“Montana Made” Linsey Corbin nabbed her second Ironman crown (the first being 2010 Ironman Coeur d’Alene) while overseas at Ironman Austria. It was not only Corbin’s first European race, but her first trip to Europe. She battled Hungary’s Erika Csomor for much of the race, but after using a 4:54:09 bike split, finished first in a time of 9:09:58. Although Ironman Austria is typically known for record-breaking finish times, weather conditions slowed down racers: The swim was non-wetsuit-legal because of the high water temperature, and the air temperature reached the mid-90s. We caught up with Corbin to hear about how she became a two-time Ironman champ.
Triathlete.com: How was your first European Ironman experience?
Corbin: The European Ironman experience was everything I thought it would be and more. A scenic course, tons of energetic fans, and a great battle for the win. It’s been a dream of mine to come and race some of the more iconic races outside the U.S., and I can’t imagine a more positive experience. This was an “A” race for me, so to come over with a plan and execute it was really gratifying.
Triathlete.com: How did the race go?
Corbin: Race day was more challenging than normal with the hot conditions, so I just had to adapt my race plan a bit and focus on nutrition and hydration. I found the marathon more difficult than normal because of the heat and the pressure from Erika [Csomor] running from behind. Reaching the finish line party was the highlight. Crazy loud music, cheerleaders, noise makers, incredible energy, a huge beer, fireworks. That was what I had been dreaming about.
Triathlete.com: How does it feel to have gotten your second Ironman win?
Corbin: Two-time Ironman champion is awesome! I had some great performances in 2011, but I came to realize that you can’t take winning races for granted at all—it is a lot of tough work, good health, and you have to have a little bit of good luck on the day. I am super thankful that my first European Ironman experience was such a memorable one. I will most definitely be back for more.
Triathlete.com: So what’s next for you this season?
Corbin: I’m not sure what is next. I’m taking a bit of a break as I plan on racing Vegas 70.3 worlds, Kona, then Ironman Arizona. So November is a long time away. I will jump into a few races between now and then—just not sure what.