Triathlon great Sebastian Kienle on preparing for his ‘Last Dance’, Kona FOMO and copying LCB

Sebi with an update on all things Kienle

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Sebastian Kienle has provided another update on preparations for his (definitely) ‘Last Dance’ as he prepares for one more shot at a full-distance triathlon.

The 39-year-old former IRONMAN World Champion had been expected to ride off into the wilderness after taking part in the brutal Norseman triathlon in August. But he decided afterwards that second place there was not the way he wanted to close out his ‘Discontinued’ tour in 2023.

Now Sebi is preparing for another race (date and location tbc) and on Sunday he provided an update on what he’s been up to as the countdown continues.

Kienle on Kona 2023

While of course there were no men racing in Kona this year, Kienle was very much focused on an epic women’s race, as he worked on a local broadcast of the action in Germany.

“How time flies when you’re busy. I really enjoyed to watch and commentate the Ironman World Championships for German TV,” said Sebi on his Instagram page.

Kienle had high praise for the show the pro women put on last Saturday on the Big Island, and also referenced some big news which will impact all pros from 2024 on. That brand new IRONMAN Pro Series.

“I know most of the women very well and I think they put on an amazing show. Definitely a lot of fomo included looking at the new @ironmantri Series and seeing all the great pictures from Kona.”

Training the LCB way

Last, but definitely not least, Sebi had an update on his training for that final full-distance test. And with it came a tip of the hat to newly-crowned IRONMAN World Champion Lucy Charles-Barclay. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery after all.

He explained: “I just enjoy my very last Ironman preparation. I’ve decided to not go another training camp, so that means quite a hefty dose of @gozwifttriathlon but as we’ve seen with @lucycharles93 this works quite well and I also like the heat training, it’s just a different kind of suffering.”

Graham Shaw
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Graham has been involved with TRI247 & RUN247 since the summer of 2021. Since then he has provided strategic direction for all news and is passionate about the growth of triathlon as a fan sport.
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