Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tidbits on Sarah Haskins and the local triathletes


We're overdue for a pop-in with our local Olympic triathlete, Sarah Haskins, so without further ado:

More than 30 weeks pregnant, Haskins has taken a hiatus from competition but has conducted clinics nationally and locally, including her alma mater, Parkway South. She also recently hosted a webinar on how to maximize performance on the middle leg, aka cycling.

Haskins is the premier U.S. athlete in triathlons in which drafting is illegal, so she has learned how to hammer on the bike without the advantage of riding in a competitor's slipstream, which helps a rider conserve energy. The Olympics and the ITU pro circuit, in contrast, are draft-legal. Haskins qualified for the 2008 Olympics and finished 11th in Beijing.

Her cycling prowess is kind of ironic, considering that she was a state high school champion in cross country and swimming. The bike was an afterthought, which she took up only after graduating from the University of Tulsa.

Haskins also has made a series of videos for Team Toyota, of which she is a member. The first is shown above. Very sweet give-and-take between Sarah and her mom, Becky, on the gratitude Sarah owes to her mom and her reflections on family now that she's about to become a mother herself.

The most recent in the series focuses on the key to developing a good swimming stroke. SPOILER ALERT: Find  a good local coach.

For the rest of the area's triathletes, the St. Louis Triathlon Club has a meeting scheduled for 6:30 Wednesday at the Ladue Horton Watkins High track. Upcoming local races include the St. Louis 5150 on June 29 at Innsbrook, the New Town Triathlon on July 14 north of St.Charles and the Tour de Kirkwood on July 28.  The club's web site has more information than I can regurgitate here.