Michael Raelert started into the final phase of his preparations for the Ironman Hamburg with a clear victory. The Rostockian won the traditional Mueritz-Triathlon in his home country. The race also represented the regional middle-distance championships in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Michael Raelert won this Saturday’s competition in 3:31:12 hours ahead of Julian Fritzenschaft from Hamburg, who eventually ran into the silver-medal position in 3:36:27 hours in front Berlin’s Norman Fenske (3:38:20 hours).
"It was a nice race," said Michael Raelert after crossing the finish line, "the event is a good one, and it is really well organized." The 32nd edition of the competition led the participants onto a course of 2 kilometers of swimming, 80 kilometers of cycling and 20 kilometers of running. "It was a short-term decision to start here,” said Michael Raelert, “I wanted to put a really hard effort into my training load for Ironman Hamburg."
The reigning Ironman 70.3 European champion came out of the water with the fastest swim split of the championship race in 24:33 minutes. Once on the bike, he started to put some more time on his pursuers. After a bike ride of 1:50:46, Michael Raelert had a lead of more than five minutes.
Finally, Michael Raelert added a run time of 1:15:16 hours to take the win. "I had hoped for some more speed on the run," Michael Raelert said openly. But regarding the high training load of the past few for Ironman Hamburg on August 13th, there was a lack of freshness during the run.
Photo: Raelert Brothers