Anne Haug's road to Kona

2018 was a very successful year for Anne Haug: DT Swiss accompanied the 35-year-old with a video camera, following her progress from her first long-distance race to the podium at the Ironman World Championship.

| January 7, 2019 | PERSONALITY

The last few meters before the finish - Anne Haug makes her Kona debut with an impressive third-place finish.

The last few meters before the finish - Anne Haug makes her Kona debut with an impressive third-place finish.

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After a disappointing 36th-place finish at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Anne Haug realized that she couldn't keep up with the world's top short-distance athletes. She decided to switch her focus to middle- and long-distance races an, in some ways, restarted her triathlon career.

"This is a whole new project," Haug said before her first Ironman at the European Championships in Frankfurt, where she narrowly missed the podium with a fourth-place finish.

"Anne can do a long distance race, which makes us very positive for the future," said Haug's coach. Dan Lorang, after the impressive debut over the 226-kilometer distance.

Learning the fourth discipline

In a training camp in Lanzarote, the 35-year-old prepared intensively for her second long distance race, the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. Before the competition on the Big Island, she had to work not only on her swimming, cycling and running, but also on the fourth discipline, nutrition.

"I've never experienced that energy is finite and that I had to run with an energy deficit, especially in my best discipline, running," Haug said. You can learn more about her preparation for her podium performance in Kona and more about the race in this video put together by DT Swiss.