Pour ceux qui ne le savent pas, Sam a vécu a Otterburn Park et elle a étudié à McGill. Cette ex-championne du monde en 70.3, et seconde en à Kona en 2007 vient de donner une entrevue pour Firstoffthebike.com.
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Quelques extraits. Au passage, je trouve assez étonnant a quel point toutes les filles semblent accepter que la course se jouera entre Chrissie Wellington, Julie Dibens et Miranda Carfrae.
So I guess now everybody in the triathlon world is talking about Kona and with the last raft of 70.3 races finished all sorts of attention now to Kona. When you plan your is Chrissie Wellington somebody you think about when you are training?
Oh definitely I keep my competition in mind and their strengths and weaknesses and how that is going to play out in the race but Chrissie is just a phenomenal athlete and she has just dominated ever since she started the sport so really she is the one to beat. She has shown this year that she is just going faster than ever so she is going to be a tough one to take down but there are a lot of good girls coming up. I think it is going to be a very competitive year it is going to be one of the most competitive they have ever had so it is going to be fast.
We were saying the same thing as it is there is this group of girls at the moment who are just so good. You add the likes of yourself fully fit, Julie Dibens and Mirinda Carfrae it is going to be a really exciting day.
Absolutely. I think Julie is going to be a factor and I think Chrissie hasn’t actually had anyone to really push her on the bike. Julie is such a great swimmer and a great rider that you know there might actually be a bit of a race up front so that will be interesting to see them. Of course Mirinda (Carfrae) is going great this year and she is running faster than ever so I think it will be closer than it has been. Chrissie is going to have her work cut out for her but it is going to be exciting.
When you do fly in and head to Kona what does race week entail for you?
Well there is a lot of sponsor and media requirements because it is the biggest week of the year and everybody wants a little something from you so it is really energy management during the week. I like to make sure that I know all of my sponsor requirements and I am there for them when they need me and also I just give myself enough time to relax and rest and kind of just soak up the atmosphere and really get psyched up for the race. It is an awesome week in Kona there is so much energy the whole time and I think that is why I like to go in just the week of (the race) because when I get there it is race week you know it is go time instead of the whole week building up to this day and it really gets to you and you are on edge and that is a good thing for me because that means that I am ready.