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Noosa Tri Multi Sport Festival

November 1st, 2012 by steffencaroline

Exciting weekend coming up, one of my favourit race of the year and a perfect spot to finishing up a great year. Noosa Tri Multi Sport Festival is more then just triathlon. It is the perfect 4day event with a mix of swim-, bike-, run and triathlon, fun races and high lever racing with big names on startline. After my surprising win in 2010, I`m looking forward to test myself in compare to the best short course girls in the world.

I`ll also do some Q&A friday AM and autograph signing saturday AM:

- Friday 10.00AM – WITSUP Noosa brunch (only 30 tickets available!)
- Saturday 11.30AM – 2XU signing at the Sheraton Hotel, Ballroom
- Saturday 1.30PM - On-Running signing at the Sheraton Hotel, Ballroom

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Ironman Hawaii – I needed some time to get used to the “2″

October 24th, 2012 by steffencaroline

The preparation for the 2012 World Championships in Hawaii was completed, everything went according to plan A and my head was set to win. I had this inner conviction, “I can do this, that’s my day, I can win and realize my dream today.”
The swim leg was as planned. I swam in a group of 6, without wasting too much energy I followed the feet in front of me. Everything fit. Quick T1 and catched the top group of 5 women and without much effort. Everything fit. But then something unexpected crossed my plans. A race marshall on the motorbike was showing me the red card (4 minute penalty). Hmm, I must have missed something, why did I get a red card? Maybe because I overtook a PRO male? Discuss is useless in a situation like this, I`ll not risk disqualification.

So now I sat for 4 minutes in the penalty tent … in my day where I wanted to fulfill a dream. Nightmare? I use the 4 minutes to… 1st: throw all swear words which I knew in english to the poor buggers head in the tent and … 2nd: get focused again. I knew I`ve to catch the lead group before the turnaround point. With a lot of effort (more then planned I got back to the lead. MB and myself determined the pace till T2. Everything to plan again. I ran controlled the first few km of the marathon, made sure to take in enough calories and fluids, smart racing. Everything to plan. I was in the lead but the competition pushed me from behind and got closer. With the usual ups and downs in the marathon I did cope well too.

Energy Lab, the hardest part of the whole race, I did well and started the last 10km stretch on the Queen K. I was still at 1st position but my lead melted. Leanda approached 10sek each km to me… and overtook me with 3km to go. “Stay focused” I’ve said again, the race is not over yet, I can still do it. I crossed the line 65 seconds after the champ Leanda.
I felt a chaos of emotions. I was happy with 2nd and at the same time a bit disappointed. I`ve given everything of sure but it just wasn`t enough. Mind and body were set 100% determined to win, I needed some time to get used to the “2″.

A week later, back at home, I can now look at the whole race from a different perspective and be happy. I`ve received so many nice email, including from people who thanked for an exciting race or from a mother who sees me a role model for her own daughters. Such text of my fans just show me once again, in the sports they are involved so much more than rankings and times!Congratulations also to David for 9th and MB for 5th place. 3x top ten for Team TBB. Great job!!



Thanks to my coach Brett for his dedication and commitment in TBB. Thanks also to all my sponsors, without you I wouldn`t be able to spend such a great livetime in sport.


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Vizeweltmeisterin – IRONMAN Hawaii 2012

October 23rd, 2012 by steffencaroline

Die Vorbereitung für die WM 2012 in Hawaii war abgeschlossen, alles lief nach Plan A und der Kopf war auf Sieg eingestellt. Ich hatte diese innere Überzeugung “Ich kann das, dass ist mein Tag, ich verwirkliche mir heute einen Traum”.
Der erste Abschnitt verlief optimal. Ich schwamm in einer Gruppe die mir passte. Ohne zu viel Energie zu verschwenden folgte ich den Füssen vor mir. Alles passte. Schneller Wechsel ab aufs Rad, fuhr in die Spitzengruppe von 5 Frauen und das ohne grossen Aufwand. Alles passte. Doch dann passiere was, womit ich nie gerechnet habe. Ein race marshall auf dem Motorrad zeigte mir die rote Karte (4 Minuten Zeitstrafe). Hmm, ich habe da wohl was verpasst, warum habe ich die Karte erhalten? Diskutieren ist in einer solchen Situation zwecklos, will keine Disqualifikation riskieren.


Nun sass ich also für 4 Minuten im Penalty Zelt … an meinem Tag wo ich mir einen Traum erfüllen wollte. Alptraum? Ich nützte die 4 Minuten um dem Schiedsrichter im Zelt (armer Tropf) alle Schimpfwörter an den Kopf zu werfen die mir gerade so in den Sinn kamen und gleichzeitig versuchte ich mich wieder zu sammeln und einen neuen Plan zu schmieden. “Bleibe fokussiert” habe ich mir immer wieder eingeredet. Ich musste die Führungsgruppe erwischen vor dem Wendepunkt das war mir klar. Mit etwas mehr Körpereinsatz als ich wollte fuhr ich mich zurück an die Spitze welche ich bis zum Wechsel auf den Marathon nicht mehr her gab. Alles wieder nach Plan. Ich lief die ersten km kontrolliert, vergewisserte mich genügend Kalorien und Flüssigkeit zu mir zu nehmen. Alles nach Plan. Ich war in Führung doch die Konkurrenz rückte mir von hinten immer näher. mit den gewohnten Hochs und Tiefs im Marathon wusste ich gut umzugehen.


Energie Lab, der härteste Abschnitt vom ganzen Rennen habe ich gut überstanden und ich kam auf die letzten 10km. Ich war immer noch in Führung doch mein Vorsprung schmolz. Leanda kam immer näher, ich konnte einfach nichts tun als sie mich 3km vor dem Ziel überholte.”Bleibe fokussiert” habe ich mir wieder gesagt, das Rennen ist noch nicht vorbei ich kann es immer noch schaffen. Doch es reichte nicht, 65 Sekunden nach der Siegerin lief ich im Ziel ein.
Ein Chaos von Emotionen kam in mir hoch. Ich freute mich über das gute Rennen und meinen Vize- Weltmeistertitel doch da war auch ein grosses Stück Enttäuschung in mir. Ich habe alles gegeben das war klar doch sollte es doch mein Tag sein. Geist und Körper waren so unglaublich fest auf Sieg eingestellt da muss ich mich zuerst an die “2″ gewöhnen.


Eine Woche später, zurück zu Hause kann ich nun das ganze aus einer anderen Perspektive anschauen und mich freuen. Ich habe so viele nette Mail erhalten, unter anderem von Leuten die sich für ein spannendes Rennen bedankt haben oder von einer Muttter die mich a Vorbild für Ihre eigene Töchter sieht. Solche Zeilen von meinen Fans zeigen mir einmal mehr, im Sport geht es doch um viel viel mehr als nur immer um den Sieg!
Herzliche Gratulation auch an MB für 2nd und David für 9th Platz. 3x top ten für Team TBB. Great job!!!! Danke an meinen Coach Brett für seinen Einsatz und Engagement in TBB. Danke auch an all meine Sponsoren, ohne Euch wäre all das nicht möglich.

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Passed test with another win

September 28th, 2012 by steffencaroline

ITU LD Triathlon – Weihai/China

Like 2010, Brett thought its smart to travel to Kona with a little stop-over in China to participate at the Asian Championships and ITU LD Triathlon World Series in Weihai. The race itselfs was well organized and with a little change on the bike course even more challenging then the years before. Several steep and long hills on the bike separated the field pretty quick as the 4 loop run cours wasn`t easy as well. I love challenging racecourses, so that suit me perfect.
Behind Camilla out of the water I took the lead on the bike and enlarge my lead in the run to a 13min-lead win. It was good to have an other little “test”. With another win and a enough confidence in my pocket, I cross over to the Big Island. Very happy !!!
Also congrats to my team mate Farlow for his fantastic 3rd place. Enjoy your time back in Australia with your family.

Steffen gewinnt Langdistanz Triathlon in China

23.09.2012 von Reinhard Standke
Wie vor zwei Jahren gewann die aktuelle Triathlon Langdistanzweltmeisterin Caroline Steffen den ITU Langdistanz Triathlon in Weihai (China). Steffen lag im Schwimmen knapp hinter der nachmaligen zweiten Camilla Pedersen (Dä), und dominierte danach sowohl den Radabschnitt (9 Minuten Vorsprung) als auch das Laufen, in dem sie den Vorsprung auf insgesamt rund 13 Minuten vergrösserte.

Weihai (China). ITU Langdistanz Triathlon. 3 km Schwimmen, 80 km Radfahren, 20 km Laufen.
Männer:
1. Nikolay Yaroshenko (Russ) 4:12:07.
2. Jens Toft (Dä) 0:25 Minuten zurück.
3. Aaron Farlow (Au) 8:30.
Frauen:
1. Caroline Steffen (Sz) 4:31:34.
2. Camilla Pedersen (Dä) 12:56.
3. Ewa Bugdol (Pol) 15:40.

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Car-check with Caroline Steffen – the Iron-lady likes the retro-cars

September 22nd, 2012 by steffencaroline

The Triathlon World Champion and multiple Ironman winner is driving the car and the bike about the same – 16 000 km per year

Die Triathlon-Weltmeisterin und mehrfache Ironman-Gewinnerin fährt mit dem Auto und dem Velo etwa gleichviel – nämlich 16 000 Kilometer pro Jahr!

www.blick.ch/auto/promi_check

My first car …
was an Opel Corsa 1.2L in dark blue.

I drive the car …
maybe 16 000 kilometers per year – about the same as with the bike. The car I need to visit my family in Spiez.

In the glove compartment of my car you can find…
a few maps, CDs and a set of plastic cutlery.

The most important thing on my car is …
the navigation device and the coffee cup holder.

My favorite car color is …
blue as my first car.

My dream car is …
an old-or classic cars from the 1970s or 1980s.

I brake for …
anything that does not belong on the street.

Most swearword in the car is …
“Gopfridstutz”, accompanied by a big hit with my fist on the steering wheel.

My most embarrassing experience with the car …
I parked my car (automatic) but forgot to place the shift on “P”. When I returned from the bakery, the car was in the middle of the street.

Radwechseln would be for me …
an absolute nightmare.

An erotic experience in the car …
too good to share.

I love my car …
because for me it means independence and I can sing as loud as I like and no one hears me.

Mein erstes Auto…
war ein Opel Corsa 1.2L in Dunkelblau.

Ich fahre mit dem Auto…
rund 16 000 Kilometer pro Jahr – etwa gleichviel wie mit dem Fahrrad. Das Auto brauche ich, um zwischendurch mal meine Eltern in Spiez zu besuchen.

Im Handschuhfach meines Autos befinden sich…
ein paar Landkarten, CDs und ein Set Plastikbesteck.

Das Wichtigste am Auto ist…
das Navigationsgerät und der Kaffeebecherhalter.

Meine Autolieblingsfarbe ist…
blau wie mein erstes Auto.

Mein Traumwagen ist…
ein Old- oder Youngtimer aus den 1970er oder 1980er Jahren.

Ich bremse für…
alles, was nicht auf die Strasse gehört.

Häufigstes Schimpfwort am Lenkrad…
ist «Gopfridstutz», begleitet von einem kräftigen Fausthieb aufs Lenkrad.

Mein peinlichstes Erlebnis mit dem Auto…
war, als ich das Auto (ein Automat) beim Parkieren nicht auf «P» gestellt habe. Als ich aus der Bäckerei zurückkam, stand das Auto mitten auf der Strasse.

Radwechseln wäre für mich…
ein absoluter Alptraum.

Ein erotisches Erlebnis im Auto…
zu schön, um zu teilen.

Ich liebe mein Auto…
weil es für mich Unabhängigkeit bedeutet und ich darin lautstark singen kann, ohne dass mich jemand hört.

http://www.blick.ch/auto/promi_check/die-iron-lady-steht-auf-retro-autos-id1985514.html

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Interview with Oakley

September 12th, 2012 by steffencaroline

BIO
Caroline Steffen was born in Spiez and began her early competitive career as a swimmer. She enjoyed success as a swimmer competing on the Swiss junior and senior national teams and winning multiple national titles. In 2002, Steffen underwent shoulder surgery and would eventually retire from competitive swimming afterwards.
After taking some time off Steffen competed in a two-day Swiss multisport competition, the Gigathlon, which reignited her desire to compete and train again. In 2006, after having completed a few Olympic distance triathlons she entered and placed second in her age group at Ironman Switzerland, posting a sub-10 hour time. She went on to compete at the 2006 Ironman World Championships in Hawai’i where she posted another sub-10 hour time and placed third in her age group as an amateur.
Steffen moved to Australia and eventually quit her job to focus on triathlon training in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast. Steffen began enjoying successes at the 70.3 and Ironman distances which caused her to gain the attention of coach Brett Sutton who eventually invited her to join team TBB and earning the nickname “Xena the Warrior Princess” or simply “Xena.”
In 2009, Steffen took fourth place the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater, Florida. A few months later she won her first major race, the Ironman 70.3 in Geelong in February 2010. She highlighted 2010 with a win at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships and a second place at the Ironman World Championships.

Q & A
Grueling (some severe climbs on the bikecourse) it may be, but for Caroline Steffen (SUI) she once again demonstrated pure class to lead from start to finish. Steffen has been on quite a winning streak this year, getting faster and stronger with each race.
When did you first start training in life? Where and why?

When: I was 12, swam once a week with my swim squad. Where: in Spiez (Switzerland). Why: I was allowed to leave the school 15min earlier to catch the bus – reason enough to start my swim career.

One sport wasn’t enough? What got your into the multi-sport arena?
It was a two days adventure race in 2005 which brought me closer to the triathlon, specifically to the long distance.

When did you turn pro?
It was 2009 after crossing the finish line at the Ironman Port Macquarie. My partner David gave me a hug and said: “ you have the potential to be a PRO”.

What are the events, wins, memories that stand out most throughout your career so far?
It was my 2nd place at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii 2010 – It felt like I won the race.

What is your best discipline and why?
The bike. I have a 2 year background as a professional cyclist (Cervelo)

If you had a discipline that needed work, which would it be and why?
Transition 2 – still can’t figure out why, but I always lose so much time jumping from my bike into my On running shoes.

Preferred race day outfit …
Our Team TBB 2XU two piece race kit

If there is one thing that people in the industry would recognize you by, what would that be?
My courageous action/mission every race and my pink Oakley sunnies

Who was your inspiration growing up?
Michael Gross (ex German swimmer)

What has driven you to work super hard and rise up beyond mediocrity?
I learned quickly, hard work is rewarded with success and unique emotions.

Are you a rebel? Why or why not?
I`m a rebel and I don’t have a cause.

What is your favorite course?
I love Hawaii/Kona. It’s the biggest race of the year and everyone is there to race hard.

What is the venue that you purely dread and why?
Caverns, narrow passages, dark indoor pools

Finish this sentence: “Oakley is __________”
… my best training buddy every single day.

If you weren’t killing it in the tri scene, what would you be doing for a living?
I would have my own Beach Coffee or Swiss Bakery at the Sunshine Coast, Australia.

What is a hidden talent you have other than your sport?
My big talent is being late and moving things which I don’t like to do, to the next day. I`m good with numbers/math or creative things.

What is the best song to practice to?
I`m a big fan of Rammstein. Especially in tough sessions, their songs give me a kind of aggressiveness.

If you had to share a hotel room/apartment with one Oakley athlete, who would it NOT be and why?
Oh that’s Cadel Evans – he would not get a second of sleep during all my questioning. I`m a big road cycling fan!!!

Tell me a funny story about another Oakley athlete…(We’ll never tell)
At Cran Ganaria I pass Fabian Cancellara every day on my bike and get so excited every time. I don’t even have the guts to say hello. I’ll try it the next day again … and again … and again.

People would be super surprised if they knew that you…
How addicted I am to café and chocolate.

Perfect date…
At the beach with a “Mooloolaba-Magic” in my hand.

Celebrity look-alike:
Xena Warrior Princess

Celebrity crush:
Heath Ledger

Your favorite…
Food: Italian Food
Vacation Spot: Four Seasons, Koh Samui
Airline: Swiss
Candy: Everything made out of chocolate
Sport (Besides your own): Road Cyclingl
Holiday: Christmas: its off season, a lot of yummy food and you get some gifts
Music Genre: Electro
Movie: The Perfume
Animal: Cat

Any last words??
Even if it’s hard, never forget to enjoy the moment and be aware not everybody has the privilege to do sport.

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IRONMAN TV Show – Episode 5 – IRONMAN European Championship

September 5th, 2012 by steffencaroline

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IRONMAN TV Show – Episode 1

August 19th, 2012 by steffencaroline

Guest: Team TBB, Brett, myself and Charlie …
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First win in the Philippines, Cebu

August 8th, 2012 by steffencaroline

This morning, I just got back home to Leysin from my 6-day trip to the Philippines. I raced the Cobra IRONMAN 70.3 Philippines in Cebu last sunday and did some media/sponser work for our ALASKA Team TBB Philippines . It was a great little trip with a spectacular race venue and many new impression of a colorful and very unique country.

Presentation of the finisher medal, made by star designer Suarez and Sons Inc.

It’s a hot, blue sky day in Cebu, Philippines. The Shangri La Mactan Resort private beachfront is already covered in people at 7am. Supporting the IRON-kids at saturday and meeting with our Team TBB manager Alex.

Short catch up with F1 Champion legend Jenson Button saturday before the race. Very modest and likeable person!

Raceday: wavy swim, flat ride and hot hot hot run with a humidity of 85%.

I celebrated my first win in the Philippines while Australian Pete Jacobs survived Cameron Brown’s challenge to complete a three-peat in the men’s pro division of the Cobra energy drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines.

Winners of the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines are seated (from left) Monica Torres, Belinda Granger, Caroline Steffen, Pete Jacobs, Bree Wee and Amanda Stevens. The others are (standing from left) Erich Felbabel, August Benedicto, Matt O’Halloran and Cam Brown.

Spend some great time with friends and fans at the Ironman Expo (Mit Janssen Morados, Stephen Corpus, Caroline Steffen, Robert Dexter Ding und Oscar G. Cribe hier: Shangri-la Mactan Cebu)

Congrats Matt for his 3th place and big congrats also to our four scholars Dhill Anderson Lee, Marc Altura, Banjo Northe and Loren Dale Echavez for the great 3th place in the relay.

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Caroline Steffen dominierte Vitoria-Gasteiz und gewann Ihren zweiten ITU Lang Distanz Weltmeistertitel

August 1st, 2012 by steffencaroline

Dieses Rennen war einfach ein Meisterwerk aus taktischem Können meines Coaches und meiner perfekten Ausführung. Es ist doch eigentlich so einfach für uns TBB Athleten … Mach einfach was der Boss sagt und Du hast Erfolg.
Ich erwischte einen guten Schwimmstart und hängte mich an die Füsse der schnellen Dänin Camilla Pedersen. Mit einem Rückstand von nur 2min auf die Führende startete ich die 120km Radstrecke. Eine solide Leistung auf dem Rad brachte mich an erste Position und so startete ich die Laufstrecke mit 2min Führung auf die Engländerin und Dänin. Ich hielt das Tempo von Anfang an hoch und fand schnell meinen Rhythmus bis Ende der 2en Runde … wo mir plötzlich klar wurde, dass ich 4 Runden und nicht nur 3 Runden (wie ich zuerst dachte) zu laufen habe. Ein kleiner Schock huschte mir durch die Glieder … Aber hei, wen interessiert das schon? Da muss ich durch, ich fand schnell einen Weg mich wieder auf das Rennen und meinen Plan zu konzentrieren. Ich sagte mir, die letzte Runde wirst schon irgendwie überstehen.
Ich bin überglücklich mit meinem erneuten Sieg und somit zweiten Weltmeistertitel. Glücklich, den Titel zurück in Schweizer Händen zu wissen.
Willkommen im Team TBB Trainingslager 2012 in Mooloolaba” (Eine Regel in unserem Team sagt, gewinnst Du ein Weltmeistertitel darfst Du wählen wo das nächste Trainingslager stattfindet)

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