Championship Wins Highlight an Amazing Weekend

Championship Wins Highlight an Amazing Weekend

Huge Congrats to Sarah Crowley with a dominating wire-to-wire win in Cairns. Photo Credit: Korupt Vision

The Asia Pacific Cairns Ironman could not of gone better for the two Trisutto Brisbane squad members of  Josh Amberger and Sarah Crowley taking out the wins and course records of 8:02 and 8:58 respectively. Quite special victories for different reasons.

Sarah Crowley took out Cairns Ironman in 8:58 in a wire to wire win!!! Alot has already been written about the race, and for Sarah’s race, pretty straight forward report.. Out of the water with leader, rode away to 13min lead, cruised run, bang bang that’s all she wrote… so I’ll give some insight into her lead up “Build the technique to suit the individual, do the training to suit the technique”
Sarah had her end of season break in March after Geelong 70.3 then started an intensive swim block in April. 2 x lead up races 8 and 4 weeks out. 1 sprint distance, 1 Olympic Distance. The Olympic Distance result I think has flown under the radar by many, but to highlight it was an incredible performance under full Ironman training load. Swimming non wetsuit within sight of Bella Luxford and ITU hitter Barb Riveros, before unleashing a 35:23 10k to win by over 3min. Sarah is now headed up to our St Moritz Trisutto training base in the lead up to Frankfurt Ironman for the European Championships.

A superb performance by Josh, taking out his first IM Title in Cairns. Photo Credit: Korupt Vision

Josh and I go back quite some time to the mid 2000’s when I still raced, we live nearby and we swam in the same swim squad for years where we were the only 2 triathletes…amongst all the olympic gold and national team swimmers…

I was racing 70.3 and Ironman, and Josh being younger was doing the ITU.. Fast forward to October 2016 and after returning from Kona, Josh invited me around to chew the fat and the possibility of me coaching him… We sat on it for a few weeks, agreed it could work and to work we went… My promise to him, to give him a real taste of Ironman, not a watered down version, see if he liked it and if so we would continue, or if he hated it, then forget about it and continue in the 70.3’s..

We had a motto from the start that we would only do this if we were committed to being a player in the “German Nationals” a term we use daily to remind us of who’s set the current world level in Kona..Not to live in delusion that smaller Ironman’s are anything in the ballpark of the level of the pointy end at Kona… So off to South Africa he went, the strongest field we could find to get his first taste.. an admirable effort off a less then ideal leadup that included the inaugral SuperLeague Triathlon which was only 2 weeks out from South Africa… but we  certainly had no regrets from that, what a fantastic event and opportunity to be a part of… After South Africa, the question was asked, “Is that enough of this Ironman stuff now?” Josh’s reply “sign me up, let’s find another, gimme another go!!!”
So we built upon our previous build and Cairns was a no brainer..From the start we’ve made quite a few changes in Josh’s techniques, which are starting to take hold under fatigue and on race day he executed a  race plan to perfection…proving that we are headed in the right direction, but again, the “German Nationals” aren’t a cake walk… onwards and upwards there is much work to do!!!

Congratulations Jess…, 2nd in AG and Top 10 overall in Japan 70.3

Jess Ripper had a great race in the Japan 70.3 with a consistent performance across the swim/bike and a PB half marathon to finish off!! Jess was top 10 overall on the day, and is showing the consistent work he has been performing in training is reaping benefits. Jess is qualified for 70.3 Worlds and for Kona and as we build into Kona will do the “home” race the Hokkaido Triathlon in the lead up…

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

Back in the saddle and back on top – well done Dani!

This athlete report is a little different, as yes we had James Cunnama run into a little bit of form to take 2nd at 70.3 Rapperswil, while the bird, Daniela Ryf got back on the horse and completed her first long work over an hour in 3 months, so that was a breakthrough of sorts.

A blitzing run by James and a 2nd place finish.

However with my new job of coaching coaches I want to make my biggest statement of pride to see coach Cam Watt take the sweep in IM Cairns. Cam and I go way back and I have always told anybody that would listen that he had the instincts to be a great coach. His performance on the weekend was my stand out, but only by a short margin, as I work with coach Susie Langley a former world age group World Champion and so I see her work on a daily basis, and to see the improvement in the athletes she works with is a big bonus for me.

Dani and Emma greeting Nina at the finish, and an all Swiss Women’s Podium.

Nina Derron lead the world champ for the majority of the race in 70.3 Rapperswil to gain her first ever podium. Her mind set to go out and take it to the bird made me smile, that Susie has learned her coaching lessons well. Her athlete was prepared to perfection, great job to both coaches.

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

‘Catch-me-if-you-can’ – Nina was relentless on the bike.

Nina Derron showed great courage on the weekend, taking the bull-by-the horns at 70.3 Rapperswil and leading for a large portion of the race. She was eventually passed by team mate Daniela at the 14k mark of the run, and former team mate Emma Bilham inside the last km, holding on to third place and her first Professional Podium finish. It was a confidence building outcome for Nina who for the last 9 months has diligently managed a very consistent and dedicated training load in conjunction with her full time University schedule. With Uni done, Nina now heads to Trisutto Training Camp in St.Moritz for the Summer.

Race Recap from Coach Melanie Mitchell:

Overcoming many obstacles on route to a great day out at Cairns 70.3; Congratulations Leah 🙂

Leah Newman raced the Cairns Airport, Cairns 70.3 Ironman over the weekend. Cairns was a major goal for her to improve upon, after tough conditions last year saw her not have the race she had worked so hard for.

Ten days out from Cairns, and after months of misdiagnosis and interrupted training, Leah was finally diagnosed with a L5/S1 disc bulge compressing her nerve and causing nerve pain in her ankle. To even start the race Leah needed to have a guided cortisone injection in her back. For most people this would unravel them 10 days out from their major event. Leah handled it like she does with all things thrown at her, with grace and optimism. We decided that taper will just have to come early and we will take it each day as it comes.
To say I am proud of Leah’s performance is an understatement! Leah improved her swim by a whopping 10 mins! Leah has many anxieties when it comes to the swim, which we are working through. The swim conditions were anything but ideal! So to see such a huge improvement in her weakest leg is outstanding! Leah also improved on the bike by 5 mins, and finished just as strong on the run with a 9 min improvement from last year!!
Overall, giving her a 24 minute improvement from last year.
Well done Leah! I believe with less interruptions to Leah’s training now that her injury has been diagnosed we will see even further improvements.

Thank you Leah for asking me to coach you and believing in me as I do in you. We are a great team!

Race Recap from Coach Mathias Hecht:

Congratulations Georgina on an impressive AG win (17th Overall), here with proud Coach Mathias.

Bettina Steiger and Georgina both won their age group and finished top 20 overall.  Both swimming exactly the same time.
Georgina’s strength is the bike and she showed that once out there, a strong 2h34min set her up perfectly. We knew the heat doesn’t suit her well, but still, she fought through the 21k and finished the race of with a 1h40min run. Securing her place at the top of the podium for her age group. She is in great shape and ready for her main goal of the season, the iconic Challenge Roth. Let’s hope the temperature wont hit 30°C there.

Congratulation Bettina on you impressive first 70.3 race – first in AG and 14th Overall

Bettina showed that she can ride a bike as well and not just run. A 2:41 put her right in the mix and the run was still to come. With not many pro girls running faster then her 1h 29min, picking up one after the other. Her season is just one big success story so far, let s not forget, this was her first 70.3 race. I can’t wait to see her race her first Ironman in Zürich in July.
Both girls show me what’s possible if the mindset is there. They are both tough, they are not pros, but their approach in training couldn’t be any more professional.

Domenico had a rough day out. He has been sick most of winter and is struggling with an achilles and calf issues for several month, making it hard to keep the so important routine in training. In my opinion, he made the most out of it, even if it was a big struggle. The injury and health issues meant we missed a lot of work that needs to be done if you want to succeed, so it is back to the books and to make some decisions about how we approach the next races and even more importantly, the training. His little boy and his amazing wife will help him to set priorities right over next few days and get the energy back he needs to target the next goal and recharge quickly.

Race Recap from Coach Dirk Neumann:

A great training race for Claudia in Rapperswil; great job 🙂

Claudia Huele joined our camp in April in Mallorca and started coaching by Trisutto. In a short period she improved her swimming a lot and finished the swim in 36min and the important thing … relaxed and not exhausted followed by a solid bike ride and a fast run in 1:39.  She finished at 9th place in her AG at 70.3 Rapperswil still 10min to the podium… for her it was a long brick day on her way to the long distance in 3 weeks in Roth. Happy to coach you Claudia. Well done. Coach Dirk

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Well done Victor at Rapperswil – step-by-step!

This weekend, I had 3 of my athletes racing 70.3 IM Switzerland.
Victor Manrique had a good swim (32 mins) and a good bike (2:33) but then he found it very hard to find some extra gears on the run and probably melted a bit in the heat! He finished in a time of 5:01. But much better transitions than last time and getting much better at descending in the Swiss mountains!

What day for Maurice!

Due to other priorities, Maurice Inzirillo has been training a lot less than usual since X-mas but Maurice still wanted to give it a go! Maurice ended up swimming very ok (39 mins), he rode very well (2:39) and then he finished off with a fantastic run in very hot conditions! (1:39). This got him a 3rd place in his age group 55-59! Maurice, you’re a star!

Nick Morrell did his very first half! Nick is a former rower and loves the training and the competition, like a few! Nick had a very ok swim (36 mins) and a great bike (2:31) but he probably did the first lap a bit too hard, it’s all a learning curve! And then he had a few issues on the run with cramps and the heat and ended up with a time of 5:07. Much more to come next time!

Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:

Alex Luraschi celebrating his success after Ironman 70.3 Rapperswil

Alex Luraschi: Race the ever popular  IRONMAN 70.3 Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland on Sunday. Finishing with an impressive time of 5:17:24,  he had a good bike split, and a very fast swim too. Well done Alex!! We’re looking forward to what’s ahead!

Stefano Curzio: Raced an Olympic distance Triathlon at Bardolino, Garda Lake, Italy. Placing 32nd (out of 186 competitors), with a time of 2:31:12. Stefano is making good progress in his training and racing, with a solid swim and a great bike. Using this race as a training session has prepared him well for a 70.3 event next week!

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Martina taking an impressive 4th Place at Challenge Venice

Challenge Venice (Ironman distance): Martina Dogana suffered a few health issues over the last few months. So only 3 weeks to go we were close to canceling this race, but then Marty felt better and we decided to give it a go. 4th place F Pro in 9:59.35 in very windy and hot conditions is ok for her. We know that this result is the best she was able to produce with all the past difficulties. Now we are looking forward to building up for a strong second part of the season. Well done Marty!

David Galafassi participated in a relay team doing the swim and half of the bike. For him it was mostly about getting into the Iron distance feeling, as David will race his first one at the end of September: Ironman Cervia (Italy).

70.3 Rapperswill: Mirco Pulici had a really good race (5:11.01) considering that only two years ago at the same place he finished in 5:49, a huge improvement. Mirco is preparing for Ironman Copenhagen in August and this race gave us confidence about the preparation. Good job Mirco!

Mirco celebrating after his huge PB at 70.3 Rapperswil.

Jana Perrone raced in a relay team, 36 minutes for the 1.9km swim.In one week Jana will be at the start line at the 70.3 European Championship in Elsinore. Go go go Jana!

Triathlon Olympic Distance Bardolino (Italy): Andrea Cattabiani finished in 2:32.12. As Andrea is mostly preparing for half distance races, so this was just about getting in some fast miles 🙂 Overall we are very satisfied with this race weekend! Bring on the next one!

Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:

Another weekend of PBs for three of my athletes, with Annabel Cowper and Christian Bachli raced Ironman  70.3 Switzerland. Annabel has been working super hard on her swim this year and shaved off almost 3 minutes from her race time last year. Christian carved out another 12 minute PB on the bike and finally cracked the 5 hour mark on his overall time. Apparently conditions were hot on the day, so I am pleased with how both managed the conditions and still finish strong.

Over in Canada, Loreen Mazur finished 4th in her AG at the Wasa Olympic triathlon near Cranbrook British Columbia. Loreen also set personal course PBs across the board – ~2.30 min on the swim, ~10 min on the bike and ~3 min on the run and 16 minutes overall for the course!

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Jappas running strong at Challenge Herning.

Jappas Du Preez set his first main goal for the year as the European Middle Distance Championships at Challenge Herning this weekend. We have put an early season run injury behind us and the short course races and results he has put together told us he’s in great shape. It absolutely showed on race day as he put together a very solid swim/bike/run to cross the line 6th place in the ever difficult 35-39 age class. With this result, he has already qualified for next years event. We found some great improvements and also some things to work on as we now look to Ironman Wales in the second half of the season. Great work Jappas!

Jan running to a strong finish at Ironman 70.3 Rapperswil

Jan Pascal Tschudy’s first ‘A’ race of the year was Ironman 70.3 Rapperswil. We have done some big work on Jan’s swim this year, and it truly showed in the open water. Not only did he produce a big swim pb, he came out of the water with plenty of energy to keep going. Onto the bike, Jan went to work and passed many athletes on course to move from 71st to 13th position at the start of the run. And once onto the run, Jan used his very good run abilities to improve his spot even more to 10th place in the Men’s 30-34 age class. With Ironman Zurich on the horizon, this was a great show of fitness and allowed us to try a few things nutrition wise that will hopefully help us on the big day coming up. Superb day, Jan!

Bill Knoedel continued his time trial season with another round of the Elkhart TT Series in Iowa, USA. The previous two races of the season, he was beaten into 2nd place by the same competitor. But his hard work and resilience in training showed as he reversed the podium steps for his first Elkhart victory of the year, and a personal best on the course! Congrats Bill!!!!

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

Lori super happy after her first 5 Peaks Trail Race!

It was a huge weekend for my athletes around the globe!
First off Lori Russet informed me that she signed up for a “hilly” 10 km run. What I eventually found it was it was a 5 Peaks trail race, a short run with almost 400m of ascent! Lucky for us, we love running hills & big gear training and it showed in her run. She loved every minute in her first trail race & felt she could do it all over, well done Lori- getting stronger every race!

Joanie first female on the weekend on dirt!

Joanie Heisey, our super versatile AG athlete decided very last minute to take on a MTB race in Idaho & she went out and came first over the line of all the females! Not bad for 50- next up is an Olympic distance race at 8500 ft.

Nat celebrating her victory 🙂

Natalie Kerr lined up for Cairns 70.3 as her “key” race for the year and absolutely nailed it. We’ve been working very hard this year to get the most out of Nat with the new style of training. Her new bike strength became apparent very early but it has taken a while to get the strength she needs to be able to access the run she’s been doing in training, until Sunday! Everything came together for Nat, she swam one of her best 70.3 swims, nailed her best bike (top in her AG) with a smokin’ 2:31, clocking her best Power ever (even more than a sprint race earlier in the year) and went on to win her the F40-44 AG with the 2nd fastest run in her age! Awesome work Nat!!

Paul Jung traveled to Wisconsin 70.3 for his first race of the year. Paul’s swim & bike have hit a new level this year and it showed in the race until 20 miles into the bike where is pedal snapped off! Such a shame but completely out of his control so now we regroup and get ready for Muskoka 70.3 in 4 weeks 🙂

Melonie at the finish line all smiles with her super Sherpa Quinn and super supportive squad!

Last but certainly not least was Melonie Macdoanld. I could easily write a book on everything life has thrown at Melonie in the last couple months. There was so much going on that we even contemplated Boulder as it was going to take some mental strength to put past all the adversity she had dealt with. Melonie is not a quitter and when she decides she wants to do something, she puts her whole heart into it, no matter what’s going on inside she’s a total warrior on the outside! We made some smart decisions to not add extra stress to training and keep it as enjoyable as possible while keeping confidence that she was still doing enough to be ready to race a tough course up at altitude! She probably put out one of the most inspiring performances I’ve seen. Before I continue, I want everyone to know Melonie had no injures as I would never set someone out in an Ironman if that were the case, there was much more happening. Either way Melonie put her helmet on and despite feeling pretty crap & average all day she stayed positive, never ever gave up, not even a little bit! She went from 24th out of the swim, to 11th off the bike to 5th on the run! This is no where near the result Melonie’s capable of but at the same time, a result neither of us will ever forget! Time for some fun for a while but I can assure you , the best is yet to come from this champion!

Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:

Jenni Paglia saw all the hard work come to life at Ironman 70.3 Rapperswil. She overcame sickness during the swim and pushed hard on the bike. At the end of the bike she got run into by another athlete who crashed her chainring into Jenni’s calf. But that couldnt stop her from running a very solid half marathon as the temperatures rose to around 30 degrees. She held it all together and could even pick up the pace to finish strong. At the finishline Jenni could celebrate a 15 minute pb on this course! Well done Jenni! So proud of you!

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Strong second place for Lucy at Challenge Denmark. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

As Lucy builds momentum into the year of racing, she raced at Challenge Denmark. Lucy had a smooth strong race finishing 2nd in her category. Showing her hard work in training is all going well. Next Lucy will go to England to race, desperate for more podiums later in the year.

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Krzysztof looking so happy and relaxed on the run.

Krzysztof Machnicki – only 2 weeks after his first ever 70.3 distance race going hard in an Olympic distance (5i50 Warsaw) was going to be challenging.  However, being fit means we can go hard within a short period of time and this is what Krzysztof did.  After hard swim in very challenging conditions he went really hard on the bike with a 1:01 split over 40k – a remarkable improvement compared to last year.  He must have been very pleased with his bike because he looks so happy and relaxed on the run as if he was running for fun and not racing. As he said after the race a 42min run on this challenging but beautiful course through Warsaw’s old town was not easy, he felt good but it was as hard as during some of the training sessions he did before so the pain felt ‘familiar’. He finished 18th in the AG beating his last years time on the same course by almost 20 minutes. Congratulations on almost perfectly executed race and a massive PB of 2:18!

Marko Vaisanen is building his form before half Ironman and the full distance later in the year with some shorter races. Last Saturday it was a Sprint Triathlon Vanajanlinna in Finland. Marko was testing his speed with in a sprint distance on a challenging course. I’m very happy with the race – it was a good result so early in the season – fantastic improvement on the swim, strong bike and a solid run to finish off and 10th place in his very competitive Age Group.

Kati Pusey represented Germany in ETU Middle distance Championship in Denmark. With less then ideal build up over last couple of weeks where Kati had to juggle work and family commitments, she had a great day. Kati did what what she always doses best – give it her all in the race and have fun! She might have forgotten then there is still a RUN to do after the BIKE leg!  Strong swim and blistering bike split (one of the fastest on the day!) gave her a confidence to hang on tough on the run in hot conditions. This strong performance gave here 10th position in her AG in very strong championship field. Very well done, Kati!

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Gisela, always smiling at the races 🙂 

Gisela Reichmuth is on a race frenzy this week.  An 8km running road race on Wednesday evening at Forchlauf, followed by a Saturday 6km time trial at Tour de Swiss, then on Sunday running in a team at 70.3 Rapperswil. With a sprint triathlon the weekend before, and an Olympic distance next weekend, this is ‘the summer of racing’ for Gisela 🙂

Mark Watt took a break from structured training after Kona last year to focus on other areas of his life, before recommencing working together a little over a month ago. At very short notice he entered Ironman Boulder, and despite some juggling training around his business commitments (including an 8 day international business trip),  produced a superb performance to secure his start in Kona this October. Credit to Mark for pulling this off, and his gusty race day performance. Consistency over winter and through his years in the sport producing another golden ticket. See you in Kona Mark.

Flora Colledge is preparing for Swissman iron distance race later this month, and two weeks after winning Einstein Triathlon in Ulm lined up again at 70.3 Rapperswil. An improved swim was reward for the training she has put in, but from there a harder day ahead. Credit to Flora for keeping her cool on a hot day, and getting this catered workout done – as it will count in two weeks time. We keep our eyes on the prize…….

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Stephen finishing off Challenge Venice with a strong run.

Last weekend was a huge weekend of racing. All in all I had nine athletes racing either 70.3 or Ironman. I am always very exited on race weekends because I want to see the hard training the athletes have put in pay off on race day.

Stephan Meinecke raced Challenge Venice last Sunday. His main season highlight is still Ironman Hamburg in August. He had a great swim finishing in 6th position overall. It was the fastest age-group swim of the day and he had just 5 Pros in front of him after the swim. Unfortunately he had a used day on the bike and could not perform to his potential. But I told him many times that he should believe in his run because I saw massive improvements in training. Stephan could deliver a 3:13 marathon off the bike. 14 minutes faster than last year in Zürich. Finishing after 9hrs24min meant a new personal best at the ironman distance. He finished 14th overall, was the 3rd age-group athlete and won his age-group by almost 50min. For Stephan age is just a number and he shows that improvement is even possible at the age of 48 years. If we find the key for an Ironman bike ride according to his abilities he will even be a lot faster in Hamburg. Well done Stephan!

Then I had 7 Athletes racing 70.3 Rapperswil in Switzerland.

Distel after Rapperswil 70.3

For Distel Pipe it was the 2nd 70.3 of the season. He had a tough day with some serious stomach issues. But nevertheless he could move up the ranks and finish 16th in his age-group. After a 20th place in France 4 weeks ago the goal was a top 10 this time. But he is not that disappointed because the time to 10th was lost due to the stomach issues and not a lack of fitness. I am pretty sure that we already figured out the issue and he will be without any problems in Zürich which will be the next stop for him.

Cornelia Stähli did her first 70.3 race in Rapperswil. She had the perfect day with a swim that went according to plan, a very strong bikeride and a very good run. She even told me that she did not push too hard during the run to be able to really enjoy it! I am sure she enjoyed her 12th place and a finishing time of 5hrs11min.

The next first time finisher was Marc Haller. He had an ok swim and a very good bike ride. After he struggled a bit on the run due to the heat he finished strong after 5hrs16min!

Florian Blumenthal raced Rapperswil as well. I am very proud of his performance because he is a great example how you have to deal with injury. The slow and step by step built up since December did not just let the injuries disappear completely but he even could improve his last years performance by 7minutes and set a new personal best! Now it is time to make a dream come true and prepare for Ironman Zürich.

Marco Schönman could improve by 10 minutes compared to last year even though we both think that he underperformed a bit during the bike and run. But the conditions were far from easy with over 30° on the run. With 4hrs54min he finished well under 5hrs.

Borris Jung once again showed a very solid bike and run performance and could finish after 4hrs52min.

Jan Erik Wilhelmsen had a very hard day in Rapperswil. He had a massive amount of work during the past weeks, but tried to fit in as many training sessions as possible. He got a bit sick before the race but decided to do it anyway because it was not that bad. After the swim he found his bike with a flat tire which cost him 15min. Finally on the run he had really bad stomach issues. Really all in all a scenario that reminded me of my worst “triathlon nightmares” I used to have before some races ;-). But he finished the race and already looks forward to the next race in Edinburgh!

Finally Daniel Schollmayer did his first triathlon of the season, the Vierlanden triathlon middle-distance in Hamburg. He had a very solid race after a tough time with a lot of work.

The Need for Speed!

The Need for Speed!

Congratulations Katey, Sarah, Felicity and Coach Cam on a strong showing this weekend at the Luke Harrop Memorial.

This weekend we had 3 of the girls race the Luke Harrop Sprint Distance on the Gold Coast. Always a very special weekend to remember Luke who was tragically killed while training in 2001 on the Gold Coast. A friend of many in the sport, his special character is always remembered… Needless to say quite a close association with Trisutto being the younger brother of Loretta Harrop and then boyfriend of Emma Snowsill… Loretta was there to watch the race on the weekend and let me tell you, she looks as fit and strong as the day she retired!!! Our girls did the race as a hit out amidst a very heavy swim focus week, and used it as an excersise of racing “under duress”. The girls got a great hit-out and went 1-2 and 4th in the Open womens with Sarah Crowley, Felicity Speedy-Ryan and Katey Gibb.

Classy performance by Sarah at the Luke Harrop Memorial – Congratulations on another win!

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

A fantastic weekend of racing in Mallorca at Portocolom, starting with the kids duathlon.

During the winter months I live on Mallorca. During the past 3 years we have built a great training base here and the local Triathlon Club Portocolom is supporting us a lot. To give something back I sent 5 of my athletes to the European Season Opener Triatlon Portocolom. It’s nothing less than a spectacular race: The swim takes place in the scenic natural harbour of Portocolom and the bike course is challenging everything from you. Over 50kms you have 750 meters of climbing and on the long distance you even have double. The highlight of this race is climbing Sant Salvador – one of cyclist’s most favourite mountains on this Island.
Athletes can choose between the short distance 55.5 (500m swim, 50km bike, 5km run) and the long distance 111 (1km swim, 100km bike and 10km run). I sent two of my girls (Jenny and Steffi) and Moritz on the long distance. Additionally 3 athletes joining my training camp before were doing a relay team. Since Diana and Markus caught a flu just two weeks before the race, I had them race the short distance ‘only’.

Overcoming doubts for a great win. Congratulations Diana! Photo Credit: Ingo Kutsche

My special case this weekend was Diana Riesler. She knocked herself out for two weeks because of a flu and even the day before the race we doubted that she will be able to start. On race morning I sent her for a swim session to the pool – like on every ordinary training day. After that session she said: ‘Maybe it’s ok to start. It won’t be my best race but I want to try and not let down our local club Triathlon Portocolom.‘ A good decision as it turned out! She not only won the race, but was just smashing everything. Set a new bike and race record, became 13th overall in a strong men’s field. Altough it didn’t look like that the days leading up to the race, it was the best start into her season we could have hoped for.

Congrats Jenny on a great start to the season. Photo Credit: Ingo Kutsche

Jenny Schulz had a bit of tough luck in the pro race. Since I’ve been watching Spanish races I’ve never seen any penalty for drafting on the bike course. But somehow Jenny managed to get her ever first penalty (5min) and at the end those 5 mins were missing to take the win. Nevertheless Jenny kept calm and finished it off with a solid controlled run. We were looking for a first form test and a race specific training effort and that was exactly what we got out of that race. If that makes for 1st, 2nd or 10th place, I don’t care. I’m very happy with Jenny’s performance. It was a very good start into the Triathlon season for her and we are looking forward to the next race where she can show her improvements even better!

Moritz, Markus and Steffi each had great races in Portocolom.

Markus Hörmann had a very long and stoney way back. Mid of last year the doctors diagnosed a hip impingement and said he won’t be able to ever race again. Over the last months we worked really hard in terms of getting him slowly back on track and the 55.5. Portocolom was the race where we wanted to have a first test. In all 3 disciplines he showed that our work is paying off and that he is not only back to professional racing but much more important to full health. Markus finished 2nd just 1:30mins behind a very strong racing Thomas Steger.

Steffi Jansen was doing a 2 weeks training camp with her group here in Felanitx and the Triatlon 111 Portocolom was meant to be the highlight of it. Steffi was doing very well and showed that she can have a really good result even after a hard training block. It was great to see her stepping on the podium after chasing the professional girls all day.

Moritz Bachmann was just arriving the evening before the race. Moritz wanted to race the 111 again because last time he had a flat tire and was only able to fix it after a very long time, which totally screwed up his race. This time he did it much smarter than last year and had the flat tire already on his last ride the evening before the race. We (well: me) quickly fixed that and saw it as a sign that he would stay free of mechanical issues during the race. At the end he did very well and could enjoy the race without any flat tire. I was very happy to see him flying easily over the course, earning the rewards of all the hard training work he put under his belt during winter months.

Welcome Bruno!

Finally, but also most importantly, I would like to congratulate Peter Seidel. In the race we all race (called life) he transitioned into a new face becoming father of a cute son. His name is Bruno and we welcome him warmly on our small planet. All the best for Peter and his young family.

Jo had the honour to give medals to the kids at the Portocolom Kids Duathlon. ‘It was great to see so many talented kids having fun racing and it is just incredible how hard they can go.’

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

Well done Steve on another win; Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

Stephen Bayliss took his Ironman Training into an Off Road Triathlon this weekend and after a great swim continued his good form for a solid win and workout as we move to the ultimate goal of a top 5 in Ironman Lanzarote next month.

A good swim and run for Mariana Solorzano at Wallisellen Triathlon. We keep working hard to make her our first Mexican Bike Monster.

Race Recap from Coach Mathias Hecht:

Great start to the season for Bettina!

Bettina started her season today with an impressive win at Wallisellen Triathlon. She did not just win her age group but was overall winner womens too. After being out of water 25th overall she had best bike split and 3rd fastest run. Pretty amazing after starting triathlon just one year ago. We are right on track for a great season and her first Ironman in Zuerich in July.

Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:

A good hitout for Scott to start his season.

At the recent Ice Breaker Sprint triathlon, in American Fork, Utah, family man Scott Baldwin was clearing the rust and testing out his fitness after a consistent block of training in the first quarter of the year. The pool swim dynamics of the race did not leave much room for passing those who overestimated their swim seeding. Then on the bike, Scott managed to ride consistently, and importantly, safely, on the wet and somewhat technical course.
Saving the best for last, Scott ran strongly off the bike, passing about a dozen athletes over the 3-mile run, in his own words, “a rarity” but clearly showing some improvements. In the end, he managed to be top 10 in his age group and more importantly, gain confidence, into his first major race of the year in May, the St George Ironman 70.3.

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Congratulations Katherine on a very good race, more to come!

After a solid block of hard training Katherine Renouf decided to test her early season legs racing British Duathlon Championships.  She was not holding back racing hard from the gun. First female after the first run (37:52) she settled in on the bike executing the plan we agreed before the race. The broken computer did not affect negatively her race (as we often train by feel) nor the fact that she forgot her gels and decided to eat Mars bars on the bike 🙂  She kept pushing on second run moving from 3rd into 2nd amateur female overall and winning her category. Her short assessment of the race:
Although not a perfect race I couldn’t ask for a better outcome at this point in the season. Still shocked at how comfortable I felt on the first 10km.

Great job David, very happy coach!

After a deserved long break following IM New Zealand David Nicholson came back to training in a style! He decided to do a training race in Porto Colom, Mallorca.  If it wasn’t enough he went for the long course: 1km swim, 100km bike and 10km run. As expected the lack of fitness came out in the race but it did not affect his day. Triathlon is not, and should not always be about the result, competitive racing or a PBs.  This time it was a celebration of beautiful day when injury-free David could enjoy time on the roads. This sentence from his email report sums it up:
‘Overall, a hard race for me but pretty happy because it was a gorgeous day, amazing scenery of course, and great to be out on the roads and in the sea doing what I love.’

Race Recap from Coach Mary Beth Ellis:

Good job Joao!

My athlete Joao did a 5km TT bike race and came in 3rd place in the masters category. It was a solid result in the middle of a big training week as he prepares to race 70.3 Palma in two weeks.

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Fun short distance race for Melanie.

I had two of my athletes, Melanie Baumann and Arnaud Margot, doing a little season opener! They both did Walliseller Triathlon, a local race in Switzerland. They both had a fun race even though it’s not really what they’re used to as the distance was: 600 m swim, 15 kms on the bike 4 kms run.

  • Arnaud had a good swim, the fastest bike split in his age group and then an ok run, making him finishing 8th in his age group.
  • Melanie had an ok swim, 3rd fastest time on the bike and then a great little run, she finished 9th in her age group.

Both thought that it was a good little warm up and are looking forward to doing some longer distances.

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Wonderful to see Gill back racing and also on the podium.

This weekends action as from the British Duathlon Champs standard distance
Gill Fullen has had an amazing journey over the last 6 months coming back from illness so to be on the start line was an awesome achievement, however for Gill that was never enough but clear race instructions was go out and enjoy the show. That she did although still a lot of fitness to come she put in a solid first run , then onto the bike where she really pushed the pace and found herself in a great position after working her magic , onto Run 2 and it was a test of how much she had left being out on her own but she done it and crossed the line to become British Age Champ at the standard distance but even more impressive 1st female overall .. Very well done!

A great start to the season, well done Davina.

Davina Greenwell has only been onboard with Trisutto a short time so really just scratching the surface, but this was her chance to find out a little bit about herself and the training she had been doing. Running is where Davina feels her best so she pushed the pace and worked hard into T1 – onto the bike she held a very good solid pace and position, finding her new overgearing technique paying off, just picking girls off. Into T2 and out onto the last run where it was time to just relax and hang in crossing the line 2nd in her Age Group and 5th female overall . A fantastic start to the season; very well done

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Steve Brown took part in another local series race this weekend with a hard 23min climb in the middle. Having to expend some energy on the climb chasing the little guys around and closing down another athlete up the road, Steve set some personal best power numbers and ended up coming across the line 5th after a solid days work. Nice job Steve! The flat criteriums are just around the corner!

Jappas Du Preez has had to deal with a lower leg injury this Winter/Spring, but the rehab has been going well with only a few set backs to training here and there. But this weekend, he took part in the British Duathlon Championships. Showing some good early season and healthy running form, Jappas was able to place 15th Overall and 4th in his age group, just barely missing the podium! With European Half Ironman Champs and Ironman Wales on his schedule for the year, he has a long way to go for his goals, but is showing that his hard work in training is already paying off! Great job, Jappas!

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Enjoying the blue carpet and picking up the winners spoils!

Congrats to Jane Loughnan who once again finished first in her category at the Luke Harrop Memorial on the Gold Coast. Jane is starting to hit her straps, and looking forward to competing in the World Masters Games in Auckland in 3 weeks time.

Running tall and proud and mixing it up with the short course racers in Wallisellen.

Nina Derron kicked off her season with a short lung-busting tri at the Wallisellen Triathlon, the season opener in Switzerland. After an improved swim and strong bike, Nina is now learning how to run fast on tired legs.

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Second place for Stephan with a great swim and run

Last Weekend three of my athletes where racing.
Florian Blumenthal and Cornelia Stähli backed up their run performances of the last weekend with strong races at Wallisellen Triathlon. This race is the season opener for many swiss athletes. Both could show good improvements on their last year performance and move up the ranks!

Stephan Meinecke raced the Portocolom 111 Triathlon as his season opener and part of his Mallorca training Camp. He had a great swim and was the first agegroup athlete out of the water, just 20s behind the leading Pro. Unfortunately he had some problems with cramping during the last part of the bike ride and lost a lot of time. He was still able to show a very fast run which gave him the 2nd place in his agegroup and 18th overall. We were both surprised by the strong run. Well done Stephan!

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Off Road racing in Lanzarote. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

This past weekend many of our TriActiv members raced a local offroad sprint distance triathlon.  A well organised event in a beautiful location of Lanzarote and welcoming everyone. I was very proud of all our members, Stephen won the race, and we had Juniors stepping up for the adult race, and performing really well, Some of our Juniors are very dedicated and train really hard. The race showed this, with 14 year old Jorge Wilkes finishing 1st in his category, 12th overall and beating his coach!!! Harry Holdaway not far off Jorge, but dealing with a mechanical on the bike.

A great morning out for all. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

New to triathlon, Junior Anne Perdomo winning the girls category, We had busy Mums and Dads racing, Sandy Robson won her category, Brian doing his best, coming from non triathlete to Triathlete in 1 year! And an all TriActiv girls team were on the podium for their Team race.

Podiums all round .Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Irene 1st place and Martina 5th place.

This weekend was a very good one for my athletes 🙂 . Starting with Triathlon half distance Volano (Italy):
Irene Coletto won the race! Not just her age group, but overall! This excellent result comes form hard work over the last few months, Irene decided not only to „play“ triathlon, but to find her personal, individual limits! Really great job, perfectly executed race! It’s only the beginning Irene – continue to work hard as you did and you will still improve a lot!

Martina Dogana had a tough day; during the last week she suffered from a lumbago, but as a champion as she is, Marty wanted to honour race organization, fans and supporters and got to the start line. But she was never able to get into the race mode, suffered a lot and finished 5th. Now let’s recovery well and move on to the big goals!

Our athletes happy after the half distance race at Volano: Martina, Irene, Diego and Alina.

  • Alina Losurdo raced at Volano to prepare an Ironman race and proved herself, that the physical and mental conditions are very good, she won her age group F30-34! Believe Alina – it will be a good season!
  • Stefano Pavan is training for Ironman Lanzarote in 6 weeks. So this half distance race was perfect to test the actual condition. And we are really satisfied with the preparation, he finished in 4:29.46, taking 10th place M45-49. On the road to Lanzarote now!! Well done Stefano!
  • Diego Ludovici placed 9. M35-39 in 4:17.44! Great race for him, strong in all 3 disciplines, looking forward to the next one and especially to his Ironman debut in autumn. Let’s go Diego!

David very satisfied with his performance at Volano.

David Galafassi, the day before the race, said to me: I want to race hard, I’m felling great and want to show it! And he did! 4:21.19 allowed him to place 11. M40-44 and with 2:17.37 he had a really fast bike ride! We are very happy with that! Also David will be racing his first Ironman later in the year.

New PB for Mirco at Zurich Marathon.

Mirco Pulici wanted to race Barcelona marathon a few weeks ago, but a stomach bug didn’t allow to finish. So instead of getting nervous and negative, he moved on to produce a new PB at Zurich: 3:16.09! Very deserved result Mirco and very proud coach 🙂

Emanuele after the GF Perini.

Emanuele Mutti, just one week after his excellent marathon finish at Milan, participated in a 95km Granfondo Perini cycling race. 3:43.52 his time, which considering the 1600+ is very good. Another excellent workout in the bank on the way to his first Ironman race!

Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:

Congratulations Mania on a great win 🙂

Very nice performance at the first local race of the season in Sprint Transition sport Triathlon. Podium racing results across the team:

  • 1st and 2nd place in Women’s division with Nadia Syntzanaki and Tzenny Mpoulmeti also both winners in their AG,
  • 4th place in Men’s division and 1st in his AG (M30-34) Alexandros Sakellariou after long abstinence after surgery
  • The Cyprus champion Paschalis Frangou, 1st  AG (M18-24)
  • Anastasis Mitropappas, 2nd AG (M35-39)
  • Tasos Deligeorgis, 2nd AG (M45-49)
  • Andreas Sakelariou 2nd AG (M55-59)
  • Costas Chatzelis 3d AG (M30-34)
  • Mania Bikof 1st  AG (F45-49)
  • Vicky Deligeorgi 2nd  AG (F45-49)
  • Alexandra Tsiomi 3d AG(F45-49)

Also congratulations to the rest of the team, with many individual superb performances to successfully open their racing season!

Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:

Sprint Podiums in Piracicaba City

Another great weekend for our young team, despite it was be a Short Triathlon, we had a great presentation in Piracicaba City last weekend in the Copa Interior Sao Paulo de Short Triathlon:

  • Karina Freitas 2nd place 40/44 and 5th overall,
  • Matheus Martini 2nd place 20/24 and 5th overall,
  • João Quialheiro 2nd place 45/49
  • Rodrigo Ramos 3rd place.30/34
  • Plinio Barros 6th place 40/44

Everybody has improved their performance and they are happy with the result. Karina Freitas and João Quialheiro will compete Ironman Brazil in May.


Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend. online triathlon coaches are available to help improve your performance here.

The ‘Hell of the West’ lives up to its Name!

The ‘Hell of the West’ lives up to its Name!

Congratulations to Sarah, Australian Elite Long Course Champion after winning the Hell of the West in Goondiwindi in record time. Photo Credit: Delly Carr

Last weekend saw the 27th running of the iconic Aussie “Hell of the West” Goondiwindi Triathlon.

This year doubled as the Australian Long Course Championships. Sarah Crowley took the Pro Womens race by the scruff of the neck from the start and won comfortably winning the national title along with the course record by 10min.

“My improved swim, which saw me lead out of the water, meant I had to use new race tactics. I now need to get use to setting the pace and today was a great experience for me. Cam Watt (coach) has helped my swimming and this has made the race less stressful as I don’t have to chase anymore. I can control the effort from the start,‘’ 

(Sarah Crowley via


Katey showing her relaxed natural run form, finishing 2nd in the National Elite Long Course Champs.

Katey Gibb showed she is building nicely to finish 3rd overall with a solid run split, and 2nd place in the Australian Championships.

About to start the bike leg, unfortunately Hayley’s race was derailed by a virus. Recover quickly Hayley.

Hayley Stevenson’s race didn’t go to plan, ending up in the local hospital with an IV in her arm after succumbing to a virus. A great reminder to not ignore serious warning signs that your body is giving you, something as athletes we often aren’t great in doing…

Congrats Rachel – enjoying a great day out in Caloundra 🙂

Rachel Jones raced the Caloundra Sprint distance, a great stepping stone onto the upcoming Mooloolaba Olympic Distance and had a great race taking 2min off her swim, 4min off her bike and coming 6th her best result yet!!

Race Recap from Coach Mary Beth Ellis:

Emma starts her Tour Downunder with a solid 2nd place at the Hell of the West.

Emma Bilham had a great performance finishing 2nd in the Hell of the West. After a rough week of travel, jetlag, and heat adaption, Emma executed well across the swim, bike, and run picking up a nice paycheck in a tough training race on her path to Challenge Wanaka and Ironman New Zealand. Emma is just getting rolling and once this little speeding bullet gets flying she will be hard to stop.

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

‘A little bit of self belief goes a long way’ – congrats Tash!

Amazing weekend for my athletes at the Australian Long Course Championships (Hell of the West); a champion, a runner up and a super mom all did me so so proud!

Tash who became a new mother last year, proved what can happen when you put your mind to something & never give up- regardless of fitness level! She showed how much of this sport is just so much in the mind and that is one strong mind she has! Tash contacted me last Nov that she was keen to do some tri’s again in 2017 and she was hoping for my help as I coached Tash a few years ago when I lived in Australia. I was pretty excited to help Tash get back into shape after a long hiatus from the sport.
She mentioned she wanted to do Hell of the West but I didn’t realize she had signed up until about 2 weeks out from the race! Tash’s training had been a bit patchy due to illness caught from her child & hubby in January and I wasn’t too keen on her racing as I felt she needed more time. Tash was pretty keen to race regardless of fitness so at that point it was my job to give her a plan to give her the best shot at getting to the finish line. We did things a bit different in race week, sort of just kept training and we really had nothing to taper from, an eating plan and super important race day plan based on her current fitness. I told Tash if she’s going to start she needs to finish what she starts, and in doing so the finish line will be amazingly rewarding first race post baby. No doubt the day would be a mental and physical battle but I reminded her that she gave birth and spent last year raising a baby so how hard could it be?
Well Tash made it too the finish line with a smile in the brutal conditions and I am so so proud of her! She proved so much on Sunday and I can’t wait to see her conquer more races this year, with some fitness!!!

A strong run by Nat in very hot conditions.

Nat Kerr also raced Goondiwindi on Sunday and had a fantastic race. Just like my other athletes racing I told Nat in hot conditions it was super important to be well fuelled going in so she was reminded of our 2 days out fuel up which she did. I was pretty excited and confident in Nat’s fitness as she has been working hard and consistently since we started together last June.
Nat had a fantastic swim, the bike of her life- clocking the fastest bike in her Age, only 10 min slower than top pro females and ran her way to 2nd place! Unfortunately a few mishaps cost her the title but I’m still super proud of her effort. Although she had a flat the year before she still went 42 min quicker and 32 of that came from the bike! The run was tough as it always is in that kind of heat but very pleased with her performance!

Ali took her biking to a new level and was crowned with a National Title 🙂 

Last but certainly not least Ali Maher!  After taking a nice little break after her debut in Kona placing 7th, Ali was keen to race again at Goondiwindi! We eased back in slowly and just focused on high quality sessions for the next few months and her new fitness and strength was showing big time in training. She was responding really well to the training again and I really wanted her to show her bike strength at the moment. So we came up with a race plan, much different  than the plans for her Ironmans and even worlds last year and she nailed it!
Ali had a great swim then absolutely nailed the bike, riding almost 10 minutes quicker than the year before clocking the fastest bike time in her age and top 5 bike split overall (including the professionals!) The run was tough but amazingly to have ridden so much quicker than last year and only managed 1 min slower on the run.
Ali was crowned the Australian Long Course Age Group Title, winning by 7 minutes! My main goal for Ali is always to keep her injury free while being able to show her fitness and I’m so pleased to say that with such a huge history of injuries we have kept her free from all since we started working together last May. I couldn’t be more proud of her and how hard she works in training day in and day out! Way to go champ!

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Straight from cold winter to searing Aussie heat – Andrea tackles the Hell of the West in style.

Andrea Rudin arrived in Australia from Switzerland on Friday,  then spent all day in a car as we drove 500km to Goondiwindi for the annual Hell Of The West triathlon (that has a cult following with many athletes racing every year for 20+ years) – and 39C temperature that greeted us on arrival.  After a short nights sleep, a 4am loosen up swim started Sunday morning. The race started at 5am, and Andrea did super over the 2km swim in the river (water 30C), an 80km dead straight time trial on the bike and 20km run;  to finish 2nd in her category.  A unique way to start her Aussie summer training camp.

Curing jet-lag with a run-race. Congrats Chiin on another great run 🙂

Chiin Hooi-Tan had a similar race plan to Andrea, racing in her local 7.5km cross country race, after flying home to Denmark from a visit to Kuala Lumpur the day before! Feeling a little jet lagged, and adjusting to the difference in climate, she needed a good long warm up jog! but raced very well, with first female overall by 3 minutes and her age category by 4.5 minutes!

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

About to unleash on the bike and collecting the winners spoils. Great job Hawko (and Andrea Rudin 2nd!)

Well done to Claire Hawkins who tracked over from Perth to experience the iconic Aussie race held in Goondiwindi, Hell of the West! Well worth the trip finishing the race with a convincing win in her age group and collecting the National Title.

Finn was rewarded for his hard work; more to come…. 

Finn McDonald has been consistently ticking all the training boxes as he prepared for the Eagle Point Triathlon last weekend – the result – a resounding win leading from start to finish. Congratulations Finn 🙂

Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:

Local sprint podiums for Karina 3rd and Cassio 3rd also

Yesterday our team competed in the  1ª Stage of Copa do Interior that happened in São Pedro Town near of Bauru city. The distance was 750/20/5km with a very hard bike and run course. We took 6 triathletes with 4 of them finishing on the podium.
– Matheus Marini finished 4th overall and vice-champions in his category 20/24,
– Cassio Pegoraro 3rd place 35/39,
– Doc Joao Quialheiro 4th place 45/49,
– Karina Freitas who is training for Ironman Brazil this year finished in 3rd place 40/44,
– Daniel Pecoraro finished in 9th place and
– Doc Plinio Barros 11th place

More Podiums at the Copa Interior Triathlon – Matheus 2nd and Joao 4th!

Our next stop it will be in Santos next week 12/02, with our triathlete who will be racing at Ironman Brazil 2017, Patricia Barros. She will represent us the most traditional triathlon in Brazil, at the Triathlon Internacional de Santos.

Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend. online triathlon coaches are available to help improve your performance here.

Professional and Age Group Titles in Bahrain – Middle East Championship success

Professional and Age Group Titles in Bahrain – Middle East Championship success

Huge Congratulations Sarah!  – winning her first major 70.3 title this weekend in Bahrain. Photo Credit: Delly Carr

Sarah Crowley took out the Bahrain 70.3 Middle East Championship race, her 5th win and 8th podium for the 2016 season but by far her biggest win to date confirming her descision to step away from full-time work 9 months ago and pursue her triathlon career was the right one!!

After her Kona debut, I put the question to Sarah in our Trisutto Blog:
This last 6 months has given Sarah an oppotunity to have a taste of what being a real Pro is about and can now head home to answer the questions, do I want to stick with this, as with more work the ability is certainly there to push for top 10 in future here, or do we pick the “low lying fruit” that is the seemingly dozens of Half Ironmans around the Asia Pacific region and leave Hawaii as a holiday destination.

Sarah answered “I want to do what ever it takes to be the real deal”
Coach shot back instantly with “get to Bahrain & you show them you’re coming at ‘em, and coming at ‘em hard!!!”…

It may seem like we have a production line set up of champion female athletes, they all have come from different backgrounds and circumstances, have different strengths and weaknesses but one thing they ALL, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM have in common is, they had the enourmous courage to pick and stick, cut out the distractions, the sometimes well meaning folk with different advice and they’ve committed to our methods and program 100%.

Our methods and techniques are all pieces to an overall puzzle and while the “self proclaimed” experts and keyboard warriors love to at times negatively critique single parts of our program, they are time and time again left to scratch their head when all of the pieces fall in place once put together….

Sarah’s win is reward and represents her commitment and trust to making some radical changes to her techniques and to our program… Well done!!!!

Trisutto want to say a big congratulations to Sarah Crowley taking out the Middle East Championship. This year Sarah was our first pro athlete to join the Trisutto pro group in Australia under Coach Cam Watt. His immediate success at international level shows that he has a great future as a professional triathlon coach after a distinguished career as a Director Sportif in international cycling.

First time podium for Hayley (right) at Raby Bay Sprint Tri in Queensland

Hayley Stevenson stepped down a distance or two on the weekend to race the pre holiday season Raby Bay Sprint Distance, and holiday she does deserve after putting herself on the podium for the first time ever!! Hayley had some extra motivation this weekend, as she’d put up the challenge to athletes in her club, for every one that beat her, drinks would be on her at there club Xmas party. We spiked the training leading into it in what we termed “operation protect credit card” and happy to say that we limited the losses

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

Well done Rei – o grande campeão da Final de Santo!

This weekend saw Reinaldo Colucci of Brazil finish his season with another great performance in extreme heat to win the final race of the Troféu Brasil de Triathlon. The momentum builds as we look to power on to the half and full distances in 2017.

An impressive show of speed by Julie Derron at the Silvesterlauf saw her finish on the top step of the podium.

Julie and Michelle Derron lined up for the end of year Zurich fun run. Julie surprised all by showing her winter run stimulus program is having big positive effects running away in the last 5km of the 9.7km for a very deserved win. Michelle is working her way back into run form with her 3rd run in a month.

Very happy to see Mariana back running again in Sion – we build from here.

It was pleasing to see Mariana Solorzano also have a good comeback 5km run race in Sion off very limited run training, giving us the green light to build her run again.

A training run for Emma, finishing with a second place in the 10k
Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography (top) and Marcos Cabrera (bottom)

Emma Bilham raced a 10km run in sunny Lanzarote. Emma’s performance was wonderful as she was only asked to run to the start of the race.

Matty Trautman had his Bahrain performance voided for taking the wrong turn and adding 4km to his ride.

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

Fastest bike split of the day for Diana in Bahrain. Photo Credit: Darren Wheeler

The year is coming to an end and before the festive season five of my athletes were keen to race the Middle East IM 70.3 Championship in Bahrain.

Diana Riesler and Jenny Schulz were facing a very strong women’s Pro field  and both showed a very strong performance. Diana came out of the warter just 40 secs behind the big leading group. She very quickly made her way through the field on the bike and after 30kms she took the lead which she didn’t give away until km 3 on the run. With the fastest bike split of the day and a tough fight on the run she claimed 5th place just 4 weeks after her win at IM Malaysia. Very happy for her because she didn’t want to come to Bahrain at all, but as her coach I insisted as a knew she would do well. Jenny struggled a bit in the choppy sea and lost a few minutes to the leading ladies. But this didn’t bother her and pushed the bike hard all on her own and hammered the run with the 3rd fastest run split of the day, giving her the unlucky 11th place (with the prize money was paid up to 10th).

First Age Group Finisher and World Championship Qualifier – Congratulations Sabrina!

My Age Group athletes also performed well in Bahrain. Sabrina Stadelmann had a super race in all 3 disciplines. After a few weeks with almost no running due by an injury, she was not sure if she really could do well. Earlier this year, Sabrina had won her AG at IM 70.3 Vichy and IM 70.3 Lanzarote but didn’t take the slot for the World Champs. Beside all the physical and mental stress she put the best out of her body and won not only her Age Group, but the overall female Age Group race as well. Now she really deserves her slot for 2017 and can enjoy X-Mas.

A new PB for Eb and a first ever World Champs Qualifier from Qatar!

Ebrahim Alromaihi is a rising athlete from Qatar who joined me just one year ago. He developed quickly into a fighter and every time I saw him I was surprised how well he has progressed. He is very desperate. At 70.3 in Bahrain he again showed his improved abilities on swim and bike. A new PB put him 7th in his Age Group. While normally only 4 slots are given away to his AG we didn’t count on a qualifying slot at all. But as always you need a good performance paired with a little bit of luck. I’m very proud to coach the first ever athlete from Qatar to qualify for IM 70.3 World Champs!

An improved Bike Position made all the difference for Naz!

Nasser Almohannadi is a close training buddy of Ebrahim and only signed up for the race to support him. As he didn’t feel good on his bike, we decided to fix his bike position only 2 days before the race. We switched the saddle and adjusted quite a few things. I was sure that it would suit him much better. And Naz proved me right; when he finished the bike leg he didn’t want to get off his bike because it was so comfortable. Plus he did a new personal best on both single bike split and overall half-distance time. Congrats aon a fantastic race and was great to catch up!

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Lanzarote marathon weekend – race distances for everyone! Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

Here on Lanzarote we were spoilt with 2 days of great running races by Lanzarote Marathon.  Kids races on Friday night where I had 25 kids racing. All excited and motivated to race.  Some kids doing their first ever race, some in a position to fight for a podium spot.  All looked strong and happy out there racing.

– Mia Leadbeater looked stunning and won her category on Friday then went onto win the senior 5km on Saturday.
– Marcos night won his category on Friday night.
– Jorge Wilkes was 2nd in his category on Friday and ran 17.30 at the 5km on Saturday!
– Leila and Anne were both 2nd in their categories.
– On Saturday Lucy Biddlestone was running the marathon and was eager to see what she could do, She ran 3.0, it was a tough   21km on the way home into the wind but she held it together well.
– Claire Leadbeater ran a great 10km, going from non runner to runner in the past 2 years! Congratulations Claire!
– Gemma Haywood ran a pb for 10km even when not feeling 100%.

A wonderful weekend of racing in Lanzarote. Congratulations to all the runners. 
Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

Overall it was a very special 2 days of racing, the weather was perfect and warm.  The organisation brilliant and the atmosphere buzzing.

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Melanie rounds out her trip Downunder with a 3rd place at the local Tri series sprint in Perth.

Another podium for Melanie! Just one week ago, I had Melanie Baumann racing the full IM in Western Australia where she came 2nd in her age group (35-39). Only a few days later, she asked me:
“Coach, would it be ok for me to do a little sprint race, this weekend?”
I said: “Yes, off course, but expect to have sore legs!”

So Melanie raced again and got another last podium for this year! She came 3rd in her age group, in the local sprint races series Race 1, in Perth. She swam the 750m in 15:46, she biked the 20km in 33:49 and ran the 5km in a very solid 21:08! Well done Melanie, keep it up for 2017! Now it’s time for party!

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

David at his first marathon

This weekend I had two athletes running a marathon, the Reggio Emilia maratona in Italy. Emanuele Mutti, after completing the Firenze marathon 2 weeks ago in 3:07.26 produced another very solid result: 3:08.35! Emanuele will prepare for his first Ironman in 2017, so we integrated this marathon series in his preparation. Well done Emanuele, now a little x-mas holiday and than back to full focus on the new season.

David Galafassi also ran the Reggio Emilia marathon and for him it was the first attempt over this distance. David was very constant until 30km, than the lack of experience settled in a bit, but he hold it together to finish in 3:58.56. David will also step up longer triathlon distances in 2017 and compete in his first full Ironman. Good job David!

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Wonderful to see Mirjam back after a break, enjoying an off-road tri in Curaçao. Photo Credit: Jacinto de Jesus

Mirjam Weerd tested the waters out at the Porto Mari Off road triathlon this weekend and she liked what she saw (despite a few cactus thorns in her rear end!) Nothing like a little race to stoke the fire!

Fast running = big post race smiles! Julie, Nina and Michelle Derron after the Silvesterlauf in Zurich

Nina Derron consistently ticks all the training boxes, week in, week out. It is encouraging to see the hard work paying off…, this week at the Silvesterlauf in Zurich where Nina finished strongly for 4th female and 2nd in her category on the 4 loop 9.7k run course.

Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend. online triathlon coaches are available to help improve your performance here.

Sunshine Coast 70.3 World Championships – Preview

Sunshine Coast 70.3 World Championships – Preview

The looped section of the course is undulating.

1) I heard it is hilly, should I use a road bike or my time trial bike?

The course has a combination of very flat and fast motorway. It then moves off motorway into undulating terrain with one difficult steep but short climb. It is definitely a time-trial bike course, certainly not hilly or technical enough to warrant a road bike.

2) What gearing will I need? Should I put a 28 on the back?

Easiest gearing required would be between 36-39 at front and 28-32 on back depending on your ability/speed. The one steep climb that is on course is covered by trees and is often wet as it rarely sees sun, so being over geared and out of the saddle on climb may result in wheel slippage.

3) Do you recommend a disc wheel?

If you usually run a disc wheel, no need to change specifically for this course.

SunshineCoast2First section is out and back on the Sunshine Coast Motorway.

4) Will it be a wetsuit swim?

Historically in September on Sunshine Coast water temp will be around 21-22C, so it will be a Wetsuit Swim under WTC rules.

5) I’ve never raced where the swim is in the ocean. How should I prepare differently? 

Mooloolaba Beach can have a small wave breaking close to shore. If you are not experienced in Ocean/Surf beach races I would recommend attending our Open Water Session early in race week to get some guidance on how to approach and to put your mind at ease.

6) Where should I stay? Is there much accommodation close to the race?

The best place to stay would be Mooloolaba or Alexandra Headlands. They both have high number of holiday rental accommodation and are both on course, close (5-10min bike ride) to Race Village/Start/Transition/Finish Line.

Accommodation is good for hotels/motels/apartments is good for holiday houses


~15min from Sunshine Coast Airport MCY (Domestic)

~70min from Brisbane Airport BNE (Domestic/International)



And a heap of restaurants/cafe’s/bar’s/pubs 😉

Running Shoe Shop

Bike Shops

Those that have heard of Noosa. It is a 40-60 minute drive depending on traffic to get race village/start. If you stay here you will obviously need a rental car.

Other tourist place to visit after the race would be Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo. A 30 minute drive from Mooloolaba:

Tourism Info:

7) Where can I swim during race week? have designated pool and open water session on the race week, but outside of this Cotton Tree pool is a 5-10 minute bike ride from Mooloolaba/Alexandra Headlands is the closest.

Cotton Tree Pool 50m LCM 25SCM:

8) Will it be hot on race day?  Will I need to do heat training to prepare?

Historically the min/max temps are 13c – 24c at Mooloolaba in September with moderate humidity. Australia has very high UV rays that can sometimes make it feel hotter than other places around the world for the same temperature.

View our Sunshine Coast camps and pop-up sessions here. online triathlon coaches are available to help improve your performance here.

SunshineCoast3Mooloolaba Beach can have a small wave breaking close to shore.