Wednesday, February 25, 2009

60 Seconds With Britain's Fittest Woman

60 seconds caught up with Britain's double-Ironman Triathlon World Champion Chrissie Wellington, and wasn't surprised to find out she's not got much time for darts players.

You won your first Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii(a gruelling 2.4-mile swim followed by a 112-mile cycle ride before running a marathon to the finish line) in 2007, less than a year after turning pro. How much of a surprise was that?

I didn't even envisage doing an Ironman, I didn't even really know what it was as a discipline, or understand the significance of Hawaii. I turned pro with the idea of becoming an Olympic triathlete (demanding a paltry 0.93-mile swim, 24.85-mile bike ride and 6.21-mile run).
Which part of the course do you find the most difficult?

The opening swim is always a bit frantic. It's like a Friday-night pub brawl. There are fists and legs and body parts flying around - it would probably be quite enjoyable if it wasn't at 6.45 in the morning.

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