Michael Raelert looks forward to race in St. Poelten
Challenge series event in Austria is on the schedule next Sunday – Hope for further improvement on the run and good weather conditions in an attractive landscape
St. Poelten. Michael Raelert heads into the Challenge St. Pölten with a positive feeling. In this beautiful landscape around St. Poelten in Austria, he would like to take another step into the right direction in this competition over a distance of 1.9 kilometers of swimming, 90 kilometers of cycling and 21.1 kilometers of running. "I am confident and motivated," says Michael Raelert looking forward to the competition on Sunday, "even if the weather has not always been ideal in the past few days, I have continued to work on the things that I want to improve."
In his first two appearances on the Ironman 70.3-distance during this season, Michael Raelert was definitely not satisfied with his run performances. In the past few days, he has worked on his topic during his camps at the Lake Chiemsee in Germany and at the Lake Fuschlsee in Austria. “The mileage and the sessions overall have been good,” says Michael Raelert, “I enjoyed these beautiful landscapes for some good units, and I took another step forward. I'm really looking forward to the race on Sunday and to test my shape.”
When it came down to the swim and bike in the past two events, Michael Raelert really was able to put his name on the race and to stay among the top both at the competitions in St. George and Riccione. During the run, he eventually could not show his potential so far. "I hope that I can do better this Sunday in St. Poelten," says Michael Raelert.
The competition in Lower Austria will be attended by some top-class athletes on Sunday. Among others, Austrian Thomas Steger will be at the start line, who had a brilliant performance in Riccione. Sebastian Kienle is another powerful name on the list followed by other Germans, such as Frederic Funk and Franz Löschke. Also to be mentioned are Magnus Ditlev from Denmark and Pablo Dapena Gonzales from Spain. "First and foremost, I don't want to look at the other names on the start list, but at myself," says Michael Raelert.