Frederik Van Lierde is a Belgium professional triathlete and the 2013 Ironman triathlon World Champion, in Hawaii – 2013. He finished the race with a 51:02 swim, a 4:25:37 bike and a 2:51:18 marathon to capture the win in total of 8:12:29.
1/ Fred, how long have you been using compression clothing?
Since 2009, in fact after a stress fracture on my right calf !
2/ How do you feel when you use the Compressport range before, during and after the effort and during your trips?
During training and competitions, I can feel for sure they help to absorb the shocks but also keeping the blood circulating. A very nice feeling, never cramping or sore, just perfect to me! And in hot conditions they can even keep my calf muscles cooler because of the protection (white) reflecting the sun. Some water on them, gives you a fresher feeling as well. After races or on really hard training camps I use them a lot, especially the Full Legs. The best way to recover for me!
For trips, long rides or flights, it’s the best! Before I tend to have swollen legs a lot of times and since I use the Compressport Full Socks, my legs stay exactly the same after the trip compared to my legs before the trip.
3/ Do you remember any race or training where the Compressport range has made a crucial difference (in terms of injuries, performance and or recovery)?
For sure in Hawaii Ironman, the hardest endurance race on this planet, in 2012and 2013. Before 2012, I always wore the compression only on the marathon and the bike part without. Legs were a lot sorer then and muscles were warmer and suffered more because of the sun. In 2012 I decided, because of that, to put them on in T1 (transition swim to bike). So I rode the full 180km with +the marathon! What a difference: 3rd place at Hawaii in 2012 and now in 2013, Ironman World Champion!