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Tagalong: Taking The Power Within to the Next Level

Feb. 02, 2021, 6:56 p.m. (ET)



“Good, better, best. Never let it rest ‘til your good is better and your better is best.” It’s a saying that so many athletes can identify with and the very words that former Elite Triathlete and Professional Rower Nick Karwoski built his sporting success and fitness business upon. “Every runner, cyclist or swimmer I’ve met —  from amateur to professional — they’re all constantly trying to find ways to improve,” Karwoski states. “When you put three sports together, it becomes a whole new game because you have to replicate that process in three different ways, every day.”

How does one get better at three different sports if they haven’t even mastered one? It’s not impossible. In fact, it’s usually made easier by having teammates and people who hold you accountable — training with someone you perceive as better. Whether you’ve already competed in a triathlon or are just starting to think about attempting your first race, you now have access to the ultimate training partner. Tagalong is a unique fitness platform that enables athletes of all levels to work with an elite athlete on a one-on-one basis. With virtual races now the norm, it’s even more important to personalize your training. Customized, affordable and easily accessible from anywhere, it’s the simple solution for any athlete looking to take their game to their next level.

Tagalong has more than 85 endurance athletes on its platform — including world-class triathletes, all of whom are available to work directly with you. Here’s a glimpse of a few of Tagalong’s Triathlete Pros and their Power Within stories:

Isabel King — Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she started her elite sporting career as an NCAA Division I soccer player at Columbia University. From working on Wall Street to attaining her MBA at UCLA, Isabel thrives on challenges, so signing up for the IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman was no surprise. Since then, she has evolved into a Pro Triathlete and recognizable Strava pro cyclist, accumulating QOMs all over Los Angeles and speaking out about social justice with her training partner, Reggie Miller. This bright, fun and engaging Tagalong Pro is always easy to spot in her signature orange gear and is the ideal Pro to help you strategize your way to the finish line. Transitioning from a DI soccer-playing business analyst to a triathlete is not an easy feat, but it comes down to wanting to improve at every stage of life. Check her out on Instagram or YouTube or find time to train with her on Tagalong.

Sean Jefferson — Sean grew up riding the Atlantic Ocean waves off the coast of Florida and excelled in high school and collegiate running, winning  NCAA Track & Field races at Indiana University alongside his brother John. Breaking 4 minutes in the mile and continually pushing the barrier in the middle-distance world, Sean joined the prestigious Oregon Track Club and competed on the USATF circuit. After injuries kept him off the track for almost a year, Sean was curious about triathlon — so he combined his strong swim skills as a surfer and his talents as a runner while getting up to speed in cycling. He was able to not only get his Pro card from USA Triathlon, but also compete on the International Triathlon Union circuit around the world becoming a top-5-ranked U.S. triathlete in 2015 and 2016. His knowledge of finding the right balance of the three disciplines while allowing the body to properly recover is such an advantage when catering a training plan with him on the Tagalong platform. Sean has had his share of injuries and struggles but knows how to find the Power Within at the right moment.

Greg Billington — As one of the funniest and most down-to-earth athletes, Greg always knows how to make his own training relatable. He started his triathlon career at the young age of 8 and after being one of Wake Forest University’s top runners during his collegiate career, Greg started putting more distance between his top finishes and the competition. In triathlon, he steadily worked his way from the junior ranks to the highest levels of elite racing. While his 37th place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games may not have been how he drew it up, that didn’t stop him from wanting to give the marathon a serious go. He raced the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon in Atlanta, after qualifying with a PR of 2:16:42 at the California International Marathon. Greg has constantly been finding and achieving the multisport balance, from triathlon to a full-time job at Visa, and he is excited to share his passion with anyone on Tagalong.

Connect with a Tagalong Pro by downloading the iOS app (Tagalong Pro) or by visiting our website. Training options include in-person and virtual sessions, customized monthly plans and consultation calls (starting at $20). Mix and match to suit your needs. Whatever your goals, wherever you’re located, Tagalong will help you every step of the way!