The three-time Ironman world champion Jan Frodeno has ruled out an immediate end to his career despite his persistent Achilles tendon problems.
“The situation is so extraordinary at the moment, under these conditions I’m not ready to say that the circle is closing,” said the 40-year-old in the “Sport1” magazine “Triathlon PUR”: “There will be one, two, three big ones give races. This is my last wish on my body.”
In January, Frodeno suffered a partial tear in his Achilles tendon, and due to the aftermath he had to abandon his comeback attempt at Challenge Roth in early July while he was in the lead on the running track. He was “not ready to become a legend,” he explained: “I’m not ready to rest on my laurels.” Otherwise he would have to “change jobs”.
He only sees four or five athletes worldwide, such as Serena Williams, Tom Brady or Roger Federer, “who stand for aging,” explained Frodeno: “Funnily enough, I think it’s something without wanting to join them, what connects us in spirit: this being hot, this knowing this is the best time, even if it is limited.”