Some snippets from this evening's pro press conference, a race evening tradition.
Compiled by Jennifer Ward Barber.
Pete Jacobs: The guys who’ve won it before me I look to as idols. But Crowie is human, and I’m human. This is the first year he hasn’t performed well.
I wasn’t hurting as much as I was last year, but I was cramping a little bit. I hadn’t drunk enough and had lost one of my bottles on the bike. I made sure to walk the aid stations with ice. I was really fortunate that Crowie took the time when he was near the Energy Lab to cross over and tell me, “relax relax relax.” He could see I had the lead I just had to keep it.
Faris Al-Sultan: On what he witnessed of Pete Jacobs’ cycling abilities back when Pete was on the Abu Dhabi Triathlon Team: Pete is probably the most gifted IRONMAN athlete I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen someone swim so little and be so fast. Then, he’d beat us around in every run session we did. The only thing he wasn’t good at was cycling. I remember Rachel Joyce making him absolutely suffer. He is the new triathlon superstar. It will be really hard to beat him.
On the conditions this year: The last really hard year here was in 2004 when Normann (Stadler) was just hammering the course and we all looked like stupid little schoolboys. Even last year’s conditions were fairly easy—not that I want to take anything away from last year’s results—but you have to look at all the records broken. This is more like “normal” Kona.
Sebastian Kienle: (On his perspective of younger, newer men entering the field) Macca said they would keep doing it until somebody retired them. If we retired them today, I don’t know. That wasn’t important to me if they were here or not. The strongest were there in front of me and that’s how it was.
On going from being underrated to potentially overrated: When too many people start telling you “you’ll win this thing,” you start expecting it. But I felt there was the right balance this year between … I said at the pre-race conference that top 10 was my goal and I did it, so I’m happy.
Frederik Van Lierde: On coming in a little under the radar: Before the race not a lot of people would have bet on me. I was quite comfortable this week and felt good being under the radar.
Andreas Raelert: I didn’t enjoy it to be honest (smiling). But today I can say I won the second place. I didn’t lose the first one, I won the second. […] When I crossed the finish line I was so emotional. I was almost at the edge. I wouldn’t say it was crying, I was just so overloaded.
Leanda Cave: On what was running through her mind knowing Mirinda Carfrae was making the charge behind her: Well, there were quite a few words you wouldn’t be able to publish. I came off the bike with a lead on Mirinda and couldn’t believe she closed in on at least half of it. In every other race we’ve done she’s managed to chase me down. When I saw her at the turn around at the Energy Lab I was pretty convinced that she was going to pass me quite close to the end. It was like she was just toying with me out there. I was quite surprised at that last stage, and thought ‘wow, this could actually be my day.’
On her penalty: I decided I’d try to pass Caroline, and I couldn’t pass her, and that’s apparently … cheating. (laughter)
Mirinda Carfrae: On her race, and placement in general: I was please to see my split coming off the bike. Eleven and a half minutes behind them around Hawi, and then the times came back down coming back onto the Queen K. I felt that I had to be within 10 minutes of whoever was first off the bike, because Caroline can run fast now. I was a little worried at the start of the run because I wasn’t making up time as quickly as I normally would, and I was hurting, a lot. Then I was able to pass Mary Beth, right before I was going to try to pass Leanda, and my mind said to do it but my body wouldn’t respond. I lost a bottle on the bike and was low in calories and I paid for it. Not to take anything away from these women. They were unbelievable out there today.
Mat Steinmetz and I have been working a lot on my cycling. I don’t want to just be known as a runner. Hopefully at some point we’ll be able to get them going together. I think I improved my bike a lot. I am disappointed in myself for not doing my homework for nutrition on the course, in knowing what to take and how much to take. But you live and you learn and I won’t be making that mistake anytime soon.
On Natascha Badmann, 47, placing sixth: Natascha Badmann is my hero. I raced one of my first 70.3 events was against her. She’s just always smiling and is an impressive human being.