Wednesday, September 9, 2009
20 Questions With . . . . Tereza Macel
This is the first installment of what I plan to be ongoing series of twenty question interviews with people within the world of Triathlon and endurance sports, who I come across in my travels and day-to-day . I did something like this with 3-Time Ironman World Champion Peter Reid a number of years ago they were well received. The popularity of Twitter, and the quick, and witty 140 character response, has inspired me to have another go at this and see where it goes here on my Blog.
My first subject is Ironman specialist triathlete Tereza Macel who, recently wowed us with unprecedented back-to-back wins at Ironman Lake Placid and at Ironman Canada 5 weeks apart. To my knowledge, no Pro Triathlete has ever even attempted that double before. Tereza did, and won not just with the strength of her strong swim/bike, which she had been known for in the past, but now with a strong and steady closing run leg.
We all knew Tereza could swim - two years ago, over a year and a half stretch of time she was the first woman out of the water in five Ironman races around the world. On the strength of some fast cycling, she would lead these races deep into the bike, but would then start to run into problems late in the bike and then really struggle on the run. I shift to training with Brett Sutton and the TBB Team over the past winter seems to have fixed the late-in-the-bike, fade and more importantly, given Tereza run legs, to close with confidence. It's been a year of extraordinary performances for women at the Ironman distance, but Tereza's back-to-back wins at IM Lake Placid in 9:29 and then at IM Canada in 9:11, should be up there with the top performances of the year. At the very least, she is a prime candidate for a, "Most Improved" award, whoever wants to give her that.
With what she's done this year, she certainly is one to be put on a short list to be a serious contender at the up-coming Ironman World Championships in Hawaii a month from now. Certainly with her strong swim/bike, she will be a factor early on and if the run stays steady, you may see here being in contention for a podium spot or better!
20 Questions With . . . . . . Tereza Macel
1. Tim Hortons or Starbucks?
Starbucks - but not for the coffee, for the chocolate covered caramel pretzels.
2. Why Ironmans?
Ever seen me do a fast transition! Hopeless.
3. How hard is an Ironman race?
More than twice as hard as a half Ironman race!
4. Is the Cervelo P4, that good?
If it is not, please don't tell me, because I think it's that good!
5. Who is your real source of inspiration?
6. What is the real difference with you this year?
Team TBB and an increased intake of chocolate.
7. Will you do the Underpants Run at Ironman Hawaii?
No. Not if I decrease my chocolate intake and somehow develop a 6-pack!
8. You raced Short course/ITU for years. Helpful?
Yup! You learn to race yourself into shape.
9. You always list your nationality as Czech, but we all know you as a Canadian, eh! I am confused.
Born in Czech. Moved to Canada. Duel citizenship. Speak both languages.
10. Clinchers or tubulars?
Ask my Bike Mechanic(Husband) I have been known to ride both.
11. If out for a ride with Lance Armstrong you would talk about, what?
Are you saying that I could keep up with him. Thank you. That's cool!
12. Do compression socks really help?
Yes, but they do look really dorky.
13. After Ironman Hawaii you will do what?
Have a big hamburger, just like after every other Ironman!
14. Best time of the day is?
15. When not training your favourite thing to do is?
16. Husband Chris Bastie is best at?
Trick question. Right answer is everything, right?
17. Do you follow or lurk on the Slowtwitch Forum.
Yes. I must admit that I do.
18. The first words out of your mouth after getting across the finish line at Ironman Canada were?
The brain is the first thing to go in an Ironman. I haven't a clue!
19. Do we need an election in Canada this fall?
No, and we did not need one last fall either.
20. In five years you will be doing what?
Laughing that I wore those dorky compression socks!
Picture at the top of Tereza Macel high-fiving her way to a win at Ironman Lake Placid this past July.