Guts and Determination

Guts and Determination

Overcoming all that was thrown at her; congratulations Jacqueline on 2nd place at Cebu 70.3. Photo Credit:

Jacqueline Thistleton was 2nd in the Cebu 70.3 and put on one hell of a display of guts and determination to recover from a heavy crash late in the bike leg, which saw her collide with a spectator who had strayed on to the course. To pick herself up and get to T2 dazed and with a broken bike, then run through for a podium leaves quite a clear message, this girl isn’t here just to collect passport stamps…..

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

Flying home on the run!

This weekend was another big weekend of racing. The Welsh Wizard Corinne Abraham taking a great second in her adventure to 70.3 Gydinya. Just when coach was getting worried, the wizard pulled out a super run split from her bag of tricks, to produce another great step forward on her road to kona. Well done Corinne!

All set in Cebu!

Nini Ruttanaporn lined up at Cebu 70.3 for her first race in the Trisutto colors, joining the team after our first summer Age Group Camp this year.  Nini finished 4th in her Age Group; a result coach was happy with as she adjusts to new training routines and learns that we approach races a little differently than most.


Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Jonathan during the run at 70.3 Gdynia.

Jonathan Ciavattella, after a period of resetting due to different things happening, raced 70.3 Gdynia as the first ‘comeback’ race. 7th place in 3:56.59, feeling well and finishing with a 1:14 half marathon was a positive surprise for the coach. Jonnie was just 3’ behind 3rd place and 5’ behind the winner Boris Stein from Germany. So…just one thing: welcome back Jonathan!
Emanuele Mutti participated in an open water swim race, 1 mile, just for fun and training. 29:44 his time. Well done Emanuele.

Race Recap from Coach Dirk Neumann:

Another Norseman Podium for Kristin.

Kristin Lie finished at 3rd place at THE NORSEMAN. After she wins the 70.3 IM Haugesund, she was one of the favourite. Hard conditions as usual at that race … cold and rain.. less wind this year.
She had a good swim in 14C cold water. Hammering on the bike to the lead at km 40 she got a mechanical problem with her aerobars. She had to ride the last 140k without using it. That reflected her running performance witch is normally her strength. This time she was not able to follow the two leaders an decided to safe energy and stabilised the 3rd place.. Great performance!!! And thank you to all supporters. We changed some small things on her swim technique in May this year. That helps her enormously. She is much faster than before and needs less energy. “.. last year I had the feeling I used 20 calories for the swim, now 1 calorie!” That’s Total Body Force. Looking very positive into the next race in Almere.

Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:

A blitzing run by Brent!

Brent Patteeuw took a 15th place at the Belgium Championships Middle distance in Eupen Sunday. Nailed the swim, fought hard on the bike and flew on the run (one of the fastest in the field with a 1.15 half marathon 😁). Best part was getting the nutrition right after a few struggles. We discussed it in the last couple of weeks and came up with a new plan. Stomach problems were gone, so really happy for him with such a solid race! Well done Brent!

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Fourth place for Rahel at IM Maastricht.

Rahel Bellinga took to the start at Ironman Maastricht this weekend after a very slow build up from some injuries over the winter and in the early season. She had a very solid half-distance win a few weeks ago and we were eager to see how she would show. She produced a very standard swim, and then went to work on the bike. We maybe held back a little too much on the bike, hoping for a solid run, but she still produced the 3rd fastest bike split of the day. Then onto the run, Rahel’s legs held up and she felt fit, coming across the line 4th on the day. A much better finish than in Ironman Western Austraila in December, which hopefully means we keeping going up from here. Nice job, Rahel!

A good training run race for Sean.

Sean Laude took part in the NYRR 5 Mile Team Championships this weekend with his club (North Brooklyn Runners) in Central Park. On the day, while prepping for Penticton ITU Duathlon Worlds, Sean ran a 30:13 for the 5 miles, finishing ahead of 83% of the runners in the field. Sean is getting healthier and healthier from a naggy injury, and the run splits are coming down! Great job Sean.

Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:

Greg savouring a well earned victory.

Big congrats to Greg Stevenson for winning his AG at Xterra Canmore! Greg emerged 4th out of the water, carved out an ~8min lead on the MTB and then carefully managed the run to hold on to 1st. Greg also used this race to measure some of the competition he will face at ITU Cross WC in Penticton later this month. On track mate!

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Melanie on the podium again! This time 2nd, racing the Olympic distance in Nyon.

This weekend, I had 2 of my athletes racing in Nyon in Switzerland. They both did a great job!
Melanie Baumann raced the olympic distance which is a lot shorter than what she’s used to! Melanie had a great race and especially a very strong bike and she came second in her age group!

Strong performance by Camille, 2nd place racing the sprint distance in Nyon.

Camille Nieto raced the sprint race. With 3 kms to go on the bike, Camille got a puncture and she was forced to slow down. Off the bike, she ran very well and she was leading the race until just the last few meters where she without knowing suddenly and unfortunately got passed! A great 2nd place for Camille in her age group!
Well done girls, very proud of you both!

Race Recap from Coach Mathias Hecht:

Daniel Schaller competed at the Olympic Distance race in Nyon and started with a very solid Swim 28.50 min. He exited the water on 31st position overall. Once more he showed how strong he is on the bike with a 1h08min split for the 40k on a hilly course and entered T2 on 15th position. He could make another 3 spots during his 10k to finish on a very good 12th position in a race I made him do completely out of training.

Georgina Gadient raced St.Moritz Triathlon and finished 3rd in the overall category. Despite of a so called “off day”. She choose the dark goggles for the swim and had to stop and find her way because of that. Then she couldn’t push the way she wanted on the bike as there were cars in her ways during the bike leg. at the end she is not the girl who complains. she knows this was just not her day and she already moved on and we concentrate on the next race coming up.

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Very happy to see Tracey Horne blow away a few race cobwebs over the past week – starting last Wednesday with a midweek evening 5k Trail Run, followed by a 3800 Open Water Race on Saturday morning. Tracey performed strongly in both events and is looking forward to more! 🙂

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

Lori collecting her hardware from the Canmore OD 🙂

It was a weekend up ups & down for my squad. First off Lori Russet set off to Canmore for her 3rd ever triathlon. This was hilly Olympic Distance race in the mountains around Canmore.
Lori was with her kids and husband in another province over for the last few weeks and just at the start of the week caught the flu from her kids. Lori is tough and not starting wasn’t an option as this was going to be a fun weekend away racing with her friends. As with all my athletes we had a race plan but had to modify it a bit so she could get through the race without too much pressure. As It’s ingrained in  my athletes to always be tough, Lori was able to showcase this on the day and walked away with 2nd in her Age!! Lori plans to step up to the Half Ironman Distance next year, can’t wait!

Nat Kerr had a plan for a Half Marathon in Brisbane last Sunday. She been blazing in training and racing this year so we were both pretty excited to see what she could do. Well without going into too much detail, Nat while leading her category had to run off course for some unfortunate business. Despite this she still managed a half marathon PB and 4th in her catagory! Hopefully another one in the cards soon but if not plenty of triathlons to crush in her near future 🙂

Alan Sweeney had plans for Ironman Maastricht over the weekend. I can honestly say he was more ready for this one that any other he’s done. It’s been a journey to get him from 12 hrs to the goal for a Kona qualification but we are definitely headed in the right direction. After posting a 6 min better swim than his last Ironman in April, 15 km into the bike, Al hit some debris and came off his bike. After this he was unable to continue- thankfully no major damage but we were both pretty devastated by the incident. The only thing we can do now is move forward, find another race and ride this new fitness. Onwards and upwards!!!

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Making good progress, well done Krzysztof at 70.3 Gdynia, Poland.

Few weeks after his debut in 70.3 distance Krzysztof was again on the start line again still remembering how hard the run felt in his first race.  We have made couple of changes in the raining approach, dialled in the nutrition and also slightly modified the race strategy. I was really curious to see the final result and I wasn’t disappointed.
After a very strong swim in the Baltic sea Krzysztof came out of the water looking very fresh. Despite his foot cramping in T1 he was quick through the transition and disappeared on the bike. He paced the bike to perfection and his average power and NP were within 1W of what we have agreed before the race. This gave him a massive confidence boost and he was surprised how well he felt starting the run. He started running at the target pace from the very beginning and he run like a metronome – each kilometre almost at an identical pace from the start through the finish. He surprised himself with the result: a run 15min faster than in his first race at this distance – half marathon off the bike in 1:29 and the overall PB of 4:47.
The objective in triathlon is the quickest overall time and not the fastest swim or bike split and his race is a perfect example that the best results come from a well executed race with a similar effort across all 3 disciplines.
I’m very happy with Krzysztof’s race and I’m proud of what we have achieved during last 12 months since we have started working together. On Sunday he run half marathon in the 70.3 race 3 minutes faster than his half marathon run PB from last year. Now his run PB is almost 10 minutes faster and the is just the beginning. Congratulations on a perfect race from the entire TriSutto Team. Proud Coach.

Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:

World Champs qualifier! Congratulations Bing!

This past Sunday, at the 9th edition of the highly popular Cobra Ironman 70.3, in the Philippine Islands, Manila based swim coach Bing Bernares managed a strong all around performance, under wavy, hot, and humid conditions. Her execution left her some minutes out of the podium, but good enough for a slot, to next years 70.3 Ironman World Championships, in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. Now back to training, towards her maiden full Ironman distance, in Florida in a few months!

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

A great result for Paula on her Road to Kona.

Paula Ponte raced in her home country of Brazil at 70.3 Las Alagoas. Paula raced personal best times in all three disciplines to set a new personal best at the 70.3 distance. With her Garmin out of order and racing on feel, Paula nailed the bike and also ran the very uncommon 70.3 negative split. Paula was third overall and first for women 18-24. Next stop… Kona!

Lauren Capone went into 70.3 Boulder on the back of a solid training block. Training is starting to click for LC as we look ahead to some full distance races in the fall. It was a tenth place finish for Lauren and an honest effort to build strength going forward.

Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:
This week Andreas Ghoros took part in the Ironman 70.3 in Philippines, part of preparing for the World Championship in Chattanooga. The difficult conditions did not allow him to achieve a good performance, it was more mental strength training! Only happy and proud can I feel for the mental strength shown by my athletes!

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

World Champs qualification secured; congratulations Pavel!

Pavel Blagikh did the 70.3 Otepää as another training race during his Ironman Kalmar preparation. The conditions in the swim were tough with very choppy water but he had an ok swim split compared to the last races. Even though he felt weak on the bike he could ride the 2nd fastest bike split of his agegroup. He started the run in 4th position but strictly executed the plan of a progressive run to save some energy for the Ironman in 2 weeks. He felt great on the run and just pushed a bit more during the last part of it. Despite a very demanding and hilly course he had one of the best run splits ever. After the race he has send me a picture of his 70.3 World championship qualification with the words: “Feedback later…But we already have a goal for 2018 ;)”. Pavels wife did qualify as well and they will travel to South Africa together next year!



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Records Fall at The Outlaw and Calgary

Records Fall at The Outlaw and Calgary

Josh continues his outstanding racing form with another win, this time in Calgary. Photo Credit: Wattie Ink

Josh Amberger made the trip across the Atlantic this week and dropped into the Calgary 70.3 in Canada. Josh built up a lead in the swim which he went about building upon further in the bike and run to win comfortably by 10min. This was his 4th win in a row, although Josh will now take a small break from racing and is now locked into a good block of training up in North America ahead of the ITU World Long Course Champs in Pentiction Canada as we build steadily into his debut in Kona.

What a day for Hayley in Nice – Congratulations!

Hayley Stevenson got to race bucketlist event the French Nice Ironman, after a great build up in Brisbane which included trying to get used to the “un-Australian” type bike course that is hallmark of the Nice Triathlon with it’s big climbs and equally challenging descents. Proud coaching moment when Hayley hit a rough patch early on run and was able to stay strong mentally, focus on what needed to be done or adapted rather then the negatives and pulled herself through for a solid finish which she can be proud of!!

A win for Stacey at the State Duathlon Champs.

Stacey Van Muelen raced the Qld State Duathlon Championships mostly as a hit out as we build towards end of year goals, so we took a conservative approach to the race especially condsidering it starts early in morning In middle of winter (cold) and with a run…triathletes coming back from injury or looking to avoids worst nightmare!!! Stacey built into all race, brought the final 5km run home hard and won her age-group which also placed her 5th overall.

Dean Bowen raced the London Tri, having caught a cold the week of the race we were wanting to play it safe and just build into the race and only push if he felt fine after the few days off. As it turned out he started to feel ok and took out 2nd overall in the Olympic Plus 1.5/80/10km event.

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Outlaw Champ and new Course Record – a super performance by Gill.

Gill Fullen also raced the Outlaw Full this weekend, she has already raced Outlaw Half where she won and came 3rd at Holkham and the aim was to have a good race for the Full and try to put yourself in the fight. Gill had a great Swim and exited the water in 1.05 which set her up nicely in 8th place overall going into the bike, slowly but sure Gill battled through the positions finding herself in 5th then making the final surge for the top 3, she came into T2 in 1st position with a good 10min lead, so just setting a good pace and holding on, crossing the line Outlaw Champ and breaking the Course record in 9.44.48 which is amazing considering Gills journey which will be covered soon so look out for that.

3rd place for Matt at The Outlaw.

Matt Leeman also took on The Outlaw Full. Last year he came 4th so was looking for improvement. After winning the Castle Series The Bastion just 2 weeks ago it was going to be a tough ask to back up, but we prepared for it in the best way we could and we knew Matt was in good shape. Matt had a great swim 46.38 breaking the course record previously held by Harry Wiltshire since 2012, he exited the water over 3min ahead of 2nd place, the plan was to take the 1st 40k easy, 2nd and 3rd caught Matt and then they worked together before Matt was left working on his own. Into T2 Matt coming in 3rd but then the Marathon, Matt went through some good and bad spells through the run but held it together to post a 3.08 Mara and to cross the line 3rd in 8.54, a fantastic couple of weeks racing for Matt well done.

A fantastic Iron distance debut by Kerry at The Outlaw!

Kerry Hickson took on the Outlaw Full after putting in a great performance at Outlaw Holkham, this would be her 1st ever Iron distance race. Kerry exited the water in 55min and 1st female, onto the bike and she lead for around 100k before being caught by YES you guessed it Gill Fullen, Kerry held her own and battled through on the bike out of T2 onto the Mara and Kerry needed to search a little for something within which she did and pulled through crossing the line in 4th postion and 2nd in her Age Group in 10hr 31min not bad at all for your 1st Iron distance well done

Seb returns to racing with a podium finish.

Seb Garry hasn’t raced since last year’s great Double European title double in Duathlon and Triathlon, we chose to back off and A levels became the priority, some niggles along the way but it’s been a long-time coming for Seb AKA Harry Coe to get out there and have what we call fun, He stepped up to do the Castle Howard race Oly distance and in true Seb fashion he gave it everything. Swim was solid and bike was strong and he went for it, but the run was tough but he hung on for 2nd place overall, a great return to the triathlon seen well done.

Showing great speed at the London Tri; well done Rob.

Rob Osborne who’s now preparing for the Sprint Worlds this summer in his Ag Cat is progressing all the time so this weekend at the London Tri was a good chance to find out how well his coming on. Rob recorded a 9.50 swim and a 32min bike split to set him up very nice for the run which he crossed the line in 17.50 and 1st Overall in the Ag Cat Sprint race, Rob is showing great form at this stage of the season.

Making great progress; well done Davina!

Davina Greenwell also took on the London triathlon but the Oly distance, Davina is still new to all this 3 sports in one stuff and she just can’t get enough, her progress at the moment just keeps rolling and it’s great to see, Davina had a solid race crossed the line in 2.18 5th female overall Age Group and 2nd in Age Cat.

Laura Fidler set out for the National Middle Distance Champs taking on the Owler, Laura had a solid race and she crossed the line in 2nd position it’s just a shame she got sent the wrong way on the bike but sometimes these things happen, still a very good result.

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Raring to go; a PB awaits! Well done Scott.

Scott McGrath raced in Ironman Lake Placid and achieved a superb 20 minute personal best time on a tough course not known for setting records.  Scott first came to me in early 2016 looking to reinvigorate his training and racing while still maintaining a busy lifetstyle. This year has been no less turbulent with relocating from NY City back to Canada, and a change of career direction. However Scott’s dedication and consistency shone through, capped off with a final training block at camp with Trisutto Coach Ed Rechnitzer at his camp in Mont Tremblant before then easing into race day. Well done Scott, now to enjoy the satisfaction that comes with knowing you did the work, and received the reward.

Singing in the Rain 😉

Gisela Reichmuth’s summer of racing continued with the Ägeriseelauf 7km road race, that was blessed with a mid race rain storm! This was another fun but hard workout, part of preparation for Zurich 5150 next weekend.

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Great, great swim Gerda and we’re very proud of you too!

This weekend I had Gerda Maria Dumitru doing the “Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race! A 6.5 kms swim race that makes you swim from Asia to Europe in Istanbul, and with more than 1600 competitors! This is Gerda’s experience:
It was VERY hot but not as strong currents as expected. I came 5th in my age group (30-34). I gave it my best and I was only 1 min from the podium! The last half was very challenging! Overall I’m happy and proud! This race is voted the most difficult one in the world!

Very well done Yves and you’re ready for the big one next weekend!

Yves Salzmann raced an Olympic distance in Freiburg, Germany, as a warm up for IM Switzerland next week. Yves had a great swim and also a great ride even though he lost his bottle right at the start and therefore rode the 40 kms without any nutrition! There was NO nutrition on the course! This also meant a very hard 10 kms run as Yves was very dehydrated! But Yves hung in there and raced very strong and ended up 3rd in his age group and 20th overall!

Race Recap from Coach Melanie Mitchell:

Congrats to both Laura (2nd) and Manami (1st); impressive racing at the Guam National Champs

As a lead up race to the 703 World Championships coming up in Chattanooga, Laura Nedeau raced the Guam National Championships. Laura came in 2nd behind fellow Trisutto athlete Manami. Laura achieved a 15 minute PB and had the fastest overall Bike and run split of the day. An incredible improvement by Laura in the short time we have been working together. Congratulations Laura!!

Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:

You’re a Viking Marco!

This weekend, I had Marco Corsaro racing the Challenge Iceland – Half distance. I started working with Marco a few months ago and he’s the dedicated guy. Marco raced very well on Sunday! He had a good swim (22:27) the second in his category! 6:16:13 his time over the 1,9-90-21km triathlon, which was 15th place M 40-44.The best motivation always came from within, you’re a Viking!!

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Logan Cunningham, New Jersey State Champion!

Logan Cunningham recently came back on board after a year hiatus. Logi was one of my university athletes and we were able to get right down to business in preparation for the New Jersey State Triathlon Championships. Logi set a new personal best for the Olympic distance by six minutes due in large part to launching a full-scale attack on the bike. She finished fourth overall in the women’s field and won the women 20-24 category. We’ve now got three weeks to US National Championships and 8 weeks to World Championships. Logan will be on a heavy diet of running strength and speed in that time. Well done Logi, great to have you back!

Ollie, savoring a personal triumph.

Oliver Saxon achieved a lifetime goal of breaking 2:20:– in an Olympic distance triathlon in the AJ Bell London Triathlon. As far as this coach is concerned, Ollie’s performance this weekend is just the tip of the iceberg. Ollie turned himself inside out on the bike setting a massive personal best for the distance. Ollie has set a new benchmark for himself. Next goal, sub-2:15:–!!!

Lauren, all smiles as she starts the run – perfect:)

Lauren Vallee is the newest athlete to join the stable. A major objective for Lauren is rediscovering the fun in training and racing. Earlier this week, Lauren asked if she could make a last minute addition of the Boulder Sprint Triathlon. This was just what the doctor ordered – a low-key triathlon, right in the backyard, with a grassroots feel – perfect. A powerful bike had Lauren arrive at T2 leading the women’s race. She finished the day with a win in the women 30-34 category and fourth woman overall. Great to have you on the team Lauren, IM Los Cabos is going to be a blast.

Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:

A great training race for Brent.

Brent Patteeuws raced at Maredsous half triathlon last Saturday. We didnt taper for it, so it was a hard workout for Brent. Swim went really well. Coming out of the water in fourth put him right up there with the front guys. The bike of 70km was over a challenging 1400 high meters and some rough roads. Brent lost some time there but he managed to make up for a big part of it with the fastest run of the day. He ended just of the podium coming in fourth. All in all a very good training day towards the half triathlon of Eupen in two weeks time. Well done Brent!

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Stefano Matalucci finished his 11th Ironman in Nice

Stefano Matalucci raced Ironman France. Hor him it was already the second long distance race this season, as he did also IM South Africa in April. Stefano again was able to put together a solid performance on one of the toughest Im courses, good swim, excellent bike and a courageous fight through the marathon. Nice is often a very hot race, and it was the same this year. 11: 44.53 his finish time and I’m very satisfied with this. Well done Stefano, 11th IM race finished – great job!

Diego in action: Challenge Rome 753

Diego Ludovici did his one race, the first edition of Challenge Rome 753. The distances were 1753m swim, 75,31km bike and 17,53km run and were chosen to celebrate Rome’s birthday in 753 BC. Hot day also in the Italian capital city and Diego had to slow down the last few km on the run course. Before it was full gas ahead: 28:35 swim and 1:50.13 bike which means 37,5km/h average, followed by 1:15.28 for the 17km run. Excellent job Diego and we are going to back up next weekend at Arona, a well known Italian half distance race.

Martina Dogana held a little camp for women only at Madonna di Campiglio, well known as a winter skiing place in northern Italy. So participating in the final race, a triathlon sprint, together with her camp ladies was a must for Marty. It was years ago that she raced such a short distance, so 5th place only little behind the younger speedy italian racers came a bit unexpected: 1:13.33 for her and a really good workout.

Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:

Top 10 for Kim in Palembang. Photo Credit: RaceDay Magazine

Kim Kilgroe raced on Friday at the ASTC Asian Triathlon Championships, in Palembang Indonesia, the site of the 2018 Asian Games Triathlon and managed a respectable, but very improvable 9th place finish in the Elite race.

Congratulations Andy, taking out the Bengkulu Olympic Triathlon.

On the same day, ~500 KM away in the city of Bengkulu, also on the West Coast of Sumatra in Indonesia, top Indonesia triathlete Andy Wibowo won the inaugural Bengkulu Olympic distance triathlon, in a blazing time of 2h01, winning the race by more than 10 mins, over 2nd place.

World Champs Qualifier for Joey in Calgary!

The next day, in Calgary, Alberta Canada, Joey Lynn Musselman was in action, for her 2nd race of the season. With the simple and challenging goal to score a slot for the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in beautiful South Africa. She managed to achieve it, all the while pushing through a few aches and pains.”


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

Sarah does it again – Ironman European Champion!

Sarah does it again – Ironman European Champion!

Maintaining fantastic run form Sarah runs towards the victory in Frankfurt at the Ironman European Championships. Photo Credit: ingo.kutsche

Both Josh Amberger and Sarah Crowley backed up their dominating wins at the Cairns Asia Pacific Ironman Championships 4 weeks ago with big wins in Europe!!!

I had planned Sarah’s year out that we would use Cairns as a lead-in for Frankfurt… So her actual preperation for Cairns was quite short, with Frankfurt being 4 weeks later… She had the luxury of not pushing too hard in the run at Cairns so recovery was very fast and we got up to our European base of St Moritz to then keep building into Frankfurt European champs where I wanted her to really test herself against the Europeans in their home turf, but more importantly put Sarah under pressure to perform outside her comfort zone…Course I wouldn’t let her look at it, different food, different language, different everything…

The European Ironman Champion is pumped! Photo Credit: ingo.kutsche

Well Sarah went ahead and really added to the test, going way off course in the swim, and giving the danger Anja Beranack 4min headstart onto the bike. But Sarah’s biking is going from strength to strength particularly her last 60km and she went about turning the afterburners on once she hit 120k mark and pulled Anja back and dispatched her immediately and reduced leader Lucy Charles lead to a more managable 4min off the bike… Sarah was then able to execute a solid run to go 8:47 and win the European title to go with her Middle East 70.3, Australian National Long Course and Asia Pacific Championships in last 6months… After a quick trip back to St Mortiz, Sarah is off to our US camp in Park City Utah to continue our build up to Kona.

Another fantastic win by Josh, this time in Sweden

Josh also had a short lead-up to Cairns, made quick recovery and headed straight off to Europe. Training picked up quickly and Josh was able to take a wire to wire win in Sweden’s 70.3. We all have our own personal numbers and gauges that we use to asses performaces aside from results, and with ours, we put Josh’s Sweden effort as his best ever 70.3 performance, especially on the bike, so all is shifting in the right direction as we continue to build the weapons to be a player in Kona in the future. Josh is also off to the US after his next race in Calgary 70.3 in 2 weeks time.

Race Recap from Coach Mary Beth Ellis:

Finish Line celebrations for Lisa in Roth.

Lisa Roberts had an excellent day at Roth using a devastating run split of 2:56 to finish 3rd. Lisa was very pleased with her bike and run. She said, “I don’t even know what to say. I am so excited!” she exclaimed. “I wanted a podium, and I wanted get sub9 – I did both! I can’t believe it!” The coaches were impressed with Lisa pushing and continuing to hunt all day collecting scalps as she ran through the field.

Rob Straznitskas won the Norway Sprint Tri in Maine. He used a solid swim and bike then closed it out making the rutty rugged trail run look easy. Rob is coming back from a bike crash during a race just a few weeks ago so it’s amazing to see him back winning in no time.

Race Recap from Coach Mathias Hecht:

The cap sums it up…, Congratulations Georgina!

Amazing weekend for age group athlete Georgina racing the iconic Challenge Roth for the first time, winning her age group and finishing 7th overall. After a not so ideal swim that didnt go to plan, she was back in her game on the bike and on the run, showing me, that if you prepare a race with enough dedication and do the work that is necessary, a lot is possible. The conditions were everything but what she really likes… she has had her best performances racing in the north. A former cross country skier you can understand why she prefers to go hard in the cold weather as that’s what she is used to. So even more impressive to see her put out such a race and mixing it up with the pros. In 2016 Georgina dealt with a foot injury and we changed the run training around quite a bit in 201. We skipped the very long runs until the last few weeks where we did only two runs longer then 2h. In the end, it is better to have a healthy athlete on the start line then one that missed out several weeks of run training. Our tactic worked out perfectly and I couldnt be more happy for her. I think she still has so much more potencial and with racing so well in the heat on Sunday, why not giving Kona another go and improve her past results there. Well done Georgina, proud of you!

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

A wonderful PB by Philippe….., seen here with Proud Coach Robbie.

Philippe Blatter raced in Ironman Frankfurt and did me proud.  As a busy executive with almost weekly international travel, I hold Philippe up as the gold standard of passion for the sport of triathlon, and ability to fit in training while balancing the demands of a young and active family (two very good junior triathletes), wife, and career. Philippe trained harder than I thought possible in preparation, and at age 52 finished in an amazing time of 12 hours 6 minutes, setting a new personal best swim time of 1 hour exactly, and personal best ever finish time for any of his 16 Ironman races. To be fit and healthy enough to complete an Ironman / distance race every year since 1999 is something to celebrate, and a beacon of healthy living for an active life. Outstanding!

Gisela competed in the Gigathlon in Zurich a 362km 5 person team race over the Saturday and Sunday.  Over the course of the weekend Gisela completed a 3km swim, 18km run, 3km swim, 98km bike, 12km run.  It’s good to remind ourselves that there are so many fun events, and not to take ourselves and our sport too seriously.  It can be fun too! 🙂

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Enjoying the finish line!

After a wonderful 3 week training (and coaching) block in St.Moritz, Mirjam Weerd returned home to the Netherlands ready to take on 2 races in 5 days. First up Triathlon Nieuwe Niedorp…, Mirjam was on fire schorcing away to take the overall win in fine style. Next up was Triathlon Utrecht and after a great swim Mirjam worked her way to a 4+ min lead before her race was derailed with a mechanical. Better go around again next weekend then…. 😉

It aint over till it’s over…., finishing off Day 2 strongly with a great Run.

Nina Derron raced at the very popular Gigathlon in Zurich…., finishing second in the Couples category with teammate Denis. Completing a Swim-Bike-Swim-Bike-Run combo over the 2 day event it served as a valuable experience, with both hard racing and the full range of racing emotions that come with that. Congratulations to Nina and Denis for never giving up and fighting hard to the final finish line.

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

A Great win at The Bastion by Matt

This weekend saw Matt Leeman take on the brutal Full distance (The Bastion) from the Castle Triathlon Series.Because of the brutal nature of the race, times was always going to go out the window and just the raw honest hard racing needed to come through. Matt lead the race from start to finish and stormed to victory despite competing in the rare UK heat crossing the line 10.21 with a 41min lead over James Easson, a very encouraging performance for young Matt for his ongoing progress, very well done.

Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:

All ready for a great day at Challenge Roth; Great work John (and James!)

This weekend John Anthony raced his first long distance triathlon at Challenge Roth. He signed up with his son James because it seemed like a great plan at the time. John has been a regular Trisutto camp participant and it is only four months ago that we started working together. Balancing training, family and work is always a puzzle. But John mastered this very well. With limited time he went to Roth well prepared. During the race he hit his swim and bike target times like a swiss clock. On the run the heat did its devastating job and the new run course made sure marathon splits were not as fast as in previous years. John did whatever he needed to, to keep going. He finished in 12.20,37 hrs with a 7th place out of 38 finishers in the M60 agegroup well within the top ten! His son James finished an hour earlier. Both still fit enough to enjoy a large well deserved German beer after the finishline. Congratulations John and James!

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

The trophy tells the storey! Congrats on your win Jona 🙂

This weekend I had Jona Dahlqvist racing the 70.3 in Jönköping in Sweden. Jona is preparing for the IM Kalmar and used this race as a training race for the big one! Jona did great and won her age group, 50-54, by more than 33 mins! Jona had a great swim (33 mins) and awesome bike (2:48) and she finished off with a very good run!

In Frankfurt, Melanie Baumann raced the European Champs. Melanie has been working hard on her swim and she was therefore very pleased to exit the water with a new PB, just under 1:10, an improvement by 4 mins.After a great swim, Melanie continued to ride very well and kept overtaking lots of athletes on the course, she rode in 5:07. Unfortunately, tons of drafting took place… Out on the run, Melanie suffered a lot from stomach issues and she bonked! She still managed to run under 4 hours and ended up with a time of 10:19, and 10th pace in age group 35-39, well fought Melanie!

Leading from wire-to-wire, Camille picks up the winners spoils 🙂

Camille Nieto had a great race in Alsace! She raced the Elsassman which is 1500 swim, 41.8 kms on the bike and then 10.8 kms on the run. Camille lead from the start to finish! She swam 30 mins, she rode 1:08 and she ran 42:22. Congratulations on your win, Camille!

Giving all she had on the day, well done Bettina.

Bettina Strehl raced the half Ostseeman in Damp. Bettina didn’t have her best day of racing and her preparation was very interrupted as she lives in Hamburg which last week was like living in a war zone because of the G20 Summit! Bettina did the best that she could and got 10th over all.

In Roth, Maurice Inzirillo raced this legendary race! Maurice has been training a lot less than usual due to other priorities but Maurice has got a lot of talent and he’s a fantastic racer so he still mage to get 7th in his age group, and to run the marathon in 3:45.

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Sub 5 and fantastic 4th place for Cornelia; Congratulations.

Once again a weekend with a lot of racing lies in the past.
First of all I want to highlight Cornelia Stähli´s performance at Ironman 70.3 Jonköping. It´s just 4 weeks since she finished her first 70.3 race in Rapperswil with a 12th place in her agegroup very well. Late in April Cornelia decided to register for 70.3 Jonköping since she had a very good preparation and felt confident that she would cope with the new distance. Last Sunday she definitely exceeded my expectations in Sweden and showed that she can perform very well at the new distance! A solid swim and the third fastest bike and run split earned her the 4th place in her agegroup. The first sub 5hr finish was a nice bonus. It is just a matter of time until she climbs on the podium for the first time. Later that day after the awards ceremony she has send me a picture of the Ironman 70.3 world championship qualifying medal ;-). I would say one of next year’s season highlights is defined already.

Pavel Blagikh did a 4km open water swim last Saturday. That competition is carried out every 4 weeks and he could improve by 5min even though he swam a lot more relaxed compared to 4 weeks ago. “I was afraid of waves a little bit, so didn’t push myself in the beginning.  Finish: 1h15min – and I can do it faster! After this swim I was absolutely fresh 0_o”. I think we are on a good way to improve Pavels weakest discipline!

Triathlon; a contact sport…!

Andre Möller had a long break from triathlon before we started to work together last autumn. Before that, he struggled a lot with injury. This completely killed his motivation back then and he decided to step back for a couple of years. Our goal was to bring his performance back step by step and take very small steps to bring back the fun in training and racing again. The Ostseeman Damp middle distance race last Sunday was his 2nd triathlon of the season and I am very happy with his result. I did not expect him to be that fast already! He had a tough swim because another competitor accidentally hit his goggles. He had to remove the goggles a couple of time to let the blood out… But it did not slow him down on the bike and run. He finished strong in 4hrs41min, had fun and is motivated to continue the training and improve from race to race. But most of all he is completely injury free and enjoys the training.

Christian Karlberg had a very tough day in Frankfurt. The heat really killed Christian’s performance after the first couple of kilometers in the run. He thought about not finishing the race because it was far behind what he is capable of. But he reminded himself off that his wife and kids are following the race and that he wanted to bring the finisher medal back home. I know how hard it is to run/walk a marathon at the end of an ironman. But it is so important to finish a race if possible. Otherwise it will be so easy to continuously drop out if anything is not going according to plan. We will look for new challenges now to show the improvement in training also in a race!

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Kyle, finishing fourth at beautiful June Lake.

Kyle Gardner put the final touches on his Ironman Whistler prep with the half-distance triathlon at June Lake. Kyle traveled to the Sierras in California for the unique, high-altitude race. The plan was to get after the swim, blast the bike, and then cruise the run at IM effort. Kyle did just that, and despite a minor panic attack on the swim and a flat tire on the bike, Kyle finished fourth overall. We’ll be working on his open water techniques at training camp in Montana this weekend and I’ll make sure he’s got sealant in his race tires for Whistler. Well done Kyle, it’s a steep learning curve, and you’re climbing fast!

Race Recap from Coach Dirk Neumann:

Ready to shine! Super race by Claudia – Congratulations!

Claudia Heule finished at Challenge Roth with a PB. She did exactly what she learnd about TBF in our Mallorca Camps this year. We find a swim stroke that fits for her. She save a lot of energy during the swim. Used the bike musles and not the cardiovascular on the bike. For the first time she was able to run fast. 3:38h. Smashed her PB for more than one hour. This was a great race. 6th in her AG. It show me again what is possible using our TBF method. And it was three months coaching only. Interesting for the next future.

A great sight for any athlete…., the finisher chute; great work Nicole overcoming some major obstacles mid-race!

Nicole Müller started at the Frankfurt Ironman. After a solid swim, she had bad luck after she was hit on the bike by a pro at the heart breack hill in the first loop. She had a lot of pain. Especially on the run course. Her knee looks very bad. But she has a strong character and finished strong. I think most of the athletes had not finished. Chapeau. You did it. Next chance Almere in September.

Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:

“Happy with that one!”

Big congrats to  Todd “the come-back man” Hawkins for a 7th AG finish and a ~19min PB at 70.3 Muncie (Indiana) on Sat. Todd emerged 3rd from the water in his AG, kept to the game plan on the bike and then put down a solid run which he has been working on a lot over the past two years. Todd has an incredible resilience and competitive spirit that has allowed him to overcome many an obstacle in his life and on his triathlon journey.

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Victory for Maxi as he prepares for Championship races.

Maxi Spahn took part in the Rappershausen round of the Franken Cup Mountain Bike Series in Germany this past weekend. With the Bavarian and German Championships coming up the next two weekends, Maxi was able to use some good training fitness and produce a very solid race, taking home the victory! Some good mojo for the next two weekends. Ride the wave, Maxi!

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Hats off Oriana, you never quit!!

Oriana Heer, after a tough week at work, got to the startline of Sempachersee Triathlon sprint (Switzerland) a bit empty. After the warmup in the water she even felt dizzy. But once into the race, Oriana showed her strong character and at the end it was an excellent training workout. She gave all she had on the day!

Jana Perrone participated in a relay team and did the swim leg. After the 3,8km he got out of the water in 1:09.13 and enjoyed watching her teammates doing their jobs afterwards. For Jana it was a good training session combined with lots of fun racing at Challenge Roth.

Martina racing for the first time Challenge Roth, 7th WPRO! Photo

Martina Dogana, one month after Challenge Venice, wanted for the first time in her career experience the Challenge Roth myth. Marty had a good first half part of the race, then the game became a bit tough, probably the Ironman distance race from last month was still in her legs. Nonetheless She placed 7th WPRO in 9:52.56 and had one of the best and emotional experiences in her long career.Well done Martina!

Giovanni, tired but happy finisher at Ironman Frankfurt

Giovanni Marion (M55) race Ironman Frankfurt, and as he had to change the chip last minute before the start, we don’t have the official times yet. But for Giovanni it was all about fighting through the adventure. On a hot day, a lot of competitors needed medical aid. Gianni finished the race well and we are proud of his finisher medal, real spirit of ‘inspire’ and ‘believe’.

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Lucy defends her title at The Bastion. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography.

Lucy Biddlestone went to defend her title at The Bastion iron distance, a Castle Triathlon series event at Hever Castle in the UK, and once again she came out on the top spot and taking away a much appreciated pay check. A super tough UK event taking all day to complete!  But Lucy was prepared for the day and ready for everything that the day threw at her. Now Lucy will use this day as another step to the 2nd half of her year of racing.”

Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:

This week four from my athletes take part in European ch. Frankfurt Ironman,
  • George and Anastasis Mitropapas participated for first time in Ironman distance both. This two brothers they race and finish together side by side in 10:20:22.
  • Also for 4th time in Ironman distance Mania Bikof make a huge PB with 1hour and 49 min! She finished the race in 12:27:37 with just 6 months training together.
  • Lamprini Liouta a young girl with just 8 months in training together she makes a great race with BP for almost 30 minutes! She was in podium in 2nd position in his AG 25-29 with 10:13:48!

Big Congratulations to all athletes for their excellent results

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

A PB and 10th place for Shiao-Lu in Frankfurt!

This weekend was a great one for my squad. Almost everybody achieved a personal best time and I’m very happy seeing all the consistent and hard work paying of big time now. Fantastic performances on all fronts.

At Ironman Frankfurt Shiao-Yu Li had a much better race than she believed she could do. Finishing 10th in a competitive field. Three weeks ago Shiao-Yu flewing from Taiwan to Germany to prepare together with my professional squad for this event. Every time Shiao-Yu arrives in very poor shape but then the coach builds her up to decent fitness in just a few weeks relying on her unbreakable will and warrior attitude. In this preparation we do a lot things different. Only two days after her arrival I had her race an Olympic Distance backed up by a sprint dfstamce seven days later and then the big race in Frankfurt. The days between those races were filled with a lot, hard training and some days Shiao-Yu was so tired that she felt asleep whenever she sat down between the sessions. But she never missed or cut a session short. I’m super happy that everything worked to plan and that Shiao-Yu improved her personal best time for longcourse race. Very well done Shiao-Yu. Looking forward to your next one.

Well done on a strong race Mihai. We keep raising the bar.

Mihai Vigariu finished his first ever long distance in a fantastic time of 9:32hrs. Executing race plan almost to perfection. Only at the end of the Marathon he struggled a bit with nutrition which cost him a few minutes. Funny thing was, that whenever I cheereed him at the course he stopped pedaling and almost fell of the bike. 🙂

Sub 10 is on the cards for Victor….

Victor Osokin also improved his personal best time for the Ironman distance race in Frankfurt going Sub10hrs for the first time in his life. He had a mechanical on the bike which cost him about 10-15mins to repair. But Victor never lost focus and motivation and just carried on. I’m more than happy that he still could achieve a personal best despite a technical problem on the bike shows which a good athlete he is. We are already working on his next goals by improving his nutrition loosing a bit of weight for a hot run at Ironman Malaysia.

Boris Hueber did another preparation race for Ironman Zurich at Elsassman. Finishing 4th over all and posting the fastest bike split of the day out of a full week of training.

Rowan Voster had a great race at IM 70.3 Jonkoping finishing 4th in his Age Group with solid performances in all three legs.

Well done Adi competing after a big training week.

Although out of a hard training week Adi Glaettli did the Sempacher See Triathlon performing well on tired legs. He felt great on the swim, had a solid bike and toughend it out on the run. Only Youngsters of his Age Group were in front of him.

Another strong race by Sandra, this time at the Sempacher Tri.

Sandra Schoeni showed again a strong race at Sempacher Triathlon beating former training mates. Sandra keeps improving from race to race and growing self-confidence through her training and racing. Happy to work together with such a dedicated athlete.

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Ana and Carolina enjoying Sweden! Stay tuned when the ‘The Fun Team’ goes racing next…

It was a successful and fun team event for Ana Berenguel and Carolina Lanza in Sweden where they raced Ironman 70.3 Jonkoping. Following Carolina and Ana triathlon advantages I’m very inspired by their performance and the fun factor they always bring with them to the races! Ana placed 9th in her Age Group showing her strengths producing one of the top AG swim and run. Next time she will show her bike power too after we sort out her bike aero position confidence. Great job Ana! Carolina had a very solid swim too if only she sticked to the race distance! There was no need for extra 300m 🙂 It was a big PB for Carolina on the bike (30min) and she finished off with great run to match Ana’s!  I’m very happy with Carolina’s progress and we get back to work to come even stronger next time. Very well done!

A week ago Steve Lyons raced 70.3 Edinburgh as his preparation for Ironman Zurich later this month. Scottish weather conditions added to a tough race with a very choppy swim, the bike which felt like into the wind all the way and a hilly run course. It wasn’t a surprise to me that Steve had a very good race putting together a strong swim, fighting the elements on the bike and finishing off with solid run. Steve placed 10th in his Age Group which was his best result ever in an IM 70.3 race. I’m very happy with Steve’s progress as we build up the next race on the calendar. Congratulations Steve! Great job!

Olympic Distance Racing is fun! Well done Rafal.

With Coach’s encouragement, Rafal decided to race a local olympic distance triathlon. It might come as a surprise that it was Rafal’s debut at this type of racing considering his middle and long distance credentials. It’s good to explore and innovate so, as always, Rafal took on the challenge. A shock to the system it really was! Great training day with a few lessons for next time.


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

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.