Tribe Stories // Challenge Davos

Tribe Stories // Challenge Davos

This year, Challenge Davos will be even more the focal point of all triathletes. We are aware that this year the attention on the sport has shifted and moved into the background. We are now concentrating on this unique sporting event, which will show us what we have been working hard for all this time. For our athletes Ruben Zepuntke & Imogen Simmonds, who will be competing for the first time this season, we will see what this race has in store for them. In our interview, Ruben talks about his race preparation, his training during the non-competition period, and what he has learned during this time. 

Ryzon, Ruben Zepunkte, Interview, Challenge Davos

Preparation for the race

Ruben, what does the race mean to you in the current situation and how did you prepare yourself mentally and physically for this competition despite the great uncertainty of whether the race will take place or not? Do you lack the competition routine as preparation?  

Having been a Challenge Davos Ambassador before the start of the Corona Pandemic, I associate a lot with the race. The race speaks for itself. The cold alpine lake (about 14-16 degrees), twice the Flüelapass with almost 2400 Hm and a half marathon. That is a damn hard competition. In addition, a super starting field with many big names. All this makes the Challenge Davos one of the competitions in 2020 and that's why I'm looking forward to it even more.  

Of course, I'm very nervous before this race, as I hardly have any orientation where I stand or my current place in the field due to the current situation. Performance diagnostics and systematic training help me of course to assess my own performance, as well as the Feedback from my coach. But whether I lack the competition routine, I can probably only say after the race.    

The Mindset  

What is it that drives and motivates you in such a situation? Were you afraid that all your training efforts could be in vain?  

In general, I think that this particular situation helped me a lot from a sporting point of view. Even though I couldn't show myself to my sponsors, I focused on my weaknesses and was able to work on them effectively. Even small steps are big successes and motivate you to keep training. I often tell myself in training that I will get back to exactly where I was before. A few steps back are not a problem, but rather the solution to the problem. Every training effort brings me further and all spheres are open to me. Whether it is enough to beat Jan is another question.  

Situational learning

What can you take away from this time? Does the forced break of this summer also bring good things with it?  

The pandemic has made me once again aware of how fragile and threatened our world and our coexistence is. I realize that Triathlon is not the most environmentally conscious sport because of all the travel. So I'm enjoying the time without major travel and competition stress before we can get back to normal. Because then, the real big problems start again, like climate change. And I really hope that we can be as united against climate change as we are against the pandemic.  


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