Frederik Van Lierde, the world champion at the Ironman triathlon, generally regarded as one of the most difficult endurance events on the planet has spoken of his exhaustion after completing a 24-hour marathon of presenting ITV TV shows of people crying and attempting minor winter sports endeavours.
Van Lierde, who swims over two miles, cycles 112 miles and runs a full 26 mile marathon in his event, was visibly exhausted as he gave his final wave and smile to viewers at the end of his epic stint of presenting
'Today was the hardest of my life, and how those presenters cope with having their make-up applied, eating the finest food from on-site caterers and dealing with hairspray and shaving foam companies wanting them to appear in adverts proved too much. How TV stars such as Davina McCall and Chris Evans manage to undertake such stressful and draining activities on a daily basis is a miracle of mind over matter' said a shattered Van Lierde. Thank God I didn't have to sign any autographs or upload inane comments on Twitter.'
Van Lierde added 'It's now time to go home and recover from the trauma I have suffered. Fortunately I live near-by in Switzerland which is only a 23 mile swim, 560 mile bike ride and 45 mile run, so I will use that time to try to forget the TV presenting nightmare.'
'They say Pro-cycling is the hardest sport, but I'd like to see Bradley Wiggins or Chris Froome trying to present Celebrity Big Brother - they wouldn't be able to keep their eyes open. A bit like everyone else I suppose.'