She's been unbeatable in her World Triathlon Series appearances in 2017, but defending world champion Flora Duffy isn't taking any of her success for granted. TriathlonWorld.com caught up with the Bermudan star after her win in Edmonton.
July 31, 2017 | PERSONALITY|
After taking the world title last year, Flora Duffy (BER) has taken the World Triathlon Series by storm in 2017, winning all four of her WTS appearances in 2017, moving to the top of the standings after her win in Edmonton this weekend. The first question she was asked by reporters after her win on Saturday was whether or not she's getting used to winning:
"I don’t think you ever get used to it," Duffy said. "The race played out, I think, to my strengths. I got lucky to have Taylor (Knibb) there working with me. She’s a super strong rider. We worked really well together. The course is suited to both of us and I attacked on the final lap."
While we all might not agree on the "luck" component of that statement - Duffy and Knibb simply rode away from the rest of the women in the field on the first climb of the day and never looked back - you can't help but applaud Duffy's class and good sportsmanship, which was evidenced again in her answer to the next question that came up: what is the difference this year compared to last?
"I think it helps that Gwen Jorgensen is not racing," she said with a laugh. "I really worked on my running over the winter. When you win a world title there’s a whole new level of everything you have to deal with. I think I went through a lot of that for the first time last year and now I’m just managing it a lot better. The extra pressure, the extra media exposure – I’m just trying to take that in stride and focus on my training and execute. At first it does add a lot of pressure, but you have to remember that it’s special to be the reigning world champion. Not everyone gets to experience that. I just try to remember that and enjoy every moment and enjoy it for all that its worth, the good and the bad, and its worked out pretty well."
While Duffy has excelled over the sprint distance this season, she doesn't feel that distance is necessarily her best (which isn't the best news for her competition).
"I definitely prefer the Olympic distance," she said. "I don’t know if its because I’m a little bit older, but the speed is just hard. It’s just full gas from start to finish, there’s no time to just settle in. Whereas in an Olympic you’ve got time to settle in and get into your rhythm. For me, on that 5 km, I started to feel my best on my last lap. I’m looking forward to an Olympic in Montreal next weekend."