Jonas Deichmann

Triathlon around Germany

Jonas Deichmann

Triathlon around Germany

Collection by Jonas Deichmann

34

Tours

299:48 h

2,252 mi

111,450 ft

On 22nd July, I set off. I wanted to complete a triathlon around the borders of Germany, my home country, for the very first time: 31 days and the equivalent distance of 16 Ironmans.

I started from Lindau, a town on the eastern shore of Lake Constance, and swam 37 miles (60 km) through the lake. Next, I switched onto my bike and rode in a clockwise direction around Germany until I returned to Bavaria. I swapped my cycling shoes for my running trainers and finished the Tour with a run equivalent to 16 marathons.

As always, the trip was self-supported and I had all my equipment with me. My goal was to be quick on the road, but not as fast as I can be. I designed the trip as a warm-up and equipment test for my upcoming ‘Triathlon 360 degree’ – the first ever triathlon around the world.

On the way, I was accompanied by many friends and even complete strangers, which was a big motivation for me. In this Collection, I tell the story of my triathlon around Germany and take you along for part of the journey.

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Tours & Highlights

  • 08:40
    5.87 mi
    0.7 mph
    75 ft
    25 ft

    Let's go: at 1 p.m. I start from the island of Lindau!A few local media and a kayak accompanied me for the first few kilometers of swimming. I have a slight headwind and current, but I'm making good progress. After four kilometers I swim ashore at a small bathing place and eat something. In the water I eat a bar every 20 minutes, but that's not enough and one of the challenges of swimming.

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  • 20:05
    9.47 mi
    0.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft

    Perfect conditions in the morning without waves and wind.I'm making very good progress and after seven kilometers I'm taking my first break. The only difficulty was crossing a large …

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  • 09:54
    5.25 mi
    0.5 mph
    25 ft
    75 ft

    After a restless night in the park, I walk around the large ferry terminal in Friedrichshafen and go into the water at the quay wall. Suddenly two waiters come and ask if I can get two chairs out of the lake for you. They apparently threw drunk people over the railing last night. As a reward, I'm invited to coffee and croissants and I'll start a little later.

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  • 14:13
    11.8 mi
    0.8 mph
    75 ft
    50 ft

    I start before 7 a.m. to escape the wind and be able to swim at least the first few kilometers without problems.In Habnau I can't avoid going ashore when a stand-up paddler comes up to me: He's a reader of the triathlon magazine and he's got some sweet treats! Shortly afterwards a cyclist appears with coffee and pretzels, so that the break is a little longer.

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  • 11:58
    8.75 mi
    0.7 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft

    I start at 7 a.m. in the rain and make good progress. The wind forecast shows a strong headwind from noon, so I prefer to swim a little faster. The first nine kilometers go well, always along the lonely and spectacular south coast.At noon the wind and the waves come and I hardly make any headway. The last kilometers to Bodman are extremely tough with nasty currents and strong winds.

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  • 01:24
    22.4 mi
    16.0 mph
    925 ft
    700 ft

    In Bodman I get out of the water and onto my bike. My father and some cyclists are already waiting and accompanying me for the first 35 kilometers to help …

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  • 09:56
    161 mi
    16.2 mph
    4,675 ft
    5,725 ft

    Finally back on the bike!After a good breakfast, I always start at 8 a.m. along the Swiss border. On mostly small, quiet paths it goes hilly to Basel and then flat through the Rhine Valley. It gets very hot at lunchtime and I take an ice cream break. I enjoy every moment and notice how my body slowly recovers from the stress of swimming.

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  • 10:06
    147 mi
    14.6 mph
    5,525 ft
    5,450 ft

    A great day on the bike. I had a lot of company, several people joined my tour on some sections of the route. In the morning a nice climb through the Palatinate Forest was waiting for me, in the afternoon a strong headwind accompanied me on the journey through the Saarland. We are now approaching Trier early in the morning.

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  • 10:42
    156 mi
    14.6 mph
    10,975 ft
    10,900 ft

    Today was a climbing stage through the Eifel with 250 kilometers and 3300 meters of altitude on the plan.I drove through beautiful hills along the Luxembourg and Belgian borders and was happy to be accompanied by Ralf, who was there most of the day. In the evening the Ryzon crew and other cyclists joined us and we ended the day in a beer garden in Aachen. 👌

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  • 10:53
    171 mi
    15.7 mph
    1,600 ft
    2,225 ft

    Another long day in the saddle: my Wahoo Fitness Elemnt Roam shows 275 kilometers 💪.The route was pretty flat along the Dutch border and I enjoyed a lot of …

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  • 10:44
    162 mi
    15.1 mph
    700 ft
    750 ft

    A super flat day with only around 200 meters of altitude through Friesland. Most of the time, I drove down beautiful and empty streets and enjoyed some good company. But …

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  • 09:56
    163 mi
    16.4 mph
    2,750 ft
    2,650 ft

    A long day in Schleswig-Holstein 💪! In the early morning I took the ferry across the Elbe. With a lot of company, we went north on small roads with little …

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  • 13:14
    194 mi
    14.7 mph
    4,275 ft
    4,250 ft

    A really beautiful, but also long day, took me through Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania today. 💪I left Kiel in the early morning and followed closely the Baltic Sea coast, where some really nice views were waiting for me. In addition, I could look forward to great company again. But beyond that, I met few people: only long, empty streets and lots of nature - one of my favorite stages so far!

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  • 11:14
    188 mi
    16.8 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,750 ft

    A real high-speed stage along the Polish border: flat roads and a tail wind all day - that went well forward. Despite the many cobblestone sections in the morning that shook me and the bike a lot ...Today my 30 mm Schwalbe (ProOne) tires could finally prove themselves. High comfort and no breakdowns, that's exactly what I had installed them for. 😅👌

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  • 10:02
    152 mi
    15.1 mph
    3,700 ft
    2,850 ft

    A flat stage along the Polish border. In the evening I reached Zittau and thus the mountains along the Czech border. Now I turn west into the Ore Mountains. The queen stage with over 4,000 meters of altitude is waiting for me. After the flat days in the far north, I'm really looking forward to it.

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  • 09:46
    124 mi
    12.7 mph
    12,025 ft
    10,700 ft

    The royal stage through the Ore Mountains! 😍After the past flat days, I was looking forward to the change and some nice, steep climbs. In the mornings and afternoons I also had great company and made a short stop in Bad Schandau for a TV interview on MDR. A very varied day!Now in Bavaria I'm on my way to the last change: into my running shoes. 💪

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  • 10:19
    145 mi
    14.1 mph
    11,375 ft
    12,450 ft

    Right at the beginning, a demanding stage with many climbs through the Vogtland was waiting for me today.At around 10 a.m. I reach Bavaria, the last state on my trip through Germany. A television team is waiting for me at the border and follows me for a while. It continues through the hills and gets very hot. It gets even more exhausting because I'm rushing so that I can meet a friend for dinner.

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  • 03:57
    13.8 mi
    3.5 mph
    3,150 ft
    1,125 ft

    Early in the morning at 6 a.m. we continue: the last 50 kilometers on the bike! However, these were demanding with two long climbs and over 1,000 meters in altitude. …

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  • 04:58
    18.6 mi
    3.7 mph
    2,375 ft
    3,025 ft

    After a quiet night under beautiful stars, I leave at 7 a.m. The path runs right along the border with Chechnya and offers some beautiful views. I pass the Lusen, …

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  • 07:40
    29.9 mi
    3.9 mph
    3,125 ft
    4,725 ft

    Today I was able to add a few more kilometers: it was 51 in the end, even though I really didn't eat enough.The morning started with a seven-kilometer run to Dreisessel. From there I followed the Austrian border in hilly terrain and am now on the outskirts of Passau. As my body gets used to running, I feel strong and motivated to increase the distance a bit all day.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    34
  • Distance
    2,252 mi
  • Duration
    299:48 h
  • Elevation
    111,450 ft
Jonas Deichmann

Triathlon around Germany