Road to Ironman Frankfurt 2017

IRONMAN Frankfurt 2015 – Skynamic Drone Footage for Hessischer Rundfunk from on Vimeo.

It’s been almost a year since I blogged so today is for something almost completely different is a post about my “sporting” life.

For most people who knows me I have been doing quite a lot of sports since i passed thru my 30s 7 years ago and i have slowly ramped up to the challenge and distance in running and triathlon with marathons and half ironman.

Even if i keep enjoying doing it I have felt that i was reaching to a plateau for this year, it was quite a complete year with 2 half IronMan, one olympic distance triathlon, 2 half marathon (including one in Pyong Penh Cambodia) and 1 marathon in october in amsterdam. I can always improve my times and such but always had the full IronMan distance in mind since I have started doing and I guess there is no better time than now.

So after much thinking I decided to get myself to the full ironman happening in 2017 by frankfurt.


My preference would have been to do the ones in France like Vichy or Nice. Nice is quite popular around triathlete in france and I know that a lot of my friends are planning or want to do it but for me since Nice’s swim is in the open water and since I am such a bad swimmer (yeah really that bad) I can’t even think having to do 3.8km (2.3 miles) in open water with all the waves and such, ironman frankfurt has the swim in the lakes and an australian exit which make things much easier for bad swimmer.

Vichy has the swim in lakes too but the race happen too late in summer (30st of August) and since I have a 10 year kid and want to enjoy with him the holiday without having to worry about the training I’d rather having it earlier in summer like for Frankfurt which is the first week of July.

There is a nifty blog post on from 2010 but still relevant i would guess on the different difficulties of all the ironmens triathlons around the world. The easiest one seemed to happen in Austria which seems wonderful and very much enjoyable but the transport was looking to be a pain from Paris almost 11 hours drive and multiple change of train/flight to get there by public transport. For frankfurt it’s a relatively easy 5h drive from paris and there is the thalys which goes directly by train there. It’s even quicker than to go to nice from paris.


There is as well the fact that ironman frankfurt is known as being one of the most supported race in the world second only to challenge roth (which actually happen 200km away on the same day), the german are usually is a very groupe crowd of supporter. I ran Koeln half marathon in 2013 and really enjoyed the people there it was a very much incredible experience.

Frankfurt is too a big city so it is not going to be too difficult to find reasonably priced accommodations (it was such a pain for ironman 70.3 in UK in exmoore since it was out of nowhere and there is great bars and pubs for after party drinks if everything goes well hopefully 😉

My running and cycling stats of 2012

And here is another year finishing and I am looking back how did I do with my fitness.

I have not done well with regard to my class A running race, I wasn’t able to make to the Jerusalem marathon due of passport problem of my kid and had to easy my running due of a bad ankle since February, but I still did a 1h32 half marathon by March and a 1h38 in L.A in Septembre, just in time to hit over 1000km by this year :

  Running stats 2012

I have instead did much more cycling finishing a easy sportive in wales of 130km and a pretty hard one in south of france of 160km with a lot of mountains climbed. I made it to 5000Km (for my racing bike not counting my city bike which has around 500km on it) :

Cycling Stats 2012

I would have done much more if I didn’t have a bad upper shine when I was in australia where I was going to do a month of cycling.

This year looks promising with the Madrid Marathon in april (going for around 3h20) and probably some pretty good cycling trips during the summer if shin/ankle get sorted, I am looking forward to 2013.

Sunday bike ride in London

This post is literally to test the embedding track feature from Garmin Connect …..

This is a easy bike ride, it start from Ealing to to Decathlon in Canada water and stop in Parsons-Green on my way back to watch Liverpool-Arsenal at mates place before coming back home, my pace was kind of slow since I have a broken thumb and I am trying to respect London traffic now and stop at traffic lights 😉

Garmin Forerunner 305 is awesome device by the way if you are doing a lot of outdoor Running / Cycling, I have just ordered the footpod accessory to track my workout when I play football or on a treadmill.