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About Us

Taren

“TRIATHLON” TAREN GESELL

Head Trainiac & Triathlete-In-Chief, TriathlonTaren.com

Triathlon Taren wasn’t always the Speedo-clad, All-World Ironman triathlete, and IRONMAN U Certified Coach and ISSA Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition you see today. Although he grew up skateboarding, playing baseball and curling competitively, by the time he started university, he hit his all-time high weight of 215lbs thanks to a steady diet of beer and bacon. At 5’8” tall, he was unhealthy and unhappy. A friend who was heavily into fitness got Taren into the gym, pushing weights and eating nothing but chicken breasts and brown rice. He lost some weight but it wasn’t a lifestyle; he was getting bored with the workouts and always looking for something better. Right around that time, Taren noticed an old friend competing in triathlon and decided since he was already running, biking and swimming separately, he may as well try to put them together. He did his first Try-A-Tri (a total disaster, in his estimation), and he was instantly hooked. Now, eight years later and a comfortable 165lbs., Taren has made triathlon and endurance sports a way of life, having competed in countless sprint, Olympic and half-Ironman races. It’s his passion to bring tips on healthy living and triathlon training to amateur athletes around the world. Taren still races competitively throughout the year and has the following personal best race times: Sprint: 1:07:54 |  Olympic: 2:11:24 |  Half-IRONMAN: 4:34:52 | Full Iron Distance: 9:41:28 | Half-Marathon: 1:28:06. He lives in Winnipeg, Canada with his wife Kim and their two dogs.
Kim

KIM GESELL (AKA NO TRIATHLON KIM)

Head Sherpa

Kim met Taren when he was curling professionally on the World Curling Tour, not long after he’d done his first Try-A-Tri. As he learned the sport and began to adopt triathlon as a lifestyle, Kim quickly learned the ropes for being a good sherpa, and has accompanied Taren to a majority of his races and endurance endeavors. Kim worked as a journalist for many years, as a TV news reporter and then as the host of a weekly football show. She left the media a couple of years ago and now works alongside Taren at MYMŌTTIV.com, and still does some freelance work as a writer, host and voice-over artist. She was previously a competitive women’s softball and ultimate frisbee player, and enjoys riding her bike with the dogs. She's just returned to exercise after a 12-year layoff from activity while she battled Lyme Disease.
Jim

Jim Gazzale

Managing Editor

Jim Gazzale has spent time in various cities around the United States as well as Internationally writing content for print, digital, and broadcast news outlets. His work has been seen in more than 230+ countries worldwide. Currently, Jim specializes in government communications and media relations. Jim is also the owner of SENS Fitness, an online weight loss and endurance sports coaching company. His signature “Wine and Weight Loss” program helps men and women lose weight and get into race shape while drinking wine and eating whatever they want. He’s been featured on theptdc.com for his entrepreneurial work in the health and fitness industry and is a frequent contributor to Adirondack Sports Magazine, an outdoor sports and fitness magazine covering the Adirondack Park and greater Capital Region in Upstate New York. He also serves as President of the Capital District Triathlon Club. Jim is a slightly above average age-group triathlete. After crashing his brand new Cervelo in his first ever triathlon, he’s gone on to finish multiple 70.3s and two full distance triathlons including an 11:11:37 performance at Ironman Mont Tremblant in 2019. Jim lives in Troy, NY with his wife Karen and their two children, Gia and Leo.
Alecsa

Alecsa Stewart

Writer

Alecsa’s journey into endurance sports started with a charity 10k running race at her work in 2012. While she enjoyed the training program and the feeling of achievement at the end of the event, she quickly realized that speed was not going to be her forte, but thought that she’d like to take on the challenge of longer distances. Over the years, a 10k became a half and then full marathon, before switching to trails and going into the ultra running world. As she became more passionate about spending long days in the mountains, Alecsa also wanted a lifestyle change. From suburban corporate life driving to the hills at the weekend, she made the switch to living in a remote French Pyrenean village and working as a freelance writer in 2019. Through her personal experience training for ultra races and cross-training by swimming, biking, climbing, and hiking, Alecsa’s developed a wealth of knowledge about health & fitness, nutrition, and outdoor living. When she’s not at her desk creating content, she’s out exploring the Pyrenean trails or finding new adventures in the mountains and sharing them in running magazines or on her blog. Alecsa lives in the south of France with her husband Doug.
Leighton

Leighton Kuchel

Chief Technology Officer

Leighton first dipped his toes into the triathlon lifestyle after watching his friend complete their first triathlon. Ever since then, he's been hooked! After completing his first Olympic triathlon in early 2019, he wanted to give back to the triathlon community - teaming up with the MoTTiv team. Leighton has worked as a programmer (web and mobile) for the last 12 years and is now looking after the development team at MoTTiv.
Carla

Carla Kuchel

Head of Design

Carla is a fun-loving Aussie, working from London as a freelance designer and enjoys a good cup of coffee, illustration, travel, and running (with a couple of triathlons under the belt too). She has 10 years teaching experience and is passionate about design. Carla has been the Lead UI/UX designer for the MoTTIv team and has worked to ensure that the new web app and iOS app are both beautiful and functional for users. She continues to work on designing new and exciting features coming soon!
Dennis

Dennis Vorobyov

Technology Consultant

Dennis is a technology enthusiast, product consultant and a CEO of boutique engineering agency EltexSoft. He has spent the past decade providing leadership and advisory in software engineering, making SMBs, series A and B startups succeed with automating their business with technology. Dennis is a high energy, decisive, disciplined and creative person, with a power to promote ideas and lead the team forward. Doing most of his work behind the scenes, he makes things happen and ensures the team efforts are well planned and coordinated.