An Interview With Kona Podium Finisher Caroline Steffen

November 20, 2012

With Kona fresh in our minds we caught up with Caroline Steffen as she recharges her batteries for 2013:

Before we move on to talk about your racing could you please explain how you started out in the world of triathlon and your rise to an elite competitor

As a child I did kid’s ballet, gymnastic, scout and played drums. When i was 12years old, I started with sport. Once a week I went to the swim and this just because, I was allowed to leave the religions lessons 15min earlyer to catch the bus. Which is now 18 years ago and it has changed a lot. In the time between, I was 10 years a member of the Swiss Swimming- and 2 years a member of the Swiss Cycling Nationalteam. Won 17 Swiss Champion gold medals in the pool and 1 on the Road. A two days adventure race in 2005 brought me closer to the triathlon, specifically to the long distance.

Congratulations on your podium finish. It was an incredibly hard fought race with lots of drama, could you take us through the highs and lows of the day?

This years race in Kona was marked from many highs and lows when we pointing ou the emotionally part. There was definitive a low point when I got a red card on the bike which changed my whole race strategy or when I tried to ride away the last 40km but I couldn’t. Physically I had a hight all day – even Leanda passed me with 3km to go. It wasn`t a low – she was just faster at this point.

With a race like Kona nothing ever goes to plan, what do you think you have learned from the unexpected events of the day that will make you an ever stronger contender in the future?

Thats right, you always can lern something new each race and used it for your own improvement. I learned I`ve to be better prepered next year for the last 10km run. I worked a lot on my run this year but I`m still not good enough in it. I`ve also learned how to react if not everything is going to plan, I think i did well this year after I got the red card.

Do you have a packed race schedule for 2013 or are you taking some well-deserved rest?

I`ll race the non drafting short course race in Noosa (Australia) the following weekend. Afterwards I guess I`ll take a break. I need some time to recharge my batteries for 2013 which will be another big year of racing and training with Brett Sutton.

You are a big supporter of On. Could you tell us how On have helped you perform at your peak as well as some of the other triathlon kit that you are most excited about in 2013?

On-Running was a great supporter in my past season 2012. With On-Running as my new shoe sponser I was able to train all year thru without any injuries. I recovered faster after my run sets which means I was able to work more efficiency and with better quality during the whole year. I start to run more km/week and got fater the in the same time.

Of course my bike is an other very importent part of the whole game. Bike sponsor Cervélo together with Campagnolo /3T / Cobb Cycling and Schwalbe are irreplaceable

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