Nadine Mueller is no stranger to epic races, the Golden Ultra might even be tame for her. As the reigning champion and course record holder of of the Grizzly Ultramarathon in Canmore and silver medallist at the 2014 Canadian Mountain Running Championships, Nadine is clearly a great runner. That's not all she is, though. She's also four-time solo champion of 24 Hours of Adrenalin and age group world champion in Xterra triathlon.
We caught up with Nadine between her training sessions to see how her training is coming along for the 2015 Golden Ultra.
Where do you live and train?
I spent the past few years living in Canmore but have recently moved to Victoria, BC. It's been great so far and I love all the running and biking trails. The west coast cities are great for their mountains and trails so close to the urban center.
What are your goals for 2015?
I've had a pretty big life change this past year, so just being able to train during this huge lifestyle adjustment is a bonus. Due to my circumstances, I've had to adjust my goals for this year. I have two main goals: the first is to podium at the Singletrack 6 (6-day mountain bike stage race) on a 2-women competitive team and the second to is to keep up with the elite runners and 'successfully' complete my first ultra-running stage race at the Golden Ultra in September.
What are some of your career highlights?
I had a successful year last summer in which I finished 3rd in my category in the ITU World Cross Triathlon Championships in Zittau, Germany, finished 1st for the 4th consecutive year at the 24 Hr Adrenalin Solo Mountain Bike Race in Canmore, AB, finished 1st in my age category at the XTERRA Triathlon World Championships in Maui, HI, and finished the racing season, winning and breaking the female course record at the Grizzly Ultra 50km Trail Run.
What are you looking forward to at the Golden Ultra?
I'm looking forward to running alongside and learning from the elite ultra-runners during my transition into ultra distance running. I'm excited to enter my first ultra running stage race, albeit an inaugural ultra stage race, and being among other like-minded runners during 3 days of pure suffering bliss where friendships will be made and stories exchanged!
What motivates you?
I'm still searching for that answer myself...LOL! People ask me where I get my determination and discipline but I think it's just me wanting to push myself and see how far I can go. You usually can always go further than you think..."Just one more..." seems to be my saying as well as "It's not pain, just manageable discomfort!" I'm always up for new challenges!
We're looking forward to having you in Golden in September, Nadine!
The Golden Ultra is a 3-day trail running stage race (or relay) in Golden, BC, Canada. Runners may participate in all three stages as a solo or part of a relay, or may register for any single or combination of two stages separately.