Triathlons are one of the most physically demanding activities you can put the human body through. All the training, nutrition and planning needed for the 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, 112-mile (180.25 km) ride and 26.2-mile (42.16 km) run is exhaustive, as is the event day itself. The average finisher time is around the 12hour 35minute mark – half a day spent competing. And at Ironman France, Frederik Van Lierde won the day in a time of 8:31:31 wearing the On Cloudflash - and after bleeding heavily from his head and face during the race.
This was the Belgian triathlete’s 4th win of Ironman France, adding another podium to his incredible collection that includes the title of World Champion. However, the pictures of him with a bloodied face, top and running hat while running during the event have had many fans online wondering what happened and how, even with such an injury, he still managed to pull through mentally and physically to take the win.
As a long-time On athlete, we were able to sit with the legend himself to ask just that.