28 Aug 2014


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My journey started 6 days ago in Germany: by car from my home village to Jena, by train from Jena to Frankfurt, by plane from Frankfurt via Dubai to Singapore, by ferry to Bintan Island and by bus to Bintan Resort. This was a massive trip, especially while our whole journey should only last 6 days including the travel back home with a 14 hours stop in Dubai. But it was more than worth it!

We had a great stay there and enjoyed the climate, very friendly people and on top swimming in the sea which has 28 degrees Celsiuis the whole year. It was like being on holiday and besides doing the thing I love most: racing a long distance called MetaMan.

The race: I had my best swim ever! The time doesn’t look so great with 59mins but I lost only 4mins to the top guys! (I didn’t know during the race) It was a lonely swim because I lost the 1st group after 1km and from there on I swam on my own. Then I jumped on my bike and tried to push hard. It was a very lonely bike ride as well, after 70kms I overtook the lead and built it up to 5mins till T2. I was so happy that it began to rain on the bike course because we had around 30 degrees and this cooled down a bit. I started the run in the hope that the gap between one of the fastest runners in the women’s circle and multiple IM Champion– Gina Crawford – would be big enough. The first 10kms she couldn’t gain that much but it was getting less and less with every loop. 9kms before the finish line I knew she was in my back. I tried to follow her but it was not possible. In between I could close the gap a bit but at the end Gina won 2mins ahead of me. It was tough and I wished to win this race but after such a battle which showed that I’m back to race with the top ladies again, I’m really happy with my 2nd place. My marathon was faster than in Roth although the conditions were much harder. This gives me hope that my curve is still rising and I can show an even better race in 4,5 weeks time: Ironman Malaysia! I need to say a big THANK YOU to my sponsors teamTBB, cobb cycling, Singha beer and my supporters sailfish, currex, Harry, Felanitx, saucony. And last but not least to my coach who took part as well and became 7th: Jo! 

Diana Riesler

Diana Riesler

The nature girl from Germany who becomes a steam machine on the bike

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