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
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.