Training among lions and giraffes


Triathlete Tim Hellwig is currently in the middle of his season preparation: At the altitude training camp in Namibia, a classic training day begins at 7.15 am with a 1.5-hour swim before breakfast. Then it continues with 2 to 3 hours of cycling. 1 hour of running follows after the lunch break. “On rest days, which are usually Mondays and Fridays, however, the schedule may only include a swimming session with extensive strength and athletic training,” explains Tim Hellwig.

Since the beginning of December, he has been in pre-season preparation, which is divided into 3 large training camps, each with short bridging or relief phases in Germany: Before Christmas it was time to go to Fuerteventura for basic training. At the beginning of the year, a three-week training camp with the national team continued here also. The basic kilometres were gathered again and the first fast Vo2 intervals were scattered among the training. The 4-week high-altitude training camp in Namibia was used to fine-tune the training for specific competitions with threshold training. “The training load is high, but it is fun to see wild animals during training. We will end the training camp with a test competition in Swakopmund and go on safari on the last day before we head back to Germany for the first important competition block,” reports the 22-year-old.

Of course, Tim Hellwig also takes the hard training upon himself because he has a specific goal in mind: He wants to finish the World Triathlon Series in the top 10 at the end of the year in Abu Dhabi. Last season was already a great success for the triathlete. His first breakthrough towards the world elite came with victory in Hamburg at the WTCS race. He would definitely like to build on this in the next few years in order to consistently move up to the top of the international league. He also gained valuable experience in the qualification process for the Olympics, which he can certainly use with a view to Paris 2024. However, this year the first event is the continuation of the World Series in Yokohama on 14 May – the first important competition, which will be followed by many others, such as the European Championships in Munich from 12-14 August.