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Thursday, August 4, 2011
Leanda Cave aspires and admires

By Adena Andrews

In the Pro's Questionnaire, our favorite sports figures take an abridged version of the famous personality test, the Proust Questionnaire. Leanda Cave, world-renowned triathlete and 2007 ITU long distance world champion, talks about her distaste for rudeness, love for fancy hotels and designer denim.

What is your idea of happiness?
Leanda Cave:
Living within your means, not having any stress and having a great network of friends and family. Also, being able to flash out every now and then by going to nice places.

What is your idea of misery?
LC:
Riding my bike in the freezing cold and not being able to do things due to injury.

What do you think is your main fault?
LC:
I'm really bad at recognizing when I am fatigued. So, when it comes to training, I tend to do a little bit too much, too hard. I find it very useful to have my husband around so he can tell me it is OK to sleep in sometimes.

If not yourself, who would you like to be?
LC:
Chrissie Wellington is someone that I like immensely. She's such a great personality, as well as an athlete and that's a very big thing that I would like to be. And eventually I would like to be like Paula Radcliffe, she has been my role model for a long time. She's a great runner and I've always struggled with running in my career. It's the hardest thing to develop. I definitely would like to have her talent.

Who is a hero or heroine you admire the most?
LC:
Again, I would have to say I look up to Paula Radcliffe. She epitomizes the fight in an athlete that I try to cherish and have myself.

What is your favorite food and drink?
LC:
I really love chocolate and pizza -- not together. My favorite drink is chocolate milk.

What do you hate the most?
LC:
I hate people who are just plain rude. Rude drivers, or like when you are checking into a flight with rude flight attendants. They try to make you feel inferior and I don't like it when people think that they are better than you even though they don't know you.

What is a talent you would like to possess?
LC:
I would like to be really good at the stock market. I've always wanted to do it, but it's really something that has confused me and I would love to know how to do it.

What is your greatest fear?
LC:
Dying.

What is your greatest extravagance?
LC:
I flash out on expensive Diesel jeans. I really only buy one pair a year. Is that extravagant? I also stayed at the Four Seasons in Scottsdale, Ariz.

What is your most treasured possession?
LC:
My wedding ring.

What is your present state of mind?
LC:
I'm pretty laid back at the moment. I was pretty tired yesterday and everything was getting really stressful, but last night I slept really well. It's amazing what a good night's sleep can do.