We caught up with the top finishers from Ironman Mont-Tremblant shortly after they finished a tough day of racing in Quebec - a day that featured wind and lots of rain.
August 22, 2016 | NEWS|
On taking the title in his Ironman debut:
"I'm surprised, but I did come out here to win. I have the competitive bug, so I don’t go out to come second third or fourth. Whether it was my first Ironman or my 10th, I came out here to give it my all.
"I came across at the half split in 1:20 and I felt good. I dropped off of that pace, but to be able to hold on to that was amazing. That hurt so badly … I’m doing Cozumel, but [thinking about] that can wait.
The defending champion:
"I rode the harder the second lap – harder than last year. I thought, as hard as I rode, no one would have the legs to run me down, but apparently that’s not the case.
On riding a bit more conservatively in the rain:
"I should ride more carefully: I’ve got three kids and Chris has none."
On Leiferman's run:
"What an unbelievable run by Chris. I did everything I could to take the run out of those guys and was able to take it out of all but one."
On qualifying for Kona:
"Second place was my must – I needed to come first or second to go to Kona. Now I can book my ticket and beg forgiveness from my wife. If I could have a day like I had today in Hawaii I think I’d be pretty happy with that."
On the challenges of the day:
"It was an epic day. There’s no other way to describe it. It felt like you were in a tent with the rain pounding down on your helmet. On the first lap I got thinking 'this is badass.' I think that’s my fastest Ironman today. I can’t complain."
Mary Beth Ellis
Thanks to her issues with fractures in her metacarpals, Ellis had problems with blisters on her feet:
"Today, with the rain, since my toes are literally warped I had to cut little holes out of my shoes so they would have some breathing room."
On the challenges of the day:
"It was a tough day for me all around. I really struggled in the swim – I was really cold the last half. I got a big blood blister in my mouth – whenever I get stressed I get those and it popped in my mouth. I like to ride aggressively and when it rains like that you have to be cautious. Then the run I just tried to play defense and get the win and just get to the finish line."
On heading to Kona:
"I think today will get me stronger. Even though I suffered a little bit I didn’t feel like it was as hot as last year, so hopefully I didn’t get as flattened as I did last year."
On her runner-up performance:
"I’m thrilled with second place. The swim was really choppy – it was really calm for the first third then really choppy for the rest of the way. I went out on the bike steady. When I got to the hilly part I stepped on the gas and passed all of the people who passed me and trying to limit my time to Mary Beth. I tried my hardest to go for it on the run – I made a dent. I was really on a charge until three miles to go then my legs just said no more. [Now I've] qualified for Kona with that finish. I wrote it off because I had a really bad race in Brazil with my bike not showing up."