If you’re familiar with the world of triathlon, you’ve likely heard the name Sarah True. From two Olympic showings to a World Triathlon Series championship, Sarah has proven time and time again just how real of a force she is on race day.  And while her list of accolades is impressive, there is one major race she’s yet to take on. That is, until now.

This October Sarah will stand among many of the world’s strongest competitors as she prepares to begin the first leg of the 2018 IRONMAN World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

As one of America’s highest Olympic finishers in all of triathlon Sarah is no stranger to competition, and we at team TYR are eager to see her take on a new course. To find out how the former Olympic/ITU Athlete of the Year is preparing to tackle Kona, check out our exclusive Q & A below.

What part of the Kona experience are you most looking forward to?

I’ve never been to Kona to watch or participate in the IM World Championships and it will be a completely new experience for me. For the sport of triathlon, this is our most iconic event, so there’s something incredibly special about being able to race on the Big Island.

How have you been training to prepare for race day?

My entire year has been structured around preparing for this race. I’ve chosen to approach it  as a gradual build up through summer. As we’ve gotten closer to Kona, I’ve been dialing it up a bit more.  However, the overarching focus has always been on training consistently without illness or injury. That way, I can successfully add layers of fitness to my regimen until October.

Will your training change once you arrive on the Big Island?

I’ll be arriving in Kona early this month, so that will allow for a decent training block to acclimate myself with the heat and humidity, which will definitely be a transition.

What is some advice you have for other athletes racing Kona for the first time?

Manage your energy before the race! I think part of the challenge is that this is a huge triathlon party, and it’s easy to get caught up in the fun. If you want to have your best race, take in some of the excitement but also, prioritize.

For more updates on her journey to Kona, be sure to follow Sarah on Instagram!

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