Frodeno won't try to defend his Ironman 70.3 title
ENDURANCE star and part-time Noosa resident Jan Frodeno won't try to defend his ironman 70.3 world title on the Sunshine Coast in September.
The 34-year-old German is also the reigning ironman world champion and he is wholly focused on holding on to that esteemed crown at Kona five weeks later.
Frodeno will again stay in Europe during its competitive summer to race and to train in the lead-up to the iconic Hawaii event and he said he could ill-afford a side trip to Mooloolaba.
"The timing's really difficult, to put it politely," he said.
"It (the Sunshine Coast) is far away to travel to (and) then go back (to Europe) or to the States.
"It doesn't really work for the big goal that still is, and will always be, Kona."
His absence from the Ironman 70.3 World Championships on September 4 is a blow.
But Frodeno wants to give everything he's got to the Ironman World Championship on October 8.
That famed event has been running since 1978 and is considered the globe's premier long distance race.
It's a genuine torture test involving the fittest athletes.
"There's two big races in triathlon, the Olympics (1.5km swim, 40km ride, 10km run) and Kona (3.8km swim, 180km ride, 42.2km run)," Frodeno said.
He is the only person to have won both, capturing Games gold in Beijing, 2008.
Frodeno won this year's ironman 70.3 world title (1.9km swim, 90km ride, 21.1km run) in Austria in August, while he was based in Europe.
He then won the ironman world title at Kona in October and he is now back at Noosa and savouring his latest triumph.
"It's been a sweet couple of weeks but it's been so busy," he said.
Frodeno lives on the Coast for about six months of each year with his Australian wife Emma Snowsill, who also won 2008 Olympic gold. She is a three-time ITU world champ and is seven months pregnant.
And while Frodeno will be missing from the start line at Mooloolaba, the field is still expected to include many of the globe's best athletes.