Andreas Raelert: Not fresh enough in Racine
Andreas Raelert experienced a difficult race day at the Ironman 70.3 Racine. The competition in Wisconsin ended with a sixth-place finish for the Rostockian. "Unfortunately, I did not feel very fresh today," said Andreas Raelert. Due to the fact, that the swim was canceled due to cool weather, a hard hunt started on the bike course right from the very beginning. "I was not able to activate the power that would have been necessary to fight for the win here today," said Andreas Raelert. He finished in 3:21:30 taking sixth place behind the Australian winner Sam Appleton who showed a convincing performance in 3:10:35 hours. Reigning Ironman 70.3 world champion Tim Reed finished in runner-up position in 3:14:12 hours ahead of the third Australian, Joe Gambles (3:16:59 hours).
After a storm during the night, temperatures had cooled down. That was the reason why the organizers decided to cancel the swim completely. The air temperature at the competition venue was about 10 degrees Celsius in the morning, and the organizers did not want to take any risk for the athletes. Instead of heading into the race with a swim, the competition began with a time-trial start onto the 90-kilometer bike course though. Professional athletes were sent into the race with a gap of 30 seconds, and Sam Appleton immediately pushed the pace in an offensive way. "Sam showed a very strong performance today," said Andreas Raelert who felt tired right from the start.
At the beginning of the race, Andreas Raelert tried to keep the pace as high as possible, but his strength was not there as he had hoped before. "I could not touch my normal performance level today," said Andreas Raelert. He was more and more struggling to keep the speed on a high level. Andreas Raelert finished the bike course in 2:04:24 hours in seventh place. Sam Appleton nailed the fastest split in 1:58:04 hours.
Andreas Raelert was able to run into sixth place on the 21.1-kilometer run course, but he remained clearly below his possibilities in 1:16:05 hours. "Unfortunately, there was nothing in it for me today," said Andreas Raelert. Regarding Sam Appleton’s run split of 1:11:41 hours and the overall performance of the Australian, he was full of respect.