A swimmer from an early age, Michaela (Michi) Herlbauer changed to triathlon at 14. Having been in the sport now “professionally” for only a few years, Michi has already reached podiums worldwide including being one of only a handful of women to have claimed multiple sub-9-hour Ironman times.
How did you start running? I have a very sporty family background. My brother was triathlete and my dad a runner. I always watched them training and racing! That was really inspiring and motivating me - I wanted to join them!
Why do you run now? Now running simply got a part of me. I need it to feel free and I’m not myself without running - you can ask my husband.
What has been the most important race you’ve run to date? The most important race to date has been the Ironman World Championships 2016 in Kona. For me, it was one of my hardest but also greatest experience in my life so far.
What is your pre-race ritual? I have to polish my nails and have to eat a lot of ice cream on the day before the race and, of course, need to kiss my husband before the start.
What do you think about while running? To be honest - I try not think too much while running - I just want to feel it!
What is your go to training meal? I love to have a slice of bread, with a smashed banana and some coconut syrup on top.
What song is your go to for the run? I always listen to songs from Metallica if I need some power before a training session or a race. That’s the best!
Who is your “team”?
I’m very proud and thankful to have a strong team that supports me - my team means my family, friends, coach, therapists, sponsors and of course, the most important part: my husband and training mate Daniel - without him I would be lost.
What does no one tell you about being a professional athlete? That you have to neglect your family and friends quite often when you don’t have time for birthday celebrations, weddings, family meetings because of training, camps or races.
What was the best piece of running advice you ever received? „Be patient - build into it!“ …this advice was from my father! He told me before every single race and he still does! And it has helped me so many times - especially during the marathon.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to follow in your footsteps? I would tell them to go their own way than trying to follow anyone’s footsteps. „Find your passion, work hard and never give up!“
Why On? Quality, speed, style, comfort - On has it all in one.