Two-time Ironman world champion Chris McCormack spoke to Australia’s Triathlon & Multisport Magazine during the lead up to Sunday’s Ironman Cairns event, where he is the defending champion (the race was a Challenge series event in 2011). Since McCormack’s last Ironman world championship victory in October of 2010 he has been working toward earning a spot on Australia’s Olympic team.
On how he’s feeling heading into the race:
“Feeling as good as I can be. I didn’t plan on being in this position before an Ironman. I thought I’d be in different shape so I’m apprehensive about a tough day ahead. I flew in here the other day and can’t believe how fast the last year has gone. I went running this morning and remembered the suffering I did on this course last year. I won’t lie; I’m apprehensive. I’m hoping I can be solid and play a smart game and get through this race in good stead and build into a big season.”
On the fact that Australia’s 2012 London Olympic team has yet to be announced.
“We’re going to find out June 1 between five and six. When I ventured down this path and we discussed qualification and what I’d need to do I knew I was coming back to Cairns and I was told we would know the team three days after Sydney, which was April 16 or 17 and I figured well that gives me an eight week block to Cairns if I don’t make the team and I can defend here again. After Sydney that didn’t eventuate. They added a race in San Diego and they added Madrid and after San Diego I thought ‘that’s it, I’m not doing anymore; I need to get on with my life’ and I know a lot of other athletes felt that way.”
McCormack goes on to analyze Australia’s Olympic selection process. Watch the complete interview at Triathlonmag.com.au.