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Kona ticket with 3rd place in Switzerland

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

©photo: Sebastian Kuhn/ drehmomente.de

An Ironman is always hard especially with hard conditions like last weekend. IM Switzerland was my first Ironman without wetsuit but wasn´t a big different. At the swim start I missed the fast sim feet so I found me as  the leader in the second swim group with Ronny Schildknecht. After an fast T1 I could hold the pace from Ronny for next 30k but in the hilly part of the course I must drop off. But we catched Marco Albert and I got another good rider to join. I came in T2 in 7th position with just 1min to 5th. The marathon starts and I guess the hardest part in the head on this day. I used  every aid station to fresh up. After 15k I found myself in 5th position and just want to hold this postion because I also struggled a bit. Than Jan Van Berkel the current 2nd  collapses and I found my self in 4th position with 1 minute to the 3rd position. With 15k to go and a motivation shock from Brett Sutton I felt realy good and I focused on my pace again. 5k later I catched the 3rd and I hold the pace high to get a gap between us. I am really happy with my podium. The first goal was my Hawaii ticket but also I want to show a good race after Frankfurt.

IM Zürich

Friday, July 26th, 2013

It’s now almost 3 weeks ago that I raced IM Frankfurt, after some bad luck in that race I double checked my bike for IM zürich this weekend. I had a good regeneration after Frankfurt, it seems I recover faster after every Ironman I have done. I even did a small Olympic distance race in Austria and that went really good. The Mostiman Triathlon in Amstetten/ Austria was a very well organized race and I had so much fun. It was a very positive experiences to win this race and definitely a great Mental push.

Now its time to rock IM Zürich. My preparations went very well, I think it’s going to be a hard race, the temperatures will go up to almost 35 degrees, so it will be a awesome practis for Hawaii.

IM Frankfurt

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

After IM Melbourne I will race my second long distance race in Frankfurt for this saison. My goal is to get enough points to qualify for Kona but I also want to show a good race and a good performance. After my podium in 70.3 Berlin I had a few more good trainings weeks and good motivation.

2011 IM Frankfurt was my first long distance race for me and it was very painfull. This time will not less painfull!

See you on the course!