© Ronny Kiaulehn
2. Oct 2013

Micha supports his brother

Andy: The countdown for Kona has begun

Final preparation for the Ironman world championship – Michael Raelert supports his brother on Maui and on the Big Island – Successful rehab program 

Maui. The countdown for the Hawaii Ironman has begun for Andreas Raelert. The vice world champion prepares on Maui for the most important race of the year, which starts on October 12th in Kailua-Kona. Since two weeks the 37-year old is preparing on the Hawaiian island along with his coach Wolfram Bott. "The tapering phase has begun, now it is all about the finishing touches," says Andreas Raelert.

In a long and intensive altitude training camp in Boulder, Andreas Raelert has specifically prepared for the most important race of the year. "We have been working very steadily," says the German, "first our focus was to put in a lot of miles before we have increasingly worked on the intensity. On Maui we are now concentrating on the specific climatic conditions.” In addition to adapting to the high temperatures and the enormous Hawaiian humidity Andreas Raelert implements some intensive sessions in his training.

On Maui and especially during the race week on the Big Iceland Andreas Raelert gets supported by his brother Michael Raelert. "Micha came to our little training camp on Maui last week," says Andreas Raelert, "it's great that he is with us here. Micha is a very important support for me – both as a brother and as an extremely experienced top athlete. He has left Germany immediately after the end of his rehab to support me in the last days before and during the Ironman world championship.”


Michael Raelert has completed a rehab program of four weeks after his knee surgery. The 33-year old worked slowly but targeted for his comeback. "I 'm really looking forward," says Michael Raelert, "I’m already back into training in all of the three disciplines. This makes me very confident, hopefully I will soon be able to race again. But now only Andy is in the spotlight for me, I want to see him going very fast in Kona." The two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion Ironman will support his brother Andreas Raelert on Maui and on the Big Iceland. "Of course it would be much better for me if we could both be at the starting line. But I keep my fingers crossed that the Team Raelert-Brothers will experience a successful day on October 12th.”





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