Posted 30th June 2014

“I’m the reigning world champion Ironman but that doesn’t mean I will or have to win every race.”

Frederik Van Lierde is back on track and training for the Ironman Frankfurt on July 6th.

Frederik Van Lierde is the current Ironman World Champion. It is not easy to deal with the pressure such a title brings. There were also critical voices commenting on his results this season. 

“I’m always happy with a victory, that’s the reason I race. But I can also live with the fact that I won’t win every race I’ll be competing in. I’m the reigning world champion Ironman but that doesn’t mean I will or have to win every race.”

At the Extreme Man course in Düren on June the 1st, he proved his form. Frederik Van Lierde dominated and won the race way ahead. This victory came at the right time in preparation for Kona. Next up is the Ironman Frankfurt – besides defending his title in Kona, one of his biggest goals this year.

“The victory in Düren didn’t change my confidence. I know how I’ve been training this winter. I know my big goals for 2014 (Frankfurt and Hawaii) and I’ll be in my best shape when I need to be. I was able to do the build up and the training as planned and that’s what's feeding my confidence the most. I stayed injury free and that’s very important!”

Frederik’s goal for the race in Frankfurt is to do his first sub 8 hours Ironman. His current personal best is 8h01min in Melbourne. From that point of view, it is a realistic goal and Frederik really wants to deliver a good performance in Frankfurt. His strategy:

“Strive for perfection in your own race, like I always do. Listen to your body and try to take the right decisions during the race. Focus on myself and my sub 8 hours mission. When I’ll be able to do that, I’ll be close to winning.”

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