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Brett Sutton has the most formidable coaching resume in the history of triathlon. In addition to mentoring some of the sport’s icons, including current Olympic Gold Medallist, Nicola Spirig, four time Kona winner, Chrissie Wellington, he has coached 15 ITU World Champions… More

Brett Sutton in my opinion is the best coach in the world. He really knew how to get to the nitty gritty of who I am as a person. He had the ability to find a way to push me from being 4th place in a World Cup race to winning! His approach, straight forward and brutally honest really worked for me. The training itself, and how it was organized really brought out the best in me. Siri Lindley

ITU World Champion, Head Coach - Team Sirius

Brett has many talents as a coach that make him stand out from others but really it’s his ability to get the absolute maximum out of the athlete that makes the difference. He also instills a belief within the athlete that they can achieve their goals, that they are capable of doing it. Most people dream about winning big races but not many actually believe they can. Ben Bright

Olympic Triathlete, Head Coach - Triathlon Performance Solutions

Brett was hugely influential in my life. No other coach would have done what he did, in 2007, when he threw a rookie who had never done any long-distance triathlons, into the world championships in Kona. Brett had seen something special in me. He knew long before anyone else that I could do it. Chrissie Wellington

Four time World Ironman Champion, World Record Holder

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Race Week Plan: Ironman 70.3 World Championships

Defending Champion Daniela Ryf will join a host professional and age-group athletes competing at the World 70.3 Ironman Championships this weekend. Coach Susie shares her advice to our charges ahead of the event: (email extract to one of our athletes) Hi, For race week we keep things much the same as you have over the past 4 months. We just cut the volume a little with a rest day on Friday. Tuesday we have an easy, easy bike. Friday there is an optional swim, only if you feel like it. If you would prefer to stay at home and skip it then that’s fine also. I would prefer you do all swims this week in the pool – not in the open water. You have a fantastic block of training under your belt. You have been super consistent. We’re very, very happy with how you have embraced our methods of training! You have practiced your race day nutrition – we change nothing for this race. You have practiced your pre-race dinner plan – let’s stick to that. Come race week we don’t try anything new. The few days before the race, you register, you go to the briefing, you check your race gear in. You then go straight home. That’s it. You don’t need to be around the race venue at any other time. We don’t waste any energy hanging around the expo or with meeting other athletes or old friends for a chat. We do that after the race. I know you have your own team and friends racing and will want to be available for them in the lead up to the...

Redemption Weekend for Squad

Brilliant comeback performance by Eimear Mullan: 2015 Ironman 70.3 Budapest Champion. It gave me great pleasure to see Eimear Mullan not only back competing in the races she loves so much, but to see her storm to victory in characteristic Emu fashion at Ironman 70.3 Budapest this weekend. We all know the frustrations of having to spend most of the season on the sidelines through injury. Eimear was so proud this year to break through with a team sponsorship with Alemeda On, only to have her first year of excitement cut down by injury, leading to doubt and pressure (self-applied) in trying to please the team. This is not a comment on Eimear’s team, who have been very supportive, but a reality for all professional sportspeople. Athletes with the best intentions can make decisions based on factors around helping a new team or sponsor, which they previously wouldn’t have considered and it affects their racing patterns. A minor niggle turns into something bigger and if you’re not careful there goes the season. It’s all part of the learning curve of being a professional athlete. It’s now our hope and my belief that Eimear will rebuild her season from here and rack up more wins for herself and her new team. Great job. Remarkable turnaround from Matty Trautman. Broken clavicle to Ironman podium inside 6 weeks. At the same race The Captain (Matt Trautman) just showed us again why we respect him so much and why every team in the sport should be chasing him. A broken clavicle 5 weeks ago and the doctors only technically passed him to begin training again...

The Importance of Proper Pacing

Race day pacing: Athletes at the Home of Triathlon race earlier this month. I really try to stress to my athletes the importance of getting your pacing right. Get it wrong and your race will fall to pieces no matter how fit you are. Racing for an entire day requires one to be smart enough to know your limitations. You also have to be humble and disciplined enough not to let yourself get caught up in someone else’s race. Do this and you are going to pay later, in fact it’s one of the main reasons we see so many folks doing the Zombie walk at the 70.3 and 140.6 events. If you look hard you can even find them at your local sprint triathlon. I know for sure back in 1991 when I did my first sprint triathlon I walked the last kilometre of the run. When we race long we have to put a lot of thought on controlling emotions, fuelling, dealing with discomfort and remaining focused. That’s why I tell my athletes that they are there to do their own thing. If they are near the prize-money or the World Championship slot after the 32km mark, then, and only then should they start to race the competition. Because age groupers, including top age groupers, shouldn’t be putting it all on the line so early in the race. We save our best efforts for the end. Anybody can do well until they get to halfway through the run and then reality hits them and the excuses begin… ‘I got cramps, I was dehydrated, I dropped a bottle with some of my...

Born Winners – Victories for Squad

Mary Beth Ellis – 2015 Ironman Mont-Tremblant Champion. She’s just a winner. Yesterday’s Ironman presented every conceivable obstacle for Mary Beth to have a bad day. Trained to dog tired condition, she raced Alpe D’Huez two weeks ago, which in itself was a follow up to her runner’s up position at Ironman Zurich. A plane trip, a change of time zones, no sleep the for two days as we arrived late as we could. Lesser human beings would have just raced this one for training. However they’re not the Honey Badger. When the gun goes off it doesn’t just start the race – it defines what MBE is, was and always will be: ‘The ultimate competitor’. A little over 9-hours of giving it every thing she had. And when her body said no more? She just dug deeper and did what very few can do – improvise and overcome. Make no mistake Mary Beth is a born winner and is going to finish her career with Ironman Titles into the double figures. Third place for Carina Brechters at the Allgäu Triathlon Half Distance. This weekend I was also very happy with Carina’s second attempt at the Half Ironman distance. We are working towards teaching her to ride a bike like the big dogs do. This takes time, effort and commitment. She is now showing the latter two. Time will tell if she has what it takes to do that for three years. Recap from Coach Jo Spindler: Embrun, France – Andrej Vistica’s already impressive 2015 season continued today with a fantastic win at the 32nd edition of Embrunman. In addition to it’s long tradition Embrunman is famous for it’s very difficult course. With more than...

Training Tests vs. Race Day Performance

I don’t care what time Ritchie can run a flat 400m in. He races Half Ironman. One of the most interesting features people find about our coaching methods is the lack of physical testing. It has raised many questions by our visiting campers and coaches. Some are intrigued that in two weeks they see no lactate tests, no power meter tests, and no time trials in either our swimming, biking or running. We get bombarded with a lot of questions along the lines of: What’s Nicola Spirig’s sweat flow rate? What’s Daniela Ryf’s V02 max? What’s Matty Trautman’s Functional Threshold Power? His watts per kg? Training Stress Score? What about Ritchie (Nicholls). He’s quick. What time can he run a flat 400m in? What’s his pace at lactate threshold heart rate?’ So as a high performance coach to answer ‘I have no idea’ to the above questions astounds many people. However what astounds them even more is when I say ‘And I don’t want my athletes to know either.’ ‘But if you don’t test how can you monitor improvements?’ I find such questions ironic when we compete as much as we do in our sport. Firstly, let me state that what we monitor in training is NOT as important as the performance levels we see in racing – as the ever growing range of training testing tools would seem to suggest. We train and race in a sport where even a sprint distance event takes a minimum of 1 hour. Over the longer distances the efforts can extend to 17 hours for some participants. The real problem is any true...

World Runner: Lemawork Ketemas

Special race report from Harald Fritz, who attended one of our training camps as a coach earlier this summer. A very talented multi-sport coach in his own right, Harald gives us some insight into  his own athlete, Lemawork Ketemas’, preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. After winning the Wings for Life World Run globally this year for the second time in row – running 79.9km in little over 5hr with an average pace of 3:46km – Lemawork Ketemas’ preparation for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 started with a full test of High Altitude Training in Kühtai /Austria followed by acclimatisation in Rio before the 2015 Marathon. Our goal was to test everything in the way we will do it next year before the Olympic Games and see if it works out. Lemawork still has troubles with an old injury and while we have used a lot of physiotherapy to make it better, he still unfortunately is not at 100%. Despite this, we made a calculated judgement to start anyway and give it his best shot. The race developed in the way we anticipated. Beginning as a group of around 8 Elite Runners who stayed together for the first 20+ km, the attack started at the second climb. The end of the attack saw Lemawork together with a Kenyan runner. They ran at a good pace – the fastest kilometre was at the 31km mark (2:57/km) until around kilometre 34. Unfortunately from there it developed into a tactical race between the two where neither wanted to take the lead and therefore the pace dropped. The breakaway: On the way to Rio course records. At the end both athletes...

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