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Doris Lehner Athlete Ambassador

by Alexandra Parren

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Doris is an Austrian cyclist who has overcome adversity and has her sights set on an Ironman one day. She talks to Sundried about racing highs and lows.

How did you first get into triathlon?

Many years ago, I was watching Ironman Austria-Kärnten. It was amazing – the community, the athletes, the flair. So I thought about trying it too. A few years passed and I started cycling, and improving my swimming and running. There is a lot of work to do before I enter a triathlon, but I will stay focused.

What has been your favourite race to date and why?

My favourite race was the St. Pölten bike marathon 2 years ago. It was my first race and it felt great. I was way behind all the good cyclists, but that didn’t matter, the most important thing was that I took part!

What is your proudest achievement?

The St. Pölten bike marathon as it was my first ever race.

Have you ever had any racing disasters?

Last year at the Eddy Mercx classic – I had to quit after 30km.

How do you overcome setbacks?

I get into the zone and have a positive mental attitude. Everyone suffers setbacks. After an injury I had to build my way back up from scratch but it was worth it. 

What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

Don’t try to get to the front group!

What are your goals?

One of my biggest goals is completing an Ironman. But for this I will have to be patient and work hard.

Who inspires you?

Lisa Hütthaler, Annemiek van Vleuten, and Peter Sagen.

Why work with Sundried?

First of all, the quality of the clothing is amazing. I already have the ladies bib shorts and they fit like a second skin. The other important aspect for me is sustainability, and this is why I want to work with Sundried. There aren't many other good fitness-fashion brands which are sustainable.

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