The athletes who line up at the start must master three long-distance disciplines in succession: swimming for 3.86 kilometers, then riding a bicycle for 180.2 kilometers, and finally running a marathon — that’s 42.195 kilometers — in tropical heat and humidity, against competitors who are the absolute triathlon elite. It’s a battle of attrition. In this competition, the athlete’s iron will is pitted against the limits of the human body’s endurance.
One of the competitors will be Jan Frodeno, a global Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador. Frodeno is one of the world’s most successful triathletes, and he knows exactly what he will be up against in Hawaii. In 2015 and 2016 he left his competitors behind and was the first man to drag himself across the finish line. By contrast, 2017 and 2018 were years he’d rather forget.
Now, in 2019, he has had a strong season so far and is once again regarded as one of the favorites. Frodeno says he’s “really up for it.” He gives the impression of being relaxed but focused. Mercedes-Benz visited him at his training camp in his adopted home in the city of Girona in Spain at the end of August. The purpose of the visit was to deliver Frodeno’s new special EQC Edition 1886. Who is this “man of iron”?