Not less than three athletes of TEAM SPORT FOR GOOD will be competing in long distance races this coming weekend. Whilst Horst Reichel and Darby Thomas will be at the starting line of Ironman Mallorca on Saturday, young talent Julian Beuchert will make his long distance debut at the ITU Long Distance World Championship in Oklahoma (USA).
When on Saturday morning the starting signal of this year's Ironman Mallorca will be heard in the bay of Alcudia, Horst Reichel and Darby Thomas will be heading into their last big race of the season. Both athletes have already spent the last weeks in Majorca to ensure perfect preparation for this race.
"In the last ten days I have been able to train well. Before, however, I suffered two weeks from a summer flu, which forced me to take a longer break. Nonetheless I'm feeling stronger now day by day and I think I will have a good race", Reichel sums up the last weeks of his preparation.
His teammate Darby Thomas looks back on an almost perfect preparation and is really looking forward to the race. "I enjoyed a fantastic training camp at Viva Blue Hotel and went back to Finland for a relaxed recovery week. Now I am back again on the Island and feel that I am physically and mentally in perfect shape."
Both TEAM SPORT FOR GOOD athletes will be facing strong rivals. Indeed, more than forty male professionals will compete, including numerous Ironman Champions like Marcel Zamora or Markus Fachbach.
On Saturday morning at 7.35 hours local time (2.35 p.m. CET), young talented Julian Beuchert will be on the starting line of his first long distance race in Oklahoma. The athletes competing in the World Championship of the International Triathlon Union will be facing a 4 kilometre swim, 120 k on the bike and a final 30 kilometre run.
Beuchert already arrived on Monday to acclimatize to the extreme conditions. "My preparation at home was perfect and I am in very good shape. However, the climate here is completely different and especially the very high humidity here is causing me some problems. During the race it will be important for me to not to overpace and to drink and eat enough. If all this works well and my body continues to acclimatize, then I will be fighting for the title on Saturday."