Posted on Feb 8
Kim Conley Blitzes the 2014 Indoor Track Season
The last time we slowed down Team New Balance Olympian Kim Conley for a chat, was just before her 5K in New York City. It was early November 2013 and Kim was thinking only about racing hard, putting in miles, and having fun with her "mini fall racing schedule" that she'd created. She did that and more.
Over the phone Kim comes off as one of the most polite, patient, down-to-earth people you will ever meet. You would never know that she is one of the best athletes in the world at her event. American Kim Conley, born in the UK, now living and training near Sacramento, California, is far from laid back.
Fast forward to January 25th, 2014 and she's toeing the line at The Armory in New York City. This is the New Balance Games and for Kim, alongside Team New Balance teammates Sarah Brown, Nicole Bush, Melissa Salerno and Lucy Van Dalen, this is the indoor season opener.
As calm as she seemed from the outside, on the inside Kim was electrified and ready to jumpstart her season. Not in a week, not later in the season, not after a race or two to feel out her speed, but right then. Debuting a pair of Reflective 800's straight out of the box, Kim took off after the pacing "rabbit" from the gun. She motored away, tucked in right behind the pacer. Kim found herself all alone after her first 800 meters, clocking 2:10.3 and easily leading the field. From wire to wire she owned the race and set a new Armory record with her new PR time of 4:24.54.
Kim Conley, who made a scene last year in the 3D printed custom 5000, won the New Balance Games last month in the eye-catching #REFLECTIVE800 and now prepares to race the 2000m this weekend in her 3D-printed custom 800 spike (the best of both worlds - below) in Boston. She'll race in the 2K alongside Emma Coburn, Nicole Bush, and Stephanie Garcia (who won the Steeplechase at The Armory at the NB Games).
Like the starting line scene minutes before her record-setting win at The Armory, you can expect to see a calm Kim Conley preparing for her race at the New Balance Games at Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. Inside though, a fierce competitor will be looking to blow away the competition.