Michael Raelert wants to finish his long camp in Asia with a successful race. At the end of his long training and competition stay in Thailand, he will start at the Ironman 70.3 Vietnam this Sunday. "I have been on the road for a long time," says Michael Raelert after his multi-week training camp in Thailand, "it would be nice if I could make a really good race in Vietnam before I return to Europe."
The task for Michael Raelert will not be easy this Sunday in Danang. On the one hand, the weather conditions should be demanding at the premiere of the Ironman 70.3 Vietnam, on the other hand a strong professional field lines up to race in Danang. The three Australians Tim van Berkel, 2012 Ironman Hawaii champion Pete Jacobs and Luke McKenzie are among the favorites next to Michael Raelert. More fast players besides Fredrik Croneborg from Sweden, could be the two Australians Sam Betten and Eric Watson.
"The course is supposed to be very fast," says Michael Raelert, "and that's my goal for Sunday, too." The 36-year old from Rostock wants to deal less with the list of his competitors and more with his own plans during the competition. "I would love it to take this title home when I leave Asia," he explains clearly. The training of the past weeks makes him think positive about the upcoming race. "I think my preparation fits," says Michael Raelert. After the Ironman 70.3 Vietnam, he would like to continue his season successfully in Europe, where he will soon follow up with further competitions.