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September 25, 2020


HOKA trail runner Caitlin Fielder (1st Tarawera 50km Ultramarathon) and her boyfriend George Bennett (Tour de France rider), are showing Europe what Kiwis are made of.

We chatted to Caitlin about how they make their relationship work around their heavy training loads and transient race schedules.

How do you cope with time apart when racing around different parts of the world?

We're pretty used to spending time apart. It comes with the territory of being a professional cyclist, so it's something I have gotten used to over time! I always get asked if I go with George when he's doing a Grand Tour, but he's at work when he's racing. Grand Tours are huge processions and I still have to plan how to get to places around all the road blocks etc, which gets pretty stressful sometimes. I usually try to get to some of the rest days, or see the mountain top finishes where I know I'll at least have a chance of spotting George! I plan it all around my trainings and work schedule as well. 

Good communication helps a lot with the distance. I know he will call me when he can, but I also don't put too many expectations on him. He's got a lot to focus on when he's racing and I understand that. He's really good when I am racing too. Because of his schedule he hasn't been able to make it to some of my bigger races, but he always calls me and talks me through my plan and any pre-race nerves I have. 

How you maintain a balance between sport and life?

Having an injury or taking time off running (e.g. end of season) definitely makes me revise this balance. It's sometimes hard to separate myself from something I am very dedicated to, with a lot of my life focused on training and races. I think its very important to make sure that my identity and self esteem aren't attached to running and the results I achieve. If not, it's pretty easy to make the sport become more important than it realistically should be. 

Having my own business (Caitlin Fielder Fine Art), George, my family and supportive friends, has meant I have to achieve balance with these things alongside sport. I've needed to find time for friends, family and opportunities outside of running in order to maintain life balance. 

 Caitlin Fielder Fine Arts - Caitlin hand paints bike shoes.
How do you handle the pressures around racing and not let it impact your relationship?
Knowing that you are well prepared going into a race definitely helps, if I go into a race knowing I have prepared as well as I could have reduces my anxiety. In the end both George and I are in endurance events, usually we have 6+ hours of racing to do before we see the finish line, and being really anxious at the start isn't going to help during those hours. George doesn't tend to get nervous or anxious before races, whereas I still do sometimes. I still have my own business alongside running so any pressure and expectations I create are within my head. 

George is a really great support.  Cycling his full time job,  for sure he still feels pressure in certain situations, but he maintains his composure and knows how to handle the pressure.  

What are some of the key factors that lead to a successful athlete relationship?
My own racing and training has helped me to gain perspective and an insight into George's life as a professional cyclist. I understand the amount of mental, physical and emotional preparation that races require, and also understand that sports like running and cycling have a timeline to them. It's not possible to do them for your entire life, so you have to make the most of the time you have. We always communicate the races we have during the year, and make rough plans so that we're both on the same level. George is really helpful and knowledgable, so is always giving me advice and supporting me with my running. I'm lucky that I can take my work and running shoes with me and train pretty much any where we go, but we're both as flexible as we can be.   


10 Things I Wish I’d Known About Trail Running Before I Started
10 Things I Wish I’d Known About Trail Running Before I Started

January 21, 2021

I started running on trails back in 2005. I was living on the eastern shore of Maryland and accidentally found myself running on a trail one day as a way to add some distance to my road run. I loved it from the first crunch of dirt and quickly found myself wanting to get as many of my running miles on the trails as possible. I liked how I’d sometimes get a glimpse of a turtle or a deer, how I saw a lot less man-made things, how the pine trees smelled, and how I didn’t have to worry about cars. I wrote this piece to help anyone who may just be getting into trail running, or who has always wanted to try it but wasn’t so sure it was for them.

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January 13, 2021

On May 4th 2019, one of HOKA's most innovative shoes was unveiled in a way that challenged limits. The Carbon X was showcased by HOKA athletes from around the world in attempt to conquer the 100K world record in Folsom, CA.
After another 18 months of development by the HOKA Design, Product and Innovation teams, the updated Carbon X 2 is here. We sat down with Senior Footwear Designer Odile Boyer to learn more about how the Carbon X 2 updated from its predecessor and how this shoe can help inspire athletes of all types to reach for their personal best.

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January 07, 2021

HOKA ultrarunner Jim Walmsley set the running world on fire with his 50-mile world record at the 2019 edition of Project Carbon X. However, he has some unfinished business, as he wasn’t able to hold that pace through 100K (roughly 62 miles). With the upcoming Project Carbon X 2 on January 23rd at 7am MST, Jim has a chance at redemption, so we sat down with him to learn about 2019’s race, how training has gone this year, and what his goals are for Project Carbon X 2, and more.

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