Xtri recently had a chance to check in with 2-time defending World Ironman Champion after her World Record setting performance at the Quelle Challenge Roth. Enjoy!

First off, congrats on your phenomenal race. Could you explain to us how you felt when you were coming to the finish line and you first saw the time on the official race clock.

I didn’t realize exactly what time I was going to do until about 5km from the end when I looked at the cumulative time on my watch. I thought there had to be some mistake! The finish line … it blew me away. The noise from the huge crowds was deafening, and I could hardly contain my excitement – and seeing the clock?! I still have to pinch myself to really believe that the time is true!

Was this your perfect race, or do you feel as though there were some areas in which you could have performed better during the race?

Definitely not perfect! But then no Ironman ever is. I think it is foolish to expect a perfect race, or even perfect preparation – there are always hurdles to climb over and challenges to overcome. It is how you deal with the ups and inevitable downs that makes or breaks it. So yes, there are definitely areas for improvement. I should have been in the front swim pack, I still need to work on my cornering and descending on the bike… and next time I hope to finish off with at least a 2.54 marathon, and a few less blisters!

You have won the Ironman World Championship the past two years, and now you have broken the Ironman-distance record time. What is your secret to not getting complacent and staying focused on your goals?

Simple. I want to get faster and stronger; to know in my heart I have done my absolute best in training and racing, and been the best that I can be. Of course, I am also driven by a huge desire to use the platform that such an achievement provides. This drives me every single day. To be able to roll for Jon Blais, to have the opportunity to deliver a message in my winner’s speech, to raise awareness, to give interviews that enable me to speak about things that I am passionate about, to be an ambassador for important causes (such as GOTRIBAL – www.gotribalnow.com). The more I win the bigger that platform for positive change will be.

How long will you enjoy the results from this past race, before you shift your focus to your next event?

I don’t think I will (or should) ever cease to enjoy past results. They mean so much to me. It’s all too easy to focus on the next event and the risk is that I fail to appreciate what I have achieved and how far I have come in such a short space of time. I have to remember to ‘smell the flowers’, not to over obsess with ‘whats next’ and most importantly enjoy every moment of being World Champion.

You now hold the record for the fastest Iron-Distance Time by a woman, if you could hold another record in a different sport, what would it be and why?

That’s a tough one! My gymnastics career came to a grinding halt at the age of about 6 when I realized I was totally challenged in the coordination and balance department. Maybe the RAM? Or what about the men’s marathon record. It would be awesome to be able to run that fast!

You spoke a lot about the food in Germany in your latest blog. Putting the actual race itself aside, from a food lover’s perspective, what is your favorite race to go to?

The awesome smorgasbord at the end of Timberman 70.3 beats every other race hands down. I have never in my life had such a feast, and I made sure I made the most of it!

Besides racing (and winning) what is your favorite part of being a professional triathlete?

The opportunity to eat loads of food and have oversized calves without being considered a freak! Seriously, the opportunity to do the sport I love, the chance to improve, test myself and fulfill my potential, the fact that the pros get to share the stage with the amateurs (which is pretty rare in sport), to inspire and encourage others, to rise to a challenge, the opportunity to meet people and travel the world, …. and get paid for it!

You have done a lot of interviews throughout your career, if you could turn the tables around and interview one person in the world who would it be?

Easy. Ghandi

By Kevin Firth