Ahead of the Zurich Ironman, one of On’s hometown events, we sat down with Swiss champion Ruedi Wild to ask how he feels now competing for a podium place in the local race he watched growing up.
Ruedi – thanks for your time so close to the event day. To start off, what are you most looking forward to Sunday?
To race in my backyard, where I’m from, in front of my home crowd with so many familiar faces on the side – it’s hugely exciting to me.
How does IM Zurich differ for you from other races?
Racing at home is always special! To finally be part of this race which first inspired me to get in to triathlon and which I have been following on the side-lines since I was a little boy is a very special feeling indeed.
Have you done any different training from your normal routine?
For me, I am still not quite so experienced in IM distances so training has been different and varied. I mainly have been doing longer rides and runs, as I should have plenty of speed along shorter distances covered.
Do you have a pre-race ritual heading in to the start?
I usually go for an early morning, easy jog before breakfast on race day.
Have you chosen your shoe for it?
What tips do you have for people competing in IM Zurich for the first time?
Enjoy the event and beautiful Swiss scenery! Be patient and deliberate as the bike course is tough, which will make the final marathon even harder.
And finally, what do you hope to come away from the race having achieved?
I hope to translate my full potential from 70.3 distance on IM. No matter what happens in the race, I plan to make the best out of every situation and challenge which the day will throw at me.