FRODO’S FANTASTIC FINISH
Jan Frodeno has seemingly done it all in our sport. Olympic gold medallist. Ironman and Ironman 70.3 world champion. Now he’s the fastest ever over the full-distance: 7:35:39. Right after he set that world-best time in Roth he was very frank about how much the effort had taken, even trying to tell us he now can’t be considered the man to beat at the Ironman World Championship.
“This was my sixth one and every time I forget how much it hurts when you have to go. And, when you’re chasing a phantom and you never know where he actually is, it made for some of the most painful kilometres of my life.
“I don’t mind being out there by myself. It’s the way I like to race. I believe Ironman is about being by yourself. I prefer going out by myself and perhaps paying the price for it rather than sitting in a bunch all day and running the fastest marathon. I love the honesty of Ironman.
“This is the trouble with this kind of thing (going after a world record). This hurts you and it hurts you for a long time. It certainly doesn’t put me in a favourite role for Hawaii, because I do believe this takes a lot out of the tank and it’ll take me some time to recover, both mentally as well as physically.”–