If you are experienced in racing Olympic distance triathlons then you probably already have the speed and endurance needed to put you in great shape for a sprint triathlon.
However, for Olympic distance triathletes it’s recommended to spend some time sharpening their top end speed in all three disciplines to get good result in sprint distance triathlons as well.
If you are training for a sprint distance triathlon, you should include more short speed and power intervals in your training program. If you are stepping down in distance because of time constraints in training then you could try to shorten your longest rides and runs, but don’t compromise on intensity.
If you were an Olympic distance triathlete but now you are determined to race for a podium position then a sprint triathlon will hurt, so you have to make sure that you include similar levels of effort in your training program to prepare for the demands of the race.
What is more, with short course triathlons, the race could come down to a difference of seconds between you and your rivals, so it’s worth devoting time into practicing your transitions to make them as speedy as you can.