Ka’eo Kruse Update

It’s been a solid first quarter of the year! I finished 2nd by 1 second at the America’s Cup La Habana Olympic distance race and then followed that with another 3rd place podium at the America’s Cup Sarasota sprint race less than two weeks later. Both hot, tough races. Felt like I still had the Cuba race in my system when I raced in Sarasota, but, in a sport where there’s a lot of uncontrollables, I’m overall stoked with my ability to be consistent like that in such a short time frame.

These were only my 5th and 6th triathlons ever, my first pro-olympic distance, and the first podiums of my short career beating a couple of Olympians in the process. Coming from being a collegiate miler on the track less than a year ago, I’m pretty happy with my progress so far but there’s always more work to do.

Now that I’ve earned two consecutive podiums, am ranked in the top 200 in the world, and have proven myself at the Continental Cup level, USAT and I are now going to start targeting some World Cup races as the year progresses with the goal in mind of focusing on Olympic points. Tentative schedule:

April 15: St. Peters Conti Cup, MO (sprint)
May 13-14: America’s Cup Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (sprint)
June 17: Huatulco, Mexico WC (sprint)
July 8-9: Tiszaujauros, Hungary WC (sprint)
September 2: Valencia, Spain WC (olympic)
September 10: Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic WC (olympic)
October 14: Chengdu, China WC (olympic)
October 21: Tongyeong, South Korea WC (sprint)
October 28: Miyazaki, Japan WC (olympic)

Looking forward to starting to make a name for myself in these big boy races soon.