© Sarah Fladung
8. Oct 2015


Andy looks forward to his 7th race in Kona

Highlight race of the year is just ahead – Start into the Ironman Hawaii with a lot of confidence and hope for fifth finish on the podium – Form is right there

Kailua-Kona. For the seventh time, Andreas Raelert starts into the Ironman Hawaii this Saturday. "For me, it is without any question the race of the year," says Andreas Raelert, "the tension is enormous, and I feel very pleased." Since he made his Kona debut in October 2009, the Rostockian started every year on the Big Island with finishing four consecutive times on the podium. In 2010 and 2012 he won the silver medal at the Ironman World Championship. "I would love to build up my race this Saturday on these results after two difficult years,” he looks ahead to race day.

In recent weeks, Andreas Raelert brought himself into good shape with a training camp on Fuerteventura. After he ranked second at the Ironman 70.3 European Championship in Wiesbaden in early August, he specifically prepared for the start in Kailua-Kona on Fuerteventura. "The training was good," says Andreas Raelert. He went on some hard sessions together with Swiss Mike Aigroz from the Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei and British Fraser Cartmell. "It was fun to be on the road with these boys," says Andreas Raelert. He had coordinated his training program for Kona together with his coach Wolfram Bott.

Since nearly two weeks, Andreas Raelert is on the Big Island to finish the final preparation before the big day. "The important thing is to become friends with the heat and the humidity", says Andreas Raelert, "the training has mostly been done, now it's just a question how to get used to the specific conditions here in Kailua-Kona and to have some short workouts." Andreas Raelert says furthermore: "I hope that I can put my best on the table. The training gives me confidence."

The competition will be tough on Saturday. The best 55 athletes in the Kona Pro Ranking, a kind of an Ironman world rankings, are qualified for the showdown. Next to the defending champion Sebastian Kienle from Germany there are numerous favorites. "There is a dozen of athletes that can be picked as top contenders," says Andreas Raelert. He wants to bring up his personal best and see what this will be good for then. "I want to reach a maximum performance," he says, "when I succeed in this, it will be a successful race."

The Ironman Hawaii will start on Saturday, October 10th, at 6.25 am time (18.25 CET). You can follow the race live at www.facebook.com/raelertbrothers and www.ironman.com.

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