Michael Raelert is looking forward to a first big challenge
Michael Raelert is looking forward to a first huge endurance test this Sunday. He faces some strong competitors at the Ironman 70.3 Taiwan. "I'm really looking forward to this challenge," says Michael Raelert, "during the past weeks and months I've done a lot of tough training to bring myself into shape for the new season." He decided with his coach Brett Sutton to put the Taitung event consisting of 1.9 kilometers of swimming, 90 kilometers of cycling and 21.1 kilometers of running onto his training schedule.
After taking two victories in Australia, Michael Raelert traveled to Thailand in the beginning of March and did his further preparation there. "On Sunday, I may be able to check out more detailed what my level of form is right now," he says looking ahead to the task in Taitung. The last tests in his training have been positive, now it is time to test the shape under racing conditions.
Michael Raelert faces a small but powerful professional field in Taitung. "There are only 15 professionals registered, but I see some really fast guys in the start list," he says. Cody Beals from Canada heads into the Ironman 70.3 Taiwan as the defending champion, among other things he brings the recommendation of two 2018 Ironman victories in Chattanooga and Mont Tremblant to Taiwan. Australia’s Luke McKenzie, Guy Crawford from New Zealand and Filipe Azevedo (Portugal) are other names that stand for quality in the race. In addition, four strong French racers are reported to compete in Taitung: Luca Amirault, Arnaud Guiroux, Cyril Viennot and Etienne Diemunsch. "Etienne and Cyril are two extremely good runners, especially Etienne can run really hard on the Ironman 70.3 distance," says Michael Raelert. This Sunday, he expects a first big challenge on his way to a successful year 2019.
Photo: Marcel Hilger