When Petra Eggenschwiler and Melanie Maurer both start at the Powerman Zofingen, the only question that usually remains is which of the two Swiss women will win. «Whether I will be at the start in Zofingen on 4 September 2022, I will only decide in the second half of August», says Melanie Maurer, who has also registered for the Jungfrau Marathon on 10 September. The 34-year-old from Wikon has lived in Hindelbank for two years, but works in Zofingen. «This together with three physios as a coach for athletes in duathlon, triathlon, running and cycling, where I mostly work from home.»
Her clients would really appreciate her training plans, the personal exchange and the constant accessibility. This business is booming. The two-time runner-up in the duathlon long distance world championship has had less success so far in finding sponsors. «It’s extremely difficult to find a new sponsor at the moment.» It is quite possible that this search would have been easier with a world championship title. Maurer doesn’t think back to her abandonment at last year’s Powerman Zofingen due to hypothermia, when she had a lead of over 10 minutes on the bike course. «I wouldn’t put on more clothes if it was that cold again, I wouldn’t start at all.»
At the moment, she focuses mainly on running in her training and spends around 10 to 12 hours a week on it. Maurer: «If I then decided to start at the Powerman Zofingen, I would of course add cycling to my training, which would double the effort.»
It is quite possible that after a smaller Zofingen break, Petra Eggenschwiler will also start at the Powerman Zofingen on 4 September 2022. «The chances of that are not bad», says the 34-year-old from Solothurn.
Here is the livestream of the Powerman Zofingen 2021: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3lZ2BKvr6Y&t=834s