2013 Ironman World Championship Press Conference Ironman CEO Andrew Messick opened the press conference with a “State of Ironman” update and announced several new international races. 2013 Ironman World Championship Press Conference Mirinda Carfrae, Rachel Joyce, Leanda Cave, Caroline Steffen and Mary Beth Ellis were the pro women on hand for the press conference. 2013 Ironman World Championship Press Conference Caroline Steffen and Mary Beth Ellis are both part of Team TBB and are coached by Brett Sutton. 2013 Ironman World Championship Press Conference Mirinda Carfrae: “My form earlier in the season wasn’t so good, had a rough start to the year and some bad luck, but turned the season around the second half of the year. I feel like I’m coming into my own.” 2013 Ironman World Championship Press Conference Mary Beth Ellis: “I’ve been running around like a headless chicken. I come into this race similar to how I did last year in that I had an early-season injury. Training has been going better than ever these last four weeks, I’m very excited to race. Sometimes a bit of rest is a blessing in disguise. I feel like I’m 100 percent right now and we’ll see what happens on the weekend.” 2013 Ironman World Championship Press Conference Rachel Joyce: “I raced quite a few Ironmans coming in to Kona last year then I was ill the week before, so I had to draw on the good races I had before Kona. This year I’ve had a much quieter year racing-wise, but I took a lot of confidence from Texas and I needed that after what was a disappointing race for me last year in Kona.” 2013 Ironman World Championship Press Conference Mirinda Carfrae: “It was a great choice for me to go back to Siri, I don’t regret the time apart … The underlying fact was that I wasn’t enjoying the sport as much without the team environment and that close support. It’s been better than it ever has before. Am I in 2010 run shape? I actually ran faster in 2011, but it was only 2012 that I blew up on the run. I always get asked how fast I can run and the answer is ‘faster,’ but I don’t know how much or which year.” 2013 Ironman World Championship Press Conference Leanda Cave: “It’s hard to say where I am, not only from your perspective but from my own … There’s some things that we do that are very specific to how we race well. It took me six years to discover how to fit that whole puzzle together, and it’s a very individual thing.” 2013 Ironman World Championship Press Conference Caroline Steffen: “I did three races less than the year before, so I’m behind. I choose to race because I like to race and [coach] Brett [Sutton] of course chooses races he likes. In the end he has the final word. In the end I didn’t race that much long-course and I had two months off racing in May and June. I don’t feel tired of racing, I feel really fresh and ready to race.” 2013 Ironman World Championship Press Conference Eneko Llanos: “I made a few changes in my training and it’s been working really well. I have a new coach [Dave Scott] and I’ve been racing a lot. My main goal was to be here in Kona. I think I’m in very good shape.” 2013 Ironman World Championship Press Conference Andreas Raelert: “Put it this way: I feel very honored to be here at the press conference, but I would really like to sit here on Saturday afternoon again. All I can say is that everybody has issues during the year. I also had my little issues, but I know I need an extraordinary performance to make it to the podium again. From the mental point I consider I’m ready to go on Saturday.”
“There’s always someone better than you. Craig Alexander is one of my great idols, and as he’s said age is just a number. Even if I can’t achieve my goals this year, I feel I have another 3-4-5 years in this sport as long as I can enjoy myself and improve myself to that level. I’ll give it a try, I’ll try as hard as I can. I’m very excited for this race…if you’re deep in the box you know you gave everything, and that’s what I’m looking for.” 2013 Ironman World Championship Press Conference Pete Jacobs: “It’s been an absolute honor to carry the title this year. I’ve enjoyed every minute on and off the racecourse. It’s fantastic to be back here with that title, and in the position to be talked about—people are actually talking about me and picking me to win again, which is a good feeling. I’m taking that confidence with me and I’m feeling really good.” 2013 Ironman World Championship Press Conference Sebastian Kienle: “After I watched Pete’s season last year, I made the list: Get injured, be ill, have some average races over the year and just be fit in October. I think [the year] went pretty well, so now let’s wait for Saturday.” 2013 Ironman World Championship Press Conference Craig Alexander: “I think I’m in shape, I feel good. I think I’ve timed my run nicely and I’m looking forward to Saturday. I could sit here and talk for hours about my training went and how I’ll go, but I think it’ll all do the talking on Saturday. There are 10–12 guys that could contend, so it’ll be a great race.”
Factoid: He enlisted the help of Dave Scott again, especially since he’s the only 40-year-old who’s made it to the podium. 2013 Ironman World Championship Press Conference Pete Jacobs on what he’s changed in training:
“I had an injury, and in that process of getting over it, I met someone who introduced me to a new form of strength training and mentaltraining, and it really appealed to me. It’s very much by feel, very much by instinct. That’s what I was doing last year, but it’s taken it to another level completely. I’m confident that I’m here feeling stronger mentally and physically. I feel like last year I was already ahead of the guys here and now I’m even more ahead of them. I’m in a position of power. Guys will be watching me as opposed to me being a target, and they’ll have to react to what I choose at some points.” 2013 Ironman World Championship Press Conference Sebastian Kienle: “I always have the self destroy button on the bike and there’s not a self destroy button on the run. I hope I see one this year, after battling on the way back from the Energy Lab, you’ll need a lot of self destroy buttons here.” 2013 Ironman World Championship Press Conference Former Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward was on hand at the press conference: “Hines Ward: It’s truly an honor for me to be here and take it all in. The training is going really well. I’ve done everything my coach, Paula (Newby-Fraser) has asked me to do.” 2013 Ironman World Championship Press Conference Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay: “You step off the plane and you literally start crapping yourself. I’ve done marathons and ultra marathons, but nothing at this level. Humbling. It’s really exciting—a dream come true.” 2013 Ironman World Championship Press Conference Gordon Ramsay is on the November cover of Triathlete magazine.
Photos: John David Becker
Ten of the top contenders for the world title gathered to chat about Saturday’s big race.