Triathlon Collegiate Club Nationals: Oregon State

OSU's 10 fastest are heading to Clemson and they are very healthy.

Answers from: Staci Partridge

OSU Triathlon Club President

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

SP:  This year we are sending 10 athletes, 7 men and 3 women. We have a really fast men's team this year, 2 of which are racing in the draft legal race. This will be the first time OSU will have an athlete (let alone 2) in the ITU race! We are super excited about that. With only 3 ladies, it will be hard for us to score for the women's race, but we are still looking to have a good time.

RM:  What has been the mantra for this year?  Where is that established? Pre-Season Camp?

SP:  We don't really have one...

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

SP:  Extremely important! We emphasize the team bonding and team aspect over all else. In the process of applying to nationals, an athlete's speed is one of ten questions and is weighted the lightest. We are all about giving back to and participating in the team. We do pancake socials twice a month and spend almost as much time together outside of training as we do in the pool, on the bike or running trails or in circles at the track.

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

SP:  Our club has been tremendously successful for many years. I think the success of Collegiate Triathlon is helping our conference grow and may provide our team with more opportunities to race other collegiate athletes at more races than just nationals and Wildflower.

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

SP:  Excellent. We have (surprisingly) no injuries right now. We have been more diligent about emphasizing the importance of rest, especially later in the training season. Hopefully we keep it that way.

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

SP:  Yes, having raced last year and the year before, we know what to expect and feel prepared

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

SP:  Our season actually opens with Collegiate Nationals. We haven't raced since September at Best in the West Triathlon Festival which is our conference championship. I guess we will shake off the cobwebs and nationals. The key moment has yet to be determined.

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

SP:  I think we may be a little tired from the trip, but that is to be expected. Traveling across the country is never easy. I think the humidity will be a little rough, but we've been making attempts to train for that. (A little hint at our journey to national video theme).

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

SP:  I think it depends on the athlete. I know the two who are racing the ITU are most excited about that. A couple others are really excited for the MTR. I personally am excited to cheer for each other throughout each race and to get a little silly with our team spirit.

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

SP:  We haven't raced DL before. There is only one in the PNW and we are going to try to race that this year. I guess we'll find out if our 2 guys prefer DL to NDL after Friday.

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

SP:  Our coaches: we have 5 amazing coaches who help us with every aspect of training and support us on a daily basis. They are truly amazing and they do it all as volunteers!

Our entire team: They work so hard to support one another and to help put on our biggest fundraiser of the year which is how we even get to go to this race. Like I said before, it's all about the team and friendships that are formed that inspire a lifelong hobby and maybe even a career for some of our talented young athletes. We have a great community and are glad they support us!

All the people who raced at our fundraisers, the Beaver Freezer Tri and the Beaver Fever Tri. Without those races, you wouldn't see OSU at nationals. Thanks to the tri community who supports us (over 900 people this year!)
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