Julie Dibens and her quick wit are always good for a laugh. As she prepares for her upcoming season, the 2011 Ironman Coeur d’Alene champion, 2009 70.3 world champion, three-time Xterra world champion and third-place finisher at Kona in 2010—her first go at the iron distance— shares some of her favorite things with Triathlete Europe
Favourite place to swim in open water?
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Favourite pre-race meal?
Bagel with half-and-half (half peanut butter, half cream cheese)
Long ride with plenty of climbing and good company
Hilly course or flat course?
Whatever I am given
Race where heat is a big factor, or more temperate races?
Temperate—I’m from England after all.
Drafting or non-drafting?
Favourite piece of gear?
Trek Speed Concept. I have loved that bike since the first time I rode it.
Olympic gold or Kona World Championship?
Kona World Champs
Proudest moment in triathlon?
Winning the 70.3 and Xterra world champs in 2009
Favourite post-workout recovery fuel?
A Carol’s Cookie—or two if it’s a big-un (as in the workout)
Favourite fuel during a race?
Favourite workout fuel?
PowerBar Triple Threat Energy Bar
None, but I love the smell.
Favourite junk food?
I don’t eat junk food—it’s bad for you. All of it.
A filthy dirty mojito
Favourite race city?
Favourite way to avoid bike fees?
Leave it at home
Dummies’ Guide to Beating Mirinda Carfrae
Do you have any pets?
An English Cocker Spaniel called Lucky
“Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo”
Favourite type of music?
Anything but country
Who inspires you?
Anyone who is dedicated and disciplined to be great at whatever they do
If you weren’t a professional triathlete, you’d be?
A cookie monster