Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES - KM

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.”–

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