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5. Sep 2013


Andy will start at the Ironman 70.3 Muskoka

Altitude training camp in Boulder – Race in Canada suits into the preparation for Kona - Important form test for the Ironman Hawaii on Sunday

Boulder. Andreas Raelert is preparing for the Ironman World Championship on October 12 in an altitude training camp in Boulder, Colorado. As a stopover on the way to the most important race of the year, the Ironman vice world champion will start on Sunday at the Ironman 70.3 Muskoka in Canada. For Andreas Raelert this competition is an important test five weeks before the Ironman Hawaii. "In the past years I have chosen a similar preparation," he explains, "and this year the competition in Canada fits well in my preparation for Kona. You can test your shape very well in such a race, and there is still time remaining to recover and to continue working on a fine-tuning for Hawaii in the training sessions."

Since August Andreas Raelert is in Boulder to prepare targeted for the peak of this season. "I’m satisfied with the state of my training," says the 37-year old, who has not only met many familiar faces on the legendary training routes around Boulder, but also was able to increase his shape. "The Ironman Austria has already shown me that I’m already on a good level, but that I have to work for the highlight of the season in the details ," explains Andreas Raelert , who has won sovereignly in Klagenfurt in 7:59:51 hours.

In Boulder Andreas Raelert worked specifically on the constancy in all three disciplines. "The conditions are excellent," says Andreas Raelert, "in Boulder you find perfect training venues for all disciplines." The Ironman Austria champion has done a good quantity and quality of training in Colorado.  “In Hawaii you have to compete in the best shape of the year to have a shot for the title," says Andreas Raelert, who ran on the podium in Kona in all of his four previous starts. Due to a muscle irritation that he has suffered during the Ironman Austria and missed training sessions after this Ironman, the race on Sunday in Muskoka is an important test for him.

Last year, Tom Lowe from Great Britain won the race in Ontario. He took the victory after 1.9 kilometer swimming, 90 km cycling and 21.1 km running in 4:08:54 hours. In 2009 the Australian three-time Hawaii champion Craig Alexander managed a course record of 3:58:04 hours at his second of three victories in Huntsville. "The course of the Ironman 70.3 Muskoka is very beautiful and at the same time as challenging as scenic,” says Andreas Raelert, "the finish time is not so important for me on Sunday. It is more about the question of how the race feels like directly out of the training for the Ironman Hawaii."



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