Theme series: People at LoiblCategory: Career | | Created by Lea Pfingsten
Graduate engineer Frank Dietrich (57), senior sales engineer at Loibl Förderanlagen GmbH:
"In my studies, I was involved with processing and conveying technology, and later, as a design engineer, I constructed the machines myself, progressed from small to large projects, and gained good and bad experience with each project. Since then, I've been guided by the saying, "Experience is the sum of the mistakes you make."
Cycling, swimming and running - sometimes up to 11 hours at a stretch
Well-traveled and been around. Frank covered his most successful race in 2019. A half-distance Ironman in Mallorca, covering half the distance of a normal Ironman. In the process, he took 2nd place in his age group. A huge success. "Making it to the podium was an indescribable feeling." The hard training and agony paid off. But the best part was the celebration afterwards. "Ironman victory ceremonies are always well celebrated," Frank says with a twinkle in his eye.
For the future, he would like to see international competitions get underway again soon. Because of Corona, many Ironman have been cancelled or postponed, so Frank now trains a lot from home. "It's not the same, but it helps to stay reasonssably fit and not gain too much weight," he admits. "Sure, you get lazy. But that's nice, too. It makes you all the more excited again to finally get going."