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Believe in yourself and you achieve your goals!

July 2nd, 2012 by dianariesler

Can you imagine that you don’t run 10 weeks in 3 months? No – yeah I thought the same but now I’m convinced that it’s possible and that you even can BE really good in a half-marathon. Over the last months I put all my energy into the swim and the bike – not that I wanted to leave the run beside but I had to. 2 weeks ago I started running again and thought that I could take part in a race which is very close to my town. It should be a half distance in the South of Bavaria. I was afraid and suspicious that it really works but my head said: “Try it! You’re fit and you can go for it!” I swam like I’ve never swam before, I cycled like a steem machine and then I had a gap of 6:30 in the transition area! I hoped that It’s enough – because the ladies behind me are fast runners, esp. Jenny Schulz who runs 10km in 35mins! The 1st lap I run slowly to get a feeling for it and my foot felt well and the gap got smaller but then I felt that my On Running shoes could carry me everywhere and every lap went better and the gap began to become bigger again. At the end I flew with a 5min lead over the finish line. Hopefully this was the day which brought me out of the valley up the hills again! But I felt that I’m back and now I’ve still some time to prepare for my next big event: Challenge Copenhagen in the mid of August. Looking forward to my training! Hot greetings from a hot race day (over 30°C!) here in Bavaria.

Yours Di

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Age Groupers as role models

June 15th, 2012 by dianariesler

In my last blog I described the living of a professional when one can’t train properly because of injuries and other things. It was mentally very hard to go on with the training while not knowing what comes next and how the season goes on. Now after 7 weeks where I wasn’t able to run and the first 4 weeks not really able to cycle it’s not sure when I’ll be back fully into training!? But last weekend I had a very important experience: a very special friend and last years teamTBB Age Grouper showed me how to focus and helped me to find my way back into training. She showed me how to deal with my foot and how to fight myself back. We did some sessions together and the whole time I was fascinated by her power and energy. After a run in the morning and almost 6hrs bike ride I was happy to finish the training for the day but she slipped into her running shoes and I couldn’t say: “I prefer the shower and the couch!” No, she kicked my ass and I took my shoes, too. The one or other professional should have an Age Grouper as a role model: they work 8hrs, train 3-4 hours and have to organize their family life: I’m full of respect! Thank you for showing me the right way and giving me my self-confidence back! Keep your heads up and look forward even when you think you can’t go on any more: after a down there’s always an up;-)
Cheers,
Di

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Invalids at home

May 29th, 2012 by dianariesler

After the Ironman South Africa I had a really bad feeling: while crossing the finish line I knew that I can’t walk anymore. At the beginning I hoped it’s just sore from the race but deep inside I was sure that it is more: the last week in SA was really hard because I wanted to do things which I normally can’t do but instead I became a couch potato. Back home in Germany I went straight to the doc and he found out that it’s a stress fracture! The hardest thing of all: I wasn’t only able to walk but couldn’t cycle either! That was tough – so, I went to the pool and spent many miles in it;-) Good for a bad swimmer like me – but after so many miles I even got slower. My head sank more down – but Brett and Jo always say we have to train for a long term goal! So, don’t think too much about it and back into the water. Luckily for 1 week now I’m able to cycle again (after 4 weeks of doing almost nothing) and at the beginning it felt like I’ve done no training before but it’s coming back again! Now after 2 days of hard cycling and only 1 recovery swim, the feeling in the water is there again and the times are getting better – yeappiee – one step in the right direction!

Now we’re 2 invalids at home: Jo has still some small problems because of the bike crash a few months ago and I can’t walk, esp. downstairs. So we try to build one body: those things which one of us isn’t able to do, the other part has to jump in and take over the task. It’s an up and down but we’re both looking forward to run again in a few weeks and hopefully we can still have some great races later this season!

Beside: one thing is good about it: I’ve a little bit more time for other things;-) And it seems our new pet knows this = our crazy sparrow:

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Cheers,

Di

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A real Ironman

May 5th, 2012 by dianariesler

After this race on sunday here in Port Elizabeth all finishers are really allowed to call themselves real Ironmans. But what did happen on this day? Normally everybody who finishes such a race is an Ironman – but this race was a special one!

Last year when I came 3rd and I got my 1st podium ever in an IM I decided to race here again. Although I know that the weather can be tough here I would have never expected such a day! The whole night the wind was blowing outside the house and in the mornign we got heavy rain so that we were already wet before we have even seen the water! The sea became really choppy and there was a strong current which one didn’t see from the outside. On the last lap I missed a bouy and when I realized it I had to struggle back again. Finally after drinking half of the sea and getting really rough kicks I finished the swim. Unluckily 80 AgeGrouper didn’t make the swim cut-off – feel sorry for them!

I was so happy to be on the bike but then the wind became stronger and stronger till 65km/h and one was happy to cycle 15km/h against the wind. I almost was blowing away and when one was struggling really hard there came the referees and told one to stay on the right side! After my worst swim and cycling ever I was 3rd in T2 and started my marathon. The wind was blowing that heavy that I almost fell over my legs who were moving like being pulled. But at the end I became 3rd and run the 2nd fastest marathon behind Natascha Badman who is back in full pride!

My congrats to all the finishers! And the biggest thank you to all of the people who supported me before, during and after the race!

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Part II of the bike crash or seconds in life

March 24th, 2012 by dianariesler

After AbuDhabi I was a little bit down because of my bad bike but Jo and I did a big reflection on our winter training and my doubts saddled down a bit. Then right when we want to get back into the normal training the weather became to be perfect and the temperatures climbed over 10°C! Although we still have sometimes minus degrees during the night we’re back on the bike and training was really going well. Then Jo caught a really bad cold 1 week ago and suddenly I had 3 sessions where my whole body broke completely down. After 1 hour of easy riding I weren’t able to move my legs up on the bike but I couldn’t explained it. The next sessions were great again and 2 days later in the pool I were not able to get my arms around. There I was considering what this could be and after a while I realized that I ate both times shrimps beforehand and maybe I had an allergic reaction. But the next day it was getting worse and the symptoms were the same as in Jo’s case: the cold had me fully:-( so I slowed down a bit. The boys Jo, Andrej Vistica from Croatia and Yves Moubayed were at home with me and we had coffee. Everybody was joking about everything, esp. about me because I sat there and was moaning that I can’t do the 30/30/30 with them on the bike. So they left for the bike and I was alone at home. I thought they’ll be back in 2 hours and till then I’ve some time do arrange some things and to prepare dinner. I was sitting in the kitchen with an ice bag on my knee (it was hurting, too) and suddenly my phone rang: Yves name was on it! I only thought: hopefully they have just wishes for dinner… but then Andrej was speaking and my heart sank down: “Diana, you’ve to come and pick up the bikes!”

“What? What’s going on there?”

“Jo and Yves were taking to hospital…”

Andrej couldn’t tell me much more and my thoughts were doing somersaults. I jumped up, crabbed my phone and run down. Then I realized I’ve no key – run back again. Then maybe I should take the passports with me. So I run back into the flat again. The 28mins drive to the accident place last an eternity… when I arrived there were still the police, Andrej and a few people – Jo and Yves were brought to hospital. Nobody could tell me anything about their status – even the police had no information, they weren’t even sure in which hospital they were brought. Then they said they were brought in 2 different ones and those were in completely different directions. After a while I asked if someone called Yves’ wife – no chance they haven’t even had the name of Yves – and he was wearing a “road ID wrist band”! I took Yves cell phone and were looking for her name but couldn’t find it. Then I had a look on the last calls and there was the name of his father-in-law and so I called him. Luckily his daughter was sitting next to him…

Andrej and I packed the bikes and drove to the hospital where Jo was. He is in the ambulance and there was a big sign “No passing”. 1st I stopped with Andrej but then I ignored it. Fortunately I found a nurse and she calmed us down and a few mins later Jo was brought in a bed with many tubes around the corner. We could talk to him and after a while we realized that he had more than one guardian angel! Then he was brought to the intensive care for the night and the nurse there watched at him and said: “What should do this guy here – he looks too great for my station!”

After a while we had connections to Yves and it seemed that he was hurting more but also stable.

From the phone call of Andrej to the visit in the hospital there were only 90mins passed but it was a feeling of many hours. I’ve never been that headless before. Then I thought when I would have cycled with them it wouldn’t has happened. Or when I wouldn’t have moaning they would have left earlier the flat… There were many thoughts in my mind but at the end I told myself that it’s senseless to say and think this because you never know what would has happened instead. Both of them had an army of guardian angels with them! With 45km/h you can be dead! Yves biggest Guardian Angel was his little son because from his birth on he began to wear an helmet! And if you saw the helmet after the crash you were sure that he wouldn’t have survived – it was totally broken in the middle!

The morning I got up with only 2 hours sleep and drunk a coffee – I normally drink no coffee! and Jo told me the day before to do the track session with Andrej before we visit him again. I still had this bad cold (was just my 3rd day) and I should do them easily. It was my best track session ever, the knee pain was completely vanished and I couldn’t feel the cold any more. But therefore I had to run to the toilet the rest of the day;-) If Andrej wasn’t there I wasn’t able to get to the hospital to pick up Jo – thank you Andrej!

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DESERT ADVENTURES…

March 8th, 2012 by dianariesler

That was a crazy 4 days trip: Joseph and I flew Wednesday night to AbuDhabi, arrived there in the morning and had to manage a little bit of pre-race things, do our training, eat a lot and try to sleep. So we had 1 and ½ night before the race in the Arabian Desert. It was very exciting to start in such a well-casted field. After the swim I was happy to sit on the bike and go hard but then the hammer fell after a few minutes: it won’t be my day on the bike. Added to my weak legs I made a wrong turn at km 40 and lost my group. From this moment on I was alone in the desert – I said to myself: it doesn’t matter – I’ve to go on because I need the kilometers on my cèrvelo tt-bike! OK, I managed it somehow – not really happy but I knew that my run shouldn’t be that worse: so on the run course I overtook a few girls and at the end I reached the 10th place!

Now, a few days later I can hold my head a little bit more up: I realized that the performance wasn’t the worst. Not that I’m happy but it’s fine because over the last few months I only sit on the ergo-bike for 3hours per week and run on the treadmill…(despite 10 days on the Canaries) so everything is heading towards the right direction for the next big event: the Ironman South Africa!

The worst things of all that Joseph had to pull out because of an injury. It was his 1st race after a big break and then he couldn’t move his leg after 80km on the bike. It was the same problem like I had: no tt-bike training and maybe he is getting older;-)

Here is the official trailer ofthe International AbuDhabi Triathlon – you can see all my team mates: Jo, James and Dan. Only myself is missing:-(

AbuDhabi Triathlon

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1st camp in the sun 2012

February 9th, 2012 by dianariesler

Yeappiieee, away from minus 20°C and 2 meters of snow me, Jo and Chris flew to Cran Canaria and joined a few athletes from the team there. It was a great pity that we only saw Brett just a few minutes at the airport because he flew back home and we just arrived 1 hours earlier. But therefore the German head coach Jo Spindler was joining us and his training is as great as Bretts. So we shouldn’t miss anything;-) We came here because we had to do a few kilometers on the bike and in our running shoes for the upcoming season. Otherwise we still would train on the treadmill and on the ergo meter at the gym – and this can be boring. I already did it for 6 weeks! Luckily we had some snow and we skied a bit around;-) The best thing was our single afternoon off: we had heavy wind, big waves and the sand was blowing over the dunes. But we were happy like children because it was time to jump into the sea and do a bit of bodysurfing;-) Jo, Chris and me couldn’t get enough but the relatively cold water got us out after 1hour and our lips were blue. Sadly we have to fly back in a few days but then me and Jo looking forward to the Abu Dhabi Triathlon as a race-preparation for the Ironman South Africa! Hope to see a few of you down there!
Sunny greetings and best wishes from yours Di

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Short preview 2012

January 13th, 2012 by dianariesler

Like I’ve advised a few days ago – I want to give you a short preview on the upcoming season. Like 2011 I’m proud to start for the most successful longdistance triathlon team in the world: our teamTBB. There were a few changes within our team but a fact is that I start with Christian Nitschke and Joseph Spindler for TeamTBBGermany. Guys – I’m happy to train and start with you! Joseph and I live both in the South of Munich and after a little battle we got our own swim times in the city pool – big thank you to the Stadtwerke Bad Tölz! We want to create the German base here in Bad Tölz. Jo and I will train together and he is pushing me in the run and bike while I throw him into the water and we both learn to swim, bike and run. Big thanks to Brett who showed me how to swim properly and now we build it up to a good speed. It might be a laugh for all swimmers but we both get our 100m from 1:23 up to 1:14 within 6 weeks of common training! Although there exists no detailed race plan for the upcoming season yet but I hope that we both can transfer this to our races and don’t have to close the big gap on the bike and in the run;-)
In this meaning winter greetings from a white Bad Tölz!

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New Year’s Eve

January 5th, 2012 by dianariesler

First of all I want to wish you a great and good new year 2012! After a few months of silence I’m back now! There have been many changes in my private life and the last months were more a roller coaster ride than a professional triathlete life. But sometimes you have to take such hurdles. My new home is Bad Tölz right now. It’s in the south of Munich and belongs already to the Alpenvorland. I was admitted greatly here. The upcoming season I start for the WSV Bad Tölz as the based triathlon culb. You need one home club – otherwise I couldn’t get my pro license and start for our teamTBB. The last day of the year 2011 I started at the Geraer Silvester-Run in Thuringia. Originally I only wanted to visit my parents in Jenalöbnitz (near Jena) but we wanted to submit a fast run session. And it wasn’t a flat course which was a big surprise to me! But all in all it was great fun although the sore muscles should make the running tough the upcoming days. With 1:21 over 20kms + 350m of altitude and partly a big mud-wrestling I was satisfied with this time. The crowning end of 2011 was the invitation of my 2 friends Claudi & Steffen Warias – he is the best chef I know and he has 14 GAULTMILLAU-Stars – to a 5 course meal in their hotel and restaurant Ritters’ Weinstuben. A big thanks to you both for this wonderful eve – it was delicious!

The upcoming days I give you a short forecast to 2012. Many things stay like they are – but a few little changes will be made. Take potluck;-)

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Long long time ago…

October 12th, 2011 by dianariesler

… when I wrote my last blog here on our webpage. I’m really sorry for that but I had personal reasons for the delay which aren’t that great. But that’s not the time to talk about it. Fact is that there were big changes in my life. I tried to put my family life together with the triathlon but it wasn’t that successful. Therefore I had some really great results in some races. After I had to quit the Ironman Frankfurt because of the weather I went to England and got 2nd after a really tough and thrilling race because I was in the lead till 5k’s before the finish line. But that’s the sport. Then I went back to Leysin to prepare for the next Ironman distance in Germany: the cologne226 which was the German championship to the same time. Before the race I was almost going crazy because I weren’t able to run and had to stop run training 10 days before the race. Every morning when I woke up I felt a terrible pain in my foot. Till the day before the race I thought I won’t be able to run the marathon. But then the race day came and like a wonder I felt no pain any more… You can’t imagine how happy little Diana was!!! I knew that I had a lack in running therefore I gave everything on the bike and cycled 4:50 which was 5mins faster than last year. The 1st half-marathon was pretty good but then I felt the hammer on the last 10k’s… Luckily I could manage to hold the gap to the 2nd woman and won cologne226 and got German Champion on the long distance like my team mate Georg;-)

After the race I needed a break – not because of the training and races but it was too much over the last 6 months in my life which I had to organize somehow. After a few weeks of organizing and 5 days of hiking through the beautiful landscape in the Alps while sleeping on 2000meters I’m ready to start again with the training and looking forward to upcoming races!!!

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