Triathlon Collegiate Club Nationals: Boulder

Big and Fast!

University of Colorado at Boulder

Answers by K. Thellman

Marketing Officer: CU Triathlon Team

RM:  How is the field looking for this years event?

KT:  Competitive, as always. We're going up against a lot of strong athletes this year.  

RM:  What has been the mantra for this year? The charge!

KT:  Sko Buffs!

RM:  How important is the team concept in each event?  How is that communicated to the Club?

KT:  The team concept is crucial for each event. We treat our team as if it's a family. A big, fast family. Our athletes support each other and help play off each other's strengths and weaknesses throughout each event.

RM:  How has the growing success of Collegiate Triathlon impacted your program?  New opportunities?

KT:  It's great that Collegiate Triathlon has gained more press recently. Having people excited about the sport only solidifies what we already know: triathlon is the coolest sport. Our family continues to grow each year because of the growing success of Collegiate Triathlon allowing more and more people to get started in the sport.

RM:  How is the health of the team leading up to Nationals?  

KT:  We have been continuing to push throughout this season, adding more miles on the bike, more laps in the pool, and more hill repeats to each practice session. We have also added in some additional strength and plyometric workouts this year to help prevent injuries. All in all, we're going into Nationals feeling ready strong and ready to compete.

RM:  How effective were the exhibition events in 2014 in preparing athletes for the 2015 Club Collegiate Tri season?

KT:  The Fall and Spring races were very important for the team. A lot of our athletes competed in their first races this season and some of them are now on their way to Nationals. The exhibition events serve as excellent markers for where we are in our training, showing us how much we've improved and what we still need to work on.

RM:  What was the key moment for the team this season?

KT:  After competing at Lake Havasu in March, our team took a four-day training camp in Albuquerque, NM. This time not only serves to help gain fitness but also to strengthen connections between teammates. There's nothing like a 50-mile post-race bike ride to bring people together in their pain/fun.

RM:  Considering your home base, do you foresee any issues, complications or benefits with the venue in Clemson, S.C.?

KT:  Traveling to Clemson, S.C. will prove to be hard for many teams this year since it is so far away. It is also far from a big airport, forcing teams to rent cars, and adding to travel time. Athletes will be performing in conditions they're not accustomed to, like humidity. It will also hurt the athletes traveling from several time zones away, as they will not have enough time to adjust to the local time zone.

RM:  Which event do your athletes most look forward to and why?  Olympic, Mixed Team Relay, Sprint

KT:  We look forward to the Olympic race because this is the race that we will have the most athletes competing in. This is the race we train for throughout the year.

RM:  Do you prefer draft-legal racing to non-draft? Why?

KT:  Draft-legal racing is always fun to watch, but we prefer non-draft races because this is how the majority of our team trains to compete. More athletes on our team are comfortable and familiar with non-draft racing.

RM:  Any special "Thank You's" you would like to make for all those that helped this season?

KT:  We would like to thank our sponsors: BlueSeventy, Rudy Project, Clif Bar, Specialized, Colorado Multisport and Colorado Nutrition. And a big thank you to all of our coaches: Coach Brad, head coach; Dave Sheanin, Leigh Dodd, and Henry Winterbottom, assistant coaches.

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