The glass is always half full. . .
My Drive
Learn here how I became today's Jojo. What fascinates me, drives me and above all I try to express in words what fills me and makes me happy.

It's not so easy for me to describe why I do what I do! But this is probably where the secret lies, because I don't know the answer and don't want to know it either.

Life as an ambitious Ultratrailrunner is very special. Self-discipline and self-organisation are always associated with this. Sport requires an enormous amount of time. Renunciation and setting priorities in certain points is part of the daily routine here. My 24 hours are always well stapled and there is hardly a minute which is not used sensibly. I am also a very social person and I appreciate and need time with friends and family. And I also try to do justice to a regular income. This constant drive is a 'lifestyle', which is very good for me. Sport, with all its facets, fulfils my purpose in life and is my foundation, what drives me and makes me strive and also makes other things appear even more valuable to me.

In the meantime I have adapted everything in my life to the sport or connected it with it. Dates, work and other obligations always depend on my training schedule. Even if I do something with friends or my family, it's best to have some outdoor activity in nature. But of course you can also have a coffee with me at any time or go to the cinema in the evening.

It is said that MOTIVATION is the little brother of DISCIPLINE, and this proverb sums up why I am so addicted to running. First of all, everything you do begins with a certain motivation, a drive. But there are always moments and times when the motivation disappears and you are sluggish. Then the discipline comes into play and here you can see how much you really want it. I have to get up to training often enough, but as soon as I have overcome this mental hurdle and I am back on my feet again, I realize what the effort I have put into it gives me back and how happy and balanced this lifestyle and urge makes me.

But what is my motivation?

No matter how hard I work my way through the gym or how hard the training plan demands intensive performance from me. I find my motivation again and again in the same things and above all in thoughts. It is exactly these ideas that push me through times of sluggishness or pain:

  • The freedom to move out in the mountains
  • I MAY at any time, but never MUST ! This is the path I have chosen for myself.

And if one day I unexpectedly found the answer why I am so addicted to endurance sports and therefore no longer feel like moving fast in nature, then that's no problem. One thing I know exactly, I will go to the mountains my whole life, because they are my life and also a comfortable walk on seemingly unspectacular meadow paths gives me so much . . .

What about role models for me?

Roger Federer is a sporting great, which I was never allowed to get to know personally, but now for almost 20 years as a true fan through all ups and downs has accompanied. And since I have been doing my competitive sport, I can understand much more what this person has achieved and still stayed on the ground with friendliness and courtesy. How he embodies, lives and presents sport is fascinating and exemplary for me. He's the Maestro!

Another important person is of course my mentor: Seppi! I don't have much to say about him except that he's a gift to me. He is still a child who loves jumping around in the mountains. I can't find any more inspiration.


Last but not least, a special person should be mentioned for me: my father. Not only was he the reason that allowed me to get to know the mountains, but much more, he made so much possible for me and gave me the necessary freedom so that I could live in my madness.
The way he deals with people, his consideration and empathy are always amazing for me. He always tries to see the positive and to strengthen others as well. Even more remarkable for me is his approach to certain things. Here applies, either completely or not at all. He pursues his hobbies and passions without excuses and that makes him exactly the happy and independent person I know. Exactly this attitude and way of leading life is characteristic for me.

In conclusion, I would like to make the following observation on this subject: I've learned that life also means falling down, feeling pain and simply tackling things you feel respect for and maybe even fear of. But exactly these fears and doubts are mostly only the inner demons, which we imagine ourselves. If you face challenges in life and approach them, the result is usually secondary in the end. What's more important is the courage and the will. The feeling of having given one's best gives infinite strength, inner balance and self-satisfaction.

Life is not there to always go the easiest and fastest way. The harder and longer one is often the more rewarding path that will take you further and further and ultimately closer to yourself! Only this way can show you who you really are!

"Failure is not the opposite of success. It is a part of it. "

"Between your dreams and reality, lies discipline."


Johannes Klein
Trailrunner und Bergwanderführer
aus Oberstdorf

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