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Haskins' Double Carries Useful Lessons for all Triathletes
It is not easy to win the St. Anthony’s Triathlon, which is one of the most competitive non-drafting international-distance races on the professional circuit. It’s even harder to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team in triathlon. More difficult still is achieving both of these feats in a period of 12 days, but Sarah Haskins nearly did just that, winning St. Anthony’s on April 29 in course-record time and then coming within a hair’s breadth of qualifying for her second Olympics at the ITU World Triathlon San Diego on May 11, finishing as the second American and eighth overall when she needed to be the first American and among the top nine finishers.
Although disappointed with the latter result, Haskins, 31, takes comfort in knowing that her preparation for the back-to-back races was perfect. The St. Louis native and current resident of Clermont, Fla., might be further gratified to know that her preparation for the unique “double” that she nearly pulled off provides an excellent model for age-group triathletes to follow in their own efforts to excel in more than one race within a short period of time.