“This year I was actually in New Hampshire till February. … We have a house we rent — we have a little setup, we have a dog — just trying to settle into a pseudo-normal domestic life for a little bit. Then we went down to Clermont (Fla., to train) in early February. We were able to pack up the pickup and bring the dog and drive down. … I can’t do that if I go to Australia.”
Groff is ranked 15th in the world for women in the ITU World Triathlon Series with 1,002 points. Her Olympic teammate Gwen Jorgensen is ranked first with 2,233 points. Groff has finished seventh in her last two events, April 9 in San Diego and June 1 in Madrid. There are ITU races in July in Germany and Austria.
Groff was leading the San Diego meet early in the run, but faded late. She told triathlon.com that she took the lead deliberately to try to test out a new strategy for the race.
“I tried to do something a little different,” she explained. “It’s been a few years since I tried to go off the front. The fitness wasn’t quite there but I went for it. It was fun … and it was really not so fun after the first lap of the run, but you know, it’s nice to know we can get organized off the front, it’s just a matter of having the fitness to back it up on the run. The best athletes in the world — the Brownlees, Gomez, Jenkins, Spirig — it doesn’t matter how the race unfolds, they can dictate what happens.
“Eventually I want to be at that point,” she continued. “It might take a few years but you have to start somewhere. I wasn’t afraid to blow up and I did, but I took a risk.”