Kris Terpening – age 54, University of Kansas, BS ChE; works in Oil & Gas; married (Kevin); 2 children (Korbin, 16, and Kolton, 12)
I have been with Powerhouse Racing for 2.5 years now, with no previous background in triathlon. The kids got Kevin and I into this! I ran for a couple of seasons with Bay Area Fit, and grew up as a competitive swimmer and achieved AAAA times in butterfly, breastroke, and Individual Medley events, and AAA in the backstroke. I was a Region 8 Finalist in the 200 Fly, and Kansas HS State Finalist in the 100 Fly and 200 IM. A few of my coaches included Gary Kempf and Bill Spahn, who were both Head Coaches at the University of Kansas.
Triathlon is a blast and I love the lifestyle it demands! The swim is the part I am most comfortable with, bike is a work in progress, and the run can be downright painful! Sprints and Olympic distances are my focus, as work doesn’t allow enough time to train for the longer events. In the offseason, our family likes to do the local road races to get in more running in cooler weather.
I look forward to working with the Powerhouse Racing athletes with the swim. Distance swimming requires solid technique to maximize efficiency in the water, and that has to be integrated into the workout. I believe the swim should be a good warmup for the rest of the race, and a part of the race our athletes can approach with confidence in their abilities.