We present you one of the best Slovenian triathletes. His PB on IM is fantastic 8:12.24.

What sport accomplishment are you most proud of?

The best performance was this year’s Challenge Turku where I won the race with 3:48. Without any problems, with constant high pace and in wet conditions, I defeated some big names of triathlon.

You recently finished 1th at Podersdorf race – how did the race go for you and did you expect this great result?

Yes. This race came into my schedule like last minute offer. Week before Podersdorf I canceled IM Vichy due to transport and health problems. I was flying in the water and on the bike that time but big Q was my running shape. Since I returned from USA in April I could not run on 100%. My Achilles was killing me before, during and after each running session. Race went smoothly, no problems with more than 20 min advantage in the finish. Time was awesome; 8:12.24 is my PB so far.

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What advice could you offer to young triathletes who are thinking of making the step up to Pro level?

If someone thinks about the PRO career probably knows well what the numbers of the TOP athletes are. Champion is not made during the night, only hard and committed training over longer period is paid off. Be patient is advice to give to young athlete.

What are your goals for next season?

Hmm. I got injured last month so my plans for next season already changed. I was thinking about Kona next year, but without early qualifying races like Vichy, Barcelona, Arizona, this would be mission impossible. So I decided to race Challenge Šamorin in June and Challenge Roth in July. These two races will be first peak of the season.

What shoes do you run in?

Next year I am going to run in Saucony if everything goes ok with the sponsor.

How is your training routine like?

Usually I train between 25 and 30 hour per week. I will do some changes next year. Together with my manager we decided to build a team of experts. Head coach is going to lead and supervise the process and I believe that in near future I can break the 8.00 mark for IM distance.

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Who is the best athlete you have ever faced?

In January I raced Jan Frodeno in Dubai. He is »the man« at the moment and looks like that he will stay there for few years. I admire Javier Gomez as well and I raced him couple of time on ITU races.

How do you celebrate your victories once the competition is over?

I like to have some peace around. There is couple of »analysis« about the race but nothing special. You must train a lot if you want to be among the best. This sport is all about planning the future, no time for the past!

Who did you admire growing up?

Hmm, good question. I have been swimming since first year of school. Ian Thorpe was a big star that time and I watched him with open mouths during Sydney Olympics.

The interview was originally published at  Sport Interview.