It’s the time of the year again when the whole triathlon world turns its eyes towards Hawaii – the time for IRONMAN Kona, a.k.a the IRONMAN World Championship.
We caught up with three Polar triathletes, Sebastian Kienle, Kaisa Sali and Tim Don, to find out more about the forthcoming endeavor. See what they had to say about using data, the mental game that goes into triathlon and the whole process of optimizing performance for the biggest race of the year.
“When you’re feeling strong, the race is not interesting yet. Most of the times, the race really starts when you’re hurting and when you think you can’t do it anymore.”
“Last year I was 5th in that race, and after that I just really knew that now I have to do everything to go for the podium.”
“I know when I’m tired and I know what I’ve got to do over the next 5 days. I know I have to and I will do it, because that will make the difference come race day.”
UPDATE: as you may have heard, Tim got hit by a car in Kona yesterday. Luckily, he’s OK, but ended up having to pull out of the race. All of us here at Polar wish Tim a speedy recovery and hope to see him back in the game asap!
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