With his eyes set on qualifying for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, Andi Boecherer will take on a stacked field in Frankfurt among other high-profile races in 2018.
February 12, 2018 | PERSONALITY|
After a fifth-place finish at the Ironman World Championship in 2016, Germany's Andi Böcherer had to miss the 2017 race due to an injury. He's determined to get back to the Big Island in 2018 and has outlined his path to the championship, which includes a number of Ironman events as he tries to earn enough points to make it to Hawaii.
Böcherer's "Road to Kona" will begin with Ironman 70.3 Pays d'Aix in France followed by another race in Germany, Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau. He'll make his full-distance of the 2018 season at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt.
As always, the competition in Frankfurt is likely to be stacked. Böcherer, 34, will likely find himself lined up against a pair of Kona champs in countrymen Jan Frodeno and Patrick Lange, while another strong German, Nils Frommhold is also likely to be in the field, too.
"I thought about doing something different and compete at another race this year," says Böcherer. "But, for me, I clearly want to compete with the best and not win a second or third-rate race. A second- or third-place in a world-class field is worth more than a victory in the back country."
Böcherer has enjoyed a lot of success in Frankfurt, with three-straight podium finishes including a pair of runner-up finishes to 2014 Ironman world champion Sebastian Kienle.
"I want to win in Frankfurt and use this tailwind for the big dance in Hawaii," says Böcherer.
Realizing just how difficult the challenge will be, Böcherer and coach Lubos Bilek have adapted his training plan to work on his strength, especially for the run. He's already posted a 16:05 5 km cross country race this season, which bodes well for his marathon potential later this year.
Regular TriathlonWorld.com readers will have seen through his regular Triday blog that Böcherer is currently doing a lot of his training on cross-country skis in Goms, Switzerland. He'll be heading south for some more training camps soon as he begins to prepare for a big 2018 season.