After a mindset make-over in late 2015, I coached myself from couch potato into the club of the fastest 2% marathon and half marathon runners and the top 10% IRONMAN triathletes within three years. I'm driven by the sensation of freedom and nature during training, the feeling of breaking through barriers that seemed insurmountable, and the enthusiasm to harness science for it. I'm now going rigorous on training, writing my coaching license thesis on a case study (me). I'm not dreaming any more, I'm reaching for » Kailua-Kona. Maybe I'll never make it, but "life is a journey, not a destination." (Emerald Wilson)
Running the 5 Boroughs
9 February 2019. A dream is coming true! As an international time qualifier (2018 Frankfurt Marathon) I'm going to run the » TCS New York City Marathon on the 3rd of November. That's going to move me big time.
IRONMAN® All World Athlete 2019
17 January 2019. Award of 2019 IRONMAN® All World Athlete (AWA) Bronze status for 2019. To earn this » status athletes must finish within the top 10% of their age group, summing scores over their top three performances throughout 2018. With just two races (5,882 points) in my IRONMAN freshman year I made it on 128th place (top 10.7%) nationally and 1,943rd place (top 7.3%) globally in the » 2018 overall age-group rankings. Pleased and hungry.
New personal best in season-closer
1 December 2018. Finished 5th place overall and 3rd place in age group (M30-39) in the season-closing » Nikolauslauf ("Santa run") half marathon at » Hassloch, Germany, with a new personal best 1:20:57. That's an IAAF official time and within » top 2% (respectively » 0.7% overall, 1.4% males, 0.9% age group) in the world. Did this run just for fun with little ambition, but perhaps that was the key. Results are » here, a race report (in German) is available » here.
DTU Triathlon Badge Gold
30 October 2018. Award of the DTU (German Triathlon Union) » Triathlon Badge in Gold for achievements in 2018. The distances covered within the calendar year in accredited, completed triathlon competitions are decisive. For the Gold category it's 8 km swim, 320 km bike, and 80 km run. At IRONMAN® 70.3 Kraichgau, Berlin Triathlon XL, Breisgau Triathlon and IRONMAN® Italy Emilia-Romagna I bucketed 9.6 km swim, 440.2 km bike, and 105.4 km run.
Going to swim the » SWIM 100x100 freestyle audax on 22 February 2019 in Langen, Germany. It's a 10 km pool swim group workout with a time limit of 3 hours and 20 minutes. Perfect base period volume effort. Hoping the shoulder's set.
Frankfurt Mainova Half Marathon
Going to run the » Frankfurt Mainova Half Marathon on 10 March 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It's test race within the triathlon season prep. I'm aiming for a sub 1:20 PB.