Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: North of Boston, Massachusetts
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Great question, hobey, and I'm glad you qualified the question, because I know this thread would have turned into a "I like" rather than a "I'm best at" discussion.
For me, I'm not really sure what I'm best at. On the surface, I might say long course (half Iron/Iron distance), but that's probably my innate bias of what I like, as long course is much more sexy to me.
But I really don't know if I'm better at long course. I have never trained specifically for the short stuff, but in a small local triathlon (Sprint or Oly) or road race (5K or 10K) I have gotten myself to routinely finish in or on the line of Top-10. And I could probably say same for long course, but unfortunately there are no small scale long course races I've done. And on top of that with Long Course, I have yet to hit my potential. I am still climbing, getting faster, learing how to race the distances, and I'm convinced that it takes about 5 years to peak at the longer distances, as there is just too much base to build and far too much to learn to get a successful race execution.
I think if I spent the next year racing exclusively Sprints, I could get very, very fast. Maybe to the point where even though that speed could translate over to long course, I would be much more successful at those distances.
It's something I can't draw conconclusions on because, again, I haven't trained for short course -- only long course.
Then again, maybe I'm equal, since I can't come up with an answer here.
Either way, it's a great question!