Monday, 05 Dec, 2022

Monster training: this is why Kristian Blummenfelt is so feared

Kristian Blummenfelt (Picture: Instagram Blummenfelt / Donald Miralle / Ironman)

Belgian pro athlete Pieter Heemeryck pointed it out a few days ago during a pre-race interview at Kona; “don’t look too much at the Norwegians’ Strava profiles, because then you feel like you can’t win”. It seems he is right.

Less than a week ago – last Sunday to be exact – Kristian Blummenfelt, along with compatriot and friend Gustav Iden, completed his last serious training session. That workout was not only impressive, but also very striking.

Blummenfelt and Iden first rode (almost) 100 kilometers at an average pace of over 37 kilometers per hour. Then, as if it were nothing, they followed up with a 40(!) kilometer “endurance run” at a pace of 3:46 minutes per kilometer. Apparently, this is how the two biggest favorites for victory tonight, prepare. Impressive!

Tonight, watch the livestream of the World Championship Ironman Hawaii via Triathlon Today; it will additionally feature text updates from start to finish. That way you won’t miss a single race development!

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