Bridging The Gap – Summer Rappaport
Summer Rappaport relishes the challenge Super League Triathlon brings. The race weekends awaken the very best of her competitive nature, and on 23-24 Feb, she plans to execute on the big stage.
“I didn’t have a great 2018 until Super League started and then things just kind of changed in Jersey. I was running in The Triple Mix, and for the first time all season I really felt alive. I love the competition and the craziness of Super League. It really brings out the competitive side in me, so I’m really excited about this weekend and looking to go into battle!”
A rock-solid competitor who pushes the best to their limit, but in comparison to series leader Katie Zaferes, there is one glaring issue. Rappaport falls down on the bike, leaving herself exposed, and with work to do to stay with the leaders. Rappaport acknowledges this weakness and knows the work required to bring some balance to proceedings, and she is gunning to get things levelled out!
“It’s something I’ve worked hard on in the offseason, it’s something I’m always working hard on, and I was able to make a lot of progress.”
What specific work has she been doing to improve her skills?
“I was in Fuerteventura for the winter, and we had an empty development that never got built so we could turn it into a crit course with next to no traffic. We were able to ride in groups at a race pace, so you’re learning from everyone in the group, not just one person.
It is something that is still a work in progress, but it is something that is coming along.”
What has she taken from her previous Super League race weekends?
“One of the things that I realised at the first Super League of this season is that if you’re in a position where you have the option to be conservative or really take a risk, you need to take the risk.”
What specific challenges does she think Singapore brings to the table?
“One of the biggest things with this location compared to the other races is the heat. If you put yourself in trouble because of the heat and you’re really far back, you’re almost certainly going to pay for it later in the race. It will bite you.
I have a good history in heat, it’s a dangerous thing to say because if you’re having a bad day, and you add in conditions like this, it can go downhill really quickly. I have done quite a few races in Mexico, and those have gone pretty well. I’m hoping to use that to my advantage.”
How is she approaching this race weekend?
“I am going to try to race as close to the front as possible and grind it out as best I can. The thing I like about The Enduro is that I am pretty good at the later parts of the swim. The first sprint to the buoy isn’t really my strength, but the people who can only sprint are really exposed. I’m really hoping to put some hurt on some people in the later part of the swim and use that to my advantage.”
What is going to be her guiding principle as she heads out onto the course this weekend?
Take risks when they present themselves – it’s better to blow up later and be in the race than to not be in the race at all.”