Raelerts make their comeback

Andreas Raelert looks for another big day in Kona, Michael returns to racing in Miami.

| September 27, 2016 | NEWS

Michael Raelert

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Just a few months after his 40th birthday, Andreas Raelert is on his way back to Kona, Hawaii, for his eighth Ironman World Championship. Earlier this year the German had to take time off to recover from a stress fracture in his femur. He validated his Kona slot with a finish at Ironman Copenhagen in Denmark in August. Since that race he’s been focused on his Kona preparation, hoping to repeat his podium (second) finish from a year ago. Since his runner-up finish on debut in Kona in 2009, Andreas has racked up two more second-place finishes and two thirds on the Big Island.

"It was a very intense and good time," he said in a press release about his preparation for Kona since his race in Denmark. "I would be very happy if I’m able to fight for the podium in Hawaii. This is my focus, and I want to give everything I can on October 8th."

Michael is also on the comeback trail. The 36-year-old had hoped to be on the Kona start line with his brother.

"Unfortunately, this year turned out completely different compared to my plans," Michael said in the same release. Due to a re-infection of the Epstein-Barr virus, Michael had to stop training for a good portion of the season. "Now I am very grateful and happy that I can compete again."

On Sunday, October 23rd Michael will aim to defend his title at Ironman 70.3 Miami, which he has won the last two years.

"I think this is a good race for a comeback," he says after returning from a training camp in Lake Chiemsee in the south of Germany before doing some final tune-up training at home in Rostock.

"I seem to be in good shape,” Michael says. "I hope I can still improve a bit before race day."