Ironman Cairns Press Conference

Posted: June 7, 2013 by JonoShmono "SykOse. Live. Extreme." in Ironman, SykOtic
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Eight world class athletes sat on the athlete panel to preview their form and expectations leading into the Cairns Airport Ironman Cairns | Ironman 70.3 Cairns earlier today.

Chris McCormack (AUST) – Cairns Airport Ironman Cairns
On his recent illness: “I had some issues with my kidneys but I have been told that I am fine now. The doctors have given me the green light so I am set to race.”

On training and the Ironman Cairns course: “Training and preparation have been good. I promised last year that I would come back here ready to rock and roll and training wise I have done that so we will find out on race day whether that is the case.”

“This is the best Ironman course in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s a fair course, honest, beautiful and a real treat. You don’t get to race in places like this anywhere in the world. It really suits my strengths.”

Cameron Brown (NZL) – Cairns Airport Ironman Cairns
Preparation leading into the weekend: “Hopefully things are on the up. It’s a fantastic race and a great destination. I am looking forward to getting out there and mixing it up with the other boys out there. I am excited to be back here again.”

“I would like to win over here. It’s always tough amongst the Aussie athletes racing on home soil and in good form but I will try and have a great race and get out there and do what it takes.”

Luke McKenzie (AUST) – Cairns Airport Ironman Cairns 
On racing in last weekend’s Coral Coast Triathlon 5150: “Last weekend was a great little hit out for this weekend, I felt like things went well.”

On his train hard, race hard, play hard motto: “I have always tried to race like that. It’s exciting to have guys like Clayton (Fettell) in the field. I respect the way he races and I would really like to race like he does. Training has been going really well, I have been based over in San Diego so I am really looking forward to getting out there.”

Gina Crawford (NZL) – Cairns Airport Ironman Cairns
How she is feeling leading into the weekend: “It’s been mentally tough, training in the cold in New Zealand. I have prepared my mind for the heat and I am feeling ready for Sunday. I have had some really good training. I really enjoy this type of weather and am looking forward to it.”

“Ironman is a mental race and I feel ready.”

Liz Blatchford (GBR) – Cairns Airport Ironman Cairns debut
From the shift from being a short course specialist into Ironman racing: “The nerves are right up there. Unchartered waters, it’s scary and I don’t know whether I will make the distance but having said that I need to have confidence as I have years and years of triathlon experience behind me. I need to get out there and see what I can do.”

Pete Jacobs (AUST) – Ironman 70.3 Cairns
On his training and race preparation: “I was feeling really good a few weeks ago and did a solid time trail and last week I raced the Ironman 70.3 Honu and it was great to be back on the course where I won my world title. It was a really special week over there. It was quite a hectic week with late nights so I haven’t been feeling myself the last few days.”

“I have done 25 Ironman races to date so Ironman 70.3 races are relatively easy physically and mentally now. I know I will get through it on Sunday however I just don’t know whether it will be fast or slow.”

How has the 2012 Ironman World Championship win changed his life? “My views are required a little more often and I have learnt a lot over my 25 Ironman races. I really enjoy the platform that I have got to pass on that knowledge that I have learnt. I am back here in Cairns again to try and defend my title.”

Brad Kahlefeldt (AUST) – Ironman 70.3 Cairns
On making the switch to Ironman 70.3 racing: “I got through London and decided afterwards to do something completely different and try the non-drafting work and sink my teeth into that. I have enjoyed the training, it’s similar to what I have done for ITU I have just added bike miles. I enjoy racing well and the last couple of races have come with pretty good results. I am excited to be here on the start line in Cairns.”

On the Ironman 70.3 Cairns course: “The bike is spectacular. Testing. With this heat and the wind on the run it is going to be challenging. When you hit the coast it’s pretty exciting. I am looking forward to it.”

Sarah Crowley (AUST) – Ironman 70.3 Cairns – defending champion
How does it feel to be back here as the 2012 champion: “This is one of the races I look forward to each year. It’s a good opportunity to come up and enjoy Tropical Queensland. This year has been a bit troubled with a leg injury so Sunday is going to be a hit out and see how I go.”

“I am really excited to be back here in the far North Queensland racing.”

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