When was the last time you whited out?
Ah yes, white. Not black, like many people who’ve never experienced it believe. No, I haven’t trained myself unconscious for a long time, but I have experienced it. It gave me a sort of kick. I’m still always trying to push myself to the limit – but without overdoing it.
You are now 36 years old and have accomplished a great deal, if not everything, in your sporting career and field: you are an Olympic champion, a world record holder, a world champion. Did you not reach the finishing line a long time ago? What keeps you motivated, what drives you?
It’s this inner desire, maybe even obsession, to improve every day. That’s what drives me. I’m well aware of how damn hard it’s going to be to pick the right time to retire. But it’s as simple as this: despite my two wins, I still haven’t completed the perfect race in Hawaii. I want to be able to say: this is as good as it gets! Maybe I’ll be able to in October.