One of the tallest athletes often on the field, Caroline Steffen (aka Xena) is also one of the nicest. The Swiss-born triathlon star was made for triathlon, coming from a background of being a junior swimming champion, then a member for the Swiss national cycling team. Since turning pro in triathlon, she has had one of the greatest Ironman success-rates of the sport.
How did you start running? I started running when I was 26. 1km out then 1km back, and from there a little further and further until I ended up reaching the 2 hour running mark.
Why do you run now? Because it is a part of my daily life.
What has been the most important race you’ve run to date? I used to be a strong swim/biker and “weak” runner. I think my most important race so far was the first time I won a race on the run leg.
What is your pre-race ritual? I don’t really have a ritual - I would call it just routine. I usually set up my bike at T1 before anything else, then go for a little run followed by a good warm-up swim to get the HR (heart rate) up.
What do you think about while running? Some days I find I’m not really thinking about much and other days I think about everything! It really depends on my mood, the type of session it is and the scenery and landscape I am running in.
What is your go to training meal? Rice porridge and a coffee.
What song is your go to for the run? Move – Little Mix.
Who is your “team”? Coach Brett Sutton, agent Evan Gallagher, Phyx Physio Port Macquarie, and my nutritionists Darryl Griffiths.
What is your passion next to endurance sports? I love to be creative.
What does no one tell you about being a professional athlete? That it is a 24/7 356 day-a-year job.
What was the best piece of running advice you ever received?
In Ironman, the one who slows down last usually wins the race.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to follow in your footsteps? Believe = achieve.
Why On? I’ve been running with On injury-free for more than 6 years now - I think that speaks for itself.