The TARGIT sponsored triathlete, Gregers Rye Christensen, has returned home from Nice, France, after trying to qualify for this year's Ironman world championship in Hawaii.
The expectations and ambitions were great since Gregers' shape and level of performance under normal circumstances would be good enough for a top position and thereby one of the desirable admission tickets for Hawaii. At first, it went extremely well for Gregers. After 3.8 km of swimming, 180 on bike and 30 km of running, he was in first place in his category with a solid margin to the runner-up. But with only 10 km of the race left, Gregers collapsed and his race ended in an ambulance. After treatment with drop against dehydration, Gregers was fine.
"The combination of one of the world's toughest Ironman bike rides in the mountains and the baking heat is a harsh environment to push yourself to the max. Being a Dane, it's really difficult to train for these kinds of ordeals in our flat landscape and cold climate. Returning from Nice, Gregers is at least a valuable experience richer. Moreover, more than 500 of the 2700 competing triathletes didn't make it to the finishing line. The conditions were extreme to everyone", tells TARGIT's CEO Morten Sandlykke, who was competing in Nice himself. "According to my watch, it went up to 38 degrees Celsius, and it wasn't a joke completing an Ironman under these conditions. Gregers pushed himself further than his limit to achieve his ambition, but unfortunately, he didn't qualify this time."
Gregers has signed up for another Ironman race in Wales this September with the ambition of qualifying for the world championship in 2012.