20. Jul 2015

Ironman Switzerland

Micha has not a good day in Zürich

Muscular problems prevent Rostockian from a finish at Ironman Switzerland – Good position on the bike, but no happy end on the run

Zürich. Ironman Switzerland ended with a great disappointment for Michael Raelert. The 34-year old led the race during the bike ride, but he had to quit the race on the run course. "It was definitely not my plan to leave Switzerland that way,” said Michael Raelert after the race, "but that’s how it is in sports sometimes. Unfortunately, races do not accord to plans every single time." He warmly congratulated winner Ronnie Schildknecht to his eighth victory at Ironman Switzerland. "This series of Ronnie is absolutely amazing," said Michael Raelert after Ronnie Schildknecht took the victory in 8:21:19 hours ahead of his Swiss compatriot Jan van Berkel (8:28:57 hours) and Alessandro Degasperi from Italy (8:31:36 hours).

"I'm completely honest," said Michael Raelert, "I would have loved it to celebrate a great race at the finish line." But muscular problems already appeared during the bike ride. After 18 kilometers of the run, he ultimately had to make the decision to not finish the race. "My clear highlight of the season is the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See in late August," said Michael Raelert, "so, I have trained a high level until a few days prior to my start in Zurich. Maybe this was just a bit too much."

After 50:43 minutes, Michael Raelert finished the 3.8 km long swim course in Lake Zurich. He was in second place behind Swiss Manuel Küng (48:52 minutes) at this point. "I missed Manuel’s high-speed train on the first few meters of the swim," explained the Rostockian why he attacked already in the transition zone and on the first 30 kilometers of the 180 kilometer long bike ride. "I wanted to make up ground quick," he said. Since he caught up with Manuel Küng, he set the pace together with Manuel Küng and Jan van Berkel. "At kilometer 120 I had a first muscular issue," said Michael Raelert. He lost a lot of time on his way into T2 and started into the marathon after a bike split of 4:47:12 hours behind Manuel Küng, Jan van Berkel and Ronnie Schildknecht in fourth place.

On the first kilometers of the run, Michael Raelert found a good rhythm and a solid pace, but the hard training in recent weeks had tired his muscles. After 18 kilometers he decided to quit the race because of his goals in Zell am See. "I am deeply disappointed today," said Michael Raelert. He wants to pay it back with a good race at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.



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