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Let's Tri: Mihai Vigariu

Triathlon star on training camp at Home of Lässig

Triathlon challenges the athlete in all respects: the good swimming technique, fast legs when racing and the final stamina when running. For the preparation for important races, all registers are pulled out and also an efficient altitude training belongs to it for the top athletes. This is why the Romanian triathlon champion Mihai Vigariu chose the Home of Lässig for a last training session before the IRONMAN 70.3 in Zell am See. Last Sunday he took the sensational 3rd place with a time of 4 hours and 40 minutes.

The altitude here in Hinterglemm, my base camp for training, is perfect! The landscape of Saalbach Hinterglemm is really impressive and I appreciate the silence up here on the mountain. It's not just about rewinding training units, but I really enjoy every run and every ride on my racing bike. Even natural swimming units are taken care of," says the likeable vertical take-off from Bucharest, climbing off his futuristic racing bike and taking off his aerodynamic helmet. He quickly changes to loose bike gear and helmet, because now comes a premiere for the successful triathlete: his first e-bike test. 

Triathlon Camps at the Home of Lässig

Cheering and with glowing eyes, the 35-year-old, who is sponsored by BIKE N SOUL, returns after a short ride up the mountain and says: "This bike is perfect for the time to regenerate after a competition! Mihai has only been in the triathlon sport for five years and has already achieved numerous podium finishes in international races. One highlight was certainly the IRONMAN's victory this year in Tallinn, Estonia, in early August, but his season goal is definitely the legendary IRONMAN World Championship on the Hawaiian island of Kona in October, for which he has already qualified for the second time. Despite his successes and extensive training, Mihai is an amateur and works full-time as an IT consultant. "This makes it all the more important to use your time well and make the training effective. Therefore I plan to hold triathlon camps here with my sponsor BIKE N SOUL in Hinterglemm soon, where I will pass on my knowledge to interested triathlon athletes in special workshops".

Third place in Zell am See

At the IRONMAN 70.3 in Zell am See last Sunday Mihai could prove his stamina. In his age group, he was able to gain more than three minutes advantage by swimming and cycling, but this lead literally melted away on the running track at late summer temperatures. He says: "It was my worst half marathon. I missed seven minutes on the first place finishers, but was able to secure a starting place for Taupo/New Zealand next year. Despite everything, the IRONMAN Zell am See is probably one of the most scenic races in the world. The water is refreshing and the bike course is stunning. Even on the steepest climbs I looked around me and the beauty of the mountains and mother nature gave me strength. The running course is fast and I am sorry that I could not use my full potential here due to stomach cramps. But I loved every minute of this run - even the "Mount-Everest ascent" up to Thumersbach. The many spectators, volunteers and helpers made me feel like I was part of a big family here in Zell am See".

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