November 23, 2010

quintessence employee Andreas Düber successfully finished the triathlon over the iron man distance at this year’s Challenge Roth competition. In less than 11 hours Andreas mastered 3.8 km of swimming, 180 km of cycling and finally ran a marathon of 42 kilometres. Incredible!

Being held in Roth, near the City of Nuremberg in Bavaria, Challenge Roth is one of the most important triathlon events worldwide. More than 100,000 spectators cheered the 3,100 individual starters from 52 nations who took part this year, amongst them Andreas.

The starting shot at 06:00 am was the signal to jump in at the deep end: 3.8 km of swimming in the Europakanal. After the transition from swimming to cycling, athletes had to tackle two laps on the bike course. “This was my favourite part of the race,” Andreas explains, “180 kilometres of pure fun, even though, or maybe because, my bike’s speedo broke and I had to cycle completely by instinct.” Last, but not least the marathon was up, and after 10 hours, 47 minutes and 33 seconds Andreas crossed the finish line at the Triathlon Park in Roth: “This was a feeling beyond words,” states Andreas when reviewing his finish.

And when being asked about what makes such top performances possible, he says: “Training, training, training. And peaking at the right moment.” This is certainly much easier said than done, but this success impressively proves that it is possible, and we wish Andreas well for his ambitious endeavours. The next triathlon is already scheduled.

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