They said it: Mooloolaba press conference offers up some quotes from the press conference at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia.

| September 2, 2016 | NEWS

Mooloolaba press conference

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You know when the first half-distance triathlon took place? 1979. The Frogman triathlon in San Diego. That’s only a year after the Ironman got started.

That was a tid-bit shared with the folks from the press conference by Ironman Chief Executive Officer Andrew Messick. Here are a few more quotes from the pros on hand.

Andrew Messick | Mooloolaba press conference 2016

Mooloolaba press conference 2016

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Sebastian Kienle:

I’m not hot, but I’m sweating and my heart rate is 120 at rest, and not because of all the coffee I’ve been drinking. For me, it’s the world championship and I love the feeling of being a bit nervous. I’ve been doing the sport for 25 years. When I feel the excitement I know I am still doing the right thing.

Lionel Sanders:

When you swim like I do, you’ve got to have a good bike and run.

I try not to think of myself as a bad swimmer. I try to think of my swimming as a work in progress.

Caroline Steffen:

It was a mistake to tease Heather [Wurtele] about never racing in the southern hemisphere. I went to Oceanside, which is where she does a lot of training, and she saw me and said “What are you doing here?”

My sole focus for this year has been 70.3 races. I decided after Kona last year that I wanted to skip the fulls this year. I’ve done 20 Ironmans in five years, so I think I deserve a bit of a break.

I came here in 2009 and told my parents I wouldn’t be coming home. It’s been my base ever since.

Daniela Ryf:

It’s going to be a hard race, but I’m looking forward to it. It’s good to see that it’s a challenging course. Four years ago I raced a world cup here in Mooloolaba, so I have good memories from this spot.

Andreas Dreitz:

I’ve had a good year so far. Wiesbaden [the Ironman 70.3 European Championship] is the kind of race that you dream about.

I really like the Aussie lifestyle. Everything is running easy.

Craig Alexander:

It’s a proud moment to have an event like this here. The only reason I’m racing it because it’s in Australia. It’s huge for our sport.

Lionel Sanders Mooloolaba press conference | Lionel Sanders: I don\'t like to say I\'m a bad swimmer. I think of it as my swimming is a work in progress.

Lionel Sanders: I don't like to say I'm a bad swimmer. I think of it as my swimming is a work in progress.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon