„Yes, if I was a better swimmer...“
Nadine Horchler, who has won several medals at European biathlon championships, is one of the prominent athletes who have come to the Tria-Expo to sign autographs and talk shop.
Foto: Claudia Weinig, TEAMCHALLENGE
Biathlete Nadine Horchler prefers two disciplines to three
Biathlon and triathlon – sounds similar, right? In reality however, these two sports are worlds apart. Living proof: Nadine Horchler, winner of several medals at European biathlon championships, is one of the prominent athletes who have come to Tria-Expo to sign autographs and represent their sponsors.
And of course there is a lot of talk among colleagues going on. Athletes who are going to participate in the „Challenge race“ and who have come for autographs on one side, the female athlete who has been among the best German endurance athletes in winter sports, on the other side.
Long training sessions, that’s what they have in common. Running and biking – no problem for Nadine Horchler. But swimming… after thinking about it for a moment she admits that swimming might be a problem. “I might have to learn how to do it properly.” She thinks triathlon is “fascinating”. “That might be something for when my active time is over. But only short distance races.”
Sure, long training sessions on the bike are also part of a biathlete’s preparation. “But we hardly go for more than 120 kilometer at once. That’s not even enough for one discipline in this race here. The starters who take part in the Challenge have my full respect.”
And there is another reason, why she prefers frozen water over water in a swimming pool: „In my races, I don’t have to sweat as much as the athletes who participate in this race here. Even though it can get pretty warm in +5 degrees weather, too.” So for Nadine Horchler it is clear that triathlon is “a great thing, but not for me, at least not yet.”