The two-time IRONMAN world champion believes in and relies on his training in Lanzarote to achieve his goal
The German triathlete, Patrick Lange, chooses to spend several weeks a year in Lanzarote to carry out his strict training programmes, with his mind always set on future competitions.
The health crisis prevented the IRONMAN World Championship from being held in 2020, an event in which the German triathlete was planning to try to repeat his victory. He hopes and trusts that in 2021 he will be able to resume racing in the summer and is training hard to become IRONMAN World Champion for the third time.
My big passion and I always wanted to be an Ironman triathlete, so of course, I reached my goal of becoming a world champion.
I also finished under eight hours in Kona, as the first man but there are still some more goals for me to achieve
At the beginning of 2020, Lange added a psychologist to his team to work on everyday problems and to get back to focusing 100% on triathlon. He believes that the mind plays a key role in sport, not only in competitions but also in everyday life.
Motivation and goal setting increase the quality and quantity of work done compared to when there are no goals. Hence the importance for Patrick of working on this goal-based motivation. Success will no longer be limited to winning, but to achieving the goals set:
“I always want more and the fact that I have won twice doesn’t take away my desire to continue achieving victories. I visualise everything before a race, even crossing the finish line in first place.”
Over the last five years, Lanzarote ESD has become one of his favourite places to train, not only because of the optimal characteristics of the island, which he finds very similar to the island of Kona where the Ironman World Championship is held, but also because of the energy it gives off.
“It’s a place that gives me a good feeling, it helps me to prepare well for competitions both physically and mentally”.