Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2017 | Part 3

Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2017 | Part 3

Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2017 | Part 1

For over twenty years, Thailand’s Laguna Phuket has been the venue for the leading triathlon in Asia. The event has attracted the sport’s legends with the likes of Mark Allen, Paula Newby-Fraser and Greg Welch all racing here in the past. This year’s field includes current stars, such as Luke Mckenzie, James Cunnama, Michael Raelert, Jodie Swallow and Radka Vodickova - all travelling to this beautiful tropical island for the Laguna Phuket Triathlon.

Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2017 | Part 4

Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2017 | Part 4

Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2017 | Part 2

Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2017 | Part 2

"Ironman is a dream goal for many"

We meet up with Timo Bracht, former twice European Ironman champion and one of the most successful German Ironman athletes of the last decade. Having combined being a family father and a successful athlete for 13 years, Bracht has not only become an integral initiator and member of Team ‘Sport For Good’, but also a mentor to a lot of amateur athletes and very talented young athletes like his teammate Julian Beuchert. In this clip we visit Bracht in his home town of Eberbach, where he takes us on a family kayak trip and training swim in the Neckar river. We also join him during training sessions with Julian Beuchert and at the Ironman 70.3 in Ruegen, Germany. Short interviews with his wife Bettina, his son Andre and also with Julian Beuchert round off this clip.

Ironman Backstage

This clip looks behind the scenes of the European Ironman circuit and Thomas Dieckhoff, Ironman President Europe, Middle East and South Africa, gives us an insight into the runnings of the Ironman organization. With 46 events, 80,000 to 90,000 participants and more than 2 million spectators a year Ironman has grown into one of the trend disciplines amongst the endurance sports. A key factor in running these events is the involvement of volunteers and we talk to a number of different volunteers at the 70.3 World Championship in Zell Am See, Austria and find out what excites them about working at an Ironman event and what makes Ironman such a special sport.

Motivation Ironman

Reigning Ironman World Champion Sebastian Kienle and 2 times European Champion Timo Bracht explain the motivation behind doing Ironman triathlon. With the inconceivable distances consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run one of the most physically and mentally demanding endurance sports in the world. Both athletes reveal how they motivate themselves to clock up more than 20,000 kilometers of training in a year and how even they sometimes question what they are doing. They also explain the secrets behind overcoming the ‘dark periods’ in races, those moments when their bodies tell them to stop, but their minds urge them to carry on and cross the Ironman finish line.

Ironman Equipment

Reigning Ironman World Champion Sebastian Kienle talks about how important the technical development of the Ironman equipment has been for the progression of the sport and explains the key parts of his equipment: the neoprene suit for swimming, the bike and the helmet for cycling and the shoes for running. He shines a light on how material changes and advances in technology have helped to improve the athletes’ performances and we also join him at the Mercedes Benz wind tunnel, where aerodynamics tests help him to optimize his bike performance.

Sebastian Kienle – The Defending Champion

With the 2015 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, just around the corner, we meet up with defending champion Sebastian Kienle from Germany in his hometown Muehlacker. Kienle relives last year’s triumph and lets us join him during his training sessions in preparation for the 70.3 Ironman World Championship in Zell am See and the season’s highlight in Hawaii. We also accompany him at the 70.3 World Championship and get his outlook for his title defense in Kona.

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