TriathlonWorld.com offers up some quotes from the press conference at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia.
September 2, 2016 | NEWS|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.