Injury and sickness sidelined Andreas and Michael Raelert for much of 2016. The two are training hard right now in hopes of starting 2017 in style.
February 17, 2017 | PERSONALITY|
Until last July Andreas Raelert was the fastest man ever at the full distance thanks to his 7:41:33 world-best performance in Roth in 2011. In addition to that speedy time he's put together a stirling record in Kona where he's finished second three times and third twice. Michael Raelert is a two-time winner of the Ironman 70.3 world championship and the fastest man ever over the half-distance thanks to his 3:34:04 clocking in winning the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in 2009.
Both German stars had a tough 2016 due to injury and illness. Andreas had a stress fracture in his thigh, but still managed to get to Kona. It turned out to be a tough day - he got a penalty on the bike and then had to pull out 8 km into the run. Michael's season was waylaid when he contracted the Epstein-Barr virus. He came back late in the season to post top finishes at numerous 70.3 races and successfully defended his title at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon.
Both Raelerts are set to start 2017 - Michael begins the season with the Bangsaen Triathlon in Bankok, while Andreas will start things off with the Cannes Triathlon in mid-April, where he was third last year.
Both Raelerts are currently doing training camps, but on opposite sides of the world. Michael has been training in Thailand at the Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort in Phuket, while Andreas has been training in Lanzarote.
Here's an interview TriathlonWorld.com did with Andreas heading into Kona last year with some great insight on his goals and plans for the next few years: