Saturday, January 24, 2015

New Year - 2015

Time goes by fast when you are having fun. By now we are back into the full swing of things training wise working on the weaknesses and building on the strengths.

I am still woking out the remainder of the year race wise however the first part will consist of Challenge Melbourne Half followed by Iroman Geelong 70.3. These are fantastic races with quality fields but all within a stones throw from home so it does not interfere with the remainder of the prep for Ironman Malbourne - Asia Pacific Championships held late March.

Christmas was also an exciting time of the year with the birth of Matilda, our first child and it has been a blast spending the past month watching her develop and her personality grow. It still amazes me the entire process how a human can grow inside you then pop on out, knows to start breathing and has an instant bond. Amazing.

The first 4 weeks of the year have been fantastic, enjoyable and if I can order another few rounds of them the year will be rolling in a positive direction.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Challenge Bahrain

Photo Australian Triathletemag

Event: Challenge Bahrain
- 4th Half in 5 weekends
- Star studded world class field
- Prize money = 100k for winner
- Place, 9th
- Result, 2014 season done and dusted

Where to now?
- Recovery
- Beers, Christmas and time with family and friends
- Looking forward to 2015

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ironman Mandurah 70.3 & Ironman Ballarat 70.3 "Double header"

Back to back Ironman 70.3 events is a tough as but it was nice to get in a couple of nice late season event and collect some valuable points towards the 2015 Hawaii Ironman World Championships qualification. 

Ironman Mandurah 70.3 - Australian Championships (Event KPR P1500)
1Michael RAELERT (GER)03:35:54Professional  (1)

2Tim REED (AUS)03:38:41Professional  (2)

3Christian KEMP (AUS)03:39:47Professional  (3)

4Luke BELL (AUS)03:43:48Professional  (4)

5Ruedi WILD (SUI)03:47:25Professional  (5)

6Craig ALEXANDER (AUS)03:48:37Professional  (6)

7Denis CHEVROT (FRA)03:50:05Professional  (7)

8James BOWSTEAD (NZL)03:53:08Professional  (8)

9Matt BURTON (AUS03:54:19Professional  (9)

10Simon BILLEAU (FRA)03:58:02Professional  (10)

Ironman Ballarat 70.3 (Event KPR 750)
(NOTE - Awarded equal 2nd Due to being lead off course by2 technical officials)
1Michael RAELERT (GER)03:48:32

2Jamie HUGGETT (AUS)03:57:32

3Luke BELL (AUS)03:57:33

4Josh RIX (AUS)04:04:40

5Hayden ARMSTRONG (AUS)04:06:58

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ironman Mont-Tremblant 2014

I headed back to Ironman Mont-Tremblant as a defending champion. After knee surgery in Feb I was unsure how it would end up. I had a great block of training and my numbers in swim, bike and run were good and I was content where things were at considering.

What I did not account for was TJ Tollakson putting me well above my power output needed to ride a smooth steady race. I had not wanted to test the knee in the anaerobic zone in fear of it not being ready to respond. It was good to 350watts but the 400+ that TJ was putting out on some sections just took its toll. At around the 3hr mark my knee tightened up and after a chat with the race physio/doctors in T2 we made the choice to stop there to avoid any damage and end back at square one. It was about saving what is left of the season and being able to race the remainder of 2014 in comparison to running and marathon and "hoping" that all would be ok.

This will be the first time since 2002 that I will not have qualified for Kona. Although out of my control it will still be hard to watch. I know I will be back there next year and many more years to come but that does not make it sit any easier. Who would have thought that a swerve of a photographer in Busselton in Dec 2013 would still be haunting me.

Below is a link to the short recap of the Ironman North American Championships in Mont-Tremblant Canada for 2014. Also a few pics from race day.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Giant Trinity TT bike gallery - Ironman Australia 2014 took some up close shots of my Giant Trinity (medium) race bike from Ironman Australia earlier in the year pre event. Please see the link below to view the pictures.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ironman Vineman 70.3 2014

Well Vineman 70.3 did not quite go to plan and adding my name to the winners trophy for a 2nd time did not turn out but as always I enjoyed the day and a huge congratulations must go out to the race crew on putting on another first class event.

With a front "blow out" that went off like a shot gun about 1hr 20mins in the race for the win was over as I watched the front bunch of 6 roll away. Not wanting to waste the day I changed the flat collected my rubbish and got back on to get a solid day in of swim, bike and running in the bank for the next event the North American Ironman Championships in Mont-Tremblant Canada where I will try to defend my title from 2013.

Although the day did not go to plan please see below a short clip of the days event.