UAEBecause of Covid-19, Daniela Ryf had to practice swimming in the bath while preparing for the Ironman 70.3 Dubai triathlon, which she won the women’s championship on March 12.

Ironman 70.3 in Dubai on March 12 is a rare international triathlon event held from 2020 up to now.

In the women’s division, Ryf – the champion in 2016 and 2017 – won again. This Swiss triathlon is 3 hours 56 minutes 54 seconds. In it, she swam 1.9km in 26 minutes 39 seconds. Ryf’s 91km pedal performance was 2 hours 08 minutes 36 seconds. In the 21.1 km section, she completed 21.1 km after 1 hour 16 minutes 50 seconds.

But when she first arrived in Dubai, this 33-year-old female athlete felt very lack of confidence with the difficult preparation process. She was forced to swim in a bathtub when Covid-19 broke out last year, and Europe was continuously blocked off. In a share on her personal page in March 2020, Ryf described her one-day exercises: “I went for a 30-minute brisk walk, a 45-minute terrestrial swim, followed by swimming in the tub. shower with zipper to feel the water “.

Daniela Ryf practicing swimming in the bath

Rif practiced swimming in the bath while preparing for Ironman 70.3 Dubai.

Ryf also made a canvas swimming pool in his garden, using strings to create more drag. Since the outdoor temperature was cold and the water was not deep enough, she had to wear a diving suit to stay warm.

By page Royal Windsor, Ryf’s training method did not improve athletes performance, but at least helped them maintain their fitness and feeling of water during the time when they were unable to go out.

After winning in Dubai, she said: “I have a lot of good memories here. The race was very well organized and the track was good. The weather was also very supportive when it came to the race. People cheered. I am very surprised to hear my name being called out and feel supported. “

Daniela Ryf was happy to finish the Ironman 70.3 Dubai 2021 female content on March 12.  This is her first tournament in more than a year since Kona Ironman on October 12, 2019.  Photo: AFP

Daniela Ryf was happy when he finished first the Ironman 70.3 Dubai 2021 female content on March 12. This is her first tournament in more than a year since Kona Ironman on October 12, 2019. Image: AFP

Ryf was followed by Swiss compatriot Imogen Simmonds – the 2020 champion. Sara Svensk from Sweden finished third. She raced for 4 hours 05 minutes 17 seconds. While Russian athletes – Elena Danilova – and Mexico’s Cecilia Perez took fourth and fifth place respectively.

In the men’s content, Danish athlete Daniel Bakkegard finished first with a record of 3 hours 33 minutes 2 seconds. This parameter is also the new record of Ironman 70.3 Dubai, one minute faster than the record set by Jan Frodeno at 3 hours 34 minutes 38 seconds in 2016. The next two positions after Bakkegard in the top 3 are Portuguese athletes. Filipe Azevedo’s House, and Rasmus Svenningsson – Swedish athletes aged 25-29 at the World Ironman 2018.

“It’s great to be racing where the organizers have everything under control. They prove to us that they can organize a good tournament, even at a time influenced by Covid-19”, Daniel Bakkegard said.

To prepare for the Ironman race, the organizers for the three-track course in the city of Dubai – including Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim and Al Qudra. Closing time is from 6:45 am to 1:50 pm. The annual Ironman 70.3 Dubai event is always sold out. This year, the organizers found 50 qualified athletes to take part in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship at St. John’s. George, Utah, USA. The contest also won 25 spots for female athletes attending the Women For Tri Initiative.

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