by Quintana Roo Triathlon January 30, 2019

Quintana Roo triathletes Kelly and Meghan Fillnow are twin sisters who grew up competing against each other — constantly pushing the other to become a better athlete. Today, they are passionate about triathlon and work together to coach and inspire others to achieve their triathlon goals. Read their stories – how competing as twins, then and now, has led them to pursue their dreams.



COLLEGIATE TENNIS AND COMPETING AS TWINS

What was it like growing up as twins, competing against each other in sport?

Kelly - "I grew up playing all sports with my twin sister. We always had someone to shoot hoops with or practice our soccer skills with in the backyard. If she was out practicing, I was too. We pushed each other to become better athletes and learned valuable work ethic skills from each other.

We were a dynamic duo in all of our sports because we had an unfair advantage of knowing each other so well that we would know where the other one would be!"

Meghan - "Our coaches were considerate and generally put us on different courts, so we didn’t have to compete against each other very often. When we did have to play each other at tournaments, it was rough because neither us wanted to win or lose!

The hardest part about being a competitive athlete as a twin was the constant comparisons from people. My sister played #1 for our college tennis team, and I played #3, so I struggled with feeling inadequate. Eventually, I realized my worth is not in what I do, but who I am, so I was able to overcome the comparison trap."

 

DEVELOPING A PASSION FOR TRIATHLON 

How did your triathlon careers start, and what motivated you to pursue the sport?

Kelly - "In high school, my twin sister, brother and I moved to Hilton Head Island to train at a tennis academy to pursue our dreams of getting Division I scholarships. A few years after college athletics, I got bored with just going to the gym and working out with my friends. One of the guys I lifted with asked me to try a triathlon.

I had no idea what a triathlon was and did not know how to swim. He told me I had six weeks to learn how to swim. Somehow, on a borrowed bike with no air in the tires, I managed to finish third female. I was hooked. I was thrilled to find a new adventure to challenge my mind and body. I never would have imagined that my newly found passion would turn into my career path."

Meghan - "Kelly got into triathlon before me, but eventually I followed in her footsteps. She now competes as a pro, and I compete as an amateur, which is great because we never have to compete against each other.

We definitely push each other and help each other to stay motivated and enjoy the journey. Kelly is also my coach - she believes in me and has helped me to do what I thought was impossible in sport. She started a coaching business (Fillnow Coaching) while I was an elementary school teacher, and she kept asking me to join her company."

Kelly - "I finally convinced Meghan (the non-risk taker) to join me. She is an incredible athlete, coach and motivator."

 

INSIDE FILLNOW COACHING

Kelly - "Despite strikingly different personalities, we have the same vision for the company and the same why. We have the absolute greatest team of coaches who are so incredibly talented, and I love being on this journey together.

It is certainly challenging balancing training as a professional triathlete, coaching athletes, managing the business, and growing the business, but I would not want it any other way. Meghan and I have the opportunity to chase our dreams in sport together while inspiring our athletes to reach their full potential. They see us working hard. They see us paying attention to details, but the right details. They come alongside our successes and failures. As they watch us attempt to chase excellence, they realize they can do the same because we are just like them - trying to get the best out of ourselves in the time that we have."

 

visit fillnow coaching website

 

view more quintana roo articles

 

Quintana Roo Triathlon
Quintana Roo Triathlon



Also in Quintana Roo Blog

PROfile: Fastest Twin Sister Set in Triathlon—Kelly and Meghan Fillnow
PROfile: Fastest Twin Sister Set in Triathlon—Kelly and Meghan Fillnow

by Quintana Roo Triathlon July 05, 2022

Kelly is a top Kona-qualified pro, and Meghan an age group national champion. But they share one thing: speed. How do twin sisters manage training together, coaching, sharing successes and finding their own victories?
Read More
Kelly Fillnow's Three Pre-Race Specificity Pool Workouts
Kelly Fillnow's Three Pre-Race Specificity Pool Workouts

by Jay Prasuhn June 30, 2022

QR Pro (and triathlon coach) Kelly Fillnow has key can't-miss pool workouts she does ahead of her races to get ready for the unique dynamics of open water swimming. What are they? She gives us her three favorites—and they're definitely worth printing and bringing on deck to be ready for your next race!
Read More
From Pool Swimming to Open Water: Donna Phelan's Three Key Tips to Open Water Confidence
From Pool Swimming to Open Water: Donna Phelan's Three Key Tips to Open Water Confidence

by Jay Prasuhn June 23, 2022

Former pro triathlete and current triathlon coach Donna Phelan has raced everything from ITU World Championships to the Ironman World Championships... but all that open water race speed is has been developed in the pool. But what happens when the security of lane lines go away, and it's a washing machine out there? She gives us four key tips to good form in a wetsuit, low stress and a fast, comfortable  swim in open water.
Read More

get aero with qr

Size Chart

QUINTANA ROO BICYCLE SIZE GUIDES

View our size charts to see what size is best for you. After purchasing a new QR bicycle, our team will reach out to you to confirm your order and sizing information to be sure you have selected the optimum size.


V-PR + X-PR SIZE GUIDE

Find your frame sizes for the following bikes

V-PR | X-PR

SELECT YOUR HEIGHT

  • FRAME SIZE
    48

  • FRAME SIZE
    48

  • FRAME SIZE
    48

  • FRAME SIZE
    48

  • FRAME SIZE
    48
    OR
    50

  • FRAME SIZE
    48
    OR
    50

  • FRAME SIZE
    50

  • FRAME SIZE
    50

  • FRAME SIZE
    50
    OR
    52

  • FRAME SIZE
    52

  • FRAME SIZE
    52
    OR
    54

  • FRAME SIZE
    52
    OR
    54

  • FRAME SIZE
    54
    OR
    56

  • FRAME SIZE
    54
    OR
    56

  • FRAME SIZE
    54
    OR
    56

  • FRAME SIZE
    56
    OR
    58.5

  • FRAME SIZE
    56
    OR
    58.5

  • FRAME SIZE
    58.5

  • FRAME SIZE
    58.5

  • FRAME SIZE
    58.5

  • FRAME SIZE
    58.5



On the border of two sizes?
The right size may depend on certain body measurements and your riding style. Feel free to contact us at any time regarding sizing questions - our product specialists are experienced with finding riders the right fit by cross-referencing your information with our QR Rider Fit database.
Measure for Maximum Performance
If you're not transferring measurements from a similar triathlon specific bike, to get completely "dialed in" for maximum performance, we recommend you see a reputable professional bike fitter that can fit you to your new Quintana Roo.

PRSERIES SIZE GUIDE

Find your frame sizes for the following bikes

PRsix2 | PRsix | PRfive2 | PRfive | PRfour

SELECT YOUR HEIGHT

  • FRAME SIZE
    48

  • FRAME SIZE
    48

  • FRAME SIZE
    48

  • FRAME SIZE
    48

  • FRAME SIZE
    48
    OR
    50

  • FRAME SIZE
    48
    OR
    50

  • FRAME SIZE
    50

  • FRAME SIZE
    50

  • FRAME SIZE
    50
    OR
    52

  • FRAME SIZE
    52

  • FRAME SIZE
    52
    OR
    54

  • FRAME SIZE
    52
    OR
    54

  • FRAME SIZE
    54
    OR
    56

  • FRAME SIZE
    54
    OR
    56

  • FRAME SIZE
    54
    OR
    56

  • FRAME SIZE
    56
    OR
    58.5

  • FRAME SIZE
    56
    OR
    58.5

  • FRAME SIZE
    58.5

  • FRAME SIZE
    58.5

  • FRAME SIZE
    58.5

  • FRAME SIZE
    58.5



On the border of two sizes?
The right size may depend on certain body measurements and your riding style. Feel free to contact us at any time regarding sizing questions - our product specialists are experienced with finding riders the right fit by cross-referencing your information with our QR Rider Fit database.
Measure for Maximum Performance
If you're not transferring measurements from a similar triathlon specific bike, to get completely "dialed in" for maximum performance, we recommend you see a reputable professional bike fitter that can fit you to your new Quintana Roo.

SRSERIES SIZE GUIDE

Find your frame sizes for the following bikes

SRsix | SRfive

SELECT YOUR HEIGHT

  • FRAME SIZE
    XS

  • FRAME SIZE
    XS

  • FRAME SIZE
    XS
    OR
    S

  • FRAME SIZE
    XS
    OR
    S

  • FRAME SIZE
    XS
    OR
    S

  • FRAME SIZE
    S

  • FRAME SIZE
    M

  • FRAME SIZE
    M

  • FRAME SIZE
    M

  • FRAME SIZE
    M
    OR
    L

  • FRAME SIZE
    M
    OR
    L

  • FRAME SIZE
    L

  • FRAME SIZE
    L
    OR
    XL

  • FRAME SIZE
    XL

  • FRAME SIZE
    XL

  • FRAME SIZE
    XL

  • FRAME SIZE
    XL

On the border of two sizes?
The right size may depend on certain body measurements and your riding style. Feel free to contact us at any time regarding sizing questions - our product specialists are experienced with finding riders the right fit by cross-referencing your information with our QR Rider Fit database.
Measure for Maximum Performance
If you're not transferring measurements from a similar triathlon specific bike, to get completely "dialed in" for maximum performance, we recommend you see a reputable professional bike fitter that can fit you to your new Quintana Roo.
Fourth of July Sale EXTENDED