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Rapperswil 70.3 « Scott DeFilippis's Blog


Rapperswil 70.3

Last weekend I traveled up the road towards Zurich to race in the Rapperswil 70.3.  The hopes were to have a strong swim/bike in preparation for the upcoming Ironman France.  I think I accomplished both with my 14th place finish.  Even though I didn’t think too much about the run until I got off the bike I was a bit disappointed with my 1:18 split as I am in much much better shape than that.  But overall it was the perfect prep race for the course in Nice!!

My swim was fairly average, I was pleased to swim with a group, and there were times where I felt the pace was too easy so I think a good sign that maybe quite possibly my swim is finally starting to show some improvement…..27:44 swim split.

Onto the bike it was as hard as I could from the start!  I didn’t care much about what was to come next I just wanted to push for 2 + hours and that was what I did.  The course was up and down with some pretty steep parts at times  which made for some tough ascents but fun descents.  All the locals came out to cheer on the climbs and in the small villages we road through so it was never really boring at all!!  Bike 2:17  I was most pleased with my bike effort for the day as it was the first time I have gone flat out like that on the bike for the 70.3 distance.  I believe another sign of improvement and a much much better ride than I had in St. George!!

Off the bike and onto the run it was very much an up and down half marathon…There were times where I felt fantastic and other times where I needed to be sick in the bushes.   Even though it was not my swiftest run I did negative split it and was getting stronger as I went!  It was a hot day in Rapperswil so again perfect prep for Nice.

I returned Sunday night and it was straight back into training the next morning!! Now here I am less than 2 weeks from my next Ironman and once again feeling in top form, just as I did before St. George!  I do believe however with these 2 races now under my belt that come next weekend the racing cob webs are gone and I stand a very good chance of having my best finish in an Ironman to date!!!

I need to thank Manuel and his family for having me stay at their home for a night!! Your home is nice and cozy!  I always say that I never sleep as well anywhere in the world as I do in Switzerland and your home did not disappoint!  Also  thank you to Celine for giving me a lift back to Leysin and congrats to her and Manuel for finishing their first 70.3 race!!   I am so glad I was able to travel to this section of Switzerland as it is such beautiful part of this country.  I very much look forward to racing more in Europe this summer as racing in the states pales in comparison when it comes to spectator support on the course and sheer appreciation for the efforts that each athlete is putting out!!!  More to come in the weeks ahead!  Thank you for reading!!


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