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After her threepeat win at the Life Time Fitness Triathlon in Minneapolis on Saturday, American Sarah Haskins, one of the top ITU racers gunning for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team shares why she likes racing non-drafting races, how things are different in an Olympic-qualifying year and how she’s preparing for racing at the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series race in London on Aug. 6.
Triathlete.com: This was your third straight win in Minneapolis—why do you seem to dominate on this course?
Haskins: Non-drafting races are a strength for me, and with this race being in that format, it suits me well. In addition, Minneapolis is a technical course, so the more experience on the course, the better.
Triathlete.com: What do you like about racing in Minneapolis?
Haskins: My husband is from Minneapolis, so I love competing and getting to also spend time with family. We usually head down to Lake Elysian after the race where my mother-in-law has a lake house and hang out post-race. I also love the great support the pros are offered from the Life Time Fitness race staff. I feel so welcome and appreciate all the little things that are taken care of.
Triathlete.com: What keeps you racing in the Life Time Fitness series?
Haskins: The Life Time Fitness Race to the Toyota Cup Series is top-notch and does a great job making each race experience positive, both on and off the race course. I enjoy racing in the U.S., not having to travel to far from home and going for the series bonus win.
Triathlete.com: How are things different for you in an Olympic-qualifying year?
Haskins: This year my main goal is to qualify for the Olympics in London. I have cut back on my international travel this year and focused more on consistent training and racing closer to home. I still have to race enough ITU races to keep my Olympic points up.
Triathlete.com: London is next up on your schedule—how’s your prep for ITU London coming along?
Haskins: London prep is coming along great. I am focusing on getting my run speed up headed into London. Qualifying for the Olympics will be a great challenge, but I hope to do so on Aug. 6.