Laura Philipp: “For me, it’s harder to recover from cold-temperature races”

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“For me, it’s always harder to recover from a race with cold temperatures. Muscles are more sore and the body lost some extra energy.” Laura Philipp may need some extra time to recover from racing Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau, last week, not only because of the cooler temperatures, but even more so because she is still not in her best shape due to a COVID-19 infection. Yet, she decided to race Ironman Hamburg the upcoming weekend, she announced on Instagram. “Diving into a bit of an experiment with another race coming up this Sunday”, Philipp stated.

About Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau, which Philipp won, she said: “On Sunday I had to face some additional challenges: restrictions in my lungs after COVID-19, lack of training and one day of my period, which is the worst day for a great performance for me personally.”

The latter won’t be a problem anymore next week, but the sore legs, lack of training and recovering lungs, could. However, even though Philipp might not consider it to be her best shape, she showed the world that she’s tough to beat during Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau.

“To be able to switch the mind around in difficult moments and to perform well despite the challenges makes me really proud”, Philipp says about the setbacks that she has recently dealt with. “It’s always easy to look for excuses, but at the end they don’t bring you any progress. Always try to see the positives and focus on the next small step forward.”