Marko Albert captured his first Ironman title at the 30th edition of Ironman New Zealand and we talked to this fast Estonian about the race and naked bungee jumping.
Slowtwitch: Nice work in Taupo.
Marko Albert: Thank you. It was one of those days when things went to the right direction. I had the shape to take most out of the opportunity that presented itself during the race!
ST: Describe one of those opportunities.
Marko: I am an old ITU racer. I know that the value of putting everything into a break and hoping it will work. That is the only way I have had success in triathlon. Both of my ITU World Cup podiums and also the 70.3 win have been done like this. Now an Ironman as well…
ST: You looked super thrilled when you crossed the line. How sweet was that win?
Marko: Ironman win has been on my short list of things I wanted to achieve in triathlon. In the past I have had 3rd place in Austria 2011 and 2nd after Bevan Docherty in New Zealand last year. So when you have had that dream of winning and believed that one day it will come trough, all the emotions just surfaced after crossing the finish line in Taupo. I never planned this kind of finish line celebrations - it was some place where the 14 years of dreaming, spectators, music and Mike Reilly took me!
ST: Did he call you an Ironman?
Marko: Mike Reilly probably did call me an Ironman, but I was just so so happy about being an Ironman Champion that I hardly heard anything else. Then I gave an interview that I can’t remember much either.