New to SRAM in '16, veteran pro Sarah Haskins has sights set on 70.3 Worlds
American pro triathlete Sarah Haskins is off to a strong start in 2016. Her first four races resulted in two victories and a pair of second places. This month she won Ironman® 70.3® Texas. A 2008 Olympian, she excels in half Ironman and draft-legal races. We recently caught up with Haskins, a longtime Zipp athlete who’s new to SRAM this year, to learn more about her plan for the season:
What are your main goals for the season for Ironman 70.3® and ITU/draft legal?
For this season it’s 70.3® World Championships and also to have a solid consistent season of racing.
How do you balance training for Ironman and draft legal? What’s the biggest difference in tactics/training between the two?
There is quite a difference between the two styles of racing. I have been training mostly for Olympic distance and 70.3® non-drafting events and decided to race and a local ITU race since it was so close to home. I have many years of racing the ITU style of racing, so that type of training muscle memory returns quickly. However, it takes lots of time and effort to reach that high-end speed and power ITU racing requires. Ironman® 70.3® distance training takes a bit more muscular endurance. In half-distance racing you have to focus much more on yourself and what you need to successfully get through the race. But in an ITU race, what is going on around you dictates how you will respond on race day.
Are you thinking about trying for the Rio Games?
Not at this time. Currently the American women have a very strong contingent and I am focusing on non-drafting events.
How is SRAM RED eTap? What have you noticed most about it?
It’s great for both racing and training. I love the ease of the shifting and ability to shift well both in and out of the saddle, out of turns, and in time trial position.
Has it been helpful to be a ‘full package’ SRAM athlete, riding SRAM components along with Zipp wheels and aerobars, and Quarq power measurement?
It’s a huge help! Everything is continuous with my equipment. If I ever need help from a technical support standpoint, I only need to speak with one person about my bike.
We saw on your blog you recently bought a home near St. Louis. Are you all settled in?
Not yet! We are still in Florida and taking advantage of the warm weather in Clermont and still have our home on the market. We are planning on heading up to St. Louis in May.
Is Ironman® World Championship in Kona a goal on the horizon for you?
Possibly but not this year. I am really focusing on the 70.3 World Championships in Mooloolaba, Australia. I plan on doing a mix of Olympic-distance races and 70.3 this year.
More about Sarah
- Ran cross-country and track at University of Tulsa.
- Competed in first triathlon in 2003 just after college graduation and became a pro triathlete less than a year later.
- Husband Nathan Kortuem is her coach and training partner. They have a daughter, Caroline, 3.
- Last year she tested the Zipp 808 NSW before its release and he first professional athlete Zipp tested with in the newly opened ARC Aerodynamic Bike Testing (ABT) Facility at the Indianapolis wind tunnel.
Sarah’s gear for 70.3 Texas:
Frame: Fuji Norcom Straight 1.1
Groupset: SRAM RED eTap
Tires: Zipp Tangente SLSpeed
Power Measurement: Quarq Elsa R
Follow Sarah on Twitter @sarahhaskinstri
All images © Kortuem Inc.