Earlier this week Jan Frodeno spoke about his upcoming race at Challenge Miami. Frodeno has shown his versatility across multiple triathlon disciplines thanks to a gold medal at the Olympics along with multiple wins at both the Ironman and 70.3 World Championships. With Challenge Miami just around the corner, Frodeno will not only be looking for the win, but also to help raise money in through the Pro-Am Relay where athletes pair up with a pro to complete a sprint triathlon. While the pro’s will tackle the swim leg of the event, the amateur athletes will complete the bike and run portions of the event while raising money for The Nascar Foundation.
TheMagic5 dove into Frodeno’s prep for his first race back, his new Cafe in Girona La COMUNA along with how he is liking his new goggles. The entire interview can be found here with some of the best moments presented below.
TM5: FIRST THINGS FIRST, HOW EXCITED ARE YOU TO RACE AGAIN?
JF: Excited is an understatement. For a while I thought 2019 may have been the last time I get to race so for the next day to finally arrive, it gets my adrenaline flowing.
TM5: WHEN DID YOU ACTUALLY DECIDE TO RACE MIAMI? WAS IT ALWAYS A POSSIBILITY? OR A LAST MINUTE DECISION?
JF: It was pretty last minute, about 7 weeks before the race. It takes me a while to get into race shape, so the short time frame makes it even more exciting.
TM5: THE START LIST IS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE. WHO ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO RACE AGAINST? WHY?
JF: So many good athletes… Ben [Hoffman], T.O. [Tim O’Donnell]. Of course Lionel is always a great competitor—I just love the way he goes and leaves nothing out there. I haven’t had the pleasure of racing Matt Hanson who seems to be a weapon in the run and of course there’s my old training partner Nick Kastelein, who’s also in great shape. And then there’s always a surprise candidate, especially after such a long time of no racing.
TM5: YOUR NEW CAFÉ, LA COMUNA, JUST OPENED IN GRIONA. ARE YOU TRAVELLING TO MIAMI WITH SOME OF THE SIGNATURE FRODISSIMO COFFEE?
JF: Is the pope a Catholic?