Kaisa Sali

Kaisa Sali
Nation: Finland
Date of birth: 14.08.1981
Place of birth: Helsinki
Height: 161 cm
Weight: 51 kg
Family status: married
Pro since: 2007
Ironman best time: 8:48:40

Best results:

2017: 1. place Challenge Turku
​2. place Ironman South Africa
3. place Ironman 70.3 Elsinore                                                              
2016: 3. place Ironman 70.3 Dubai
​1. place Ironman South Africa
1. place Ironman 70.3 Zell am See
2015: 1. place ETU middledistance european championship Challenge Rimini
3. place ITU longdistance world championship Motala
1. place finnish championship halfdistance+olympic distance
1. place Turku Triathlon Weekend middledistance
2. place Ironman Barcelona
2014: 2. place ITU longdistance world championship Weihai (china)
5. place Ironman 70.3 european championship Wiesbaden
2. place Ironman 70.3 St. Pölten
1. place finnish championship middledistance+sprintdistance
2013: 5. place Ironman 70.3 european championship Wiesbaden
3. place Challenge Walchsee
1. place finnish championship middledistance+sprintdistance

Q & A:

What is your daily motivation?

I just simply love swimming, biking and running. I'm working hard in becoming the best triathlete I can be but it's not the wins and other achievements that thrive me the most but the huge passion I have towards doing endurance training and racing. I couldn't imagine my life without the feeling I get when going long and hard.

Favorite training area?

My home town Helsinki is actually quite great for triathlon - there are many clear lakes for swimming, nice calm roads for biking and perfect sandy roads for running. Anyway the weather is warm enough only for two or three months per year so during the last years I've been training mostly in Gran Canary in wintertime. I love the island as the weather is just perfect and there are so many beautiful and demanding hills to climb!

What is your special need - besides your equipment - for race day?

I always use mint-coloured nailpolish. I've used the same colour since 1998 so when it get's tough during a race, I can just look at my nails and the colour reminds me that I've done this before and can do it again! I also have a starshaped pin in my hair as it gives me luck and then I do drink beetroot juice before the race as it gives a boost for endurance.

The most beautiful (1.) and the most distressing (2.) experience in your career:

1. Finishing my first iron distance race in Ironman Barcelona last october in 8 h 48min. I had been waiting for doing this long ironman triathlon for about 20 years so the race day was full of big emotions. Being the first athlete to miss the European new flag spot for both Beijing and London olympics.

How would you describe yourself in one phrase?

Passionate crazy marsupilam with lot's of Finnish sisu (=guts).

More results

19.11.2017 Ironman Arizona 1st place
14.10.2017 Ironman Hawaii 5th place
27.08.2017 ITU LD WM 4th place
13.08.2017 Challenge Turku 1st place
17.06.2017 Ironman 70.3 Elsinore 3rd place
13.05.2017 Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa 3rd place
02.04.2017 Ironman Südafrika 2nd place
27.01.2017 Ironman 70.3 Dubai 5th place
08.10.2016 Ironman Wolrd Championship Hawaii 5th place
28.08.2016 Ironman 70.3 Zell am See 1st place
14.08.2016 Ironman 70.3 Wiesbaden 5th place
10.04.2016 Ironman South Africa 1st place