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She is 40, mother and record quickly

It was a day in February, when Caroline Steffen asked her to Do, in principle, behind. For the first time since the birth of her son Xander at the end of December, they had put together back in the running shoes and was losgejoggt. It was a frustrating experience. Every few minutes you had to turn on a Gehphase, after five or six kilometres, they finished the start. "Before pregnancy, I ran before Breakfast, a half-marathon in 90 minutes – for me, that was normal," says the Bernese Oberland countries, living for years in Australia.

The thought of a Comeback was the beginning of the year: "I enjoyed being the mother." At the same time, she was not aware of: "I'm in a financial Situation in which I never more work needs to go – and the Triathlon is now my profession."

your Fitness has improved gradually, so that she gave in may – five months after the birth – your racing Comeback, in Vietnam, she was third in a Half-Ironman.

Since her pregnancy, she trained again according to the specifications of Brett Sutton, the 2010 in the world's elite climb. He would have had longer back – now, this also made for Steffen sense: Sutton had collected some experiences with pregnant tips-triathlete of the interior, among other things, with Nicola Spirig.

25 kgs

increased That a Comeback would be a great piece of work, was coach, as an athlete aware of: Up to the birth, she had gained 25 pounds. Runs were no longer possible, only power walking rise on the beach, or stairs – meanwhile, she remained in the water and on the bike until the last active.

Steffen has to smile about it. Also a runner, she is now back on your old level. In August and October, she won two Half-Ironman races, and at the beginning of December of the full distance (3.8 km Swim, 180 km bike, 42 km Run). The times you set, among the best in their career. At Ironman Western Australia they ran in 8:49:46 hours course record.

"Hey, Hey, hey – that doesn't come from Nothing"

it was all a bit surreal – from the Jogging with walking breaks within Topzeiten six months, she is well aware of. And because young mothers for advice in her report, she would like to make it clear: "Our Job is not quite normal. For normal women is, therefore, dangerous, to us Triathletes as a model for us to emulate. Since I have to Hey, Hey, hey, say, I have not trained previously for ten years at a high level, the comes from Nothing!"

Since the Comeback Steffen changed but yet some things in your daily training. Wheel units you have completed, in the meantime, "99 percent," on the role. Because there's a lot to work out more efficiently. And because the Australian drivers are not for your consideration are known. In the Pool, Steffen swims mostly alone, the early morning schedule of the swim team no longer fits in your schedule, because you may leave the house only after her son woke up. Especially since she is breastfeeding him.

that's Why they had to adjust their race-feeding: "Because of my higher base sales I take about 20 percent longer to me than before."

During the running of the training remained the same contents, and rewinds the 40-Year – old also these regularly at home on the treadmill during Xander's NAP time. Otherwise, his father Pete Murray looks up to him. This has the greatest understanding of the activities of his wife – as a Speaker of the Ironman races in Australia and Asia.

sleep problems, instead of Velos

long-distance-indoor as mothers are no exception Triathlete – 2017 22 athlete conduct indoor kids. Steffen is with several colleagues have been in contact. "In the past, we talked about bicycles. Now we exchange sleep problems."

Whether you told them of your new body feel? The competitions, as a mother, feel for Steffen quite different than those before it. "I never feel fast. But very strong," she says, "and quickly I'm still, as the times show." Not only that, but also the Suffering on the road feels different. "In Western Australia best I was 21 riding my. Ironman. In the 20 before that, I came every Time in a dark hole, where the negative thoughts come, you have to fight. Not this Time. I have the feeling, by the mother of my self-satisfaction is greater, I feel complete."

With her Ironman victory in qualifying for the world Championships in Hawaii next October. It is their return, after three years of absence and two second places (2010/12). 41 you will be then. "I once thought that I would be sure to stop before 40. But at the Moment it runs well. And somehow I have to get the money for the diapers, Yes!" (Tages-Anzeiger)

Created: 12.12.2018, 10:16 PM

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