Sunday’s race marked a three-peat for Alicia Kaye in the 2013 Life Time Tri Series. We caught up with her as she makes her way toward Oceanside and what promises to be an exciting Toyota Triple Crown finale on October 20.
Thanks to the equalizer that gave the women an 11-minute head start, the end of your race came down to a sprint between you and Hunter. Were you expecting that at all?
I definitely knew a sprint finish between me and a male athlete was possible on Sunday; however, I also knew it would be extremely difficult to out sprint the male who was winning Life Time Tri Chicago. The thing that is difficult about being in the lead is you can’t see the person coming — it’s a massive advantage for the men. By the time I heard spectators starting to yell Hunter’s name it was too late. I needed more geography to be able to out kick him to the finish. Though I don’t know if I could have gone any harder!
What do you think about throwing the “Man vs. Woman” challenge into the mix? Does it add to the excitement of the Toyota Triple Crown?
I think it does add to the excitement — it has created a race within a race. There’s a lot happening on race day. Athletes want to win the race, the Life Time Tri Series and the Toyota Triple Crown. So there were three different focuses happening in Chicago and the same will happen in Oceanside. Kudos to Shawna at Life Time for getting the equalizer just right. It’s a lot of pressure to put on one person because the success and excitement of the equalizer fell squarely on her shoulders. I’m hoping that in the future we can come up with even more exciting ways to add excitement to the race.
Give us a mini race report: How did you feel out there, and did all go according to plan?
Chicago is a unique race because the pros start at 11 a.m. We are used to starting first thing in the morning. It meant making a few tweaks to my pre-race routine. Thank goodness the lake was so cool because by the time we were racing the temperature was in the mid 90s. I felt great in the water and swam on the feet of Helle Fredrickson. I got onto my bike and started pushing right away, and I was delighted to see my efforts paying off as my lead grew to two and a half minutes when I came back into T2. I got onto the run and I realized very quickly how hot it was. I knew I needed to control my effort to make sure I got to the finish line. Unfortunately, staying in control meant I lost a lot of time to Hunter and he passed me through the finish chute. With only four seconds separating Hunter and I in the Triple Crown, I can promise you that Oceanside will be a very exciting race!
Now that you’re in the heat of racing season, what does your training look like?
Lots of intensity and recovery. I’m doing a lot key sessions that have less volume in them. The back end of my season still has plenty of racing left, including the remaining three Life Time races (Tempe, Dallas and Oceanside). It’s important for me to feel sharp and make sure I’m putting an extra special effort into my recovery.
Tell us about those awesome tri suits. Do you like to make fashion statements off the course, too?
The suits that I have been wearing are by Triflare. The owner, Andrea Robertson (who is also a superstar triathlete), created the company after feeling unsatisfied (as I think many women are) with the tri suit options for females. Tri suits are notoriously masculine in fit and style. Andrea has combined fashion with high-end performance race suits. The prints are designed to flatter a woman’s muscled curves. The suits aren’t just great looking — they are comfortable, made of high performance fabrics and offer great features. The triathlon course is a stage; it’s where we get to perform, so it’s fun to wear a suit that reflects that. I did a detailed review of Triflare race suits on my blog. If you want to find out how you can get your hands on one these amazing suits go to www.triflare.com.
One race to go in the Toyota Triple Crown Series: Oceanside. Where will we see you race in the meantime? What are you looking forward to about racing Oceanside?
I flew straight from Chicago to Des Moines. I am racing Hy-Vee this weekend and really looking forward to racing such a talented group of athletes. I will be at all of the Life Time races. I’m excited to race Oceanside because not only is it the series finale, it’s also the final race in the Toyota Triple Crown and it’s a brand new race for Life Time. I’m looking forward to an ocean swim, since we haven’t done one since South Beach. Oceanside is going to be full of passionate racing; everyone will be very inspired to race their absolute best.