Name & Age:
Bastian Sopora, 30
Hobbies (other than triathlon):
Tinkering, Music, Cooking
Family Status (married/single/number and age of children or siblings):
Married to Stacy
Pets (name, age, breed etc.): none
Years in Triathlon: 7
Best or Favorite Event (swim/bike/run):
All three, that’s why I tri!
I’ve done everything from a super-sprint to Ironman. I enjoy each distance’s unique mix of all-out speed and endurance-toughness.
Currently Training For (list the races you are focusing your efforts on for 2014):
IM Texas, Clear Lake Tri, 70.3s
Started Triathlon Because:
I needed a new challenge after moving for grad school. Had always thought Triathlon was a cool idea, so I signed up for a sprint with 2 weeks to go. Rode a 30+lbs hybrid bike and suffered through the run, but I was hooked. Bought a road bike the day after, did my second sprint two weeks later.
Best Racing Experience:
Sprint Finish at 2011 Vineman 70.3; Double Headers (Sprint on Saturday, Olympic on Sunday) at Rancho Seco, CA;
Worst Racing Experience:
Wildflower 2010 – flatted on the bike, overcooked the legs on the climbs (“nasty grade”), run isn’t flat either. That hurt a lot.
Racing Advice (training tips, favorite drink or food item, ways to avoid injuries etc.):
In races, things WILL go wrong in unexpected ways. Practice&prepare for as many scenarios as you can.
Also: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” - Benjamin Franklin