Chrissie Wellington got into triathlon the way many people do: A friend suggested she try it, and so she borrowed a road bike and competed in her first race. Her reason? To push her body to the limits. Today, the British athlete is the reigning Ironman World Champion, having won last year’s Hawai’i event for the third time in a row.

Not only is Wellington the reigning “Queen of Kona,” she also holds the current women’s world record in Iron-distance triathlon—a feat accomplished in Roth, Germany last year. Expecations were high again this year for the athlete, and on Sunday, Wellington broke her own record with a time of 8:19:13 (just 25 minutes slower than the men’s winner, Rasmus Henning). 

TYR, one of her sponsors, caught Wellington before Sunday’s race to check in on how she was feeling about the event. As you’ll see in this exclusive pre-race video, the athlete had few reservations about her ability to shatter her own record. Her confidence and love for the sport shine—two reasons why she is a role model for male and female athletes alike.

Read the full race re-cap here.