Dorothee Klasen: Gummerbacherin on her preparation for the Ironman in Hawaii

You qualified for the Ironman World Championchip in Hawaii two years ago. Due to the corona pandemic, the event has already been postponed once. What is the current standing?
Classes: After a long waiting period, the organizer received the information in mid-June that a further postponement is possible for us age group athletes. I will therefore only start on October 8, 2022.

What were the main reasons that you postponed participation to 2022?

Above all, the unclear travel conditions make planning almost impossible. For example, as a “non-professional athlete”, you cannot currently get an entry visa. In addition, the infrastructure in Hawaii is currently barely available to hold a worthy World Cup.

By winning your age group 55 at the Ironman in Vichy, France in 2019, you qualified for Hawaii and fulfilled a lifelong dream. Tell us about this great moment.

The feeling was absolutely overwhelming and still resonates. The memories of the emotions on the last kilometers of the running route and then when turning onto the finish line remain unforgettable and still trigger indescribable feelings of happiness today. At the moment, that’s a big part of my motivation.

How do you manage to prepare for such a major event over such a long period of time?

I admit that it is not easy to keep motivation high all the time. First there is a deep satisfaction with the qualification achieved and the thought that the actual participation in Hawaii is the icing on the cake. Nevertheless, I would of course like to be perfectly prepared for the start. This means that a certain basic level must be maintained in training. I also hope that one or two triathlon competitions will be possible over the course of the summer. I always have my big goal in mind. And that’s what drives me!

How are your preparations going? In what condition are you currently?

In addition to the above-mentioned basic training in all three sports, there is the essential aspect of training them in combination. For example, last week I simulated my own competition at the Aggertalsperre to train the transitions from swimming to cycling and from cycling to running. Overall, I am very happy with my condition and in good shape.

Does the psyche also play a role in preparation when you have to wait so long for a big dream?

In any case. We triathletes are mentally well trained because we are always faced with challenges in competitions, as we never know what can happen in three consecutive sports. I see the whole situation relatively calmly and keep my motivation and anticipation high.

As the trainer of the Leichtathletikgemeinschaft (LG) Gummersbach, how do you assess the current situation for runners?

We have been looking forward to the opening of our stadium for a long time and are pleased that it is currently possible to train there. I created training plans online all winter long and was happy to have most of them fit and healthy back in the stadium. What is still missing now are real competitions.

How do you intend to use the further year of waiting until the Ironman?

As already mentioned, I want to keep the training schedule. Half of the Ironman on August 29th in Duisburg is an intermediate goal. I hope the event can take place as planned. So far there has been no rejection.

Then what goal do you want to achieve at the Ironman next year?

It is an extraordinary competition under extreme conditions: 3.8 kilometers of swimming in the open sea, 180 kilometers of cycling through wind-prone lava fields and the final marathon at high temperatures. I cannot and do not want to set myself a more precise goal, such as reaching a certain time, under such conditions. My ultimate goal is to cross the finish line in good health. Everything else will be seen.

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Coronavirus for growth – Society – Kommersant

The number of cases of coronavirus infection detected per day in Russia on Friday became the maximum in several months. In the capital, the maximum was registered since January 17, in the country as a whole – since March 20. Rospotrebnadzor assures that such fluctuations “are, in principle, natural at the stage of stabilization of the epidemic process.” The infectious disease specialists, with whom Kommersant spoke, disagree on whether what is happening can be considered a sign of the “third wave” of the epidemic. However, doctors consider seasonal surges in the incidence of coronavirus “inevitable” – and are worried about the increase in deaths and the reluctance of Russians to get vaccinated.

In Russia, on May 14, 9,462 infected with coronavirus were identified, it follows from the data of the federal operational headquarters. This is 12.9% more than the day before, when 8380 new cases were recorded. The number of infected people exceeded 9 thousand for the first time since May 1 and peaked in the second half of March. The spread of coronavirus, TASS reports, referring to its own calculations, has been above unity for five days in a row – so many people on average infect one infected person before they are isolated.

In Moscow, 3818 infected were detected per day. This is the maximum value since mid-January and is 37% more than on Thursday (then 2787 infected were recorded). Anastasia Rakova, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Social Development, called the epidemic situation in the capital “tense”.

«The incidence figures are not encouraging, but we must understand that the coronavirus will not go anywhere tomorrow and such periodic increases or decreases in the incidence are possible, ”Ms Rakova said on Friday.

The number of people infected after the May holidays is also growing in St. Petersburg and the Moscow region, which, along with Moscow, remain the main centers of the epidemic in the country. On Friday, another 739 people were infected in St. Petersburg. The incidence rate, therefore, is 13.5 cases per day per 100 thousand citizens – this is the maximum since March 31. According to the Interdepartmental City Coordination Council for Countering the Spread of Coronavirus, the number of new cases of COVID-19 in medical organizations increased by 34.63% over the week. In addition, the rate of daily hospitalization of adult patients with covid-associated conditions increased by 29.06%. The total number of active patients with infection over the past week increased by 1.19%. In the Moscow region, 918 new cases of infection were detected. The incidence rate in the region is slightly more than 8.3 cases per 100 thousand people, which reaches March values.

The increase in the number of infected people is associated with the ignorance of prevention measures by citizens, said Natalya Pshenichnaya, deputy director of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor. At the same time, Ms Pshenichnaya clarified that such daily fluctuations – now a slight rise, then a decrease – “are in principle natural at the stage of stabilization of the epidemic process”, which, according to her, we are now.

Ilya Akinfiev, an infectious disease doctor, doctor of medical sciences, notes that the increase in the incidence began on April 10-15. “At the moment it is impossible to talk about” the beginning of the third wave “, since we saw growth already in mid-April, when the number of respiratory cases and people with confirmed COVID-19 began to increase,” he told Kommersant. Mr. Akinfiev recalled that in this regard, on the instructions of President Vladimir Putin, the May holidays were extended. By reducing the passenger traffic in public transport, the expert believes, it was possible to avoid the peak of the incidence.

The one-day surge, the doctor believes, may be due to the fact that people returned from overseas vacations and more laboratory tests were carried out.

To talk about the third wave, adds Ilya Akinfiev, it will be necessary to analyze the incidence statistics within five to seven days.

One cannot judge by one day, agrees the infectious disease specialist, the head physician of the Leader-Medicine medical center Evgeny Timakov. According to him, the increase in deaths is “more alarming”. “The mortality rate from coronavirus has always been around 2%. We see this in the autumn, in the spring wave of morbidity. That is, until January, according to statistics, 2–2.5% of those identified were dying. Normal average mortality. Now we see a mortality rate of 4%. This hardly means that they began to treat twice as badly with new protocols. Probably, they simply do not record people who are sick. That is, there are at least twice as many patients, ”believes Mr. Timakov.

Note, on January 14, for 24.7 thousand new cases, there were 570 deaths, on May 14 for 9.4 thousand cases – 393 deaths. Evgeny Timakov admits that the so-called third wave of morbidity could have begun in Russia a month ago. “Now we see its continuation and see a lot of alarm calls: it is alarming that we have identified an Indian strain of coronavirus infection, that British and South African variants are circulating. And it worries that the population is not actively vaccinating, although this is the only way to stop the spread of the infection, ”concluded Mr. Timakov. Earlier, Kommersant talked about a fresh study by VTsIOM and ANO National Priorities (working on the Stopkoronavirus.rf project), according to which 38% of Russians are not going to get vaccinated, and 28%, in principle, do not trust coronavirus vaccines. At the same time, according to official data cited by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, over 24 million Russians have already gone through various stages of vaccination against COVID-19.

Ilya Akinfiev adds that after the third wave closer to September-October the fourth will inevitably come and the incidence will grow with each spring-autumn exacerbation of respiratory infections. However, the expert emphasizes, one should take it calmly: “We saw already in the second wave that the number of cases was less than in the first. This is due to the fact that the immune layer increases due to people who have had an infection or are vaccinated. ” Mr. Akinfiev suggested that with each surge in the incidence “the peak will subside and decrease,” and in addition, he assured that the Russian health care system has been ready to provide assistance to patients with coronavirus for six months already.