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Karyn Austin

Current Residence: Gainesville, FL

Degree: B.S. Advertising

College: University of Florida

Certifications: USAT Level II Coach

Specificity: Triathlon, Swimming

Why do you coach?

I love to see how empowering triathlon can be in all aspects of an athlete’s life. It is a challenge to find the way each individual is motivated, and then train them to the fullest potential while maintaining a balance with family and/or career.

Coaching Accomplishments:

  • 10+ AG athletes who have qualified and competed at USAT World Championships (Sprint/Olympic/Long Course)
  • Multiple podium finishers at 70.3 and Ironman Distance Races
  • Top 3 AG finish at USAT Worlds in Vancouver, BC, 2008
  • AG win and 70.3 qualifier at 70.3 Florida, 2008
  • Top 3 AG finish at Long Course Worlds, 2007
  • LOTS of first time Ironman finishers
  • Several Kona qualifiers
  • Multiple athletes ranked HM and All American by USAT

Personal Achievements:

  • 2 time member of Team USA for Short Course Worlds (Hawaii and Switzerland)
  • Top 10 AG finisher at IM Madison
  • Several All-American Rankings with USAT
  • Nationally ranked Age Group and Master’s Swimmer

Why do you work for Vision Quest Coaching?

Vision Quest is geared to serve ALL levels of triathletes, from first-timers, to Kona qualifiers. Being able to learn from the best in the industry and the enthusiasm of Robbie and the other VQ coaches helps keep everyone on the cutting edge and motivated to be the best we can be. My biggest challenge in coaching is finding the BEST in every athlete that I coach, regardless of ability level and finding the balance between training/racing/family/work, etc.

Favorite pastime when not training or coaching:

Reading, spending time with family, watching Dexter, and anything outdoors.