Haskins Set for Olympic Trials
Sarah Haskins 27, enters the triathlon trials in Tuscaloosa, Ala., as one of the favorites for the two remaining spots on the team.
“This is my first trials experience, and it’s very exciting,” Haskins said.
A state champion in cross country and swimming at Parkway South, Haskins has risen quickly to the top of the professional triathlon rankings. She finished seventh in the International Triathlon Union’s world cup standings last year, her second on the circuit. Haskins also won her first and only race this year in Miami, leading from the start of the 1.5K (0.9-mile) swim, through the 40K (25-mile) bike ride and to the finishing line of the 10K (6.2-mile) run in 1 hour, 58 minutes, 12 seconds.
“I was really pleased with my race in Miami. It was nice not traveling across the world. Staying in the States helps recovery,” Haskins said on a teleconference last week. “Back in January, I picked up the intensity and volume a little quicker than normal, knowing that I wanted to be ready in April, rather than peaking in August or September.”
Haskins also has altered her training because of weather conditions. She lives in the thin, dry air of Colorado Springs, which doesn’t hold the heat and humidity as well as Tuscaloosa.
“I try to think about ways to adjust,” she said, “whether that’s cycling indoors with some extra layers on, or this and that.”
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