With the roar of an approving crowd cheering her on, Caroline Steffen crossed the IronMan 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship finish line in Mactan, Cebu, with a time of four hours, 16 minutes and 19 seconds. Representing Alaska Tri-Aspire, the win marked Steffen’s fifth consecutive title, and has earned her the status of a celebrity, not just in Cebu, but the world over. Affectionately known as triathlon’s Xena, Warrior Princess, for her competitiveness and unparalleled strength, Steffen is proof positive that being a champion starts when you believe in yourself.
If there’s one word that can describe Steffen’s first triathlon race, it would be “transformative.” It was a transformation not only for her career but for her overall outlook on life. Before embarking in triathlon, Steffen had been a competitive swimmer and bicycle racer while working in the government as a draftsman. But when your heart’s burning with passion to do more and to push yourself to the limit, you’ll do whatever it takes to step out of your comfort zone and bring your game one step forward. Thus, Steffen decided to pursue her athletic career fulltime and transform herself from being just a sports enthusiast to becoming a pro-triathlete.
The Warrior Princess.
Steffen got her nickname by crashing the triathlon scene with one championship after the other. But being a warrior princess isn’t only about endurance; aside from her outstanding power in the race course, what made her a true amazonian triathlon warrior is her dedication and discipline for the sport. Steffen battled with chronic foot injuries back in 2011 but still managed to finish at fifth during an Ironman race in Hawaii. And just last year, as she was leading the race in Cebu for Ironman 70.3, a spectator walked in front of her causing her to fall from the bike and injured her ribs – but Steffen continued on and still ended up being crowned the women’s champion.
The Quest Continues.
Some athletes stop after the race ends, but for Steffen, the race continues as long as there’s another finish line to reach. She credits her achievements to being products of extensive training, support, and her passion to constantly outrank herself one triathlon at a time. As the saying goes, “I’m better than I was yesterday, but not as good as I will be tomorrow”. For our Warrior Princess, the journey continues and the best is yet to come.