19-year-old American, Seth Rider has his sights set high in his final year as a Team USA Junior Triathlete. The all-rounder who resides in Germantown, Tennessee recently finished 6th overall in a tough competition at the USA Triathlon Junior National Championships.
Seth comes from a family of swimmers and triathletes, at a young age he followed his two older brothers into the pool at their local swim club and then quickly transitioned into triathlon, competing in his first triathlon race at the tender age of six years old.
At 14, Seth made the commitment to take the sport seriously with training and he started progressing from there. Currently the distance that Seth races at is the sprint distance (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run), however, moving from the Junior program to the U23 ranks means changing his focus to the Olympic distance (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run).
“I do not have many career goals yet,” said Seth, “I plan on having a really great winter of training and preparing myself for my first year of racing at the senior level where I hope to gain experience and begin to improve at racing the Olympic distance.”
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are on Seth’s radar, however, triathletes do not usually peak in their racing until their late twenties. Despite only being 23 years old when the next Olympics comes round, Seth is wants to make it a priority for his training over the next four years.
“Right now I am just thinking of being consistent and progressing my training at a reasonable rate so that I stay healthy. The 2020 Olympics are on my horizon as a main objective as well as just becoming a consistent performer on the world circuit.”
Part of this training means relocating to Flagstaff, Arizona where many professionals flock to due to the superb training conditions and the exposure to altitude that can make a huge difference on performance.
Seth is currently riding a Factor ONE while racing. The Factor ONE provides Seth with a smooth aerodynamic ride for the draft legal competitions that Seth competes in. Built for maximum stiffness and aerodynamic performance to deliver ultimate speed and a reassuringly stable and predictable ride for total confidence and control.
“It is by far the best and fastest bike I have ever ridden, the second you start applying power you can feel how responsive it is, and when going fast it just slices through the wind.”
Seth has a busy few months ahead of him before the 2016 season comes to an end. He is still hoping to qualify for the Triathlon World Championships held in Cozumel, Mexico on September 16th. Up next is the Ontario, Canadian Provincial Championships on August 27th and his final race of the season will be the USA Triathlon Elite National Championships on October 1st.