Race Report from the 2012 Ironman Regensburg

This blog post was submitted by Vice President of International Joe Wojcik.

I just returned from Europe where I spent my Father’s Day doing what I love – competing in triathlon events. I participated in the 2012 Ironman Regensburg in Bavaria, Germany. Regensburg’s city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its cobbled streets, historic castles and famous bridges that span the Danube. The most notable thing about Regensburg today is that Z4, 1 and 3 Series BWMs are built there.

The swim portion took place in the Guggenburger Sea. The water temperatures were 68F/20C so wetsuits were allowed. Triathletes love to hear that the water is cold enough for wetsuits as it gives them extra buoyancy on the swim leg. I downed a healthy energy shot 24K before the start of the race and felt great the whole way. I managed a time of 1:02:51 for the 2.4M/3.8K swim.

After stripping off my wetsuit and putting on my Reliv 24K tri shirt, I hopped on my bike. The bike course had a few hills in the beginning of the two loop circuits. It felt a bit like the Tour De France with spectators imploring you to go faster and clacking cow bells in your ear. I refueled with my Innergize!® sachets (thanks to Reliv Philippines!) mixed with water along the course. I had a nice time of 5:37:20 on the bike course of 112M/180K.

The run contained four loops through historic Regensburg where there were tons of people cheering you on from their sidewalk cafes and bleachers. As much as I loved the The smooth and fast roads on the bike course were replaced with uncomfortable cobblestone, which made it more challenging. It was about 88F/31 C on the run course so I struggled a bit on the 3rd lap but managed to run a 3:54:12 marathon.

My family was cheering for me as the announcer yelled “Joseph Wojcik from the United States – YOU are an IRONMAN!” Regensburg had a truck for showers, which felt great after the race. I made my way over to the massage tent and was surprised with 45 minute massage. The massage and a triple scoop of Reliv Now® were the reasons why I wasn’t too sore the next day. Then, I wandered to the food tent and the menu consisted of bratwurst, mystery meat and wiener schnitzel. They were also serving wheat beer from large casks. Only in Germany!

Overall, I came in 45th in my age group out of 255 guys and 321 of ~1600 competitors.
I can’t think of a better way to spend a Father’s Day!

~by Joe Wojcik

12 thoughts on “Race Report from the 2012 Ironman Regensburg

  1. Hello Captain! I am in the 45-49 year old age group. Next year, I turn 50 so I look forward to the new grouping! Innergize sachets are only available in the Philippines right now but I will see if I can get you some samples at conference. See you next month. Joe

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  2. Hello Captain! I am in the 45-49 year old age group. Next year, I turn 50 so I look forward to the new grouping! Innergize sachets are only available in the Philippines right now but I will see if I can get you some samples at conference. See you next month. Joe

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  3. Hello Captain! I am in the 45-49 year old age group. Next year, I turn 50 so I look forward to the new grouping! Innergize sachets are only available in the Philippines right now but I will see if I can get you some samples at conference. See you next month. Joe

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  4. Wondering if you are going to be participating in the Ironman in Henderson, Nevada September, 9th? I will be volunteering and would love to meet you! Congratulations on your fantastic finish!

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    1. Hi Kelly,

      I won’t be at that race but will be wearing my Reliv kit again on 6/7 October in Moab, Utah for the 24 hour mountain bike race there.

      Thanks for volunteering at the Henderson IM. We love the volunteers!

      Joe

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  5. Wondering if you are going to be participating in the Ironman in Henderson, Nevada September, 9th? I will be volunteering and would love to meet you! Congratulations on your fantastic finish!

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    1. Hi Kelly,

      I won’t be at that race but will be wearing my Reliv kit again on 6/7 October in Moab, Utah for the 24 hour mountain bike race there.

      Thanks for volunteering at the Henderson IM. We love the volunteers!

      Joe

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  6. Wondering if you are going to be participating in the Ironman in Henderson, Nevada September, 9th? I will be volunteering and would love to meet you! Congratulations on your fantastic finish!

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    1. Hi Kelly,

      I won’t be at that race but will be wearing my Reliv kit again on 6/7 October in Moab, Utah for the 24 hour mountain bike race there.

      Thanks for volunteering at the Henderson IM. We love the volunteers!

      Joe

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