Q: What is your proudest sporting achievement?
A: It's hard to look past standing on the podium at the Ironman World Championships as a career highlight to date, having come second and fourth in 2014 and 2016, but all 6 of my Ironman wins have been very special too. In particular, my first win in Lake Placid in 2010 showed me I could chase the top ranks in our sport, and my two regional championships in South Africa were also big highlights.
Q: What is your proudest non-sporting achievement?
A: Marrying my beautiful and talented wife, Kelsey. She is my biggest supporter and an awesome person all-around. Professional sport is only a finite window, but my commitment to Kelsey is lifelong.
Q: What do you enjoy most about riding bikes?
A: The sense of freedom and possibility, of community and mobility. I can remember being young when it was a big deal to ride my bike around the block, and I still get that sense of excitement and opportunity when I set out on long rides. Carrying speed, in the wind, adventuring, pushing my limits, socializing...it's all good!
Q: What do you find most challenging about riding bikes?
A: Flat tires, angry motorists, and VO2 max intervals!
Q: What are your goals this year?
A: I would love to win another Ironman in my lead up to Kona, but the main goal and focus is performing on the Big Island in October. Getting it right on that day motivates me all the other days.