Hear what some of the pros had to say at the 2011 Ironman World Championship 70.3 pro press conference. Click on the image to see the quote. Photos by Nils Nilsen.
"This is my first visit of the Las Vegas region. I’m happy to be here. My form this year isn’t as good as it was last year. It’s not as good as I want it to be before my race season. The run is still my strongest. On this hilly run and bike course it will be a question if I can stay in the main group on the bike. Even the run course is hilly so I think that’s a little bit of an advantage for me."
"It’s a word championship so no matter what distance, you’re going to be super excited to race that’s why everyone has turned up. The half Ironman has been the one I’ve done the best in. I’ve been in a bit of a slump, but that’s the longer distances. It’s nice to come here and not think about the Ironman. There are enough guys on this start list. You don’t have to pinpoint one guy. I’ll go out there and do what I do every weekend that I race."
Melissa Rollison On Switching From Running To Triathlon
"I kept getting injured. I had good times and results but nothing to what I expected. I got injured before every major competition. I still wanted to be an athlete. But I couldn’t go through the injuries. I loved the bike and thought about going into cycling. But I love running as well and this is how I can do them together."
"I’m a bit disappointed that we have overcast weather for race day. I love a hard course. For me, when you come to a race and you expect it to be hot and its not it’s a little disappointing. It’s the same for everyone we race under the same conditions and the same course. We’re all out here to win this event."
"It’s a world title. This is what I’ve trained for the last three or four years. It took me a few times to do it. I’m all about world titles and trying to win them. I had the opportunity to do Hy-Vee, but turned it down and came here to try to win."
"The rib is good. Thanks for asking Greg. It was a different start to the year. I got sick and didn’t race so much. I think that’s an advantage. I haven’t raced a lot. I’ve been healthy three or four months. I got in a lot of great training. I’ve always said this is my best distance. I never came back after 07 because of the scheduling after Kona. It’s going to be a very competitive race. There are not three or four people to pinpoint. I hope to be in the mix. I’ve got some good form. We’ll find out tomorrow."