Michael Raelert takes on Challenge Taiwan
Swiss Side Pro Athlete Michael Raelert will face a first major long-distance competition in the new season. In Taitung, the Rostockian will start at the Challenge Taiwan this Saturday, where he attacks the full Ironman-distance. "I am very happy," says Michael Raelert a few hours out of the competition including a 3.8 kilometer swim, 180 kilometers of cycling and a 42.195 kilometer run."In the past few weeks, I've done some long and intense training sessions that give me confidence for the race on Saturday," says Michael Raelert. "Now I'm curious to see how these training sessions pay off in the race."
Michael Raelert added some challenging run sessions to his training program designed by his coach Brett Sutton to be prepared for the marathon at the Challenge Taiwan. "My feeling is quite good, I think I could add some more positive details to my training."
Michael Raelert faces a professional field in Taitung that should provide a fast race. The New Zealander Cameron Brown heads into the race with bib number 1, Michael Raelert takes on the Challenge Taiwan with bib number 2. At the start line, there will also be the strong cyclist Romain Guillaume (France), Michael Patrick Alonso-McKernan from Spain and Germany’s Per van Vlerken. "For me, it's important to put all the focus on the distance and myself," says Michael Raelert. "My results in training in all three disciplines make me think quite positive. I'm curious how the race will look like."
Andreas Raelert will not race this weekend. A few days out of the Ironman 70.3 Marbella, he had to change his plan to participate in the competition in Spain. "Unfortunately, I caught an infection a few days ago," says Andreas Raelert, "I’m healthy again, but the competition in Marbella comes too early." He sticks to his plan, to start at the Club La Santa Ironman Lanzarote on May 25th.
Photo credit: Marcel Hilger