On June 2nd the Ironman 70.3 took place again in the beautiful Kraichgau. As in previous years, this time it was again a real heat battle. With temperatures around 30 degrees in the shade, without a single cloud in the sky, the athletes fought their way to the finish.
The day before
Before you can start the competition, you must first take care of your starting documents. At most events there is the possibility of picking them up one or two days in advance. First you should check whether the timing chip is in the starting bag, as it measures your racing time. You should also include your bib number, swimming cap, changing bag and, if necessary, a ribbon for the pasta party. The day before Ironman 70.3, the national league of runners (Bundesliga) starts in Kraichgau. To see this spectacle once is very interesting and motivating for your own start!
The nervousness increases, the tingling in the stomach gets stronger .. the day before the race most athletes get a little restless. Have I thought of everything? Am i really fit enough? These and other questions probably concern everyone who takes part in a race. Hundreds of athletes walking around the venue, checking on their bikes or standing in an endless queue at the popular pasta party, can also be a pleasure to distract you. In Kraichgau there is a competition briefing for individual and relay starters the day before, with a huge buffet with pasta, salad or cake. It is advisable to appear there not only for the food, because the competition briefing is essential for every participant and also a mandatory program! The organizer explains all the important rules there, what you should observe and how exactly the routes run. After the meeting, the individual starters go to the bike check-in. The relay cyclists only checked in their bikes in the morning on the day of the competition!
In contrast to many smaller competitions, in the “long edges” you do not deposit your things directly on the bike. The only items on the bike are shoes and a helmet (possibly sunglasses). The rest of the bag goes into the so-called interchangeable bag, which you hand in at the interchangeable bag tent when you check in the bike. It is important that the start number is stuck on the bag, as these are hung on a stand according to the number.
Finally the time has come! All organizational things are done and the day has come when all the training is worthwhile. Now it is said; Get up early enough, eat enough food, drive to the starting point and then give everything! Swimming in the Kraichgau is undoubtedly very pleasant. For a few years there has been a “rolling start”, which means that the starters are sorted according to swimming times, so that swimmers who swim at a similar speed are gradually let into the water in groups. Don’t worry, your time will only start when you have run over the time mat at the start.
After a long day it you will eventually hear the words, “Welcome to the finish line!”. What is a bit common in Kraichgau is that the running route goes over three laps and you walk past the finish three times before you finally get to the finish channel yourself. When the time comes, however, you are all the more pleased. Everyone can be proud here!
You can look forward to the catering at the finish line while you are running. The organizer goes to great lengths every year so that nothing is left to be desired, from fruit, pretzels, sweet pastries to pizza, Maultaschen, Cola, alocohol-free beer and more. For those who find it a little difficult to walk afterwards, there are countless masseurs ready to take care of the finishers. Finally, the Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau was once again a huge success. The atmosphere was excellent and the athletes were overjoyed to be able to cross the finish line after such a heat race.