Circumnavigation of the world in 14 months: Extreme athletes back in Munich

Around the world in 14 months
Extreme athletes back in Munich

With a 120-fold Ironman, adventurer Jonas Deichmann circles the world in the middle of the corona pandemic. After 14 months, the 34-year-old has achieved his goal. Friends and family greet him in Munich. His next big challenge is already planned for 2023.

The extreme athlete Jonas Deichmann has reached his goal in Munich after his 14-month triathlon around the world. After 120 Ironman triathlons, the 34-year-old finished his biggest sporting challenge to date on Odeonsplatz at 4.15 p.m. Despite the icy temperatures, Deichmann was welcomed by friends, family, fans and a large media presence in Munich. “The last two days we had snowfall and the worst weather conditions,” said Deichmann.

Shortly before his arrival, the native of Stuttgart took a break in Seeshaupt (Weilheim-Schongau district) on Lake Starnberg. There the competitive athlete recharged his batteries for the last 50 kilometers or so to the finish line: “In Seeshaupt the bakery had delicious nut croissants,” said Deichmann. On his journey, the Swabian swam 54 days along the Adriatic coast, cycled through Siberia at minus 20 degrees and ran around 5000 kilometers across the heat of Mexico.

First of all, the athlete needs to relax. After 14 months of triathlon, he wanted to give his body 14 months of recovery, said Deichmann. For the long-bearded adventurer, according to their own information, they first go to the hairdresser.

Deichmann joked that his beard was now “too long and neglected”. The top athlete became known in the Mexican media as the “German Forrest Gump”. Like Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump in the US film of the same name from 1994, Deichmann wore a red cap from the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company and a long beard on his trip through the land of the Aztecs.

Deichmann, who grew up in the Black Forest, is especially looking forward to seeing his friends and family and eating “Maultaschen and Käsespätzle” again. The next big challenge is already planned for 2023 – but Deichmann is not yet revealing any details. In the long-distance triathlon “Ironman”, 3.86 kilometers of swimming, 180.2 kilometers of cycling and 42.2 kilometers of running have to be mastered.

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