But what does the triathlete mean by balance? Balance, says Beranek, begins before the competition, in training and even away from sport. This also includes choosing the right equipment. For example, the triathlete banks on the Marco Polo. The Mercedes-Benz camper van is the perfect training partner for Beranek. “In my Marco Polo, I effortlessly stow everything I need for training and competitions,” says the 32-year-old. “Often, however, the van also serves as a retreat.” Beranek loves training in the great outdoors. “I am an all-weather person and find it great to sit in the sun and drink tea after a workout,” says Beranek. “It's great to have a van which makes me even more flexible and with which I can be outside and still have a roof over my head.”
For Anja Beranek, motivation is also the result of a long-term training plan, which makes her progress visible. “We triathletes are always at the frontier,” says the 2016 German champion over the long distance. “You should not always exceed this.” How can you do that? “You have to learn to read the signals of your body.” But what happens if the body goes on strike during a competition? How can your mind jump into the breach, so to speak, and work as a mental motor? In these kinds of situations, Anja Beranek uses her “box of mental tools”, as she calls them. These techniques were developed together with a mind coach.