TO: Not much. I mean I feel pretty good about the way we prepped. I think for me it’s just getting the additional training blocks on top of what I’ve already done, and going off of that. I might try to do a lot more motor pacing.
TO: Yeah, I think it’s going to help me kind of get on top of my pedals and be able to stay up with that group of guys. Those European guys are riding faster and faster.
TD: Yeah, they’re definitely riding faster. I think you need to also get in those strength rides by yourself – those longer rides by yourself. The motor pacing, I think it’s a hard workout more than anything. I think you’ll get out there and realize at 80 miles that the strength is more important than any speed you could have. Being strong is more important than anything on that bike; otherwise you’ll get tired.
TO: You do most of your rides on your own, don’t you?
TD: I would never go with a group of guys. There were a couple times a couple years ago where I’d go out with Crowie and 10 guys would show up, and it just became a lollygagging kind of ride. If I trained with Peter [Reid] or with Tony [DeBoom], it was just us. We didn’t talk much, but it was nice to have company on a ride where you were 70 miles away from home and had to come 70 miles back – it kept you from turning around early. But I’m training for this Norseman now and I’ve done it all on my own. It just makes you strong. You have to get out the door and do it on your own. It can be daunting, but you tend to gain strength from that I think – being on your own. It’s a mental edge.
TO: I tend to do most of my training on my own too – my long rides and stuff.
TD: It’s hard to find somebody who’s doing your specific stuff.
TO: Yeah, and I don’t want to compromise what I’m supposed to do.
TD: Have you learned from – I mean obviously with Rinny winning last year and getting second the year before, I’m sure you’ve learned a ton from her.
TO: Yeah, just by observing, particularly after a race. The attention to detail. And I think nutrition-wise she’s seen a lot and gotten a lot from her support team. Nutrition was my biggest concern going into Ironman Texas, and I think it will be my biggest concern going into Kona with the heat.
TD: It’s very different. I eat completely different from a hot race to a cold race.
TO: How much of your nutrition plan in Kona was from years of experience in Kona?
TD: You know, I changed a lot over the years. Your body changes, so you kind of adapt. The years you think you have it dialed, then the next year it won’t work. My main focus was always to create a strong stomach, to be able to handle anything that’s out there. Because if something that you’ve trained with the whole training block doesn’t work, you’ve got to find something else. That’s what I tended to do. If I’m 70 miles from home on a training ride and I’ve got to eat a donut, that’s what I’m eating. If it sounds good and tastes good, that’s what I’m going to eat. More than likely if you can train your stomach to handle anything, that’s more important. The products out there now are pretty darn good. They work pretty well and I’m pretty dialed in with what I use, but sometimes something just goes awry and you need to be prepared.