August 2, 2021


World News

German athlete on journey around the world to complete 120 ironman triathlons

An extreme athlete from Germany is on his way to circumnavigating the globe and completing what he calls the world’s longest triathlon. Jonas Deichmann was swimming along the Adriatic coast in Pisak, Croatia, on Saturday, two months into the pursuit of his target after having left Munich on September 26 on his bike. The challenge comprises crossing more than 40,000 kilometres (24,900 miles), the equivalent of 120 Ironman triathlons. “I cycled through the Croatian coast and now I am swimming 460 kilometres (285 miles) along the coast to Dubrovnik. I will be changing in about three weeks to the bike and cycle to China, to Shanghai. From there I’ll sail across the pacific to San Francisco on the US West Coast,” Deichmann said. The German athlete will then run across the US before sailing to Portugal. The last European stretch is a 2,500-kilometre (1,553-mile) bike ride back to Munich. “The total distance if you add up the swimming, the cycling and running, it’s more than 20,000 kilometres (12,500 miles),” Deichmann said, adding the journey is scheduled to take about a year. “It’s hard to say with now (having to) cycling in winter across Siberia, and I may have to postpone it also, of course, due to corona, but yes, in 10 to 12 months I will be back in Munich.” The solitude and the Siberian winter are two of the major challenges Deichmann will have to overcome. “When I’m done with the swimming, I’m cycling across Eastern Europe and Turkey and then I will be crossing Siberia in the middle of winter on the bike. So I expect about minus 30, minus 40 degrees (Celsius) [-22, -40 Fahrenheit], and big distances, so I will have to sleep somewhere, and that for sure will be an adventure,” Deichmann said. (