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CHRISmag Story: Drei Schwestern, drei Sportarten und ein grosses Ziel

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CHRISmag Story: Drei Schwestern, drei Sportarten und ein grosses Ziel


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Nina: The Season 2018


2018 was probably my best year in triathlon so far. I did 13 triathlons, one duathlon, one marathon and a couple of run races.
I had some great successes, some hard fights and  some major blow-ups. And I didnt write about any of it. 
Now it would be rather hard, and boring to recapitulate the whole year but here we go with a little recap of some races in case you're interested.
My year started in Australia with the infamous "Hell of the West" tri, this is where in 2016 I decided that I want to race pro.
First race of the year, first flat in a race ever. I fixed it and kept pushing, ending up just 10 seconds behind the podium. 
Thinking I would go to Australia for a training camp, I soon ended up doing a race 3 out of 4 weekends in Australia.
Just before heading home I did IM 70.3 Geelong. Up until 17km on the run, I was leading the race, which was awesome, then I really struggled. However, anything is possible and in a dramatic finish I was able to take my first 70.3 victory, which I was very proud of. 



Being back home and settling into student life again, we switched focus and prepared for a marathon (Zurich marathon). 
I really enjoyed the focused run training, even though there is a lot that can go through your mind on a 3h run. One time I remember I just ran out all along the Sihl-river, when I finally turned around I never felt so far from home. 
After about 8 weeks, I felt well prepared for the marathon, but also didn't know what to expect. Like every beginner I went out way too fast, I mean I just felt so great...well for the first 12km. After that it was increasingly a case of "one foot infront of the other".
Getting across the finish line in 3:04 and in the top10, I was still happy with my effort. 
But man, it hurt. Apologies to everyone who tried to hug me at the finish line, I was barely able to stand up. 


Recovered, I was ready to get into some tri-action. 
I am not really keen on reflecting on IM 70.3 Kraichgau and Rapperswil (back-to-back races,
but I do believe it is the races that don't go according to plan that we learn most from. 
In Kraichgau I raced like I always do and just went from the gun. I pushed really hard on the bike to stay with two of the best bikers, so that at 70km I popped like popcorn or a like champagne bottle. Not very much in style, I shuffled (which felt like crawling) my way through the 21km, very much hating the nice motivational quotes Ironman put up (example).


With a knocked self-confidence and a knock-off-the-bike three days before race-day, I still wanted to do my homerace IM 70.3 Rappi.
It was not a great idea and it was not a great result, but again I finished. 
Time to hit the alps and the trainingscamp in St. Moritz. 
I had roughly four weeks of really good training, broken up with a race at the 111 Rohrschach (a really cool new format of 1k swim, 100k bike and 10k run). The hills at Rohrschach really suited me and in a good battle with a teammate I was able to take the win. 
Sooner than I expected I was at the startline of IM Zurich for my first ironman and in hindsight probably my favorite race of the year. Saying that it was not easy at all.  

Ironman Zürich

Probably a little apprehensive of the task ahead, I missed the front group in the swim and early on had to focus on my own race. On the bike I was feeling pretty good and knew I just really have to focus on staying on my nutrition plan. The first 90km flew past and then I realized sh*** I am doing a full Ironman, not the half, meaning I got another 90km to go and so the second loop of the bike was probably the hardest part of the race and I was glad to get off the bike. Onto the run I went and I was happy to see so many familiar faces. The first lap was actually pretty funny, everyone was cheering GO GO GO, only my coach Susie and Brett were the ones telling me to stay comfortable, to not go too fast, to drink, eat and cool myself. I actually do not remember a lot of those 42km, I just ran (and drank and ate and cooled myself down a lot) without stopping once. Crossing the finish line in 6h in 9:31 and seeing my family and friends there I was really happy and proud of my race. I was hooked for Ironman racing and I actually can’t wait to do it again.

With still being at university we decided to a couple of shorter races for the rest of the year though.


Another favorite race was the Gerardmer Triathlon in France. This year I did the Olympic distance race. A good swim set me up for a great race, but I suffered deeply first time up the 10+% hill. Once I caught my breath and settled my nerves I was not ready to give up in this race and tried to make up as much time as possible. Hitting T2 I was only about a minute behind the leader and I was glad to have some speedy legs on the day to take the win in the end. 


My next race was in France too, in Nice this time for the IM 70.3. Shortly, good swim, good bike and a good run got me 2ndplace and leaving me hungry for that win. 

After a couple of weeks training in the warm autumn in Zurich I was excited for the ETU Middle Distance Championships in Ibiza. Unfortunately, one race-day rain was pouring down for hours and due to thunderstorms, the race was delayed to 3pm (latest start ever) and the bike was cut in half, with a couple of very strong runners I knew it was going to be tough day. I pushed the bike as much as I could, got a break into T2 and was able to show a consistent run, ending up in 5thplace and so qualifying for the swiss national team for another year. 


I learnt so much about how to train and how to race this year, that I am already so excited for next year’s races. For now I should get back to writing my master thesis.


Thanks a lot, to my family, friends and Coach Susie for supporting my journey!

Nina: Datasport Interview

29.08.2018: Nach ihrem erfolgreichen Rennen am TriStar Triathlon in Rorschach hatte Nina die die Möglichkeit ein kurzes Interview mit Datasport zu führen.

Ihr findet das Interview unter dem folgenden Link:

Nina Datasport Interview



Michelle:Trying times are best faced with a smile

11.7.2018: "Trying times are best faced with a smile."

This was something one of my athlete friends told me shortly after I discovered that I’d be out of action with another stress fracture some two months ago. And it has been ringing in my ears ever since. During this latest and current injury I realised what an important role the mind plays in your injury recovery. With more stress fractures than you can count on one hand, I’ve had quite some opportunities to try and test the DO’s and DONT’s of injury recovery and while I am no doctor or otherwise medically qualified to give you advice, I thought I’d write down some tips on how to mentally deal with an injury... This list will in no way be exhaustive nor am I saying that I’m an expert on the subject; often I need to consciously remind myself of all the things I’m about to write down.

 Just keep swimming

Before getting into it, i just want to state one fact: an injury always sucks. No matter how you turn it or how many keep-smiling-insta-filters you add, at the core every injury sucks and is heartbreaking. But fact is also that an injury cannot just be „returned to sender“ and the best strategy is to accept it and put your best foot forward (okay sorry, that’s probably a bad metaphor when it comes to injuries). Because while a positive mindset cannot make your injury go away, it can at least make the comeback process more bearable. Anyways, let’s get into it...


  • Hand over the reigns: Have a coach or someone else you trust to make the decisions on when you are ready to take another step in your recovery. As an athlete you’ll never be unbiased enough to assess rationably when you are ready to start back swimming, riding or running. So be honest about any pain, niggle or soreness so that your coach can make the best decision and then follow the instructions given.

    Coach's orders at Ironman Zurich 2017
  • Don’t rush yourself: If you need it, have a rough outline of when you want to be back racing or in full training but don’t be too rigid about it. Every injury is different and so the duration of every comeback process will vary. I had several pretty similar stress injuries and whereas sometimes I would be back running quite quickly, it once took over 6 months before I ran a step on terra firma again. A strict timeline and a date when you „will be back“ only stress you out and does not make your injury heal quicker, so give yourself the time needed to fully heal.
  • Set a time frame: When getting the news of an injury, you’ll probably not be able to bounce back immediately. And that’s okay, it’s okay to feel angry, sad, numb, hurt, treated unfairly and so on. But what I realised, is that the longer you let yourself feel this way, the harder it gets to turn it around and focus on moving forward. So set yourself a time frame to feel sad etc. and use that time to cry, be angry, hit a couple of things or whatever you’d like to do to vent your frustration. Then when your time is up, consciously tell yourself that from now on you will try your best to be positive and move forward.
  • Establish a support system: It’s very important to have some people who can lift you up when you feel dispirited. To have people who are sympathetic but are also not afraid to talk sense into you when you become unreasonably negative or despondent.
  • Find coping strategies: Inevitably, you will feel down at times and the above mentioned people might not always be at your disposal, so finding other ways to get yourself out of your slump is important. One of my sisters bakes in these times, my other sister reads inspiring stories of great athletes and what they do overcome to get there. I often google motivation quotes or read through old ones. Yes, I can hear you chuckle and I was teased about this already but you’ll be surprised how even some very chliché quotes can ring true. Listening to music always helps as well. Some of my favourite songs are:
    • Superheroes – The Script
    • Flames – David Guetta, Sia
    • Whatever It Takes – Imagine Dragons
    • Try Again – Campsite Dreams
      (Disclaimer, I am not exactly renowed for my great taste in music, but to me all of these songs have a message..)

The three of us, we also all like to go to a café shop to brighten the mood (Well actually we always like to go and have coffee, whether we are feeling down or not ;) )

Favorite coffee place aka Babus Bakery

  • Don’t feel sorry for yourself: Yes, you might be injured and other people are not but feeling sorry for yourself, doesnt speed up your healing process. And if you think rationably, you got injured by doing something you (hopefully) love and it will probably affect your life less than you think. Coach often says: your family still loves you, you still got food on the table and your injury is not life-altering.

    Alternative training with my gym-buddy Céline
  • Focus on yourself: Most likely you’ll have an idea of what your training partners or other people train while you are on the comeback trail and you will probably not like it or even feel like you are falling behind. In these situations, try to accept that they might train more than you at the moment and then devote all your energy to getting healthy as quick as possible. Getting too hung up on what they can and you cannot do, is definitely a waste of time and energy..

    Me-time on a long hike in the Swiss Alps

Okay, I reckon by now I have rambled on long enough and will conclude this post. On that note, I hope you all are not injured and only reading this blog out of curiosity. If you are injured, hang in there, it wont be like this forever!


Happy training and think positive,


Julie: Mid Year Update

15.6.18: Finally it was time again to head up the mountains to start our summer camp in St. Moritz. I’ve been up here a few days now and thought I would take the time to give a little update about what’s been going on. I’ll try to keep it short :)

St. Moritz

After my early season racing in March it was back to uni and consistent training for my biggest race yet: World Triathlon Series Yokohama (Japan). We spent a week in Japan prior to the race testing a trainings center that could be a possible pre-olympic games camp location. However, we found it was not the ideal location. Also regarding the race in Yokohama.

I was excited to race at the highest level for the first time in my career. So I was beyond disappointed when I did not race to my expectation and abilities. A 35th rank might look okay on paper but the performance was far from satisfying. I went back to training with a fire in my belly to work and do better next time. However I told Brett to only allow me to race a WTS again when I am more ready, so it might be a while before I line up with the worlds best again.


After returing from Japan I had three weeks of uni left and one exam to write, therefore it was back to real life pretty quickly.

Three weeks ago I got the news that I would be part of the Swiss team lining up at the first round of the World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series race in Nottingham on the 8. Of June. I was super excited and very much looking forward to the race.

First up however, was the Swiss National League race in Sion. My first race in Switzerland for a while so it was really nice to see so many familiar faces and hear a lot of cheers along the course. Taking the win was great too. I’d used that race five days out of Nottingham to get a hard hit out and I felt ready to go in the Relays.

 National League Sion

Nottingham was a great experience. I hadn’t done a Mixed Relay race in nearly two years so I’d almost forgotten how fast and furious those races are. 

Our line up consisted of me, Sylvain Fridelance, Nicola Spirig (the Champ), and Simon Westermann (as a substitute for Adrien Briffod, who crashed at the National League race).

Relay Nottingham

I was pretty nervous to be heading out for our team and it was a tough race, with lots of battling on the swim, nervous riding on the bike and putting out elbows on the run but I fought hard and handed over to Sylvain in the mix of the teams chasing the leading two. He managed to keep the position and with a stellar run by Nicola and a great swim by Simon we were with the four teams fighting it out for 3rd. We ended up in 6th position and were all really pleased by this team effort. This set us up for a good start into the Olympic Qualification Period where the first 7 teams of the Mixed Team Relay Series will qualify for the team event in the Olympic games and save two spots for men and women in the individual race. So I’d say Switzerland is on course!

Team Nottingham


Now I’m really excited to be back at my second home and get stuck into training and studying (exams are coming up in August!). 


Happy summer to all!


(Pictures: Robbie Haywood, ITU Media, Swiss Triathlon)


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