Leanda Cave’s pre-Kona blog shows defending champion’s defiant attitude
In an entry entitled ‘I’m Only Human’, Cave starts off by saying that the race in Hawaii “is the one that really counts”.
The champ admits that “I have questioned my own ability a number of times, most of those after my disappointing performance in the 70.3 World Champs in Las Vegas 4 weeks ago”, but still believes that great things can happen.
With a note of defiance, she writes: “I know that the word on the street amongst my fellow athletes is that I am not a threat. I thank those athletes for taking the pressure off me and putting it on themselves.”
The reigning champion also thanks all those who still have faith in her and adds: “There is no part of me that will ever quit and I’m ready to fight on October 12. I am 100% pain free as I write this and I have never felt so fired up to race.”
Cave’s blog continues by scrutinising her Ironman 70.3 World Championship performance.
She says she felt relieved to make the start line at all, and expounded on the lack of consistency in her training due to injury and then training with an injury. “Ideally I should have stopped training completely when symptoms became chronic, but I was too far into the season to take that option. So I had to resort to a cortisone injection immediately after Vegas. This is nothing more than a band aid to get me through the rest of the season, but it was the best decision I could have made.” She adds: “I hope that I can encourage anyone reading this to get on top of injuries right away.”
Read the whole of Leanda Cave’s blog here
See the rest of our 2013 Ironman World Championship coverage here. We’ll be updating regularly in the run up to Kona.