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Featured Poll

When do you train on summer weekdays?

USA Triathlon Sprint Nationals Post-Race Quotes


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Sonja Kent (20-24, West Boylston, Mass.), Women’s Overall Champion
“I figured I was here for the whole weekend so I might as well make an event out of it. I train for the sprints mainly, that was only my second Olympic yesterday.”

“I’m still in college right now, and I do varsity swimming [at Worcester Polytechnic Institute], so that’s really been my sport but this definitely would encourage me to keep working at triathlons and doing it later on.”

“You come here, and I feel like it’s a serious event. This is my ‘A’ race, and I can really go out. I rested for it and it’s awesome. It’s so well run, too. This was the best race I’ve ever been to. It was so well organized, and I really loved it here.”

Patrick Parish (25-29, Bloomington, Minn.), Men’s Overall Champion
“I actually felt pretty good. I raced yesterday, so I felt pretty sore. I had a good swim … and felt good on the bike. It’s a really cool bike course. Once you get out on the freeway you can just fly. It’s a lot of fun.”

“It’s hard with this format when they start in age groups and waves … It’s basically a time trial. I’d kind of prefer to see where the competition is, but it’s definitely a great event.”

“For me the swim is the weak part, so I really wanted to hammer the swim. … I’m going from my worst event to my best event, so I just work really hard up front and if I come out from behind I try to pick people off along the way.”

“I do it for the competition more than anything else. I strongly prefer the sprint distance … This one is getting more and more competitive. I think the more competitive we can make the sprint races the better. In this one, I’m seeing more and more people out here and more and more talented people. I like it.”

Michael Orendorff (60-64, Pueblo, Colo.)
“I was fourth out of the water and second out onto the bike, though. I passed two in transition. About a mile into the bike, I passed the first-place guy at that point. He pushed me the whole rest of the way.”

Lorrie Beck (55-59, Williamstown, N.J.)
“It’s awesome. I had the best time of my life. It was a really cool race. … It was a fantastic venue; I really liked it last year.”

“I didn’t expect it at all. I was just kind of hoping to come up in the top and to win today was just awesome. It’s was one of those where you get into the zone and everything thing just goes right.”

Jeffrey Fejfar (35-39, Olive Branch, Miss.)
“I felt like I had a good swim; I got in a good rhythm. The bike’s my strength, so I just got out there and kind of crushed it. Looking at the guys behind me, I think I had maybe a two-minute gap … I got off and probably had the best run I’ve ever had. I felt really good. I once I crested that little hill out of transition, I got into a pace and just felt incredible. … Everything just came together really good; it’s probably the best race I’ve ever had.”

“It’s pretty amazing to come out and test yourself against the best in the country. We all kind of race in our own little bubbles a lot. You feel really good until you come out and start racing against the really fast people.”

Kerry Simmons (45-49, Point Lookout, N.Y.)
“The venue is beautiful. I actually raced yesterday as well. It was very well marked. You can’t ask for better weather. The volunteers were awesome. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a race where everything went off without a hitch. It was fantastic.”

“My goal is always to get out on the swim and bike and hang on for dear life on the run. I’m not sure how it went today, but I think I did a pretty good job. I love that the run was mostly downhill.”

Dave Slavinski (40-44, Point Pleasant, N.J.)
“It was a lot of fun turning it up and suffering for an hour and going as hard as you can. It’s a great course. That bike course is a good challenge. They changed it and make some good little hills to get some separation. The run course, after that first hill, is just flat out so I just ripped it.”

“I had a decent swim. I was 10th out of the water, and I got to the bike rack after the bike with the three leaders in the age group and I picked them off within in the first mile of the run and then I started feeling good after that. I was clipping along with some sub-five [minute mile] stuff along the backside there. It’s fun to know that when you’re 40 you can still rock and roll.”

“This is the test. This is where you get to see how you stack up against the best of the best. It’s not the best of your area — it’s the best in the country. This is where you put all that training to the test to see if you’re doing the right things or if someone else is doing it better than you.”