After recovering from a foot injury for three months and cancellation of Patrick's start at the IRONMAN 70.3 Kraichgau last week, it is time for some good news again!
In order to do a first and also last race test before the Mainova IRONMAN European Championship in Frankfurt, Swiss Side pro-athlete Patrick Lange decided to compete at the city triathlon in Erding. The race took place in the hometown of his main sponsor and was the final test for his first long distance race of the season in three weeks.
In good and sunny weather conditions, Patrick came out of the water after 1.5 km and 21 minutes in third position. On the flat 42 km long bike course, he quickly put his stamp on the race and changed into his running shoes after only 57 minutes on the bike. The final 10 km run led the athletes on two laps through the picturesque small town in Upper Bavaria. After another 33 minutes Patrick crossed the finish line first and enjoyed an extensive Erdinger alcohol-free beer shower.
Patrick won with a four minute lead and a total time of 01:52:54 hours, in front of Fabian Reuter (01:56:59) in second place. Jan Sibbersen (02:01:23) completed the podium, which consisted entirely of athletes from Team Erdinger Alkoholfrei.
"I did not go all out. My foot's recovery state is around 90%, but after today I feel confident that it is fine to race a marathon in three weeks”, says Patrick.
With the first season highlight at the Mainova IRONMAN European Championship in Frankfurt in sight, the last three weeks of preparation have started. "The lack of running training cannot be denied, nevertheless I would like to stay in the top group in Frankfurt for as long as possible. My main season goal for this year is still the IRONMAN Hawaii, this is where it really counts", concluded Patrick Lange.
Photocredit: Michael Rauschendorfer