There is not much to report – I must say, that was almost a perfect race. I never had any feelings of weakness, no downs. It was a start – finish victory at the World Championships to the end. Many beautiful feelings and emotions are associated with winning any race. The last few hundred meters where you can enjoy the applause of the audience again really is the reward for the countless hours of hard work. Even if I won this year already some Half Ironman races, this victory is something special.
And I almost didn`t start: After my 2nd place on the IRONMAN European Championship in Frankfurt, I didn’t feel in the mood for another big race. I was tired and my body was a bit on the limit, not to mention the mental fatigue came as usual after such a big race. I had doubts about my participation in Immenstadt, but Brett has once again done a great job. He convinced me to start and prepared me perfectly in the next three weeks.
Now I’m a World Champion and it feels awesome.