Strong partners: Power Ladies compete in the IRONMAN for Mercedes-Benz.

The triathletes Anja Beranek and Kaisa Lehtonen are competing in the 2016 IRONMAN, supported by Mercedes-Benz.

Triathlon is a team sport.

Almost no other sport is so physically demanding and almost no competition as hard as the IRONMAN. The athlete's body has to function perfectly to handle the 3.8 km swimming, 180 km cycling and 42.2 km running. Successfully tackling these distances demands constant training and a strong will. Both Anja Beranek from Germany and Kaisa Lehtonen from Finland know this and reinforce the Mercedes-Benz V-Class Team for the IRONMAN 2016 season.

Together they are preparing for the upcoming races, helping to motivate and train each other. 'This is unique for our sport', says Beranek when talking about the ship preparation. 'We are not competing against each other but rather friends who help each other.'

Anja Beranek und Kaisa Lehtonen beladen ihre Mercedes-Benz V-Klasse und machen sich bereit für das Training.

Superwomen at the IRONMAN.

When Kaisa Lehtonen stood on the top step of the winner’s podium at the IRONMAN South Africa this year, her dream came true. She not only won her first long-distance IRONMAN, but also qualified automatically for the world championship in Kona on Hawaii. The competition at the original IRONMAN location takes place in October and is a mecca for triathletes.

Anja Beranek also competes on Hawaii. The German super athlete has had a passion for endurance sport since she learned to walk and has been successfully taking title after title since beginning her career in 2012, with no end in sight.

The V-Class as a sporty companion.

The combination of three sports, swimming, cycling and running is part of what inspires the athletes about the triathlon. Changing between disciplines during the races demands precision and everything has to go perfectly to prevent losing time. This changeover is a lot easier during training: The Mercedes-Benz V-Class is ideal for transporting the equipment. In addition, it also offers the athletes enough space to get changed when switching disciplines and also take a break during training.

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