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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
Where the best of the best come together. The Ironman World Championship is held regularly in Hawaii. It is one of the toughest competitions in the world. "Participating in it every time is a gigantic experience and an absolute must for every triathlete." Frank has already been allowed to participate four times. The selection process is strict and is sometimes one of the biggest hurdles. "To participate, you have to qualify as one of the best in the Ironmans that take place around the world beforehand." In Frank's age group, that only happens if you make it into the top five.
Frank remembers his last Ironman World Cup fondly: "It was exhilarating. A super atmosphere, totally family-like. It's not about winning, it's about the feeling. Although you don't know each other, you immediately feel a connection to the other athletes. However," he admits, "you do feel pretty untrained among all the washboard abs."
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."
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