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Radka Vodickova: „Anything is possible“

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Radka Vodičková is definitely someone who lives life to the fullest. We met on her journey back from Sri Lanka – not exactly the clichè destination. When we say that we met, it is not very precise notion. We didn’t meet personally (not that we don’t like the idea of visiting exotic parts of our world), but thanks to technology, we still had a chance of having a little chat. And although this kind of conversation has its limits and disadvantages, it can surely bring a lot of interesting knowledge. Well, but you’re not here to read our endless introduction, so let’s get down to business. Radka Vodičková, currently the best Czech triathlete over half ironman distances had closed a very successful year – a lot of great results all over the world with the 6th place at Ironman 70.3 World Championship. But how does she see her 2014 from a distance? Radka revealed not only her recent tri season, but also her plan for those future ones..

How did you enjoy your winter holiday? Once again, you had quite a lot of triathlon racing in 2014.. 

My 2014 season was very long, I was racing since February and finished in December, so I was really looking forward to this time of the year. I and my coach, we both agreed to try one month of season. I came back to Czech Republic after one year! So it was great to see my family!

You didn’t finish your last race of the season (Challenge Bahrain) because of knee injury. Is it getting better?

This was also one of the reason I took that long of season. I think not my head needed the of season, but my body… I have a great physiotherapist in Czech, so he took care of it. It is much better, but I am still not running.

There was a big positive feedback on Challenge Bahrain from pro triathletes. Do you think this race might become some kind of „second“ World Champs?

This race doesn’t need to be like a world champs. With this prize money, good promotion and great care about triathletes, this race is a big game changer! Challenge triathlon announced a Triple Crown series for 2015, with 1 mil. USD prize money!

You are known for racing really much – have you already counted your this year’s races? Did you manage to beat last year’s pretty extraordinary collection of 31 races?

(Smile) I love racing, but this year I have changed my coach. Myself and my new coach (Brad Kahlefeldt), we agreed to cut the amount of racing a bit. So this year I did ‚just‘ 22 races…

How would twentieth girl of London’s Olympics grade her 2014 season? Looking at your results in last 3-4 seasons it seems to us, that you are constantly, step-by-step, getting better.. Do you feel it similarly?

It is difficult to say, but I can say, I am happy with my progress every year. This year was my first year without ITU racing. I focused just on non drafting racing, so the training is bit different, les swimming, much more biking… My 2014 was great. I was 6th at 70.3 World Championship, I was the winner of Rev3 series and I was second in the Life time fitness series. I won the famous 70.3 San Croix.

Your 6th place at Ironman 70.3 World Championship was a great achievement and we were celebrating this memorable day for Czech triathlon. How do you look at your performance at Mont Tremblant now, at the end of the season?

As I mentioned above, this result is one of my best in my racing career. It was a very competitive field and a tough course. Already now I am looking forward to next World Champs, this time in Austria, Zell am See!

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In the recent three seasons you have always finished in top 10 of prestigious Hy-Vee triathlon. With 7th place this year, do you think that top 3 (or victory) is possible?

Anything is possible. (smile)

Is there still any race on your bucket list?

Maybe Beijing triathlon and Wildflower triathlon.

Year 2016 is quickly approaching – are you still considering getting down to ITU racing in order to collect sufficient amount of points for successful qualification for Rio Olympics? Your coach didn’t seem to approve this much.

As I mentioned above, I have a new coach. We both experienced the great Olympic atmosphere in London and Brad also in Beijing. Olympics is great , but I have already decided to change the sport to non drafting and I am happy with my decision. I am now my own boss, I can race where I want (smile).

Would you like to make a comment on Czecho-slovakian triathlon?

We are a small country, but in triathlon still pretty famous! We had some great results in the history!

You have been pretty clear that Ironman is not something you would consider, mainly because you love to race and recovery time after IM is too long to maintain your crazy race approach. But still, haven’t you got goose bumps watching videos from Kona? Aren’t you dreaming of suffering somewhere on course 8+ hours?

Last year I said in some interview, that I will do an Ironman already in 2015, at the end of the season. But now, I see how fast the time goes, I feel I should wait some time… I love the half distance.

What are your plans for 2015 season?

If my 2015 would go like 2014, I would be happy! I managed to stay injury free until December… I need to stay healthy and the rest is ‚easy‘ (smile).

Is your „nomadic“ lifestyle still satisfying? Weren’t you already considering starting a family?

Two months ago I celebrated my 30th birthday and of course I feel I am not that young anymore… Family sounds great as I love kids, but I still love racing and traveling. For this decision you need two people.. (smile)

Where do you see yourself, let’s say, in 10 years?

With two kids, traveling between Australia and Europe… (smile)

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We would like to thank Radka for the interview. It is still „just“ January, but triathlon racing will start in a blink of an eye. And for 2015 we would like to wish not only Radka, but also all our readers health and happiness, because as Radka says, the rest is „easy“.

Radka's Best 2014 Results

Radka's Best 2014 Results

– winner Ironman 70.3 St. Croix

– winner Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya, Malaysia

– winner Challenge Batemans Bay, Australia

– winner Rev3 series 2013

– winner Laguna Lang Co, Vietnam

– 2nd 5150 Boulder (USA)

– 2nd LTF Triathlon Series Minneapolis (USA)

– 2nd LTF Triathlon Series New York (USA)

– 2nd Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast, Australia

– 3rd 5150 St. Anthony Triathlon (USA)

– 6th Ironman 70.3 World Championships

– 7th HyVee 5150 U.S. Championship (USA)

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Radka’s 2014 in brief: 

Toughest race of the season: 
Challenge Philippines

Best after party of the season: 
Noosa triathlon with Wagga Wagga crew

The most challenging race course of your season: Challenge Philippines

The biggest race disappointment of the season: Life time Oceanside

Biggest travelling experience of the season: Holiday in Sri Lanka

Biggest unexpected surprise: 
Meeting and dating Brad

The best performance on triathlon circuit of the season in general: Mirinda Carfrae on Hawaii 

Photo Credit: Matt Roberts/Getty Images, Radka Vodičková’s archive

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