Swiftwick Spotlight: August 27, 2015

By August 28, 2015Spotlight

Here at Swiftwick, we have the privilege of helping athletes do what moves them. We have a lot of awesome athletes doing awesome things, and we want to share these accomplishments with the world!

Here are this week’s spotlighted athletes.

“In May of 2014, I was coming home from a training ride in Santa Cruz and was T-boned by a truck at 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, 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.

With Mike’s coaching, I am back racing at the professional level and have won 4 races this year already.

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

Read more of Kelsey’s story here.

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Eugene Diefenbach

Eugene Diefenbach took on the Heaven Hill Climb Time Trial a couple of weeks ago in Ellicott City, MD. Eugene took 2nd place in the hilly, short (0.8 mile) race.

Eugene has ridden his whole life, but only got serious about it a couple of years ago, in part driven by his original childhood dream. He enjoys cycling because it helps him learn more about himself. 

Eugene loves Swiftwick so much that his Christmas stocking has the Swiftwick logo embroidered on one side!

Christopher Salas

This year, Christopher ran his first half marathon and completed two triathlons.

Now he’s taking on the Mylan Relay for Hope, where he’ll be running 12-15 miles a day from August 25th to September 7th to raise funds and awareness for people who are living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS.

Christopher says training for this has been the hardest thing he’s ever done.


Brandon Baxter

Brandon Baxter just completed hiking the Pacific Crest Trail! The PCT is a 2,663-mile trail that spans from Mexico to Canada.

He started the hike on May 11 and made it to the end on July 29.

Athletes- want to be highlighted in our next Swiftwick spotlight?
Send your story to athletes@swiftwick.com!