Name: Kellie Farrell
Meet the Crew
Bernard has been my coach for the past 7 years. I started my fitness journey with him back in 2013 when he moved his gym, Ultimate Conditioning to Trim. Bernard has a high level of knowledge when it comes to fitness and endurance events. He has trained many endurance athletes over the years. Some of his clientele include long distance adventure racers, as well as training himself. He competes regularly in adventure races and almost always crosses the finish line making the podium. He has trained cycle endurance athletes who have competed in Europe's toughest bike race, Race Around Ireland (RAI) and the world's toughest bike race, Race Across America (RAAM). Bernard has first hand experience crewing for both RAI and RAAM.
Knowing I have Bernard on my crew and by my side for the Team Joe Barr 200 is a huge advantage.
Andrew also has crew experience under his belt. He crewed on Race Around Ireland in 2019 and was due to crew for Race Across America 2020 until the COVID-10 pandemic hit. He knows all about endurance races. He was a finisher in The Race, Donegal and also embarked on an amazing journey in Feb 2020 where he tackled Coast 2 Coast, New Zealand. His race list is endless!
Andrew has been a mentor to me both in and out of the fitness world and I wouldn't want anyone else to be there with me when I tackle the biggest event of my life so far.
Meet the Rider
Endurance sports have made me realise that anything can be done once hard work is put in. If you can overcome the fear of a solid thought, you can overcome anything, be it inside or outside of the fitness world. My first long endurance event was a 13 hour adventure race in August 2019. The Team Joe Barr 200 will be my first endurance cycling event. I am looking forward to the challenge!
I crewed for a 2-man team in RAAM 2019 and one of the cyclists planted a seed in my head about trying a cycling endurance event, A couple of months later I had signed up for the Race Joe Barr series.
Why I go the distance
It was crewing on Race Aross America 2019 that sparked some inspiration for me. Declan Brassil, the cyclist who was on the 2-man team amazed me. I watched him and his cycle partner cycle acress America through mountains, hailstones, rain showers, desert heat and the list just goes on. I was amazed at their focus and attitude towards the race the whole way through. He's an amazing athlete.
I'm still trying to figure out why I do what I do. Motivation comes from within, in my opinion. I have a great circle of friends/athletes who keep each other lifted and spur each other on, which makes training easier. I like to challenge myself mentally. I feel like if my head can stay right, the body will follow.