From advanced trainings to the red carpet up to the first races
Over the past six weeks, Ryf has undergone intensive trainings, including numerous longer units on the bike as well as on the swimming and running course.
"Everything is going according to plan," says Daniela Ryf. "I am currently in my second training camp on Gran Canaria and work a few hours a day on my form. This includes many longer units on the bike, which I enjoy. After I have only trained up to three hours on the roll trainer so far, it is twice as much fun to ride outside in the hills again. I'm not quite in the desired Hawaii form yet, but I don't have to and I'm glad that I can train without injury."
- Participation at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco. "Meeting with many world-class athletes was impressive. As an ambassador of the Laureus Foundation, I am committed to helping young people."
- First indoor cycling tests at Velodrome Grenchen. Good cooperation with the sponsors DT Swiss, Felt and 2XU. Ryf is convinced that he has the fastest bike and equipment for this season. "It was my first time on this track and my first aero test," says Ryf. "It was fun, the Velodrome is just next to my living room." About the aero tests, the athlete says: "We tested helmets, suits and different arm positions. It's impressive how much the material can make a difference."
Timetable of Daniela Ryf
On 6 May 2018 Ryf will take part in the World Run "Wings for life" in Zug and on 13 May she will participate in a torch relay in Bern at the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics. On 14 May, Ryf will receive an award for her achievements at sports at the sports award ceremony in Schönenwerd/SO. An autograph session is planned for the Bern Grand Prix (19 May) and the first training camp of the season is scheduled for St. Moritz in June. "I'm going to train in Switzerland for three months and get the form I need to defend my title in Hawaii."
First Ironman 70.3 in Rapperswil
After almost nine days at high altitude, Ryf will start for the sixth time on 10 June at her favourite race, the Ironman in Rapperswil: "Four years ago I ran my first, almost perfect race on Lake Zurich. It was the first time under my trainer Brett Sutton, and that's why I'm even more looking forward to the start of the season in Switzerland, as I know the track very well. The cycling route with many hills, but also fast passages is demanding. The running route through the old town and along the lake is beautiful. However, it also has some pitfalls; I am thinking of the passages with the stairs in the city."
After the start of the season Ryf travels again to St. Moritz. The first big goal this season will be the European Championships in Frankfurt on 8 July 2018. "There I will meet strong opponents."
Definitively on Daniela Ryf's competition calendar are:
- June 10, 2018: Ironman 70.3 Rapperswil
- July 8, 2018: Ironman Frankfurt EU Championships
- October 13, 2018: Ironman Hawaii
Four-time Ironman World Champion Daniela Ryf has included starts at two Swiss events in her 2020 schedule.