9. Oct 2014

Hawaii 2014

Andy wants to continue his successful Kona series

The Rostockian is about to start into the Ironman World Championship on Saturday – Looking forward to show a strong performance – Training worked out well in Florida

Kailua-Kona. For Andreas Raelert, this weekend brings up the most important race of the year. For the sixth time in a row, the Rostockian is about to start at the Ironman Hawaii on Saturday. "Even though I have already gathered some experiences in Hawaii, it is always very special and always something new to be here in Kailua-Kona," says the 38-year-old. "As every year, I feel a certain amount of nervousness and tension coming up, but above all I’m really looking forward to the race weekend and the Ironman World Championship."

From 2009 to 2012, Andreas Raelert was able to show a unique series of success in Hawaii. Twice he ran to third place, and he also has been runner-up in Kona twice, he has always been very close to the title. "I have been allowed to experience wonderful years," he says, "but then I had to dig deep here previous year." During the bike leg, Andreas Raelert pinched a nerve, and he could barely pedal on with one of his legs. He had to quit the race due to this injury in the transition to the run. "It was the first DNF of my career," he says, "something like that is hard to accept, especially when it just happens in Hawaii." It took it’s time until the problem became healed again and Andreas Raelert was able to train on a high level again.

"The injury from last year had a much stronger impact on the current season as I had thought," explains Andreas Raelert. Unexpectedly late he qualified for the race in Kona at the Ironman North American Championship Mont-Tremblant in late August. "It was my big goal to be at the start line in Kona for the sixth time in a row”, he says, “now I’m here, and it’s absolutely amazing to share the passion and the incomparable spirit of this race with more than 2000 athletes in Kona."

Ten days out of the race, Andreas Raelert landed on the Big Island. Before he came to Hawaii, he had been preparing for the World Championship together with his coach Wolfram Bott and a small, but really strong group of athletes in Clermont, Florida. "We had a very intensive training camp in Clermont phase", says Andreas Raelert, "the group has trained at a very high level. I think that everyone is well prepared for Kona." In addition to Andreas and Michael Raelert, the German professional athletes Nils Frommhold, Christian Brader and Boris Stein belonged to the training group in Clermont.

"I hope, that I will have a successful race on Saturday after the disappointment of last year's race," says Andreas Raelert. "Predictions are always very difficult for the race in Kona, but I think that more than a dozen athletes can fight for the podium and for the title." On Saturday, the Rostockian wants to do his best to continue the Kona series that he has been able to put on the list from 2009 to 2012.







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