TD: Yeah, but you know I think Crowie needs to do an ironman. I think that doing Coeur D’Alene is going to help him, maybe a little bit, as long as he doesn’t over race. I didn’t start racing well in Kona until I’d done another ironman, because you’re going to go to Kona and you’re going to make the same mistakes if you’re only doing one a year. And granted, Crowie’s had an unbelievable record where he got second, first, first. But for me it was a longer process, and once I jumped in and started doing an early season ironman I learned so much more. I think Kona’s changing a bit towards more of a European style of racing where it’s harder and faster bike – they’re taking it to the bike. And it’s not like I don’t think I rode hard when I won. I did. I mean I rode by myself the first year and the second year we had a pretty big pack of guys. But it’s become more of a race, more of a strategy, and I think the Europeans are coming and the Australians are coming and they’re upping the pace, so it’s very different. It’s more strategic. So I think racing maybe a European race or the race you did in Texas, I think was pretty good. You had Eneko there and you had Chris [Lieto] off the front, so it was very similar to what Kona could be like. I think it’s important to maybe race an ironman, but then you’ve got to recover and focus on some speed again. Because you’ve got natural speed, and you don’t want to lose it. You proved it by coming back and winning Boulder Peak handily and fast, so that natural speed is there. You’ve got guys who just grind themselves down year after year training for ironman, and you don’t want to do that.
TO: I was surprised at how long the recovery took after Texas.
TD: It’s a long time.
TO: Four weeks afterward I still felt pretty bad.
TD: For me I would always watch my heart rate – my morning heart rate. It would be two weeks and I’d still be 20 beats above normal. I mean your body continues to run and run and run. I always didn’t even want to think about upping my training again for a month. It was like recover for two weeks, then slowly start building, then maybe at four weeks I could feel normal again. But they’re not healthy!
TO: And they don’t get any easier, the more you do?
TD: No. No. And that’s where I’m at now – that’s why I chose not to do it anymore, because of chasing the points. I just thought that was reckless to the point of almost being dangerous to a career. I think we’re going to see careers dwindle, I mean completely dwindle. You’re seeing that this year already.
TO: I was just going to say – look at Terenzo, look at Michael Raelert.
TD: Look at how many guys are struggling through this. And I don’t care what they say – two ironman’s and three half ironman’s in a year, and then trying to do Kona? It’s just too much. That’s one thing I pride myself on – I’m 40 and I’m still racing professionally. And I think it’s because I didn’t over race. I may have over trained sometimes, but I didn’t over race. I think it’s the races that really get you. So what about leading into Kona – are you going to change things from what you did building up to Texas?