Stephen Kil­shaw’s Kit

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Stephen Kil­shaw has an old-school ap­proach to triathlon. In a world of train­ing tech­nol­ogy, Kil­shaw likes to rely on feel and opts not to use a power me­ter, heart-rate mon­i­tor or watch in rac­ing or train­ing on the bike, though he does run with a stop­watch while train­ing.

For the swim, Kil­shaw wears an Aqua­s­phere Phan­tom wet­suit along with Aqua­s­phere Kaiman EXO googles.

Onto the bike, he rides a Squad Hor­nett. “Squad was my first ma­jor spon­sor and that re­ally started things in a good di­rec­tion for me. I started rid­ing Squad in Jan­uary, 2015 and im­me­di­ately felt great on the bike, and feel­ing great is the key to rid­ing well.”

Over the past decade, Kil­shaw has been sup­ported by Oak Bay Bikes and 2:18 Run, stores in Vic­to­ria. in Vic­to­ria. It was a spe­cial time for Kil­shaw – train­ing with, and be­ing men­tored by, one of the coun­try’s finest long-course triath­letes. As Kil­shaw ex­plains, “Jasper Blake changed my life. He was, and still is to this day, a mas­sive in­spi­ra­tion and mo­ti­va­tion.”

Cur­rently, Kil­shaw is trained by San Jose, Calif.-based coach Muddy Wa­ters. Says Kil­shaw: “Words don’t do jus­tice…it’s just all heart with Muddy.”

Re­cip­ro­cat­ing the deep re­spect, Wa­ters says, “The sky is the limit for Stephen. His work ethic and pa­tience with the train­ing process is un­be­liev­able and his love for the sport is in­cred­i­ble. He’s got a great sense of hu­mour too. That said, he’s very quiet and in­tro­spec­tive. When he trains with some of my other athletes he’s gen­er­ous and helps them out, but he’s laser fo­cused on his train­ing at the same time. Most im­por­tantly, he’s a great hu­man be­ing.”

In some ways, Kil­shaw is not your av­er­age triath­lete. He en­joys writ­ing poetry, prac­tic­ing med­i­ta­tion, is quite philo­soph­i­cal about life and quirky in his ways. He has been known to use hockey tape on his han­dle­bars for the dual pur­poses of added com­fort com­bined with a touch of pa­tri­otic fer­vour.

His re­cent suc­cess has him set­ting his sights on the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-kona, Hawaii in 2017.

“Next year,” he ex­plains, “we’ll fo­cus on that is­land in the Pa­cific. Of­ten peo­ple ask why I an­swer with ‘we.’ Be­cause ‘we’ refers to the team. I’m on the start­ing line, but there’s re­ally a team rac­ing to­gether on race day.”

Kerry Hale is a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to Triathlon Mag­a­zine Canada from Co­mox Val­ley, B.C.

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