To add to the amazing line of of athletes headed to Ironman Texas this weekend, we got a chance to ask Leanda Cave some questions. For those who don't know her, she holds onto a long list of accomplishments in her triathlon career to include winning the 2012 World Championships in Kona. More recently she took the overall at Las Olas and Cannes International. She will be one of the top females to watch out for at IMTX. Check out what she has to say about this weekend.
Hey Leanda! Are you in town already for the race? : Not yet!
What other races have you done this season to build up to this one? How did they turn out? Nothing that is specific to prepare for this race. Just fitness testers like Cannes International - 1st, Las Olas International - 1st and Challenge Dubai - 8th. I'd say they show all things are moving in the right direction.
Why did you choose IMTX? How does this race play into your goals for the rest of the year? I like big races because I like to race. The smaller ones sometimes feel like you are out there on your own racing the clock. That may as well be a training day, which is never as much fun as racing. IM Texas, being the US Ironman Champs, will attract some of the best athletes and a good result there will be a true testament to how I am responding to my training and it will enable me to make any adjustments early enough to prepare well for Kona.
Tell us a little about your race build up! How has your training been? Do you feel ready to roll?: It'd been a gradual ramp up from the off season which I took in December. I feel I am in a good place. The fact that I have been based out of Miami will certainly play in my favor if it is a hot day at the office......so I am kind of hoping for that!
Have you ridden the course? Tell us about it if so. How do you feel about the heat?: Nope. I'm going in blind so to speak. I will get to drive over some sections before the race, but with modern technology like Google Earth, I don't expect there to be any surprises.
What's next after this? : A lot of pool time that does not involve doing laps! I see a floating cooler and some blow up mattresses!
Find out more about Leanda at www.leandacave.com