We had the good fortune of connecting with Kasey McClurg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kasey, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
Deciding to engage in meaningful thought work to get outside of other people’s thought models. So many of us, especially women, are socially trained to care about the perceptions and expectations that others may have for our life. We are trained to consider outside definitions of success, happiness, and wholeness. This is especially difficult for people like me with a philanthropic heart. When I decided that I didn’t need to live up to someone else’s or some generalized societal model of success and happiness, I became free to consider what made me feel happy and whole. This gave me the empowerment to start doing what I love in a way I love doing it and is what contributes to my life successes.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
In February 2020, I circled back to my first love of sports training. I started the Endurance Sport Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, not thinking the world would change as much as it did this past year. What I love the most in my work is that I am able to empower and embolden others through the joy of endurance sports. I like to say that it isn’t the distance, but the mindset that makes an endurance athlete. I get the opportunity to work with the most tremendous people with amazing life stories, inspirational conquests, and immeasurable determination. I am a PhD student in Nutrition and am excited to go above and beyond traditional coaching by offering thoroughly researched strategies, whole-person approaches, and community impact programs. I am proud to give free clinics and challenges to the community to do my part in reducing barriers to quality fitness and health programming. My journey has not been an easy one, as the tattoo on my right shin broadcasts. (Female mountain biker going over rocks with the text “The obstacle is the path”) I was so caught up in what I believed other people expected from me that I allowed myself to give up my business in 2009 in an effort to be “a good wife” to my first husband. Over time, I was growing more stressed and sick. In 2014, I hit rock bottom with my health and received a grim diagnosis. My major organs were starting to shut down and I was not responding to conventional treatments. I was fed up and didn’t want to die unhappy, so I bought a cheap mountain bike and started riding. I only had 52% remaining lung function at the time and could only ride 1/4 of a mile. But over time, I was able to build up my endurance mindset again, was able to reclaim my health, and now I am able to manage my issues without medications through health, nutrition, and lifestyle choices. I love riding long distance gravel bike races and want to use my story and experiences to give that same empowerment to others. Through this journey, I learned that with the right mindset and the gusto to do hard work, nothing is impossible. Failure is a welcome opportunity to grow, and success is going to bed every night feeling fulfilled. The people who work with me become part of a team. My athletes never question how much I care about them. I will always care more about people than the bottom line. And I will always bring the best, evidence informed practices to my team and athletes. Health, happiness, and wellness are not things to be taken lightly and my greatest pride is being someone’s coach through their life journey to help them reach their fullest potential.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A week is too short to spend in Colorado Springs! First, we would have to drive up through North Cheyenne Canon and let them summit the easy Mount Cutler. We would take a stroll around Helen Hunt Falls and drive down Gold Camp Road through Bear Creek. I’d make sure we stop by Urban Steam to get my favorite chai latte and the full size monkey wrench waffles that I am sure to regret later. We would go for a bike ride up and down the Santa Fe/Pikes Peak Greenway Trail and stop at Coalmine for the best hard cider assortment in town. We would splurge on the culinary masterpieces of Chef Brother Luck at his restaurants IV and Luck Dumpling. We would drive out east to Calhan and walk through the Paint Mines, stopping by Sierra Trading Post on the way back. I’d make sure we got to drive up Rampart Range Road and maybe even do some mountain biking and trout fishing at the reservoir. Oh, and I would have to take them to Tong Tong, which is by far the best authentic Korean restaurant in town!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to dedicate my shoutout to the Colorado Springs cycling community, who continues to support me in all my adventures. Stacy Gery with MTB with Stacy continues to lift me up and encourage me to improve my skills. The Women’s Mountain Biking Association helped soothe me through a difficult time medically. Bike Colorado Springs gives me opportunities to connect my passion for bikes to community action. Colorado Springs Racing, my race team, pushes me to train harder if I want to keep up.
Kasey McClurg Jimmy Alexander Debbie Peterson Bike Colorado Springs