What's your sleep schedule like?
If I went out every night and went nuts and didn't sleep, I would never be able to actually recover from the workouts, and I wouldn't be able to push myself as hard as I'd need to in the racing and training. I'll actually be able to get in 10 or 11 hours of sleep almost every night.
What have been a few of your worst injuries?
Early on in a road race, I woke up in a hospital and had lost the previous four days of memory. I had no idea where I was or how I got there. I barely had any scratches on my body, which is weird, but my ear was full of dirt, so apparently I had crashed at a high speed. I've also broken my collar bone twice and shattered my ankle.
Yikes. I've read a few online bios about you that stress how tough you are. Do you agree?
Actually, I was out in Santa Monica at Red Bull headquarters, with a sports scientist, Per Lundstam. I'd do these intervals over and over again up and down hills while hooked up to censors and wearing shorts that measure the muscle contractions for each leg. Pere was also taking my blood lactate level, which shows how hard you're working. If you're just walking around, you're at one. If you just got done weightlifting, you're at a four, and if you had just done a downhill ski run as a professional skier, you're probably at about an eight. For some reason, my body can handle a really high level. So I was at around a 14 and 15, which is like toxic. Talk about affirmation of being in the right profession. I never had the opportunity to test anything like that, and here I am, over 30 years old, learning, "Oh by the way, you are actually really good at your sport."