The athletes provide some insight after their race at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Australia.
September 4, 2016 | NEWS|
The two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion was, as usual, both frank and entertaining at the press conference following his runner-up finish in Mooloolaba. When asked if he thought he had finally broken Tim Reed when he was able to open up about a 20 m gap with 5 km to go, he said:
"To be honest, I thought yes, and that is probably the reason I lost the race. I wasn’t pushing at my limit, I was concerned about Ruedi Wild which is why I went to the front."
"I thought I would smash him [Tim Reed] on the hill, but he was the one who smashed over the hill ... my legs didn’t respond the way I wanted them to."
"I always race better when I am not 100 percent happy and I am not 100% happy. There is some steam in the engine for Kona."
"It was a tough day for me. Big respect to these girls. It was just a day where things were painful. It was not the day I was hoping for. On the run I felt like I might get back to the podium. For me it was a good wake up today that the pace is much faster."
I was pretty pleased with my swim. I was able to stay on Lauren Brandon’s feet until the first turn. I was getting some time checks and they were getting a bit bigger. I was able to drop Lauren in the hilly section. On the run I got checks of three minutes, but knowing Caroline and Mel ..."
"I like being off from the front, but it’s not a nice position having the time go down on the run and having people catch you."
"Early on Sebi and I worked together on the run – we were very worried about Lionel Sanders."
"I knew if I could stay with him through the top of the hill, I don’t think that there are too many guys who can sprint down a hill on tired legs like I can."
"I think today was a great example of why the world championships should rotate. You’ve got a kiwi and two Aussies in the top 5. It was great in Australia – we had that advantage today."
"My goal was top three. I thought with Jan missing there was a chance to fight for the win. In the last transition I lost a few valuable seconds. On the second lap I realized that I was getting closer and closer. I thought there was a chance of challenging these two guys. A few years ago I was sprinting here with three other guys at the ITU race … today I was within a few seconds at the top of the hill, but they sprinted away.
"With the preparation over the last few months I am really happy to be on the podium. That desire to be great is still there."
"I really enjoyed it today. I really felt at home – the swim was a piece of cake, I was just cruising. The bike was really good, I know the course so well. I was hurting a bit on the run … you can’t finish on the podium all the time, but top 5 is OK."
"I don’t have family here, but there were so many friends – my dentist, my hairdresser – even my dog was out there dressed up in a Swiss cycling jersey. The run course was absolutely packed."