Joszef Major has been working hard to secure a top finishing place in the World Ironman Championship this weekend.
Jozsef has been a fierce competitor for a number of years, finishing 23rd in 2010, 19th in 2011, and has racked up 9 Ironman distance victories including Ironman Arizona and Ironman Hungary. This season he has continued his progression, recently finishing on the podium at the US Ironman Champs in New York back in August.
From his hotel in Hawaii, Jozsef has taken the valuable time to give SwiftCarbon a bit of insider information in the lead up to the biggest race in the triathlon calendar this Saturday.
SC – How have the last few days training gone?
JM – The last few days have gone by really quickly. Over the weekend I did my last long bike and run sessions. I had a good run to the Energy Lab and a nice ride in Hawi. I also had a great long swim in the ocean, it was a little choppy but good practice for the race.
SC – What are your hopes for the race?
JM – I’m really looking forward to it, I’ve trained really hard. With the help of my coach, Sergio Borges, my preparation went well. My swim has also improved this year thanks to some specific work on my technique and input from my functional strength coach, Frank Sole. I’m feeling strong and I trust that the hard work I’ve done is enough. I would like to give it my all and have a great race, and I hope it will be enough to get in the top 10.
SC – What are conditions like out there this year? Is it likely to be as quick as last year?
JM – You never know what to expect in Kona. Last year there was no wind on the bike, in some years we have had brutal conditions. I would be happy with something in the middle, but every year is different.
SC – Tell us a bit about your bike, we see that you’ve already had some success on the Neurogen in the last few weeks.
JM – Thanks to SwiftCarbon I got the new 2013 Neurogen for Kona, and I wanted to build it up with my favourite components: 3T Aerobar, ISM saddle, Rotor crankset and this was the first time I have used the Shimano Di2 electronic shifting. I still can’t believe that this “dream bike” came true!
Three weeks ago I had the chance to race on the new bike at the Nathan Tempe Olympic Distance Triathlon in Arizona. The schedule was tight because it wasn’t ready until the Friday before the race, but everything went well. It was one of those days when you wake up and you know that it is going to be a good day. I wasn’t one hundred percent sure that my legs would feel the same way though since I’d had a very intense four weeks preparing for Kona. But I felt good and I was able to stay at the front and I won the race. I was happy with how comfortable, stiff and light my new bike was and the components worked great as well. I had a few more weeks to train on the new Neurogen, and the more I rode it the more happier I was. It is a great combination of uncompromised aerodynamics and perfect fit. The Neurogen is designed to win! I have no doubt that I’ll have the perfect ride in Kona!
SC – What will your pre race meal be, Lava Java or Billy Bobs?! Maybe something else?
JM – Although both restaurants are fancy and have delicious food, I love Hungarian food the most. It is a tradition that before every big race I eat a large dose of pasta with Hungarian style beef stew. It started 7 years ago when I won my first Ironman Championships title. Since then I had the same pre race meal every year and I won eight more titles!
SC – What music do you have in you ear while out in the Lava fields and on Ali’I drive?
JM – Most of the time I run without music. I like to focus on my running and it’s important to listen to my body, especially here in Kona. There is a special feeling running down on Ali’I Drive and riding on the Queen K, you can feel the rhythm of the Island.
SC – What’s next? Is it end of season for you after this?
JM – After Kona I’m going to do Ironman Arizona in November. I love to race in Arizona because of the wonderful triathlon community, and this is one of my favorite courses as well. I’ve had several top 5 finishes in the past few years and I won IM Arizona in April 2008.
It’s a good way to finish the season, racing together with friends and fellow athletes.
SC – Thanks Jozsef. Have a great race and good luck!
You can follow Jozsef’s progress live by checking out http://kona.ironman.com/index.html He will be wearing bib number 9.
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