Before the starter pistol sounds this Saturday, October 14th, to signify the beginning of the 41st Ironman Championship, 13 On athletes have already become etched in the history books by qualifying for the incredible event. Amongst those from On racing are a former Ironman World Champion, the fastest Ironman world record holder, a comeback story looking for this to be the year it all clicks, and every athlete a champion of the sport in their own right. We managed to gather from each of these competitors the best piece of running advice they ever received (in bold below), the shoes they will be wearing on race day, as well as other interesting facts and insights to inspire you before the weekend begins.
Frederik van Lierde – Ironman World Champion 2013
‘Cruise’ said to me by (On co-founder) Olivier Bernhard last year in Hawaii. The first half of the marathon is all about feeling comfortable at a good pace. The word ‘cruise’ is a very good summary of that feeling and I’ll remember that one forever."
Fred won the French Ironman earlier this year, despite blood pouring down his head after a race injury (read more about it here). Look out for him wearing the latest Polar V800 watch in Kona (item he swears by) and token sunglasses and hat combo for the run.