I’ll start with my race. My last race of the season was the F1 San Diego Super Sprint. I was supposed to have done the Las Vegas Super Sprint in September but due to my crash I was only able to watch. In a way this may have been a blessing in disguise. By watching the race I was able to witness the intensity and speed of the race first hand so that when it was time to compete in my first super sprint I knew what to expect to a point.
It’s a pretty awesome race format in a lot of ways. The race consists of a 300 meter swim, 8k bike and a 2.5k run that you do twice through consecutively..meaning you transition from the first time through the run back into the swim. The entire race takes place in a parking lot and is completed in less than an hour. It’s fast, challenging and spectator friendly. In a super sprint the athletes have nowhere to hide. You must be strong, speedy, skillful and superb all around to be competitive in the event.
I had been warned by athletes who had done super sprints before how awful it was to get back into the water after the first round. I guess I must have prepared for it to feel like death because I was pleasantly surprised that the swim wasn't AS bad as I had thought it would. Once again McLarty and I came out of the
water together and back on the bike we went. This time through I was able to hold a bit more speed through the technical course and yep, same strategy stay as close as possible so I could have a chance on the run. It’s funny how similar round 1 and 2 of the race played out. In the end I was able to out run McLarty for the win!
It was such a fun and challenging race! It tested my speed, strength and skills in a way like no other race I have ever done. I can't wait to do more races of this format and fully believe that by competing in races of this nature it will only make me a bigger threat on the ITU circuit.