The support of some incredible companies allows me to continue pushing my limits and pursuing my passions in ultrarunning and triathlon (and data science). These aren’t just companies that give me a discount or some free gear; these are companies that I’ve come to count on for their high quality products and outstanding service. Honestly, none of them compensate me enough to use something that I don’t think is the best option for me.
|Alright, so Envelop Risk isn’t really a sponsor, but my job has been extremely supportive of my athletic endeavors. The schedule flexibility and opportunity to run commute and work remotely at times has been a tremendous contribution towards my goals.|
|After having other shoes literally fall apart on me at Barkley, I decided to give La Sportiva a try. They’re now all I use for any off-road running. The durability, grip, and comfort are incredible, and they were the one big gear change I had between my early Barkley failures and my finish.|
|I’ve relied on Ultimate Direction packs for 3 straight Barkleys. They’re lightweight and comfortable, even for 60 hours of running, and have convenient, easily accessible storage for food, hydration, and anything else I need. And after taking the beating of 9 Barkley loops, my original pack is still going strong.|
|Endurance sports fueling is a very individual thing, but I’ve found that Hammer products consistently work best for me, giving me the energy I need and letting me focus on the race instead of my stomach. They also have an excellent knowledge base. Use referral code 280992 to save 15% on your first order.|
|I was a bit hesitant at first to work with XOSKIN. I hadn’t used their gear before and didn’t know much about them. They were a local startup, though, which I can obviously relate to. I agreed to try out some of their stuff, and couldn’t have been happier I did: no chafing, blisters, or things coming out of place, and comfortable in a pretty incredible range of temperatures. Use promo code ‘jkelly’ for 20% off on their site.|
|I tried Petzl because of the great things I heard about the effectiveness of their lights. Then I was sold by the light weight and the rechargeable batteries (saving money and the environment = win).|
|There are of course the usual reasons for having a fitness watch, but a lot of what I do also requires some rather difficult navigation. Having devices that can provide the mapping information, route following, altitude, and other critical information that I need allows me to go out and adventure with confidence and peace of mind.|
|Terrel Hale is a nationally recognized massage therapist and personal trainer and certified in Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) and Active Release Techniques (ART) – a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. His custom services target athletes’ unique training demands, performance needs, and physiological differences.|
|The Bicycle Place in Silver Spring, MD has the equipment and services needed for any type of rider, delivered with honesty and kindness. This is the most down to earth shop I’ve come across, with experienced staff that know what you need and won’t try to sell you what you don’t.|
Previously I was also on Team Every Man Jack, a triathlon team with sponsors that included Felt, ENVE, Garmin, Roka, Lululemon, and Louis Garneau (and of course, Every Man Jack).