The 30-year-old Austrian and former short distance triathlete only switched to longer distances for 2014 and already had a good start into the season with a second place at Challenge Rimini in May.
At his debut over a long distance triathlon at Ironman Austria (Klagenfurt) he gained 4th place with an impressive time of 8:09:06. It hasn’t been anything but easy already before the race. Ironman is never easy and everyone has some issues once race unfolds. Coming straight from a block of altitude training in Font Romeux, were he sustained a foot injury, he was in doubt about his running capability.
“I am delighted with my race and very satisfied with my performance. I surpassed all my expectations. The atmosphere over the day was amazing and it’s a phenomenal feeling receiving so much support at my home race.
I really had a superb bike leg, but struggled during the concluding run. With about 20k to go, I got cramps and even wasn’t sure if I’d see the finish. Solely the supportive spectators and fans were crucial to move on till the finish line. The happiness I experienced today is beyond description. Finishing my first Ironman among the best is something I will remember for a lifetime!”
Andreas benefited from the comfort and support of our new Free Sanremo Sleeveless TRI suit.
After full recovery he will rebuild his shape for the second half of the year.
A race within the race:
Castelli also equipped the members of team Finisher (an Austrian triathlon magazine) that battled against a group of Austrian Nordic Combined national team. After their swimmer left the water with a significant lead, the two bikers (90k each) tackled the 180k bike course with Free Sanremo Shortsleeve TRI suits. The run was split into two half marathons and completed in Free TRI top and shorts.