Triathlon has always been a sport full of extroverted athletes. Nevertheless, there are some exceptions; athletes who’d rather attract attention through their performance than through talking.
Diana Riesler is one of these exceptions; not by being in the spotlight of the media but having several impressive results in Ironman races. While some athletes get their motivation from being in the spotlight, Diana prefers to have no external pressure on her shoulders.
“I’ve always been best when there is no pressure. Something I’ve definitely learned over the years being a professional athlete. I always try to stay relaxed and concentrate on myself.”
When taking a closer look at her latest race, the Challenge Regensburg, this self-focusing tactic seemed to have worked. An uncontested start-finish victory, being only four minutes slower than the national long-distance record, revealed that Diana is more than ready for the World Championships in Hawaii. Will she be able to repeat that performance on the big stage of the Ironman worlds?
“My goal for the race in Kona is to have the right mindset and concentrate on my own race. With a good swim and bike, like I had in Regensburg, plus a stable marathon, like I had at the Ironman UK, I am sure the race will be a good one. “
Speaking about having the right mindset, it is clear that a strong mind decides about victory and defeat in the end. For Diana, it means having absolute determination to win on race day and not looking at all at her competition in the days leading up to the race. During the race, her biggest sources of motivation are family and friends.
“Whenever I have a bad period during the race, and also in moments when everything is running smoothly, thinking about the people I love, who supported my along my way, is giving me some extra power and motivation.”
After a very difficult season in 2016, with many setbacks, Diana faced challenges in keeping her motivation where it needs to be as a professional triathlete. And–again it was her family and her friends who gave her the necessary support to come back stronger this season. Still, Diana is keenly aware that her time as a professional athlete is limited and that it’s never too early to think about life after the sport.
“There are no precise plans about a retirement, but I’m definitely thinking about the time after the sport and which opportunities I have. I’m reaching a certain age where pension provision becomes more and more relevant.”
It’s clear that Diana is able to see the big picture without losing the instinct for certain moments. Why shouldn’t Kona 2017 be such a moment?
DIANA’S #FLATOUTFAST MOMENT
“The moment when you accept the pain and forget about everything else around you; when it’s just your body and your mind working in accordance and delivering their full potential. This is what #FLATOUTFAST means to me.”