The announcements concerning pro participation in Ironman Arizona continued today. First, Matt Reed announced he would be competing in his first Ironman at Arizona, then three-time Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington announced her intention to race and now Denmark’s Rasmus Henning is throwing his name into the mix.
In a statement to the media, Henning said that the decision comes after a disappointing performance at the Ironman World Championship back on October 9:
“I have now had a few days to bounce back and recover both mind and body after the race in Kona,” stated Henning. “It was a huge disappointment because I feel I have a good race in Kona in me. I’ve searched everywhere for explanations both physically and mentally for why the day ended with the result it did. A lot of things went wrong on race day for me and the accumulated sum of mishaps, misfortune and mistakes from my part just made this a disastrous day for me and it ending of being one of the worst races of my career.”
Henning went on to explain that he hopes racing in Ironman Arizona will put him in a good position for qualifying for the 2011 Ironman World Championship:
“I hope to get the qualification for next year’s race in Arizona and I probably need a podium to do so,” he said. “If I get enough points in Arizona I can put complete focus on the 2011 season and maybe do a couple of 70.3 races to secure the spot at the start line in 2011. I hope to prove to myself and everybody else, like I did in Challenge Roth in July, that I am one of the best Ironmen in the world. I’m looking forward to racing in Ironman Arizona on November 21 and hope to come out with a good result, so I’ll be ready for the challenges of Ironman Hawaii 2011.”