The Swiss machine Ruedi Wild is coming off a hot streak of wins in 2017, including first place at Ironman 70.3 Taiwan and Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay. The Kona contender races with the precision of a Swiss-made timepiece, and looks cool and comfortable whether he’s racing in Zurich or Dubai. Wild was nice enough to sit down with us and answer some pre-race questions that were burning, and opened up enough to tell us where he took his mom for Mother’s Day.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Funnily I already mentioned early on I wanted to become a triathlete, even though that time no one really knew what triathlon was. Already back then I loved the variety of the sport with the three legs, as I went to swim in the lake in summer time, biked to school, and challenged every other boy in sprints and runs in my free time.
What is on your mind as you prepare for Kona?
I am mainly focusing on the process, the sessions, and the time being. Kona will be the result of all these sessions added. When I think about the race itself, I get a mix of feelings which go from motivation, excitement all the way to respect from the race course and the conditions linked to it.
What are three of your travel essentials?
As a triathlete I usually bring bike, running shoes and swimmers Besides that is my laptop in order to work and stay in contact with friends and family, an Italian coffee maker system to prepare proper coffee (especially in most places of US ;-)) and some black Swiss chocolate for the sweet yet healthy (practically sugar free) treat.
What do you see as your biggest strength going into Kona?
I am usually quite good at decision making in the race process as the situation changes all the time over and over again. I would say I am similar in all three legs, but tend to have still a lot of energy saved for the run so I can usually make the difference there
What was the last gift you gave someone?
On Mother’s Day I invited my mom to join an afternoon together attending a circus performance.
What makes Kona different from any other race?
Besides the race conditions with heat and humidity and the unique landscape, it is the only long course race during the year where all the best contenders are on the start line in their peak shape. Apart from that, Kona is different to any other race as the expenses to travel and stay there are insanely high
What is your favorite Rudy Project piece of equipment?
The Rudy Project Tralyx Sunglasses – they are very functional and fashionable as well!
What do you love about the triathlon community?
Even though in races we are the biggest contenders, we also care about each other – e.g. inviting each other to join for training camps, inviting them to stay at your place, helping out on race site if something is missing. Also, I think fairness is taken very seriously in the triathlon community and it is not only about the result itself.
What would make this a perfect season for you?
Getting as close to the podium as possible in Kona definitely would make this season even more successful than it already is.
How do you like to spend a day off?
Amongst my family and friends. Having a BBQ with good food, a big steak and some drinks, and enjoying time together with lots of laughter.