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Wildflower Triathlon interview with Gwen Steffani
10.05.2012

Wildflower Triathlon interview with Gwen Steffani

Decided to post this strange interview I had with Gwen Steffani the day after the Wildflower Triathlon. Oddly enough her questions are the lyrics from her teenie bopper song Hollaback Girl. If you need a reminder, here’s the video:

 

Uh huh, this my shit
All the girls stomp your feet like this

Whoa, Gwen, we need to keep the dialog a bit more family friendly. But yes, I see where you’re going with that. I think.

A few times I’ve been around that track
So it’s not just gonna happen like that
‘Cause I ain’t no Hollaback Girl
I ain’t no Hollaback Girl

You’re right, I have been to Wildflower a couple of times before, but just for the record, we call it a course, not a track, in triathlon. Either way though, it hasn’t been since 2009 that I last raced Wildflower and I am a different athlete now. Was great to knock off about 12 minutes since my last go at this race and be up near the front. So when you say it’s not just gonna happen like that, you’re actually pretty spot on.

Ooh, this my shit, this my shit
Ooh, this my shit, this my shit

Gwen, please, there are young people and Mormons reading this blog.

I heard that you were talking shit
And you didn’t think that I would hear it
People hear you talking like that, getting everybody fired up
So I’m ready to attack, gonna lead the pack

Actually, Gwen, I don’t typically talk bad about my competitors so I’m not sure where you heard that from. Of course I always envision myself being at the front the race… but it doesn’t always happen like that.

Gonna get a touchdown, gonna take you out

Dude, touchdowns are for football, check your facts. And nobody really ‘takes anyone out’…except for maybe Jesse who races with a giant metal wand in his hand (See picture). He’s maybe taking this Aviator thing a bit too far:).

Jesse and his stick

On race day, I swam ok, but really thought I could have been with Jesse and Jordan who were about 1:30 ahead. Once onto the bike this is really a course where paying attention to watts can help you out a bit later in the day. I rode smart and didn’t take any risks like I did a couple weeks ago in New Orleans. Hitting a normalized power of 313 and leaving me feeling pretty good once onto the run.

A few times I’ve been around that track
So it’s not just gonna happen like that
‘Cause I ain’t no Hollaback Girl
I ain’t no Hollaback Girl

Clearly you’re pretty excited about the track thing. It’s a course, Gwen, a course. At the Wildflower triathlon. A very hilly course. Stop calling it a track. Again, you’re right, by this point of the race I knew winning was ‘not gonna happen like that’. Running on the hills at Wildflower is a weakness of mine for sure. For a good long while Dustin Mclarty was with me, and even dropped me pretty good on the big doozy of a climb. The one that reduces some to a hike, including me. It wasn’t until we hit the final 5 or 6 miles where the hills are bit less steep that I was able to open up the gap and close some time on the guys ahead of me.

So that’s right dude, meet me at the bleachers
No principals, no student-teachers

I’m not sure I understand your question. Ohhhhh, are you referring to the fact that Macca was on the run course spectating, but riding behind 6th place for a bit telling him that I was closing the gap and he needed to pick it up? Yeah, he can meet me at the bleachers. Ha! Though, I’m pretty sure I’d just ask for his autograph and maybe the bit of money he MAY have cost me :P

All the boys want to be the winner, but there can only be one
So I’m gonna fight, gonna give it my all
Gonna make you fall, gonna sock it to you
That’s right, I’m the last one standing, another one bites the dust

This is maybe a little dramatic. I like to keep it a little bit more down to earth, Ok? There were plenty of people standing at the end of the race and nobody needs to make anyone fall. Though, I definitely did get socked and ended up in 7th place. All said I raced well, and would have liked to have done the sneak attack to get the 9 seconds I needed to get 6th (cough, Macca). But really, 6th or 7th…whatever, not much difference. I wanted top 5, but just didn’t have what I needed to be there today.

Let me hear you say, this shit is bananas
B A N A N A S
This shit is bananas
B A N A N A S
Again, the shit is bananas
B A N A N A S

Hmmm, that’s a little awkward. I don’t know how to respond to that, but to be clear, I certainly don’t think you should be doing what you’re doing with THAT banana. Wildflower was my 3rd half Iron in 5 weeks, that’s a little bananas. They were nicely spaced though, so I managed to race them all quite well, with New Orleans being FREAKING awesome. It’s now time to get back into a solid training block with The Triathlon Squad here in St. George in preparation for the next race… Ironman 70.3 Boise!!

After that:

- Rev3 Portland
- My main goal race of the year: Ironman New York City – US Pro Championship
- Kona? Who knows, could be a good little race to do! :)

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