Interview by Romeo Moran
Photos by Mona Yeena Tan
Getting into the post-race mindset with the second runner-up female pro, Australia’s Dimity Lee-Duke
Hello Dimity, congratulations on third place! How was your performance
I’m pretty happy with my performance today! I just came off an Ironman two weeks ago in Switzerland, and I didn’t have the best day there from a strategic point of view, race plan point of view, so I really tried to work on that a little bit. Unfortunately, I dropped my chain on the bike, lost a bit of time, but happy to finish with third.
What was the most favorable part of the race for you?
The bike, I love the bike. I love to go out and go hard, and see just how fast I can go. That course is pretty epic. A little bit of wind out there on the second loop, but happy with my bike today, I think, apart from the drop of the chain.
What was the hardest part of the race?
Obviously, the run, botched it in the end. It’s quite hot and humid out there, so you really gotta worry about your nutrition and your hydration with a couple of K to go, otherwise it can just bite you big time.
What were your thoughts coming into the finish line?
Look, you know, I would’ve liked to celebrate a little bit better with the Filipinos, but unfortunately, Beth (Gerdes) was only about a couple of hundred meters in front of me, so I was still trying to catch her. But you know, finishing on that finish line with thousands of spectators is a pretty cool feeling.
What are you looking forward to in your next race?
I’m just gonna recover up after today, and start the prep for Kona, Ironman World Championships. No racing until then; it’s just about getting lean, fit, and fast, and contest it with the biggest athletes in the world.