This weekend we witnessed the yearly Ironman at Frankfurt am Main. Traditionally, this is one of the most important preludes for the prestigious Ironman Hawaii, held in October. Who finishes at the top in Frankfurt will also be one of the big contenders in the heaviest triathlon on earth.
The swimming did not bring major differences between the athletes. An elite group of around ten triathletes, of which Dutchman Diederen was one, reached the shores, ready for the long bike ride. During the 180 kilometers per bike the first real differences occurred. Diederen seemed to lose connection with the topriders, but did not panic. In his head he knew about the comfort and aerodynamics that his Speedmax CF provided him. Because of this, he was able to finish the cycling element with a relative fit body.
At the concluding marathon, Diederens strategy appeared to be the right one. One by one he overtook his fellow competitors, marching to the second fastest time at the classical endurance run. In the end, Diederens strategy resulted in a third place and a sincere feeling of satisfaction. Tickets to Hawaii can be booked!