– Christian Störzer, Top 10 finisher at the Datev Challenge Roth, wants to buy a ticket for the Ironman in Hawaii on the island of Lanzarote this weekend.
After eight hours and 17 minutes, the clock stopped for Christian Störzer. During this time, the 39-year-old completed the long-distance triathlon over 3.8 kilometers of swimming, 180 kilometers of cycling and 42.2 kilometers of running and thus achieved ninth place in the DATEV Challenge Roth 2019. He not only won in his age group, but also put some well-known triathlon professionals in their place and made a dream come true.
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In his youth, Störzer started for the VFL Veitsbronn Triathlon, a real Franconian, so to speak. Then there was a longer, work-related sports break. When he found time for sport and training again, he tried cycling for about ten years, also very successfully. Störzer has only been running triathlons again since 2018.
Chris Störzer now also starts for the triathlon department of TSG 08 Roth.
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Due to his calling as a pilot, he currently lives near Stuttgart. As more and more triathlon clubs tried to provide his services there, Störzer (for the time being) made a decision: “I haven’t joined a club in the last few years because I primarily saw sport as a balance and wanted to enjoy a certain independence.”
But that changed as the triathlon got older. “I have had a good relationship with Thomas Herrmann, the head of the triathlon department at TSG, for a long time,” he explains. In addition, he feels a deep connection with the district, knows the routes of Challenge Roth “inside and out” and would like to become part of the local triathlon scene. Therefore, in the future, Störzer will wear the colors of TSG 08 Roth. “Although for me the focus is clearly on the middle and long haul, a start in the second Bundesliga definitely appeals to me,” admits Störzer.
The Ironman Hawaii in view
However, Störzer has set the legendary Ironman in Hawaii as the ultimate goal for 2021. “I didn’t have a good race there in 2019, so I still have an account with the island,” he explains. Next weekend, he is planning to buy his ticket to Hawaii via the qualifying race on the island of Lanzarote. There he would like to adorn himself with the title “fastest age group athlete overall”, which equates to winning the race. Because the professionals in the field have their own rating.
Big goals that Störzer can definitely trust. Because his strong time in Roth in 2019 was followed by the accolade in 2020. At the triathlon in Podersdorf, Austria, he cracked the magical eight hours and crossed the finish line after 7.56 hours. With this result at the latest, Störzer confirmed that there is more than just hot air behind his goals in Hawaii.
After less than 60 seconds: Challenge Roth 2021 is fully booked
Störzer did not rule out a new start at the Challenge in Roth, on the contrary: “The track is fast, the atmosphere at the edge of the track is unrivaled and it’s also my favorite race”. In the Rothsee Triathlon, however, he will not be able to start due to the strenuous and time-consuming qualification for the Ironman.
As a pilot, he had pulled the buck with Corona from a professional point of view, but it can’t go any better for sport. “Right now, of course, I have a lot of free time to train, that borders on the level of a professional.” But he doesn’t want to worry about whether that’s enough for the big breakthrough. “Of course, the biological clock is ticking tirelessly for me and I’ll soon be 40.”
Too old to push the limits in endurance sports? “Maybe, maybe not,” says Störzer with a wink. “At the moment I still have the feeling that there is still no end on the horizon. I would definitely like to confirm my result in Roth once again, maybe even improve it and thus beat one or the other top starter. “
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