the swim with the cheering of the tri club. Ended up barely making the swim cut. Spent a long time in T1, but finished. I would not have made it in without the support of the club.
What is your favorite place in or around St. Louis to train?  I like to ride in the St. Paul area, the Great River Road and New Town area. My favorite place to run is the Lewis & Clark trail.
What is the one piece of tri geek gear you can’t live without?  I rely on my Garmin. I like to compare workouts and observe the improvements. Trainer Road, while an app is what I love using in the off season.
Tip for a new triathlete?  I recommend that you learn to love the sport with sprints and olympic distance races before signing up for a 70.3 or 140.6. While that is a goal for many. Sprints can be some of the most rewarding races for veterans or new triathletes alike.