From the age of six, Daniel was in love with sport. Extreme challenges fascinated him and led to him finding triathlon in his teens. Since then, turning pro was a natural step after attaining much junior success for the Austrian star, and has led to him constantly placing strongly on the world triathlon stage.
How did you start running? At the age of 6 - together with my Mom and Dad.
Why do you run now? Running is a part of the best sport in the world (triathlon, of course) and so it is indispensable for me not to run!
What has been the most important race you’ve run to date? Definitely the first marathon during my first Ironman. I blew it very badly and it will always stay in my mind.
What race do you have in your sights? Ironman Lanzarote and Ironman Austria.
What is your pre-race ritual? Kissing my wife.
What do you think about while running?
It depends on my mood. If I’m in a good mood, I just try to enjoy it as much as possible - even if I am hurting badly. If I’m in a bad mood I just think about my goals and tell myself that there is nothing better to be doing in that moment than running.
What is your go to training meal? Coffee and cake or chocolate.
What song is your go to for the run? Learn To Fly, Foo Fighters.
What is your passion next to endurance sports? I know it sounds boring but I’m very interested in politics.
Who would you be if you weren’t a professional athlete? Maybe a bike mechanic or something similar - I like to work with my hands.
What does no one tell you about being a professional athlete?
That almost every morning you feel like you have a seriously bad hangover.
What was the best piece of running advice you ever received? To run up-hill and doing hill reps.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to follow in your footsteps? Enjoy what you are doing and don’t do it for someone else!
Why On? To be honest they are the coolest and best running shoes out there at the moment.