Why didn’t Ryf even slow down as she neared the finish? It is precisely these moments that distinguish an IRONMAN winner, says the 30-year old, as she parks her training-mobile, a V-Class, at the side of the road. She has just become a 70.3 world champion and triple winner for middle distance in the European Championships. “If you don’t back down even in these situations, then you get your reward at the end.” It is this peak performance that navigates her mentally, showing the way to the next level of performance. Ryf describes here a mindset, that could be circumscribed: never to give up even when the finish seems so close. “The fascinating thing about our sport is always checking out what the body is able to do and how the mind can help,” explains the triathlete. Then she hops on to her bike, leaving the V-Class behind.