If you want to race well a Sprint race, you either have to be fast or you have to be able to endure a lot of pain (and sometimes both). I’m not fast so unfortunately that leaves only the option 2 for me on Sprints. And this year, the Triangle Triathlon this year was really painful for me. I had race Ironman Coeur D’Alene three weeks prior and I still didn’t feel recovered. My older friends have warned me that as I get older recovery will take longer. Plus, I was also out of town on business all week until Friday night so Saturday I didn’t feel exactly rested and ready to race.