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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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Daniela Ryf: Ironman 70.3 World Champion

As a coach I’ve been truly blessed. I don’t take for granted for a single moment how lucky I’ve been to work with some of the best triathletes of all time. I know many excellent coaches who have dedicated their lives to their profession and are lucky to run into one champion. So meeting up with my former charge Emma Snowsill this weekend, arguably the greatest short course racer of all time (Olympic + 3 x World Champion) after the Angry Bird’s demolition defence of her Ironman 70.3 World Championship – while fielding a congratulatory text message from the current Olympic Champ, Nicola Spirig, does make one reflect on their good fortune. It also has also prompted a lot of interest in who is the ‘best’ we’ve seen. Since Daniela Ryf’s performance this Sunday I have been asked consistently for comparisons with Chrissie (Wellington) dominance and where her development was at the same period. I have said before and I repeat now, there will not be any public comparisons on Ironman ability until Dannie is able to win at least a Kona or four like Chrissie. She has not earned that right yet. However, that is not to deny her deserved piece of history in being the first woman to successfully defend Ironman 70.3 World titles. Her dominant performance (winning by over 11 minutes) and her undefeated record of 70.3 wins over the last 2 years I believe puts her at the front of the conversation as to the best 70.3 racer we have yet to see. And that is my opinion. The good or bad news, depending on if you’re a...

Victorious Weekend of Racing

2015 Ironman Vichy Champion: Mauro Baertsch. This weekend I’ve been inundated with inquiries about Daniela Ryf’s performance at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships and it’s implications for Kona and beyond. I’ll do my best to respond to these in a follow up article. For now I don’t want our team’s combined coaching efforts to be overshadowed by an individual performance, especially on a weekend that featured a maiden Ironman win for Mauro Bartsch and a series of great results across the the board. I take as much pride in the success of our coaches performances as I do my own. Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler: This weekend we saw fantastic racing again from my athletes! It also featured a new coaching experience, as I found myself quickly coaching from the desk, checking splits and times, giving advice and instructions to athlete’s supporters at the run course by phone and text. Not how I normally go about my coaching business, but results prove it worked alright! Mauro Baertsch celebrating post race. First of all, professional athlete Mauro Baertsch won Ironman Vichy! It is his first Ironman win. Very happy that we chose the right tactics for the race and also made some sound decisions during the last 4 weeks in St. Moritz leading up to the race that paid off when it counted. Mauro manged to improve his swim further over the past 4 weeks and he only had a 3:18 deficit to Bertrand Billard of France after the swim. He then rode strong and put the hammer down approaching the end of loop 2, as instructed. He stayed incredibly controlled for the first 10km of the run and took over the lead from...

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...

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