keith mcgarvey


Provide a little background info about yourself.

Originally from a small fishing village called Rathmullan in North West Ireland I moved here to Madison in 2007. Oldest of 8 kids. I grew up playing football or soccer and never really got into long distance running till I came to the States and only started biking 5 years ago. Always had a passion for working on cars and I always try to be the best I can at everything I put my mind to.

How long have you been affiliated with SBR?

This is my second full season with SBR and I’m really enjoying the craic** and the competition in the classes along with the tough but fun workouts!

Why did you join SBR? Why have you stayed?

I heard good thing’s about SBR and wanted to give it a go and see for myself. Another reason was the coaches. They are well experienced/knowledgeable and have a good background in swimming, biking and running.

I stayed with them because after the first year I saw huge improvements/results over the course of one indoor season so I was excited to see how far I could keep getting better and stronger.

What is your favorite class, service, or event with SBR?

I enjoy the Christmas movie rides and the 24hr ride for charity. There is also a indoor triathlon over the winter months which is pretty cool. Having Rocket bike Studio under the same roof for repairs is awesome along with a professional bike fitting studio!

What sport do you primarily participate in?

I usually do a lot of charity bike rides and a few half marathons each year so biking and running are my main sports.

What is your favorite part about training with SBR?

At SBR we ride our own bikes on a Computrainer. I like it cause the classes are fairly small with 14 people and you get more one on one time with the coach.

What are your training and/or racing goals this year?

This year I’m taking on a huge challenge and doing The Race in Donegal which takes place in March. After that I may do a Half Ironman or maybe even a full. We’ll see what the body says!

What is something interesting about yourself that people might not know?

When I was younger I used to drive a mobile grocery van around rural Donegal delivering groceries to the elderly who had no way of getting to the shops. One lady used to buy 16 loaves of bread every week!

**"Craic" (/kræk/ KRAK) or "crack" is a term for news, gossip, fun, entertainment, and enjoyable conversation, particularly prominent in Ireland. It is often used with the definite article – the craic – as in the expression "What's the craic?" (meaning "How are you?" or "What's happening?"). - Wikipedia