Category Archives: pure triathlon

Featured Member: Casey Conlon

What do you like most about training with Peri or at Pure?

It is hard to pin down what I like most about Peri. Anyone that knows her knows how kind, caring, and extremely knowledgeable she is about all aspects of triathlon. However, if I had to choose one thing, I think it would be her ability to embrace, support, and help you achieve your goals no matter your background or skill level. Whether your training for your 3rd Ironman or learning to swim for the first time, Peri puts in the effort as a coach to help you achieve your goals. It is rare to see a coach who truly welcomes anyone and everyone.

How long have you been training with Peri/ at Pure? 

I’ve been training with Peri for two years. When I started Master’s Swim in February of 2015, Peri asked me why I signed up on the first day. I told her I had a 70.3 Ironman race that August and had never swum competitively before. With her help coaching, I was able to finish in the top 15 for my age group in the swim and hit my overall race goal! Since then, she helped me finish my first full Ironman race and has worked with me to improve my running times in half and full marathons.

Are there other amenities or aspects of Pure you especially enjoy?

I have been a member at Pure about for 3.5 years I believe. Living downtown, I enjoy having the option of working out close to home and the perks of having a pool/lake to swim in while training for triathlons. I also am a big fan of Bo’s 6am spin classes on Monday/Wednesday at the downtown location.

What are some of your past race accomplishments?

Past race accomplishments include: Ironman Canada 140.6 finisher, finished 3 Ironman 70.3 races, 4 marathons, and numerous half-marathon/various other running distances

What are you training for currently? How’s training going?

I am currently training for the Austin Marathon on February 19th. Training is going great! I am tapering now so am focused on staying healthy and rested. Looking forward to setting a new PR!

Featured Member: Triathlete Hannah Kanne

In 2016 I was selected by my company’s global initiative, Win4Youth, to represent North America alongside 72 fellow Ambassadors from around the world. Win4Youth supported 9 youth foundations by way of donation through the sport of triathlon. As Win4Youth Ambassadors our goal was to motivate colleagues, clients and associates to help accumulate 4.1 million kilometers through swimming, cycling and running. Also, being an Ambassador meant participating in the Ocean Lava Lanzarote Triathlon (olympic distance) in October. You guessed it…this entailed training!

I knew hands down Pure Austin was the place I’d train, because everyone I asked where I should train pointed me to Pure Austin and the best triathlon training coach in Austin – Peri Kowal! I knew my weakest discipline was swimming and I’d need major help in this area. Thank goodness Peri came to my rescue! She didn’t hesitate to step up to the plate and take on the challenge. Not only did she help me from barely being able to swim 2 laps in the pool to swimming 100 laps in Masters Swim Class, but she played a key role in conquering my biggest fear going into swimming…the OPEN WATER! She was and continues to be one of my biggest supporters and cheerleaders throughout my training journey.

Pure Austin offered a lot for me in terms of having well-maintained equipment, great hours, and a wide variety of workout options for my training, but what I enjoyed most was their friendly and warm culture. I felt like a valued family member every time I visited. They also supported me in my Win4Youth local events. Thanks to Dawn and the Pure team I was able to host a Cinema Cycle event to help accumulate kilometers! In the end, I wouldn’t have been able to successfully complete my ocean swim in Lanzarote without Peri nor would we have met our kilometer goal without the help of the Pure Austin team!