1.5km swimming, 40km cycling and 10km running – all without a break, one after the other. Denise has already completed the so-called "Olympic distance" in triathlon. That was last year at the Ironman in Kraichgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. As a triathlon newbie, she approached her first competition feeling rather relaxed. "Looking back, I can't help but smile," she says.
She hadn't given much thought to what lay ahead for her that day, she said, and had approached the event with an open mind. "And then after the swimming part was over, I suddenly found myself standing between all these experienced triathletes and their high-end bikes, while I jogged to my ordinary street bike with its standard bike computer that I bought for just 12 euros a few days before!"
Maybe it was this innocence, which made all the difference. In this, her first competitive triathlon, the incredible happened: she managed to take first place in the women's triathlon – and, what’s more, in a field filled with professionals.