Welcome to the CRP!
My name is Dylan Sorensen and I am a new member of USA Triathlon’s Collegiate Recruitment Program (CRP) in Scottsdale, Arizona. This is a program where USAT recruits 6-8 collegiate runners/swimmers whom they believe have Olympic potential in the sport of triathlon. The national governing body then funds those athletes for 1-2 years to help transition them from a single sport background to that of a competitive international triathlete. I am incredibly thankful and honored to have been given one of these spots in my pursuit of becoming the best that I can be in the sport of triathlon.
The CRP currently has 4 men and 3 women. We are a diverse collection of individuals from many parts of the nation, however we all competed as runners in college. Potentially the best part about this group is that 3 of us (including myself and two of the women) ran together at Georgetown University! On a serious note, all 7 of us have formed an amazing bond and serve as great training partners. Our group’s culture transcends that of just a training group, rather it feels more like a team. All of us want to see the others do well and support one another through whatever peaks and valleys that we face.
I moved out here (to AZ) to start with the group on November 1. The first two months of our time together was spent developing a large aerobic base that is meant to serve as the foundation of our fitness this season. For me as someone new to swimming, most of my training was in the water, whereas some people in the group who didn’t need to emphasize one area of the sport completed a more balanced training schedule. I swam more, suffered more, and tired myself out more in training than I ever have before with running. Looking back, this was absolutely a necessity and I am excited to see the fruits of my labor when I start racing.
My goals for this season are to earn my elite card and then compete successfully in numerous elite races which will help to put myself in a competitive position for the 2015 Pan American Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The way selection to Major Games (Pan Ams, Olympics, Commonwealth, etc.) works in the sport of triathlon is by athletes amassing points based on their results in International Triathlon Union (ITU) races. So, the better the finish in any given ITU race, the greater amount of points an athlete will earn so as to increase the likelihood of their selection to one of those highly sought-after USA teams. Every athlete in the world is under the same system, so the world ranking of any given athlete is determined by the amount of points that the athlete has achieved.
The more points an athlete has also allows them the ability to participate in higher level races on the ITU circuit (which offer more points). Their are 3 tiers of races: Continental Cup, World Cup, and World Triathlon Series (WTS). The Continental Cup races are the lowest tier, which offer about 25% of the amount of points that the WTS races do, whereas the World Cup is a step up from the former, offering about 50% of the points that a WTS race does. Only about 60 athletes can be entered in to a WTS race, and since all athletes want to compete in these races so as to garner a higher level of points, finding oneself on the starting line of one of these races is extremely competitive for a newcomer. My goal is to be competing primarily in Continental Cups for the first half of 2015 (dependent on winning my elite card) with a hope of moving successfully to World Cups and (if everything goes right) WTS races by the end of 2015.
A bit about me:
I am a Christian born and raised in an Indiana town on the northwest side of Indianapolis called Zionsville. I have always had an affinity for sports, but as a Hoosier, I kept basketball in my life as long as I could. By my senior year in High School I decided that I needed to stick with running. I accepted a phenomenal opportunity to run cross country and track and field at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Here I received an undergraduate degree from the McDonough School of Business in International Business with a minor in Italian language in 2013 as well as a Master’s degree in Sports Industry Management from the School of Continuing Studies in 2014. I am 1 of 10 siblings (yes, you read that correctly) and have family spread out around the country. My parents are both remarried and have allowed me to have a new place in the USA I now call home in addition to Zionsville: Waco, TX. My father, step-mother, and three of my siblings moved there in 2008 and since then I have learned that it is a wonderful place to train as well as raise a family. I love where I grew up and have enjoyed living in every place where I have spent time. I have always loved learning, traveling, and sport. I couldn’t be more excited to experience the world through the sport of triathlon.
There have been so many people who have helped me to attain the position that I am in now, so look out for a blog soon detailing the people that I am incredibly thankful for in sport. My family and friends are my biggest support crew and there is absolutely no way that I could be pursuing my dreams without their aid. I also have to give a quick shoutout to Jarrod Evans (my coach) and Barb Lindquist (the woman who gave me an initial start in triathlon this summer).
For more insight in to my life, find me on Facebook, Twitter: @DylanSorensen, and Instagram: @DynoSor469.
If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading!