What makes you unique as and athlete
I guess my untraditional history and approach towards triathlon: I started relatively late (age 29) and had never had a competitive upbringing in sports. What’s more, I come from a rather scholar-heavy education background and thus think I am somewhat “intellectual” compared to other athletes, maybe that only shows in my thoughts - I like
What’s your best performance(s)?
Challenge Roth 2017 8:50hrs
IM Hawaii 2015 9:34hrs
IM 70.3 Liuzhou 4:01hrs *downstream swim
ODs in sub 2hrs
What performance has had the biggest influence on you?
Actually my worst: when I hit the wall after racing my b**** off in 2017 and felt completely drained at my last big hit (an LD race) where I bonked on the bike. It taught me that I should respect my body, that I can push myself more mentally than physically and that the physical damage had an impact on my mental wellbeing.
What does FUSION equipment mean to you during training and competition?
One word: reliability. I do not have to worry if it works, do not have to check if everything is in order, I do not even feel it during my training and races - and that is the highest verdict I can give. It is like a second skin and it never fails me, so I am 1000% pleased with any single item of Fusion gear. So well designed! I had no fabric, washing or abrasion problem so far, and no matter how worn down the clothes are, the simple yet stylish design lets even a person like me look good at all times.
What other sponsors do you have and how do they help you become a better athlete?
Specialized - equally to what Fusion does on an apparel scale, Specialized is reliable, performs incredibly high in efficiency and every single piece is considerably engineered: there are no excuses but my own legs left ;-).
lululemon athletica - without being an endurance sports focused brand, lululemon approached me and offered a view towards a more balanced way of training: adding Yoga and restorative measures to my training regimen is a real enlightenment to my often not adequately rested body. Their open and inclusive approach without pushing branding or sales too much is very inspiring, too!
Compex - in the modern times of frequented traveling for work and competition, this product is the permanent partnerl on any bus ride, 30min nap on a hotel bed or continental flight. Their China team supports us/me with knowledge, tips and support at all times and helped me to sail injury free through yet another season!
1984 November 9th
Goal(s) of the season
IM 70.3 in sub 4 hours and some epic new formats in racing!