On land and in water
Bender began her athletic career as a competitive swimmer as a child. In her swimming career, she competed in a total of 15 German championships and stood on the podium and in the finals at countless Swabian, Bavarian and Southern German championships. What else can you achieve? That’s what Bender wondered, and when she couldn’t find an answer, after 21 years in the water, the air was really out.
From water to land
Bender then found more sporting variety in triathlon. And already at one of her first attempts – the Allgäu Triathlon – she left a lasting impression. Because the team manager of the then Bavarian and regional league triathlon club Schongau wanted her on board. And that as a beginner. There was no sign of pressure or fear in Bender’s mind: “I just thought to myself: what the heck, this is something different.”
In order to be able to get going again in 2021, Bender uses all possible time slots for preparation: directly after getting up, during the lunch break and at the end of the day. Skipping a training session is unthinkable: “For me, it’s like getting up and brushing my teeth.” To get all that under one hat, you need a plan, and Bender sticks to it meticulously. “It just doesn’t work without it. If only because of work and because our house construction has also kept us on our toes.”
Time management is everything
Work, sports, household and house building: how does that leave time for other things? “I meet up with friends, of course. After all, there are also weeks when I train less.” Where most people have to be careful not to eat too many calories, Bender has the opposite problem – with all the training, the body also needs a corresponding amount of fuel. That also has to be accommodated in the daily schedule. All in all, however, the time stress is not a problem for Bender: “I don’t know it any other way. My days have always been very tightly scheduled. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t enjoy it. But for me, there’s no better feeling than really getting out there” – whether in the water or on land.
Picture Source Header Image: Marcel Hilger