Team Sport For Good Athlete Kaisa Lehtonen will start at the Ironman in South Africa on Sunday.
After a very good winter training, Kaisa was able to open the season at the Ironman 70.3 in Dubai. During the training in the past weeks she also achieved new training best times.
The journey and all other preparations went smoothly so that she is optimally prepared for the race in South Africa and ready to defend her title, which she won last year.
In addition to the reigning world champion Daniela Ryf from Switzerland, two more Ironman Continental Champions are waiting for the Finn: "This year, the women's starter field is as demanding as it is rare. It is an honor to go against Daniela, who was the measure of all things with the Ladies Ironman last year," explains Kaisa in advance.
During her hard training, Lehtonen stabilized her bike position and swimming performance. Strengthened in both disciplines, she used the time during the Team Sport For Good Training Camp in Mallorca for mental preparation and internal team communication. With the victory of colleague Timo Bracht in 2004, at the then 70.3. South Africa, and her own experience of winning the title last year, Kaisa is well equipped.
"The race is of course tough, but so is Kaisa," says Markus Sali, partner and manager of Lehtonen.
If she uses all the lessons learned from the training sessions and swims at her highest level, competitor Ryf would have to mobilize all the forces on the bike in order to gain a distance from strong-runner Kaisa.
The weather forecast for Sunday is ideal with 25 degrees Celsius and moderate wind. On a good day, Kaisa could not only win a podium place, but also defend her Ironman title from 2016.