Defy the odds: triathlete gets back to the bike after being hit by truck

By August 27, 2015Triathlon

Post by: Kelsey Withrow, Swiftwick sponsored athlete.  

“In May of 2014, I was coming home from a training ride in Santa Cruz and was T-boned by a truck going 35mph while riding my bike. I was life-flighted to Stanford ICU where I resided for a week. I broke five ribs, shattered my hand and fingers, broke my ankle and cut my knee open down to the bone. The doctors told me I was very lucky to be alive, but my journey to a healthy body would be a long one and racing triathlon professionally again would be out of the picture.

I was not going to let this defy me and get in the way of my goals. I kept a positive attitude and outlook but definitely had many rough days too.

Last December, while still dealing with sharp pain running down both of my legs, I met Mike from Core Motion Athletics in Walnut Creek, CA, who specializes in active release therapy plus strength and conditioning.

I started working with him on a regular basis, and within two weeks, I was pain free.

Mike has changed my life in so many ways. I have lost 16% body fat and become a strong athlete without a single injury since working with him. With Mike’s coaching, I am back racing at the professional level and have won four races this year already.

“Never let the odds keep you from being what you know in your heart you were meant to do.”

Learn more about Kelsey and her journey on her website or Twitter.


Kelsey Withrow is a Swiftwick sponspored pro triathlete, pro mountain biker and pro cyclist who resides in Walnut Creek, CA. Over the last 12 years she has focused her racing on the ITU circuit but is now aiming to excel at the half and full Ironman distances.

She spent 5 years training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado as a part of the national team in hopes of making the Olympics. Kelsey also comes from a division 1 college swimming background and a collegiate season of cross country at the University of Colorado (UCCS). She was even named the Junior Duathlete of the Year by USA Triathlon.