10. Sep 2013


Andy second place in Muskoka

High volume of the altitude training in Boulder is noticeable – Final preparation for Kona begins - Solid performance at a challenging Ironman 70.3 in Canada

Muskoka. Andreas Raelert started with the second place at the Ironman 70.3 Muskoka into the final phase of his preparation for the Ironman Hawaii. Five weeks before the World Championship on the Big Island the 37-year-old claimed the silver medal in Canada in 4:07:50 hours behind the strong local Lionel Sanders (4:01:20 hours). "Great respect for Lionel," said Andreas Raelert after the race, "he has shown a very impressive performance today." The German himself felt the high volume of recent training weeks especially on the very hilly bike course. "After a demanding training block of several weeks I was lacking some freshness," said Andreas Raelert, "but it was a solid race."

The race in the Canadian province of Ontario was an important test competition for Andreas Raelert during his altitude training camp in Boulder. In the weeks before, he had been training in Colorado a high amount of kilometers in all disciplines in order to have the right basis for the Ironman Hawaii. "The Ironman 70.3 Muskoka was a challenging race," summarized Andreas Raelert. Gavin Anderson (USA), Australian James Seear and Tom Davison from New Zealand speeded up the race in the water from the beginning. Gavison was leading this group out of the water after the 1.9 kilometer swim in 23:04 minutes. Andreas Raelert exited the water after 24:00 minutes in fifth place. Then the 25-year old Canadian Sanders, who had a weaker swim, attacked for the lead on the challenging 95 kilometer bike course.

Andreas Raelert was in sixth place of a fast race when he got off the bike after 2:27:41 hours. On the exhausting bike course the world’s fastest athlete on the Ironman distance could feel fatigue due to the high amount of exercises in the past weeks. But in the final half marathon Andreas Raelert again passed one athlete after another. With a run split of 1:12:50 hours Andreas Raelert quickly ran into second place, only Sanders could realize a slightly faster running time than the reigning Ironman vice world champion. The Canadian had already shown his strong running shape a couple of times earlier this season.


Andreas Raelert is now really looking forward to the coming weeks after the Ironman 70.3 Muskoka. "The Ironman World Championship is my goal," he says, "in the next weeks quality and speed-oriented training sessions are in focus." Andreas Raelert wants to improve his form with specific training contents even further – to be able to be among the best in Kona on October 12. He will stay in Boulder for another training block until September 20, before he will move to Maui with his coach Wolfram Bott for the final phase of the preparation for the Ironman Hawaii. "This way of preparation differs slightly from previous years," explains Andreas Raelert, "but it is also a test for 2014, when I hopefully will be together with my brother Michael at the starting line in Kona."




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