TO: Yeah, Hy-Vee, Vegas, Dallas…
TD: And I know Chris [Lieto] – he focuses on that race, and I know he wants a good race there. But that run is his demon. I think there are some things he could change that he would actually perform better over there.
TO: So watching the points unfold, who do you think are the guys that are going to contend?
TD: Obviously Andreas. His performance in Roth was impressive, but he’s got to do another ironman. I just don’t understand that, why you would do two ironman’s in the three months before Kona. I don’t know, correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t know if anybody’s put in a performance like that at Roth and come back to win in Hawaii. There are only so many performances like that in you. I mean Chrissie has proven us all wrong, but also she’s a female. On the male side of things it’s very different – very different recovery system we have, more muscle mass. But obviously you have to look at Andreas; it will be interesting to see what he does next. And I’d be looking at Marino [Vanhoenacker]. He’s followed the same plan he did last year. He was very strong in Kona last year and he performed better at Austria this year, so he’s obviously on an upswing. So I would be looking at him. You can never discount Crowie. I think if he does Vegas it’s a mistake, and he’s had a lot of trouble this year – it’s been a struggle. I remember when I was going for my third title – I know what I did wrong, but there wasn’t much I could do to stop it. You put too much emphasis on it. You think: All I need is that third title. You put ultimatums on it and it’s just bad news. Crowie’s struggled a lot this year, so if he does Vegas it will be interesting. I think that could hurt him.
TO: I think there are a couple guys – like Rasmus [Henning], Eneko, Timo Bracht.
TD: Eneko and Timo, yeah. Rasmus, I don’t know. I’ve never been overly impressed with what he’s done. I don’t know if Kona is his race. He’s obviously super talented, a super great athlete, but Kona is just a different beast. I know he performs well in the heat but he hasn’t really – I mean he’s been fifth there. And he struggled this year with all those issues. That’s the stuff I look at more than anything. The amount of racing guys are doing, if they’re having problems. The years I won Kona, I had that first initial problem in the beginning of 2001 in Australia with the heat – I basically overheated in my wetsuit when we shouldn’t have been wearing wetsuits – but there were no health problems. Everything clicked – in both seasons everything clicked. I didn’t have any niggles, nothing. And that’s when you knew things were on track. I watch the other guys now and I’m watching their highs and lows. It’s been fun to watch, knowing that I’m not part of it, and seeing how this point system is kind of blowing things up a little bit. But it’s a pretty wide open race. I mean it really is. I’m glad that you got your points out of the way early. For you that should have just been: All right, I’m in, settle into this.
TO: I didn’t rush. I was going to race a couple weeks after Texas, but I put the kaibosh on that.
TD: Well look at Crowie. Two or three weeks after Coeur D’Alene he went to Racine.