Name: Kimberly Kedenburg
Tell us about yourself.
I’m a 30 year old physical therapist. I graduated in 2005 with my masters, and finished my doctorate in 2008 (although my friends jokingly call me Doc, I prefer just Kim or Kimmy J). I currently work full-time in a geriatric setting for PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) and per-diem for Loretto Health and Rehabilitation Center in Syracuse. When I’m not working or training, I volunteer (and play) adaptive sports with a group called “Move Along” which raises money for people with physical disabilities to play adaptive sports.
How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up?
I began racing triathlons in 2011, though I had wanted to do a triathlon for several years prior to this from watching my friend Greg compete. I liked the variety triathlon offered as well as the challenge of completing three events instead of just one, though I never thought I would be able to complete one having asthma. One night after a basketball game, a friend of mine said she wanted to do a triathlon-but wanted to train with someone. I said I would, thinking she would forget all about it. Then, a month later, I got a text saying she was ready to sign up on New Years Eve! Not wanting to back down from a challenge or a promise, I signed up!
Who is your Hero?
Each of my family members (mom-Margaret, dad-Thomas, and brother-Scott) have sculpted who I am today, however, my dad is my biggest hero! I look up to him all the time for advice and support! Although at 6’5″ tall, his State Trooper commanding presence would intimidate most people, he’s the most humble, down to earth person I know with the kindest heart.
What is your athletic background?
I was definitely a “tomboy”, always involved with sports growing up and I loved competing against the guys. I mainly followed what my older brother Scott did-and then some…track (competed in hurdles, pole-vault, discus, shot-put, javelin, triple jump, 4×100 relay, pentathlon), cross-country, baseball, golf, fast and slow-pitch softball, power-lifting, swimming, soccer, powder-puff and flag football, broom-ball, volleyball, dancing (salsa and step are my favorites), basketball, and if you count skydiving as a sport-yeah I’ve done that too! I love all sports!
What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses?
My strength, I would have to say, would be overcoming the mental and physical training/racing with asthma. I found a passion for the biking over swimming which surprised me with my love of water-being on a swim team and life guarding. Weakness…well…if you can imagine a woman pushing a baby-carriage WALKING faster than I run…then you can definitely see how running would be such!
What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most?
My first triathlon ever was Iron Girl. I remember how painful it was during the race-swearing I would not be able to tolerate that again…only to say the next day “that wasn’t so bad! What’s next?!” I remember my friends and family coming to cheer me on and how amazing it felt to finish something I had worked so hard for and that I never thought I could do!
What is your favorite race and why?
My “favorite” race was in Clayton, NY. I swore up and down that I would NEVER do a duathlon since I am so terrible at running…however a hurricane hit land the day I was supposed to race the River Rat Tri! With the winds pushing the current in the opposite direction than it usually flows-the race director declared a cancellation of the swim. I was so fired up that I remember a man passing me running and chatting about loving having to run twice…I caught up with him on the bike-and passed him in my lowest gearing on a flat stretch of road with high winds driving us back and 45 degrees sideways…joking with him I said “on your left…I will hopefully pass you by next Tuesday!” And being the only one still in the aero position, he nicknamed me “Aero Girl” (little did he know I was gripping my bars so tight I couldn’t let go to sit up!) But even with the wind being so bad, and the hills being bigger than my previous races, I finished with my best time! Not only did it show me I could persevere through something so tough, it opened up the idea of purposely signing up for a duathlon in the future….maybe!
What was your worst race and why?
My worst race was probably the relay I did for the Syracuse 70.3 half ironman. I was asked to do the swim portion of the race-and I love swimming…unfortunately, the 45 degree air temperature that day caused me to have an asthma attack about 200 meters into the race and I was without an inhaler. I was bound and determined not to give up and let my team down-though I was sure I was going to drown if I continued. I finished…though I was disappointed in the time. So if anyone sees me with a nutrition pouch strapped to my waist while I’m swimming, it’s for my inhaler! Although I seriously can eat every 20 minutes, I’m not that desperate for food while swimming!
What are your goals for this year/in the next 5 years?
I have a lofty goal of surviving…I mean, completing an Ironman…with the support of my coach Jamie Campbell and friends! I want to have fun competing and hope to continue getting better and enjoy meeting new people along the way!
Something most people don’t know about you:
My favorites are cookie dough ice cream, lady bugs, roller coasters, and Batman. J I am a closet geek (was in marching band and musicals along with doing sports)! Oh, and before I gave up power lifting for triathlon training, I was able to bench-press 285 lbs (granted it was with a power-lifting shirt)!