The Road To Nationals with Andrea Núñez-Smith This Austonian keeps it fast and weird By RM // April 21, 2016 Hometown: Austin, TexasSport / Competition: TriathlonTwitter/dreanunezsmithInstagram/dreanunezsmithFacebook/andreanunezsmithRM: How many years have you been competing? I grew up swimming competitively since I was 4 years old, my senior year of high school I got into triathlons and have been doing them for 3 years now. RM: What have been some of the craziest things you have witnessed while training, competing or traveling?Lots of things! I have seen some terrifying crash, various animals-the most rememberable was a bull that was in the middle of the road and my friend charged at him to get him to leave. RM: What fuels your competitiveness? What color do you feel the fastest in?I think wanting to be the best I can is what really fuels my competitiveness. Knowing that there is always room for improvement and someone out there thats faster makes the sport so fun. I feel the fastest in black with some neon! RM: How has your approach changed from the beginning of the season to the end to make you a better at each stage as you head to nationals?I think one thing I have tried to change a lot is training smart and with a purpose. I think its so easy to just do a bunch of miles and yards in this sport but I've realized how important quality work is. RM: What is your goal as you head to nationals? First out of the water? Top 10? Best split?Going into nationals I'm hoping to come out of the water in the top 3 girls, I was out 5th last year so trying to improve from that. Its hard to say place wise where I hope to end up, since come race day who knows who will be there. I just hope to improve all three disciplines from last year.RM: How are you feeling? Did you have any injuries you had to over come? Are you peaking at the right time?Im excited!!! There have been injuries on and off for the past two years, but am feeling healthy, fit, and think that everything is lined up to have a great and fun race.RM: What is your long view? Where do you see yourself in a few years? Still competing? Working professionals?I hope to get my pro card with in a few years and possibly get to race ITU! I think it would be the coolest thing to get that opportunity, but just want to keep doing what i love and help others along the way. RM: When you think about Nationals... what gets you the most excited? The most anxious? Instills the most concern?I get nervous, since it is the "big race" that we have been training for all year. But then again I get excited because so much work has been done this year its time to see what I and what my team is capable of. RM: What equipment changes have you made through the year and most importantly as you head to Nationals?I have started using more data to see my effort levels, such as a heart rate monitor, so i think that has helped a lot! RM: Training secrets? Care to share? Favorite quote? Have fun with it and have a plan. I think that if you have a plan and schedule on what you are going to do for training it makes it have a purpose. I think too a lot of people get so caught up in the sport and forget to have fun with it and realize how fortunate we all are to do it. RM: What do you geek out on besides Triathlon?tough question! i love reading about health and nutrition, which is my minor, looking at bike but i guess that falls into triathlon...any type of water sport! RM: Do you have a dream race you want to create? yes! it would be a race in Australia or by a beach, some place that i know that after i finish i can just sit on the beach all day. Weather conditions would be perfect and i would be able to preform at my best! :) Training Tracks: Favorite songs to train/race to?Can't be touched. Till I collapse. In the end.Remember the name. Rockstar.