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What elite athletes set as New Year's resolutions

A new year means new goals. We spoke to some of On’s elite athletes about their 2018 lessons and 2019 targets to get inspiration for aiming higher.

 

2018 wasn’t just any year. It was the year that showed us there’s no limit that can’t be left in the dust.  In one weekend alone, at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, we saw athletes repeatedly run past impossible. We saw Tim Don's incredible comeback from a broken neck to make the start line. Then Bart Aernouts go beyond expectations to make the podium in the fastest race Kona has ever seen. We saw serial limit-breaker Javi Gomez look completely at home on his debut among the lava fields. Then before the day was out, Japan’s Hiromu Inada became the event's oldest finisher

 

These achievements are the result of preparation, graft, and belief. And we’re encouraging all runners to join us in leaving their limits behind 2019. As if the previous paragraph’s heroics weren’t inspiration enough, we asked some of On’s top pro performers to share what they learned this year, and their goals for the new season:

 

Germain Grangier, Elite trail runner, France

Mountain runner Germain put in some real peak performances in 2018, winning the 85km Maxi-Race in Annecy, France and finishing fifth at the UTMB’s 101km CCC event, also in the French Alps. 

 

What is the biggest lesson you learned in 2018? 

Germain: “Every year, I add something new to my training. This year, I learned a lot about breathing and how it can control my mind and my body.”

 

Who / what inspired you most in 2018? 

“Nature is what inspires me the most every day. I observe and find inspiration there. We easily forget, but nature is 4 billion years of research and development.”

 

What’s your sporting goal for 2019? 

“One of my big goals is to work on my speed on runnable surfaces. I come from a mountain background so I am more used to technical and tricky terrain.”

 

What’s your New Year’s resolution? 

“I want to learn how to play the bagpipes. I know this will be a challenge!”

 

Germain’s shoe: The Cloudventure Peak
The trail-racing shoe that’s as fast as the alps are high.
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Katie Schide, elite trail runner, US

Alongside taking on some of the world’s biggest trail events, and finishing as second female at UTMB’s 101km CCC event, Katie has spent 2018 working on a PhD in geology.

 

What is the biggest lesson you learned in 2018? 

Katie: This year I learned so much! I improved my confidence in coding at work and feel like I have become a more independent, critical thinker in my research. I'm also learning how to better prioritize running, rest, work, and travel to take care of my body with all of those things in mind.

 

Who or what inspired you most in 2018? 

This year my sister is earning her masters degree in Energy Systems while working in a bioengineering lab and applying for PhD programs in material chemistry. Meanwhile, my mom was elected mayor of my hometown in Maine, US,  while also running her own consulting firm and staying dedicated to public service. Maybe I'm just bragging a bit – but I've got some pretty amazing women in my life and that always keeps me motivated to operate at my best! 

 

What’s your sporting goal for 2019? 

I'm excited to try some slightly longer races in the coming year, and want to keep approaching every race with a positive attitude and a love for the sport.

 

What’s your New Year’s resolution? 

My big goal for 2019 is to finish my PhD so I can officially be a Rock Doctor! 

 

Katie’s shoe: The new Cloudventure
The lightweight cushioned trail shoe with Missiongrip™. For any off-road mission.
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Chris Thompson, long-distance runner, UK

Chris’s 2018 highlights included winning the 10-mile Great South Run in Portsmouth, England, for the third time and defending his Great Scottish Run half marathon title in Glasgow, Scotland, with a new PR of 1:02:07. 

What is the biggest lesson you learned in 2018? 

Chris: “Make the most of the opportunities that are in front of you. You never know what is around the corner, good or bad. We aim for specific races/dates. And pin our hopes for large chunks of the year on those races we choose to ‘peak’ for. But things can be unexpected and go wrong on those days we put so much emphasis on. 

 

“So when you’re in shape take the next race and make the most of it. It’ll help make those large spells of training and racing feel less about that one day we look to ‘peak’ but judge ourselves on the year as a whole.”

 

Who / what inspired you most in 2018? 

“Tyson Fury – a British heavyweight boxer. I’m not a big boxing fan and don’t understand the sport in detail. However his story… He was the best in the world two years ago then ended up fighting drink and depression. He was written off by many. So to turn his life around, and in many people’s opinion win his comeback fight (the recent match against current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder ended in a draw) was inspirational and the transformation from a year ago is incredible. 

 

“I’ve been through so many setbacks in my career with operations etc., I know the difficulty that comes with staying in a sport to a high level. For him to get back to the top of his sport takes guts.”

 

“Sometimes we all need to see the almost impossible made possible.” 

 

What’s your sporting goal for 2019? 

"To take the first steps towards Tokyo Olympics Qualification. It’s hard to know exactly what that will take until the details are released, however I’ll plan my year around this with lots of greatness sprinkled elsewhere. 

 

“We are entering a very exciting two years in athletics pre-Olympics. This time is always a great buzz and people really start upping their game, making huge sacrifices to make their dream of being an Olympian a reality. There will be some heartache for most, but there are some athletes whose lives will soon be changed forever in ways they never imagined. We don’t know who they are and some will not even be on the ‘ones to watch’ radar. That’s the beauty of the Olympics.” 

 

What’s your New Year’s resolution? 

“I’m getting married next year to my partner of 11 years. So off the track it’s a very exciting year. I’ll be starting a very new, very personal life-changing journey. Starting a family will be amazing. My first aim is to be the best husband I can be and then hopefully I’ll be able to extend that into a being a great dad. For those that know me well they will call this a great turnaround after my younger days!” 

 

Chris’s shoe: The Cloudflash
The racing flat for the important seconds in life
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Caroline Steffen, Long-distance triathlete, Switzerland

In 2018 Caroline Steffen returned to racing just eight months after giving birth and not only won Ironman Bussleton in Australia, but set a new course record.  

What is the biggest lesson you learned in 2018? 

“That a balanced and happy life is a good life and the best path to performing at a world-class level.”

 

Who or what inspired you most in 2018? 

“All the mums out there who sacrifice their daily lives to raise future little superstars.”

 

What’s your sporting goal for 2019? 

“To be the best I can be every single day – to race with an open heart and mind in 2019 and kick some butt at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.” 

 

What’s your New Year's resolution? 

“Oh, New Year’s resolutions are not so much my thing. I usually fail in the first week! I stick to sporting goals!” 

 

Caroline’s shoe: The Cloudflow
Lightweight yet cushioned, for high speeds over long distances.
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