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Ronnie Schildknecht wins the Ironman Florida with a record time!

7. November 2011

A few weeks after taking second place at the Ironman 70.3 Austin, Schildknecht wins the Ironman Florida with an unbelievable performance with a final time of 7:59:42, which is a personal record for the Zurich athlete for the Ironman distance.

Bad day, good form

After Schildknecht had to cut short the race in frustration during the World Championships in Hawaii, he quickly proved his good form at two competitions in the continental United States. At the Ironman 70.3 in Austin, Texas, he showed what would have been possible at the Ironman World Championships with the best cycling performance of the day and was beaten only by the dominating athlete over the half Ironman distance, Michael Raelert.

Ironman Florida: Back to the roots!

The native from Zurich showed that he had recovered well from the exertion of the half distance and had even gained in fitness last weekend during the Ironman Florida: Schildknecht wanted to win at the place where the Zurich athlete started his Ironman career in 2002 and finished in the top 10 right off the bat. After Zurich, it was destined to be his second Ironman victory in 2011 - a first for Schildknecht who up till now had completely focused his season highlights on the Ironman Zurich and the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

SubA enables Sub8

It was soon clear that the athlete from the ewz power team was having a very good day. During the 3.8 kilometers of the swim leg, Schildknecht managed to keep up with the first large group and switch to his favorite leg of the competition with a modest deficit. He completed the 180 kilometers with control but at a stupendous pace that resulted in a bike time of 4:19:55. The fact that a fast bike split is of great significance to a final time of under eight hours was also known to the developers of the timemachine TM01, which is why they combined various technical innovations under the factor SubA (as reference to Sub8) (more on this here).

Marathon in 2:43:47(!)

Schildknecht changed to the final marathon at the same time as Bonney and Vytrisal. The pace that the Zurich native set during the running leg was too much for his direct opponents and he thus soon found himself alone at the lead again. A glimpse at the clock showed that Schildknecht would even beat the 8 hour mark at the running speed he set. The certain champion also became aware of this during the last kilometers, and so he mobilized the last of his energy to achieve his personal record. With a fantastic time of 7 hours, 59 minutes and 42 seconds, Schildknecht was euphoric as he crossed the finish line and spent a few minutes reveling in the celebration of the fans.