14. May 2015

The Woodlands

Ironman Texas is the first highlight

Ironman North American Championship starts on Saturday – Third place in St. George is a motivation – Tough race with a strong field is coming up

The Woodlands. Andreas Raelert makes ready for the first highlight of the season. He will start at the Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas on Saturday which will be held as the Ironman North American Championship. “The race is extremely well staffed with a lot of great athletes,” says Andreas Raelert. Two weeks ago he started into the season with a third-place finish in a fast and hard fought race at the Ironman 70.3 North American Championship in St. George.  

"My first race of the season was very satisfying at many points," explains Andreas Raelert, "first of all, it was very important for me to get some race practice." In the final half marathon he ran into third place thanks to the best run split. "I’m very confident with my running form," says Andreas Raelert, "also my swim was well in St. George." On the bike, Andreas felt a little deficit in St. George, but he hopes to improve on the bike now in Texas.

On Saturday, Andreas Raelert faces a very strong field in The Woodlands, a community about 45 kilometers north of Houston. "There are a lot of good guys at the start, especially the North Americans will make every effort to be at the front. It's their home race," says Andreas Raelert. In the start list, among others there are 2012’s champion Jordan Rapp (USA) and his fellow countryman Ben Hoffman who was runner-up at the Ironman Hawaii last year. Justin Daerr and Matthew Russell are two more strong athletes of the US-American group. Lionel Sanders from Canada and as well some fast Europeans round it up in Texas. Besides Andreas Raelert, Faris Al-Sultan represents Germany, Swiss Ronnie Schildknecht, Pedro Gomes from Portugal and Victor del Corral Morales from Spain are as well among the favorites as David Plese (Slovenia) or Trevor Delsaut from France. An additional challenge should be the climatic conditions which could be a bit similar to the Ironman Hawaii.

The training results and the test in St. George are great motivations for Andreas Raelert to achieve a good race on Saturday. "The field is strong, the preparation has been well," says Andreas, "now I hope that I can show a good performance and I’ll make enough points in the Kona Pro ranking to start into the preparation for Kona."



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