Though Terenzo Bozzone looked confident on race day, he says the weeks leading up to the big day were a mental battle.
New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone looked unstoppable on the run at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship last weekend and earned a second-place finish against a stellar field. Though Bozzone looked confident on race day, he says the weeks leading up to the big day were a mental battle. He chatted with Bob Babbitt and Paul Huddle about it on the latest episode of Competitor Radio:
“Three weeks ago I went across the country to race Timberman 70.3. After the swim about five to 10 miles into the bike I had nothing in the tank and I had to pull out. I knew I had been training OK. I was worried something was wrong and I was worried that maybe I don’t have it in me. I had a lot of doubts in my head for a little awhile, which is not a good place for an athlete to be. God bless her, my wife, she was back home in New Zealand and she saw where I was and she has her own handbag company and she had a two-week selling trip planned and as soon as I pulled out of the race she started changing it all around. She changed a two-week selling trip to four days and on the fifth day she was on a plane to America to help me out and be with me. It’s amazing to have someone like that in my corner.”
“Going into the race as soon as I thought about the field, it wasn’t a good place to be. I had to think about what I was going to get out of the race… and that’s the focus I kept and that’s what kept me sane.”