If you transfer the results of Boris Stein at the Ironman World Championships into a pivot chart, the trend line has a clear direction. Following a 20th place finish at his debut in 2014, and a 10th place finish in 2015, he knocked out the fastest bike split and finished at a strong 7th place in 2016. Being among the favorites for the 2017 edition, we would like to take a closer look at the constant development of Boris over the last few years.
“Being kind of a lateral entrant into triathlon sports, I have notably less training years than many of my competitors. I think there is still a lot of potential, simply by the fact that I’m increasing my lifetime miles significantly.”
Having the chance to be a professional athlete, while earning his keep with the sport, is a huge privilege for Boris. Still, training in nature is his main motivation, simply because he loves the sport and has a clear idea of what matters in life.
“Of course my goal is to win races, but definitely not at any price. Maybe that’s why you won’t see me doing any “hara-kiri” actions but steady and continuous work on my career.”
Part of this mindset is the very self-critical reflection of his own race results and performance, which clearly represents an exception in the oftentimes self-portraying world of triathlon sports. The critical analysis of his own performance helps Boris to improve upon mistakes and continue his way of steady development.
“I guess it’s only human to admit your own mistakes. Aside from that how could you explain defeats?“
While he has the vision of winning a World Championship in Hawaii one day, Boris’ goal is measureable and achievable –to be 100% ready to deliver his maximum performance on race day. He also tries to control the tension during the race week. While media & sponsorship activities help him to elevate that necessary tension, in his free time he relies on his close relatives in Kona to speak about things other than triathlon. One thing is for sure: This man will be ready on race day!
BORIS’ #FLATOUTFAST MOMENT
“The decisive phase of the race starts at around kilometer 120 into the bike split. Until that phase almost everybody can go fast, but then the wheat is separated from the chaff and you know if you’re going for the victory or not. When the legs still feel good, running onto the Ali’i drive it’s definitely the moment to go #FLATOUTFAST.”