Podiums and Personal Bests

Podiums and Personal Bests

Kate staying patient on a hot humid day at Ironman Taiwan. Photo Credit: David Sun Ironman Taiwan Media

Kate Bevilaqua raced Ironman Taiwan where high heat and humidity made the race so much harder.  Kate put her patience and determination to the ultimate test by having to forget about pace, or speeds.  This race was about surviving the best she could in the difficult conditions. Kate finished the race on the podium with a great 2nd place.  A race to be proud of. Well done Kate.

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:


Gill I’m very proud of you, we all are. Very well done for your achievements in 2017.

This weekend Gill Fullen took on Ironman Barcelona in what would be her 2nd Ironman of the season. Gill set off had a solid sea swim and came into T1 in a good position but a position where she needed to get her head down and work hard on the bike, that she did, Gill seemed to get stronger and stronger as the bike went on and came into T2 in 4hrs 53min an amazing PB for Gill. Onto the run where its her strongest discipline although the speed isnt there just yet she put in a solid performance on the marathon to cross the line in 9.43 which is another PB overall / 1st in her AG / qualification for Kona 2018 and slipped in the top 20 overall.
Gills had an amazing season this year, everyone knows her story by now and she’s an inspiration for everyone.

Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:


Jeremy relishing his well earned victory. For once…. a useful prize….Salud!

Big congrats to Jeremy Breach for taking the overall win at the scorching hot and windy Rocky Point Olympic triathlon at Puerto Penasco, Mexico on Sat! All the hard work in the swim continues to pay off as Jeremy emerged 4th out of the water. He seized 3rd on the bike and then put it down on the run to cross the line first.  “The front runners all ran out of steam and I was able to just keep pushing through.  Biked without power meter because it wasnt reading, paced off of feel [music to coach’s ears!].  Beat the other guys in the last 3 miles of the run  without having to tear up my legs in a final push or sprint!” Awesome effort mate. Well done.

Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:


PB’s all round for Mania! Great work.

Edipsos multisport & wellness festival is over. One of the races that you have to do. Great running route next to the sea, for the first 10klm and technical long hills for the second half of halfmarathon.
New PB ,thanks to my coach Vassilis Krommidas!

  • 2nd overall/ 3000 swimming
  • 3rd overall/ halfmarathon
  • 2nd overall/ Hercules combination, for finishers of 3k swim and 21,2k run

 

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Craig Strong completed in the Naptown half-distance race this weekend in Indiana, and our first race together since he joined the TriSutto squad earlier this Summer. At the end of the day, Craig produced a 7th place Overall and won his age group on the back of a solid swim, bike, and run! We still have some equipment and fit issues to work out, but we are well on our way to a great start towards preps for Ironman Brazil in 2018! Great job, Craig!

Jappas Du Preez ran a local cross-country league race in England this weekend crossing the line in 4th place! It’s great to see Jappas running completely healthy and producing some fun and great results this Fall! Congrats, Jappas!

Maxi Spahn produced another podium this weekend, finishing 3rd at the Cube Cup Scheßlitz MTB. Maxi has some great form, but we are searching for that luck that has taken away the top step of the podium in the last few weeks! Keep pushing and it’ll come soon, Maxi!

Congratulations to all athletes competing this weekend.

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Fast Racing in Lanzarote

Fast Racing in Lanzarote

A great day in Lanzarote – Coach Bella standing proudly with her TriActiv Team. Photo credit: Alsolajero.com.

It was a great race at Club La Santa’s International Duathlon on Saturday,  5km run, 20km bike, 2.5km run. Strong competition in both the men’s and women’s fields made for exciting races. With spirits high and lots of team support from Team TriActiv Lanzarote, we had a great turn out of juniors, adults and professionals.


Super action shots showcasing Coach Bella’s TriActiv Team at the Lanzarote International Duathlon this past weekend.
Thank you to Alsolajero.com

Our Juniors racing, Thomas Cleminson giving the race his best shot in his first adult duathlon and Marcos Knight continuing to show what hard work does by a great strong race and taking 2 minutes off last years time.
On the podium in 3rd place we had Leon Drajer pull out a great race, showing everyone just how talented he really is,
Stephen Bayliss is getting his strength back with some good work after the disappoinment at Ironman Cozumel; in a tight race, he was just seconds from the podium, but in 6th place,
Brian Timmons who is very new to the sport had a successful and strong race. Brian is loving the sport and learning how to get fitter and faster. He had his best training weekend ever with the race on Saturday and one of his best rides yet on Sunday!
Juan Carlos Albuixech also had a strong race, now fully recovered from a knee surgery is coming back with real determination and his fitness is improving all the time.


Photo credit: Alsolajero.com.

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:


Working on some early season speed – Steve Bayliss back at work. Photo credit: Alsolajero.com.

Steve had a solid training day after coming back from illness. Happy he is healthy again and will look to Lanzarote Ironman.

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:


Cross-country podium for Rahel 

In-between Ironman Western Austraila and Ironman South Africa, we have decided to use the Winter period of training to have some fun racing some local cross-country races. Combining speed and strength running into one, Rahel Bellinga came in 2nd place this weekend in Epe, Netherlands. In real cross-country conditions of snow, sand, and hills, the 7.5km run took Rahel 34min. At the start, a bit slow off the start line meant she was caught up in traffic on the narrow single-track, but she showed very good strength and endurance and once the group exited the single track, she was able to push on and catch the leaders. She put it in cruise control, slowly picking off other athletes, and crossed the line in 2nd place! Some fun getting muddy while also doing some solid preperations for Ironman South Africa, Rahel is in a good spot and we are looking forward to some warmer and drier days ahead! Congrats Rahel!

Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:


A 70.3 followed by a volcano climb; an adventurous weekend for Fernando!

Ironman Púcon 2017 !! – It is considered the most beautiful ironman in the world because of the landscape. Also one of the hardest in the world.
Our Triathlete Fernando Simoneti, despite not making a podium proved to be very well trained. Less than 14 hours after the race, Fernando climbed the volcano Villa Rica, a climb that took 6 arduous hours with an altitude of 2800 meters of thin air! Excellent job Doctor Simoneti!!!

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:


A 9 minute improvement by Krzysztof – Great work! Photo Credit: maratonczyk.pl

Krzysztof Machnicki raced 15k Bieg Chomiczowki this weekend. After a couple of easier training weeks over Christmas it was a big test for him but he got on with the job in hand and fought very hard from the beginning. He finished 79th male overall with a time of 58:12 beating his last year’s result by over 9 minutes.
Krzysztof complained afterwards that the race felt hard – it should as it was his longest intensity run for a while. His effort can be best summarised by the fact that he spent 55 minutes out of 58 running with a heart rate of 95% of his maximum – a real fighter, not many could sustain such a long period of pure suffering!

Congratulations on a great result, really good job! Very happy coach.

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:


Chiin on her way to an impressive win.

Chiin raced in the DGI Sydvest Crossløbs-serie in hejnsvig Denmark.  Following a recent commitment to train for the Paris Marathon, and a renewed impetus in training, she crossed the line as 1st woman by 2.5 minutes, and winning her category by almost 5 minutes! This brings Chiin to 5 out of 5 wins for the series, to take out the series title, and defend her club championship, winning that again for 2016. Well done Chiin, great start to the new year!

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:


Jane (left) enjoying the Epic Swims held in Lake Taupo this past weekend.

Congratulations to Jane Loughnan for winning her category in a 2.5km swim race in Taupo, one of several swim distances held over the weekend at the Lake Taupo Epic Swim. She enjoyed it so much she backed up and raced again the next day in the Masters Classic. It was great to see Jane have such a solid race before she heads into a short enforced break. We wish Jane all the best and quick recovery after double hand/wrist surgery this week.

Good work also by Claire Hawkins last weekend, reeling out a hot and hard 18+ km Trail Run Race in Perth. Hopefully proving to herself she is more run fit then she gives herself credit for 😉 .

 

Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.

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Training for the Ultraman

Training for the Ultraman

Ultraman World Champion 2016. Photos by Janine Kaye

Following Kate Bevilaqua’s Ultraman World Championship title earlier this month we received several inquires from athletes looking to take on this extreme event in 2017. Coach Bella Bayliss gives her insight into preparing for the 515km event – and how it differs from the standard Ironman distance:

Ultraman is 3 days of racing a lot kilometres! For those unaware the exact format is as follows:

  • Day one is a 10km ocean swim followed by a 145-km cross-country bike ride, with vertical climbs that total 6,000 feet.
  • Day two is a 276km bike ride with total vertical climbs of 4,000 feet.
  • Day three is an 84km double-marathon! Each stage must be completed within 12 hours or less (5.5 hours for the swim) and athletes who do not reach the finish lines within the time limits are disqualified!

I will start with the obvious. Preparing for an Ultraman event requires you to put some big days of training in! To be able to cope with an extremely long one day event like Ironman is one thing. To back it up not just once, but twice in the heat of Hawaii is another skill in itself and takes some serious work.

Out on the 10km swim.

When I started training Kate at the beginning of the year I doubted her fitness – however with solid, full-time Ironman training her fitness improved and she went on to gain five Top 5 results in 70.3 races in 2016, all in very hot, humid parts of the world (including the win at 70.3 Bintan). Some great training in the first part of the year. Then, in September, when we learnt that she officially had the World Ultraman spot we began to really focus on the distance!

For the first phase we built back to typical Ironman training.

Then in October we really ramped up the time on the bike with some big riding days. While the focus was going long, I didn’t want her to lose too much of her speed by giving her too many longer, slow miles. We still kept the hill reps and time trials on the bike, but the difference was we would back it up with a longer than usual second ride in the afternoon. We would also often combine two big riding days together, so that the body would not be in shock when backing up and riding 300km on Day 2 of the race.

We did have some big swims, however always maintaining her normal kind of intervals. And similarly on the run. It wasn’t only about running long, steady miles – but also keeping the intensity up. We left open the option of racing a 70.3 at the end of October, which was an incentive to keep the quality, however in the end we decided against any more races and concentrated solely on the Ultraman. Kate travelling to Hawaii for two weeks to prepare for the conditions before entering a 50km trail race back in mainland US.

421km of cycling in 2 days!

Kate put everything into her training, doing nothing else with her days apart from getting in the hours of work. Her patience, determination and positive attitude helped her to get some really bulky days done – and in the end the World Championship!

3 weeks out Kate was getting tired, but by then the hard work was done. Ahead of the race a friend’s wedding proved a welcome weekend break, then it was onto Hawaii while easing down the training as she got used to the conditions again and getting ready to start the race.

In the end it seemed we had the preparation just right: She led from the gun with a strong, fast swim. Strong biking saw her slowly but steadily pulling away from the competition and holding the run together when it began to get tough at 50km.

It’s important to note Kate is an athlete with over 10 years of long distance triathlon experience and we were able to get some great quality (intensity) sessions incorporated within the longer days. I think this is important for all Ultraman athletes. While it is tempting for an athlete with less experience going into their first Ultraman to just focus on ‘getting the miles’ with longer, steadier sessions – the quality sets you would still typically do ahead of shorter races shouldn’t be dropped. Ultraman training is as much mental as physical so variety in the training helps keeps things fun (and the motivation there) when trying to overcome so many hours!

Holding it together over the 84km double marathon.

Congratulations again Kate and all the best to those taking on the Ultraman challenge in the future.

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World Championship Win in Ultra Weekend of Racing

World Championship Win in Ultra Weekend of Racing

World Ultraman Champion – Congratulations Kate!

After Kate won 70.3 Bintan end of August she got a bad flu, which stopped her racing 70.3 World Champs, It took her a little while to get over that illness, but from then on the new goal was Ultraman World Championships, so in a fairly short amount of time we have prepared for this huge challenge. Once Kate was healthy I gave her a lot of training to be ready for this event. She coped very very well with it, only one time, 3 weeks out did she begin to find it really tough, but by then the real bulk of the work was done.

This event was not her first Ultraman, she actually won Ultraman Canada 2015, so she had some good experience going into it, and that helped her for a very successful race in Hawaii over the past 3 days. She led this Championship race from the gun to the tape. Gradually pulling away from the rest of the girls. And finishing 6th overall in the mens race too!

Ultraman is a 3 day event,
Day 1: 10km swim and 145km bike
Day 2: 276km bike
Day 3: 84km run.

Congratulations Kate what a great way to finish 2016.

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

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Corinne back ripping up the Ironman course in Cozumel

Very pleased to report the return to racing of Corinne Abraham and Matty Trautman from long term injuries.

Corinne’s outstanding 4th in IM Cozumel was nothing short of astonishing. Hit with not one but two punctures on the second and third bike laps just when the reigning champ was within striking range of leaders, put paid to any defending of the title.  Then to see her fix both and continue was a feat in itself. With the podium out of the question she then proceeded to produce the fastest run of the day 3h 07 in the heat of Cozumel off virtually no running was amazing.

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Wonderful to see Matt back racing and on top of the podium again!

In South Africa we saw the return off The Captain. His injury enforced absence helped see him have his best swim to date. Matt was also carrying a new Bike technique that saw him explode to the front, and that as they say, was the ball game! The Captain is back on deck.

Reinaldo Colucci was back to his short course best with a great 2nd in the Buenos Aires CAMTRI Triathlon American Championships. He had to sit out a penalty call that cost him 15 seconds but even that could not keep him off the podium. Well done to The Lion.

Emma Bilham started her season off with a 10k road race however we ran an hour before it started. Michelle Derron also started in a 10k run race. While we are not looking for times, pistol is just so happy to be back running.

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

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A breakthrough performance for Melonie at IM Cozumel. Congratulations!

What a weekend in Cozumel!!!

Exactly 1 year from the day of the race this weekend I met Melonie Macdonald at the Camp I ran with Brett in Calgary. At that time Melonie was pretty burnt out and had been told due to arthritis in her hips that she should never do any Ironman again. Well we started this journey and took it very slowly to build up Melonie’s fitness, confidence & love for the sport again. After a few good races at the start of the season with no pain and LOADS of enjoyment training again Melonie said she thought she would be ready to do and Ironman again so Cozumel it was!

The week leading into this race Mel was calmer than she had ever been before a race. The race plan was set and all she had to do was execute – which she did brilliantly. Melonie being a non swimmer came out of the water in 15th (which was fantastic as unfortunately there was no current assist this year!) smashed the bike with the fastest bike in her Age in 5th then ran her way to a podium to finish 3rd in F45-49 AG.

Melonie did run into a bit of trouble at the 8 km of the run but she did what she does best and just kept going!!! It’s unbelievable how far she’s come in a year and deserves every bit of success she got last Sunday. Her attitude & commitment day in and day out is nothing but outstanding and I couldn’t be more proud.

Race Recap from Coach Dan McIntosh:

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Paul and Leigh crossing the finishing line at Ironman Cozumel

For athletes in the Northern hemisphere, IM Cozumel is a great destination to finish a season and earn an early spot to Kona for the following year. 12 months ago Paul and coach Dan chose IM Cozumel as the A event for the year, with the goal of winning his age group, validating his previous qualification for Kona and giving himself the option to go again in 2017, but perhaps the most daring goal was to also sign up his wife, Leigh, and aim to “enjoy” the process together. Dan accepted the challenges and oversaw both of them through 12 months of training and racing, starting with a pre-season camp in San Diego and culminating with a 10 day pre-race camp in Cozumel.

The details of the race were this. Despite early signs, the current shifted midway in the swim and Paul and Leigh got stuck fighting the swim a bit more than few of their other competitors. Unphased however, they excited in position for good overall performances and went to work on their respective plans. Coach Dan prescribed conservative plans for the bike and first half of the run but it’s a hard course to be conservative on since the ego wants to show off on the first lap when things feel easy and everyone is pumped up. However, hubris hurts on each subsequent lap and temps rise and wind increases, right when the fatigue from early efforts set in. This not only compromises the end of the bike but sets up a disaster of a run. Both Paul and Leigh showed commitment to the plan and came into T2 down on the front of the leaders but were among the few on course who were gaining ground instead of losing it, a trend that continued on the run. For Paul, the run is his strength and it would have been very easy to crack off from the start to chase the guys ahead and in other races this was the strategy but in Cozumel we took a different approach and hid his strength, letting others do the chasing, knowing eventually they’d fall apart in the heat of the 3rd lap. Conversely, Leigh’s strength was not on the run and it would have been easy to fear the end, resign herself to a good start but a poor finish. Again, both athletes trusted the plan and started conservatively. While many of Paul’s competitors were either panicking after hard bikes or seizing early marathon bliss, he was focused on staying cool, conserving energy and getting calories in. Even more impressive was Leigh who was unsure of where her run fitness would be and had the difficult task to going “easy.” Choosing how fast to go is a fool’s game but picking a controlled pace shows wisdom and willingness to race with a plan and not the ego. To be clear, by the time the 3rd lap came, Paul and Leigh were suffering but the rest of the race was suffering far more. Paul ran through 5 places in the final lap and finished with the fastest marathon split in his age group while Leigh did one of the hardest things in Ironman and negative split the marathon. While the individual results were great for each, seeing the two at the finish line, laughing and embracing was realization of the final goal of the year.

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

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Getting the job done in Phuket – Well done David

After a successful race at Laguna Phuket David continued his training in Tanyapura getting ready for 70.3 Phuket.  We have focused on swim and the bike and were rather conservative on the run volume as the risk of the old injury recurring would be to high.  It was definitely a right approach.  We wanted to finish the season on a positive note and not with another problem and this is what we have achieved!

David had a great race, a PB on the swim and the fastest 70.3 bike split ever put him in the great starting point on the run.  We knew it will be very hard ask to run all the time on this course and those conditions.  David run very well first half but the lack of run training, the heat and humidity toot their toll and the second half was a struggle.  It was tough but he still finished the race 20min faster than last year.

I’m very happy about his progress and resilience, not many people can swim and bike their PBs after weeks of injuries and only 2 weeks of training.  With this race David proved that this is only a beginning of his triathlon journey and with his very positive attitude there are quite a few happy races ahead of him.
Congratulations David!

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

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‘Just 1 lap to go!’ – Gisela motoring on the the run in Cozumel

Gisela trained through the cool and damp autumn in Zurich, in preparation for the heat of Ironman Cozumel.  I’m especially proud of Gisela, not only because she raced solidly all day moving up through the field to finish in 5th,  but because she went to heat camp a month ago and was sick and unable to do the training block we had intended. Gisela did not let this throw her off, instead she took it in her stride. Once able to train was patient to build back up, and then nailed the last longer workouts leading into race day.  You did the work, you got the reward – well done Gisela 🙂

Chiin raced in her local club 12km run, was first female and 3rd overall, adding to her unbeatable lead in her club championships.  Well done Chiin.  Now heal quickly, from your mountain bike crash the day after the race!

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

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Capturing the stunning race course of Ironman Cozumel

Lauren Capone finished off her 2016 race season at Ironman Cozumel. She capped off her first year as a professional with another top 10 finish. This race tested LC’s toughness, and by going the distance with grit, she has become stronger in every way. After losing ground during the bike, LC ran the second fastest marathon of the day to fight her way into 10th place.

2016 was a year for building experience. Now it’s time for a couple of weeks of recovery before getting to work on strengthening the bike for 2017. Congratulations on a successful season LC, enjoy your downtime, we’ve got some big sessions ahead in 2017. It’s going to be a great year.

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

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Emanuele first marathon finish at Firenze

Firenze marathon (Italy)
Emanuela Redaelli didi her first marathon, it was all about finishing, possibly running and not walking! Emanuela didi it! 5:28.12 is certainly not a great time, but it is a first very important step for her to grow in self-confidence. Congrats Emanuela.

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Elena, new PB at Firenze marathon

Elena De Preto raced „for fun“ and with 4:01.41 she came home with a new personal best! That’s when athletes don’t stress themselves out with result pressure, but take things with joy and of course the right amount of concentration. Excellent work Elena!

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Serena, our new entry athlete, only a few weeks training.

Serena Prezzy finished the Terre d’ Acqua half marathon in 1:46.58, missing the goal of 1:45 just for one minute after having a motorbike accident 3 days before the race and starting the race a bit ill, so a lack of correct integration made her loose time at the end. Anyway a good performance Serena!

Emanuele Mutti did 3h last year in Florence, so the goal obviously this year was sub3! But we are not machines and not always a race goes 100% as planned. So this year we take the 3:07.26 and after the deserved x-mas rest period, we will plan his first Ironman for 2017! Keep on going Emanuele!

A special thought goes out to our pro athlete, Martina Dogana, who was meant to race 70.3 Thailand, but 2 days before the race her beloved grandma Gina died and Marty, understandably, decided to not race. Sincere condolences Martina.

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

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1/4 Marathon Staaner Stadtlauf – 2nd and 3rd Category finishes for Nina and Michelle Derron

‘I feel the need, the need for speed!’ – A very early season run race this past weekend for the Derron Family. Well done Nina, Michelle and Mum and Dad. More of these to come!

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Club Warrior – Claire lining up for the Club Champs

Claire Hawkins showed true club spirit fronting up for the State Club Championships in Western Australia after a less than ideal pre-race routine. Once the start gun blasted, Claire quite surprised herself and helped her club take home the title for the 7th year running. Congratulations to Claire and her club 🙂

Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.

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Professional Wins & Kona Qualifications

Professional Wins & Kona Qualifications

Congratulations to Team Bayliss with Stephen winning Ocean Lava Lanzarote. Photo: James Mitchell Photography

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Stephen Bayliss won Ocean Lava Lanzarote! It was really special to see him put a good race together, strong till the end, no problems, get a win and see him with a bounce in his stride today.  He is desperate to succeed, so yesterday was special.

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Hard, fast racing at Ocean Lava, and loving every moment of it. Photo: James Mitchell Photography

Lucy Biddlestone also raced Ocean Lava, Lucy was ready for a great battle and she did every thing she could on the day, out of the water in 3rd behind Esther Rodriguez and Nicole Woysch, but she made some good time to Esther on the bike and onto the run in 2nd, but Esther was also hungry for success.  Esther then ran past Lucy, so Lucy finished 3rd.

Lucy is still as fuelled as ever to improve, and if she can improve like she has in the last 10 months in the next 10 months then she and I will continue to be very proud.

Busy mother and working Mum, Gemma Davies Haywood raced Ocean Lava Olympic. Gemma has come from non athlete to triathlete in under 12 months, yesterday racing her 2nd triathlon and came 3rd in her age category. Congratulations Gemma, Keep this going!  You are on an exciting journey!

Another busy mother new to doing the sport, Sue Holdaway raced Ocean Lava Olympic, She enjoyed it, conquered the challenge and won her category!!  Congratulations Sue!!

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Coach Bella with her very successful Kids Team. Photo: James Mitchell Photography

Many of my TriActiv kids raced on Saturday. They dominated in their categories. We had wins, podiums and great personal achievements.  I was very proud to continue to see their absolute love of the challenges and continuing to get the best from themselves.

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Congrats Kate – winner at the Gnarly Bear!

Kate Bevilaqua won the Gnarly Bear 50km Trail race in Idaho, USA.  This was great training and preparation for her late season race plans. Very well done on a great effort Kate.

Race Recap from Coach Cameron Watt:

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Another win for Katey (right), this time on Rottnest Island.

Katey Gibb backed up her recent National Duathlon Championship win with another victory under heavy training load, this time in the “Race around Rotto” a long course triathlon on Rottnest Island. Rottnest Island is a small Island 18km west of the Fremantle which I know well as one of the last times I was there for a national cycling event my boys went 1st & 2nd.

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Good times and great turnout in Goondiwindi for our Trisutto Camp

This weekend also saw us conduct a Trisutto camp for the Goondiwindi Triathlon Club which concluded with the clubs weekly mini Tri’s held at the local pool. They have such a great club atmosphere and are unique in that they put on one of the oldest long course triathlons in the country, with this February Hell of the West being the 26th edition!!

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

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Challenge Paguera was a great race for my athletes!

Viola Frey won her age group! Very happy for her. She struggled in the swim with the waves and almost wanted to leave the water already. But then she fought herself through. Her bike is a killer. And she run it home safely. Big congrats to Viola!

Also Jenny Schulz had a very good race at Challenge Paguera, finishing 4th. An improved swim, very good bike and super fast run brought her very close to the podium. Strong finish of the season and we will hard to storm som por podiums next year.

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Of course, Kay Schindler had a stong race as well. He also struggled a bit with the challenging conditions. Waves and very slippery roads. But finally toughened it out on the run to finish Sub-5h! That on a tough day! Very well done!

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Back in Switzerland, Daniela Manser ran a fantastic half marathon in Ascona. Not only did she win her age group in a time of 1:37h –  she also improved her personal best by over 5min! Big congrats on that strong showing!

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And finally Ebrahim Alromaihi finished 11th overall in a Short Distance race in Doha against a strong field, including some pros. He was 5th out of the water and battled hard on the bike and run to keep as good a position as possible.

Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:

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Athlete and Coach, both Kona qualifiers in Hefei – Well done Andy and Mat!

This past weekend, at the inaugural Ironman Hefei 70.3 in the Peoples Republic of China, Bali-based Indonesian triathlete Andy Wibowo was in action, for his last international race of the season. After almost 8 months of consistent racing and traveling to many countries, Andy achieved his strongest triathlon performance ever.

After his usual strong swim, the former Olympic butter-flyer rode the majority of the wide open 90 KM bike leg in “no man’s land”, between the pro’s and other age groupers. Once off the bike, he ran strongly and consistently. Across the line, he was 2nd in the 35-39 age group, in a PR time of 4h12, which also happens to be the fastest half ironman performance ever by a South East Asian.

This strong performance also earned him a prestigious slot, to the 2017 Ironman World Championships on the big island of Kona, Hawaii. Which was his major objective to accomplish when he started triathlon. This makes him as well the first Indonesian male to achieve this qualification. He will also be joined by his coach, Mat, who also qualified for Kona himself, at the same event!

Race Recap from Coach Andrew Wright:

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Early Kona Qualification for Olaf Kasten in China

Congrats to Olaf for winning the 40-44 AG in Heifei. After a year off racing he is ready for Kona next year.

Race Recap from Coach Dan McIntosh:

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Congrats Paul on 2nd place Podium

Power couple Paul and Leigh Stiekema raced Ironman 70.3 Tempe on Sunday in preparation for Ironman Cozumel. They enjoyed a short taper the week before and were ready to race after several weeks of consistent training. The race plan was largely centered around navigating scenarios they will encounter in Cozumel such as heat and large packs of athletes on the relatively flat bike course. It’s always difficult to hold back, especially on flatter courses but with temps over 90 there are few opportunities to regain momentum if its lost too soon. Both Paul and Leigh worked the conservative plan and closed out the 3rd loop of the bike and the 2nd half of the 21k run very strong earning a 2nd and 12th place respectively. This bodes well for where their fitness is and what they can do in Cozumel.

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

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Melonie did not feel great but persevered to the finish crossing the line in 9th 🙂

Only had one athlete racing this weekend & it was the one & only Melonie MacDonald. Melonie is someone who inspires me as a coach daily. She runs a busy dental clinic which is no doubt taxing mentally taking care of people all day- cuz really…who LOVES going to the Dentist?!?

She just optimizes positivity in everything she does & just puts her little cabbage on and gets the training done. Last year she had a horrible year in Triathlon, wanted to quit the sport, felt burnt out, not happy and was told she shouldn’t be running any more with the condition her hips were in. Instead of throwing in the towel, she came to mine & Brett’s camp in Calgary & hired me as a coach.

This weekend on her road to Ironman Cozumel, she had Ironman Arizona 70.3 in the schedule, and for the first time ever, she was excited to race!!

All was going well, she came out of the water in top 20 in her category, which is outstanding for a non swimmer, then plowed through the field (alone!) with her best bike split & came off the bike in 5th! Unfortunately 4 miles into the run, thing went very south, her stomach locked up and she was projectile vomiting for the rest of the race! Unbelievably despite all this she kept plugging along and crossed the finishline in 9th where she was given 2 bags of IV from severe dehydration from all the vomiting. Her fitness and strength were all there but a few “new” things were added to her breakfast that morning as well as the night before that we figured out after were just too hard to digest in 35 degree heat! Also, you never know in a place like Tempe what was lurking in the water as apparently it was hard seeing an arm length in front. Either way we are both glad this got sorted before the next race in Cozumel in 6 weeks! I couldn’t be more proud of her toughness shown not only in her daily grind but during this race! No doubt she is made for Ironman racing and will shine bright in Cozumel!

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Gisela Reichmuth raced in Challenge Mallorca finishing in an excellent 4th place in her category.  The course was challenging with some surf, a hilly and technical bike course, and a run course that managed to include some rolling terrain also.  This was an excellent milestone in Gisela’s preparation for Ironman Cozumel in 6 weeks.

Minsok Pak raced in the inaugural 70.3 Hefei in China.  Finishing in a very creditable 7th place in his category, Minsok gave it everything he had on the day, but missed Kona qualifying by 23 seconds.

Also at 70.3 Hefei, Philippe Blatter duelled it out with friend and colleague Andrew Messick, crossing the finish line with a new Personal Best by a massive 16 minutes, to come in ahead of our Ironman CEO.

Minsok, Philippe and Andrew have incredibly busy schedules; all three in senior corporate roles, with weekly international travel part of their routine. They demonstrate what is possible, and that triathlon is training for life, and I applaud their tenacity and spirit. Well done.

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

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Many highlights for Nina as she rounds out her first season as a Professional Triathete

Nina Derron’s tri season finished prematurely when she took a tumble off her bike in training in Jeju last month. Rather than call it quits on the season, we decided to recover from the crash, and push on and try and finish the season on a better note…, with a run race. The Amsterdam Half Marathon fitted the bill perfectly, so after 3 weeks of specific run training, Nina lined up to see what she could accomplish over a 21k flat run. The result, 7th place overall finish, averaging the 4 min km’s we set as a goal. Well done Nina, mission accomplished 🙂

Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.

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