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Kris Johnson

Kris Johnson

Mt Lemmon

Eagleman 2018

Where do you live, what do you do for a living, and how old are you? 

I live in Saratoga Springs, am Vice President of Telling Architectural Systems, and am 46 years young!

 

What kind of bike(s) do you ride? What are the features you like about them?   

S-Works Venge (road), Trek Speed Concept (triathlon), Canyon Endurace (endurance/gravel) and a Specialized Fat Boy.  Each bike has a purpose and have to admit the speed of a TT or Tri bike is a blast.   

 

How long have you been riding, and how did you get into cycling? How have your cycling interests evolved over the last few years? 

Began endurance ride-camping as a teenager in Bellingham, Washington.  Found mountain biking in college, stuck with mountain biking until riding my first carbon road bike in 2012 – loved the speed and comfort of the Specialized Roubaix and bought one immediately.  After getting the bug, the bike count continues to increase.  

 

How do you typically put the miles on your bikes? Do you keep track of your miles? 

I track most rides on Training Peaks and Strava.  Training for 3 sports tends to limit the bike miles, compared to traditional cyclists. I ride approximately 4,000 miles a year.  

 

Do you have some favorite routes?

Loop around Sacandaga, East River Road between Schuylerville and Stillwater and you can’t beat the Saratoga Battlefield for a focused training ride. 

 

What are your long-term cycling goals? 

2019 will be a cycling-focused race year, including a few bike races.  I typically train for triathlons, just looking to change things up a bit and free up time for other adventures.  

 

What are your proudest moments as a cyclist? 

Finishing 112 miles at the Ironman World Championships…100 miles of headwind and 100 degrees, or so it felt!  I find a lot of enjoyment riding with the local Blue Sky crew and our local team of athletes at Empire Endurance…a proud moment every ride!

 

What tips would you offer to less experienced riders? 

We are extremely lucky to live in an area with quiet roads close to town so make the effort to stay off busy roads.  Befriend local hills, you will find considerable fitness and cycling confidence from hills.  

 

What’s your favorite cycling product/accessory? 

Kinda boring but extremely useful is the power meter and the metrics it provides.   Once you understand how to use it,  it can greatly assist your training and fitness build.  

 

How do you fuel and hydrate when you’re in the saddle? 

Some of my favorites; Picky Bars, Huma Gels, Clif Bars, Banana and the occasional emergency Coke!  For high output rides and racing I use a custom blend from Infinit Nutrition and the Huma Gels.   

 

Any funny or unusual experiences during your riding/racing career? 

Two or three years back I raced the Tour of the Battenkill, Great race until the hills!  After getting dropped the first climb I knew there was little chance to catch the lead group, but I rolled the dice and decided to make the attack before the next climb.  After putting out a significant solo effort I caught the leaders and was greeted by a guy off the back wearing a Floyds of Leadville jersey, listening to music from a bar-mounted Blue Tooth speaker.  He says, “Wow, you caught up.”  I didn’t think much of it and hung on to recover and re-energize with what sounded like country music.  I would have preferred another playlist, but was happy to be with a group.  Fast forward many miles. The music continued and I remained at the back of the lead group, talking with this cyclist, apparently from California, who seemed to have some knowledge of cycling but was not familiar with this course.  I thought it was odd he would ride 75 miles with nothing more than half a water bottle and this non-aero, air-disrupting speaker.  As we approached the final climb of the day, I offered a gel, he says no thanks and was gone.  The group broke up, I pushed the final miles to finish a few minutes behind the winners, one of which was this guy with the speaker.  As I finished, I noticed a lot of people asking for his autograph and picture.  I soon realized my new cycling friend was none other than Dave Zabriskie, former pro rider, TT specialist and one of only a few Americans to wear the yellow jersey.  He was part of the infamous US Postal Service team and apparently a fan of country music! 

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