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Germany’s Faris Al-Sultan and his Team Abu Dhabi partners have arrived in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, a city outside of Abu Dhabi, to prepare for March 12’s Abu Dhabi International Triathlon. Al Sultan, the 2005 Ironman world champion, will face off against a tough men’s field that includes defending champion Eneko Llanos, as well as Ironman-distance standouts Chris McCormack and Craig Alexander.
Al-Sultan shared a diary about the transition from Germany to the United Arab Emirates with Sport360.com:
The first thing that crossed my mind when I landed back in the UAE on Tuesday night was that at least I could back on my bike.
That was difficult, actually make that impossible, when I was in my home of Germany at the start of the week.
There was far too much snow and ice on the road for even the most experienced cyclist to get out there, so the last week or so has been about swimming and running, the later being in sub-zero temperatures.
Not ideal preparation for competing in the desert. So I don’t want anyone in the UAE to complain about a bit of rain here and there. I have come back from the real cold.
I’m now with my Team Abu Dhabi team-mates at our base in Al Ain for the final preparations for March 12. The real work starts now.