The Ironman Hamburg that included the German Triathlon Championships started with a curiosity: After weeks of great heat, algae growth had ruined the water in the Alster River, so the swimming leg was cancelled. The triathlon therefore turned into a duathlon with a 6km run, 180km bike leg and 42.2km of running. This did not spoil the great atmosphere in any way so that at 7 o’clock in the morning the male pros entered the race loudly cheered by the crowd.
Being a good runner Dirksmeier started the first run quite aggressively to reach the first transition zone after less than 20 minutes in the head group. After a fast transition a couple of athletes broke away and Patrick, closely behind, went to chase them. “It was my plan to begin the race in a controlled fashion, so I would not over-pace right from the beginning.
It worked out well for me, on the bike I closely watched my power readings and to correctly fuel myself. This way I rode a really fast time on my STEVENS Volt”, Dirksmeier said about the second part of the race.