Roch and Heather at the local pool getting in one of the final taper workouts prior to race day - hey, nice tan Roch!!!
It's two days 'til the Ironman Germany and Time to Place Your Bets!What is traditionally the most competitive ironman race of the year outside of Hawaii is exactly that once again in 2000. While the men's field isn't as varied from a world wide point of view, it does have the best Germans which automatically includes the top 4 to 6 ironman athletes in the world. Guys like Jurgen Zack, Thomas Hellriegel, Lothar Leder, and Andreas Neidrig will all be present for a crack at what is arguably the most important ironman of their year. Christophe Mauch from Switzerland is one of the few top men from a country other than Germany who will be competing.
The women's race is very competitive this year with names like race favorites Heather Fuhr, Susanne Nielsen, Fernanda Keller, and Lisa Bentley. Other women who will definitely feature include super swimmer, Ute Muekel, Nina Kraft, and U.S. dark horse Jeananne Krizman (sp?). Jeananne ran a blistering 1:30 on the Wildflower run course this year and will be one to watch as she brings the experience of a respectable finish at Lake Placid last year. In 2000, Fernanda Keller has won Ironman Brazil and taken a strong third at Ironman Australia while both Lisa Bentley and Heather Fuhr have wins at Ironman Australia and California respectively. Both wins came on the strength of sizzling run splits.
Reporting from the press conference, Roch said "All is going good here. Heather is doing good and seems rested and ready to go. The weather is still supposed to be bad, but nothing can be done about it except dealing with it. Alot of tension at the press conference with the men. Jurgen did not seem to like Christoph Mauch while Thomas seemed fine. Jurgen did have a notable concern: They keep the lead time care behind the
lead male, but this then puts the lead car infront of the 2nd place man who then gets a good draft back up to the leader when they get dropped. Nothing will change on race day even after Jurgen complained a lot.
We'll look for a race report from coach Roch Frey soon after the finish.