STEFAN THIELEN
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Country GERMANY
Year of Birth  1973
 Former journalist, now teacher with a love for endurance sports and a special crush on open water swimming. My athletic record consists of two Double Ultras, six Ironmans and 23 marathons and ultra marathons. I’ll be starting in Panevėžio together with my girlfriend, who aims to finish her first Double Ultra.
  • Whats the story of you getting in to triathlon?
  • How did I get into triathlon? Actually it all started out as a weight loss program around 2005. I was “a bit heavy” back then and picked up running to lose weight. I started to love it, and then, in 2007, I ran my first marathon. A year later I bought my first bike since childhood and, as it always  does:), one thing led to the other, and I signed up for a sprint triathlon in 2009. I will never forget that. I started in the stall German city called Iserlohn, which is basically only hills. 🙂 The bike split was as hilly as was the run track, and I would now bet that the swim course was hilly, too. 🙂 I had never been more exhausted in my life before – and I loved every single second of it! Well, that is the love story of me and triathlon. We have been together ever since, and I am pretty sure that we will get married some day. 🙂 
  • Do you have any rituals before race? 
  • Do I have rituals? I have thought about this question for long. I don’t do anything special, but just experience and enjoy every impression of the pre-competition. I love this nervousness that is all around, I love the fresh smell of ready athleticism and that of moist neoprene. Actually that is when my heartrate has reached its lowest point. That is the moment, when I am truly with myself and when I am totally at ease with the world. Finding this moment of inner peacefulness is my ritual.
  • Have you ever thought about being a coach?
  • Have I ever thought of being a coach? As a matter of fact, yes, I already coach some friends of mine on different levels. Some are only getting into triathlon and have just finished their first race some weeks ago; some others are experienced athletes on Olympic, Middle and Long Distances. But there is no money involved. It is just from one friend to another. This is what I can do to pass on knowledge, and I am more than glad to let them participate. “Each one teach one”, goes the saying.
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