The Sibling Advantage

  • By Ragan Sutterfield
  • Published Jun 18, 2013
  • Updated Jul 15, 2015 at 4:04 PM UTC
Michael and Andreas Raelert.

The Raelert Brothers

There are no more famous siblings in triathlon than the Raelert brothers, Andreas and Michael. The brothers have a host of records and championships to their credit, Michael having won the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and Andreas racing the fastest iron-distance race ever. Andreas, the elder Raelert, was the first to begin racing triathlon, but Michael followed close behind. The brothers train together regularly and support each other in their races.

Andreas says that the biggest advantage of training with Michael is that “we know exactly what the other one thinks and feels—and what he’s worrying about.” Michael agrees, adding, “We push each other in training. When you know someone very well like we do, you really know how to hurt him in training. That maybe sounds a little bad, but it helps you to reach the next level.” But their training relationship isn’t all about intensity—like the Wassners, they also help each other find the right mix of rest and work.

Unlike the Wassners, though, the Raelerts avoid racing together, preferring to support each other rather than fighting it out on the course like the Brownlees. “Maybe we are rivals when we train together,” Michael says, “but it’s absolutely not a situation of ‘against.’ We are brothers and partners in sport.” Because of this, planning their season can be hard. “It really takes time,” says Andreas, joking, “It’s an endurance discussion.”

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