“I love cycling, I love physical exertion, and I love challenging myself to see what I can accomplish.”- Dai Endurance Athlete Kristen Faulkner

Dai Endurance’s Athlete of the Week is …..  Kristen Faulkner!!

Here is our Q & A from her…

What do you do in real life?

I work at a Venture Capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). Most of my day is spent interviewing entrepreneurs and CEOs of early-stage tech companies. It was my dream job out of college, and I still love it!

What are your weaknesses?

I am impatient, and I often rush through things instead of allocating enough time. As a result, I make a lot of silly mistakes that take longer to go back and fix. I am also horrible at directions; I usually take several wrong turns before I get the right one, even with my GPS.

Why are you training?

I love cycling, I love physical exertion, and I love challenging myself to see what I can accomplish. Endurance sports are both a physical and mental challenge, and there is an instant feedback loop that makes it easy to constantly improve and get better. Cycling has a clear correlation between inputs and outputs which is addictive for someone with a growth mindset. My Garmin tells me within a split second if my hard work is producing results. It’s motivating to know that when I put in the work, I will improve. In contrast, the feedback loop in Venture Capital is quite slow; I might not know for several years if an investment I made was a good one.

I also like the sense of accomplishment; I can start every day knowing that I accomplished something concrete when I do a hard workout. No matter what happens in the rest of my day, I derive a lot of confidence from that consistency and sense of accomplishment.

As for my training goals, I want to win races and compete internationally.

Do you partake in any Dai Endurance Classes/Training/Fitting?

Sadly no because I live in San Francisco. But if I lived in Sacramento I would!

Favorite piece of technology for training?

My Garmin power pedals. I take them with me everywhere I travel.

If you could spend 10 days anywhere, where would it be?

Cycling the Tour du Mont Blanc

Do you have a pre-ride/run food you like to have?

Apple, coconut water, rx bar, oatmeal…I mix it up but I try to eat the bulk of calories while I’m cycling.

What is your favorite food to eat post training?

Peanut butter protein shake

Do you enjoy coffee/espresso or tea? What’s your preferred brand?

Matcha green tea latte (with almond milk)

Why do you train with Dai Endurance?

I moved from NYC to SF in August and was looking for a new coach understood the California racing scene. My friend referred me to several coaches, one of which was Mike Sayers. I spoke with Mike on the phone and he gave me a really good vibe. I got the impression that he could be intense and push me, but also be personable and supportive. He approaches coaching from a holistic view which was really important to me as someone with a full-time job. I need to have a coach I look up to but who also takes the time to understand me. I got the vibe that Mike would do that and so far he has.