Catching up with Stefan Daniel
Canada’s Stefan Daniel won gold at the ITU World Paratriathlon event in London, England on May 30 in a time of 1:00:14. The sprint distance race was on the 2012 Paralympic course. TMC got the chance to hear what he’s been up to.
TMC: How did your weekend race go? What did you like the most about it?
Stefan Daniel: I was very happy with how the race went. I went out hard in the swim and came out in a decent position heading onto the bike. The bike went well and I tried to minimize the damage against the leaders who are strong riders. On the run I had the energy in my legs and felt really good. Racing on the Olympic course again was a great experience. The support I’ve gotten back home has been unbelievable and it really made the weekend special.
TMC: What are your goals for this season and beyond?
SD: For this year, I’d like to have good placings at the Canadian Junior Series races. My main goal for this season is to have a strong race at the Paratriathlon World Championships in Chicago. Beyond this year, a dream of mine is competing in Rio in 2016. I know it will be challenging to achieve, but I’m going to continue to work hard and see what happens.
TMC: How do you balance training and school what are you studying and where?
SD: I go to school at National Sport School at Canada Olympic Park. The teachers are all very supportive of me and help me get caught up after busy weeks or trips.
TMC: Of the three sports, which is your strongest discipline?
SD: My strongest and favourite discipline is the run. I’ve loved running since a young age and have always enjoyed competing in it. I focus on cross country running in the fall and it has been very beneficial for the triathlon season.
TMC: What is your earliest race memory?
SD: My earliest race memory is racing one of my first Kids of Steels at the Kelowna Apple Triathlon when I was 9. I remember having a good swim and coming out ahead of most of the competitors. The bike is where it went completely downhill. I had a mountain bike that was far too small for me, and I was getting passed almost every second by people with proper fitting road bikes. I remember it seeming like the harder I would pedal, the slower I would go. I remember being unbelievably motivated on the run, but the gap was way too big to catch the leaders. Looking back, it was a lot of fun and it sparked an interest in taking triathlon more seriously.
Thanks everyone for the messages. Happy with the race today, couldn’t do it without all of your support! #WPELondon pic.twitter.com/CfNGi5vpYl
— Stefan Daniel (@sdaniel97) May 30, 2015