Daniela Ryf took a wire-to-wire victory at Ironman Switzerland on Sunday.
Backing up from her efforts racing 100 kilometres at the Collins Cup last weekend, the Swiss champion led throughout the three-km swim, 180-kilometer bike, and 42-km run held around Lake Thun at the foot of the Swiss Alps.
With the Ironman 70.3 world championships in St. George, Utah happening in two weeks, a full ironman seems like a non-standard lead-up. Ryf explained her reasons post-race, saying: “I had some health problems the last weeks so it’s the first time I’ve had some energy again, and to have it out here was really special. I did this race just for pleasure and because I felt like I wanted to do it and I’m so happy I did.
“Today I don’t yet feel quite like I did in April… now I saw that I’m able to go hard again and that really helps to have trust in your body. In two weeks in St. George the course is really hard as well, and so I think today is a really good preparation for it.”