Persevering through Tough Times

Persevering through Tough Times

Embracing the battle; a rewarding weekend for Jane at the World Masters Games.

Jane Loughnan enjoyed a fabulous weekend of sport and camaraderie at the World Masters Games in Auckland. Representing her country New Zealand, Jane completed a double header, firstly lining up for the Sprint Triathlon, followed by the 2.5k Open Water Swim the next day. Conditions were testing for the Triathlon with some last minute course changes and a shortened swim…, however good news for Jane is she was able to enjoy the full swim course in the Open Water swim event.
There is no doubt it has been a tough year for Jane. She has overcome many obstacles (including Cancer, Radiotherapy and Carpal Tunnel surgery) and keeps soldiering on true to the sport she loves. Well done Jane, we are all proud of your perseverance through the tough times. Onwards and Upwards!

Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:

A gutsy win by Dianne.

Big congrats to Dianne Woodward for a solid performance at the Calgary Police Half Marathon this past Sun. Dianne ran a really well paced and measured race carving out almost a 7min lead to win her AG. Dianne is a true warrior. Shortly after placing 2nd in Kona in 2015 her husband was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma. She dedicated the better part of a year to channel her attention and energy whole heartedly to help him ringside as he fought this cursed illness. Pronounced in remission this past fall, we resumed the plan for another Kona bid. No sooner had we started spooling up the bell for round two maliciously struck again. Back to ringside she went to support her husband. Despite the taxing emotional and physical toll this took, Dianne kept a laser focus on this race and vowed to make good on it. She delivered beautifully. Her strength of character and stoicism in these trying times have been truly inspirational. On behalf of the entire Trisutto family I would like to extend to Dianne and her husband Robert our collective best wishes for a speedy and lasting recovery. Certa bonum certamen Dianne.

Good job Dave, rewarded for consistency.

Same day in Washington State, David Pokluda competed at the Mt Rainier Short Course Duathlon finishing 4th in his AG. David is another one of those AG athletes who, like many (of you) I read about in these weekly posts, manages to effectively juggle a young family in parallel with an onerous job (as the Principal Software Developer for Microsoft! ) and still uphold the Trisutto holy triad of consistency, consistency and consistency within his limited training time. Well done Dave! Onto the next project we go.

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Trisutto podium in North Cyprus – Congratulations to Daz (1st), Laura (3rd) and Matt (1st)

Sunday gave Matt Leeman Daz Parker Laura Fidler and Khadiga Amin another chance to test themselves and how training was going. It was more on the side of a brutal course, very hilly bike and run, suppose you could liken it to Ironman Wales .  So we travelled to North Cyprus 70.3 to take on what they nickname the Joke triathlonAll four athletes raced very well with Matt Leeman picking up another win after the Pafos Triathlon last weekend.

Daz Parker backing up her 4th also last w/e in Xterra winning the female race with an excellent display on the hills. Laura Fidler produced a great result to come in 3rd on a course that’s not really suited for her, however an excellent show of grit. Khadiga Amin crossed the line 4th overall female which is a fantastic result for her, showing great courage and progress .Very pleased and proud of all these athletes progress.

Race Recap from Coach Mary Beth Ellis:

Looking strong Marvin; well done!

Marvin Morales had a great race in Costa Rica last weekend improving his swim ~4 mins, came up with a very strong bike, his best split, and solid run to finish in 4th place in his AG and 11th overall. Both coach and athlete are very satisfied and will apply the learnings to his A race 70.3 Costa Rica this June.

Scott Wright had a solid training race at St. Anthony’s Triathlon. After a big week of work and training, Scott delivered a solid swim and bike but suffered and had to push through heavy legs on the run. The race wasn’t his best outing but will help as he builds up his strength heading into 70.3 Eagleman and Ironman AZ.

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Kate Bevilaqua raced Challenge Taiwan, although the swim and bike were good, Kate did not hold the run together as well as she or I wanted however she dug deep on a tough day to finish 5th overall.

Tri-Active Team Action from the Volcano Triathlon. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

On Lanzarote many of our Team raced Volcano Olympic distance Triathlon:

  •  Lucy Biddlestone raced for the team, 1 week after Challenge Gran Canaria. Lucy had a good race and finished 10th place as she continues her final 10 days of training into Ironman Lanzarote.
  • Paul Lavander got his race kit on after some time away from racing, Paul had a strong race throughout and finished 4th over all in his category.
  • Juan Carlos Albuixech had a good swim and bike at Volcano, although suffered on the run but finished best he could.
  • Junior Marcos Knight completed the challenge, but also suffered on the run. With continued hard work he can turn this around.
  • Brian Timmons was excited and ready for the challenge, after a good swim and a good start on the bike he unfortunately punctured.  Feeling deflated himself after the puncture he finished the race best he could, Well done Brian.

We had 2 TriActiv mixed teams racing,

  • Junior Tiffany, swam 22.31, Jason Wilkes rode 1.05 and our 13 year old, Jorge Wilkes ran 36.54 for the 10km!
  • 2nd place mixed Team was: Mia, swimming 22.42, Lee Holdaway riding 1.09 and Thomas race 40.57

Corinne Abraham also joined the Tri-Active team members for a hard Olympic Distance hitout in Lanzarote.                                           Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Race splits for Kati.

Kati Pusey loves racing, if she could she could probably race every day instead of training!Last weekend an Aquathlon, this weekend a Sprint Triathlon, next weekend a Duathlon, who know what comes next 🙂 The Tonbridge Sprint was not a typical one with a very hard bike leg that played well into Kati’s strengths and I’m not surprised she had the fastest bike split in Veteran Female category, it was the fastest female split overall. On top of it she swum 20sec faster than last week and also had a very strong run which she works on very diligently.  The final result – a win in V40 category and 2nd Female overall.Congratulations on a very good race.  The patience and consistency are paying off!

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Florian attacks the bike in his first Duathlon.

This past weekend I had 5 athletes racing. Florian Blumenthal did the Rheintal Duathlon in Switzerland. It was his first Duathlon and he finished strong with a solid overall performance. It was another brick on the way back from injury. The first big goal is 70.3 Rapperswil in the beginning of June.

Back-to-back racing and a victory for Borris; Great Work!

Borris Jung had the tough task of a double race weekend with a 12km uphill run with 600m of elevation, the “Sturm auf den Vulkan”, on Saturday. He could improve a lot on his last year performance. Then on Sunday he did his first triathlon of the season, the Kinzigtal Sprint Triathlon where he could back up his solid run with an age group victory. Borris is currently in his second triathlon season since he started the sport of triathlon not even 2 years ago.

Andre Möller spontaneously decided to participate in a 24hr relay swim. He had a lot of speed before he started with me, but his main issue was the ability to swim fast for a long time. Since he has worked a lot on his endurance and efficiency and could swim 3950m in 1hrs as part of this 24hr relay team. I am sure he will have some very good swim splits and exit the water more relaxed as soon as his triathlon season starts.

Jan Erik Wilhelmsen from Norway had a tough time during the past few months with many hours at work. Nevertheless he managed to put in some good training when it was possible and he did the first test of the season on Saturday at the 10km sentrumslöpet in Oslo. With a finishing time of 43:57min he had a good result and even felt better during the 2nd half of the run, which is a good sign for his next race. Also for Jan-Erik Ironman 70.3 Rapperswil will be the first big goal of the season.

Last but not least Distel Pipe used the Chäsitzer Louf 12km run in Switzerland for a specific brick session in his 70.3 Aix en Provence preparation. He could run the 12km in 50min. This was as fast as the solo runs in March but this time after a tough bike ride. The first triathlon of the season is just 10 days away now and the preparation was very good so far.

I am very happy that the European Triathlon season gets into full swing now and see the training my athletes have put in pay off now.

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

This past week, Jappas Du Preez took part in the Army Duathlon National Championships in the UK. The running injury seems to be behind us, and through the Trisutto training methods, we actually have increased his running speed through more swim and bike. His first 5k leg was fastest 5k he’s ever run! And then put together a strong bike and good 2nd run, coming in 5th place and improving his time by 3min, and 31 spots from last year! Amazing to see the hard work paying off, Jappas!

Coming off a good training camp in Italy, but then back to real life stress of work, Markko Glassner  and I decided it would be a good time to test his fitness and do a cross-triathlon this weekend in Germany. Markko came out of the water first, had a good time developing his skills on the bike, and produced a solid run coming in 3rd place in his age group and 9th overall. This was a good first race to blow out the cobwebs before the draft-legal league racing begins in a couple weeks! Keep up the good work Markko!

This weekend, Christian Pleul and I thought it’d be fun to try a road cycling race here in Germany. A good week of swim, bike, run training and riding too and from definitely didn’t leave Christian with a lot of “rest”, but he withstood the challenge and produced some great power and speed for the race! And most importantly, he avoided 4-5 very nasty crashes that left others going to the hospital, coming across the line in 2nd place Age Group! Way to put in a fun and big training day, Christian,  ahead of some solid swim, bike, run goals in the next couple months!

Sean Laude went to North Carolina this weekend in hopes of qualifying for the Duathlon Long Course World Championships in Zofingen. We have had a bit of set back from running, but with some good swimming training and riding when we could, the fitness was good enough for a 5th place finish and a qualification without any more damage done. Now we focus on getting fully healthy, and having a great rest of the season. Congrats Sean!

This weekend at the Sundern Hagen 105k Marathon was a first good test goal for Sascha Morison after a good training camp at Riva Ligura in the past couple weeks. At the end of the race, even with some cramps, Sascha came in 6th overall, and improved his time from a couple years ago by 3min! Congrats Sascha.

Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:

Top of the podiums for Zarina (top) and Nadia (bottom)

XTerra – Greece took place this week in Athens – Vouliagmeni, just at the point where Athens Olympic route was.
Nadia Sintzanaki qualified for World Championship in Maui by the winning F40 category
Also Zarina Kopina in sprint dist. ranked 1st in F35. Congratulation both for excellent results.


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

Patience and Perseverance Rewarded

Patience and Perseverance Rewarded

Dutch National Championship for Mirjam. Photo: Evert Woutersen

Was very pleased to see Mirjam Weerd finish with a podium position at Challenge Almere (full IM distance) after a hard fought battle on the run. Once again a great swim/bike combo, Mirjam battled through some dark moments on the run to then finish strongly and proudly in 2nd place.  Improvise and overcome – congrats Mirjam!

The race also doubled as the Dutch National Long Distance Champs with Mirjam taking home the title. 🙂

3rd-place-podium-for-nina-at-weihai-itu-long-distance-triathlonPodium for Nina at Weihai. Photo credit: Thanyapura

Along with her teammates Michelle and Carina, Nina Derron headed over to China for the Weihai ITU Long Course Triathlon, held over the 2 x Olympic Distance distance – 3k swim/80k bike/20k run. A strong ride saw her catch most of the fast swimmers ahead and then pacing the run well, Nina crossed the line in 3rd place in the Elite women’s field. A great confidence boosting race by Nina who now heads back to Camp in Jeju to rejoin the Trisutto squad.

claire-gives-the-roadie-a-good-workout-at-challenge-vietnam-photo-credit-asiatri-comClaire gives the roadie a good workout at Challenge Vietnam. Photo credit:

Claire Hawkins ventured out to Nha Trang for the inaugural Challenge Vietnam (Half IM distance) for her first race of the season and to test out her fitness. Thankfully temperatures were not as hot as first anticipated! Claire finished the race as first overall amateur – her reward… A free entry to Challenge Roth next year! Nice one Claire 😉

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

neilmKona qualification for Neil McLoughlin.

Super weekend again for my athletes. Really happy with the performances this week!

Simply fantastic is that Neil McLoughlin podiumed at Ironman Weymouth and got his Kona slot. Again! After so many years striving for this goal, he now get’s the slot 2nd time in a row. After a great race in Roth earlier this year, Neil again had an incredibly consistent and disciplined buildup. This was instantly rewarded in Weymouth. Neil was 9th out of the water (yes, he improved there as well!), 4th off the bike and then 3rd at the finish. To get Neil for a 2nd time to the Big Island means really a lot to me. Thank you Neil. Very well done!

peter-rudolph3rd place for Peter Rudolph in Berlin.

Also a fantastic race had Peter Rudolph at the BerlinMan half distance triathlon. He also finished 3rd in his age group. Same result as 2 years ago – but he improved his time by a whopping 11minutes ofer the same course. Especially his bike was fantastic. Very well done and a nice end to a incredibly successful season!

peter-seidel_1Personal best Iron distance of 8:32 for Peter!

Then of course I’m super-happy with Peter Seidel’s race at Challenge Almere-Amsterdam! After we struggled with his racing for almost 6 months, our persistency and stubbornness paid off and he’s now finally able to perform to his potential. Challenge Almere was his first solid long distance race after a long series of disappointing races. Peter not only placed 6th overall, but also improved his personal best time over the iron distance to 8:32h! I’m especially happy with his 2:58h marathon. It’s just fantastic to see all the hard work of this year pay off. Pick and stick is our motto at Trisutto and Peter is just a perfect showcase on how good that simple principle works!

andrej_vistica_coteTop 5 for Andrej on the road to Kona.

Andrej Vistica had another preparation race for the big show on Hawaii. I’m quite happy with his performance at Triathlon International de la Côte de Beauté in France. Only 6 days after his Top 10 finish at the ETU Champs Challenge Walchsee he had a solid swim, followed by very good bike. He even got off the bike in 3rd. However, we knew that 6 days obviously will not be enough recovery for a super-fast run. So Andrej had to settle with fifth place at the end. He’s already back in a hard training block. Very well done and looking forward to your Kona race!

joachimEventful weekend at Ironman Weymouth for Joachim!

And finally I want to mention Joachim Reiter’s performance at Ironman Weymouth. He had not the smoothest arrival, as his car was attacked by a huge badger. That clash didn’t end well for both, the badger and the car. So Joachim had to wait 4 hours for the towing service. He still pulled off a very solid race. Improving through the field all day and finally finishing Top-20 in his age group. Strong performance and definitively one to build on on a tough day. Chapeau!

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

e_bilham_yverdonEmma Bilham winning at Yverdon.

Little Cabbage’s (Emma Bilham) stellar season continues with a dominant 10+ minute win on the Swiss Circuit at Yverdon-les-Bains. A great training race as we move to finish off the season in style.

In China Pistol (Michelle Derron) continued on her comeback from injury with an excellent Top 5 result, while unfortunately team-mate Boo (Carina Brecthers)’s large lead and good work on the swim and bike were undone by a broken chain riding up the hill.

In Weymouth, Yannis had hypothermia on bike and stressful week leading into it but did well to still place higher in the rankings than prior races, but with better planning will avoid some of his issues.

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

richard-newey_weymouthCongratulations, Richard. 1st at 70.3 Weymouth.

Richard Newey won his age category at 70.3 Weymouth! Richard went to Weymouth for 1 last good hit-out before Hawaii in 4 weeks time. I have been really happy with the way Richard has been training, in the past we have worked through injuries and very busy hours at work, but the last months we have been on a roll and it is great to see Richard taking off. Richard works a full time job and has 2 young children, but he diligently gets his training in while keeping a balance in his life. He sticks to the plan, never doubts it and always calmly works through the difficult moments. Congratulations on a great race on Sunday Richard!

Graeme Stewart raced Challenge Almere.  After some disappointing races over the last few months with problems and mechanical problems we were excited going into Almere to really try to show where his fitness is at. Almere being his last race for a while, as Jen and Graeme are expecting their first child any time now!

Graeme had a good swim and a good bike going into T2 in second position, but running off the bike with a mixture of not as fresh legs as others and some stomach issues he did not run to his potential and finished 7th. However this race did finally show Graeme going in the direction of where his potential is, I hope he can get to another race soon and put on a race we both know he can do.

Owen Bird raced Ironman Weymouth, his second Ironman in his debut year. Owen came 2nd in the 18-24 category.  A great effort on a tough day out.  More work to be done if he wants better and faster but he is happy and enjoying this journey.

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass

Matt Leeman raced 70.3 Weymouth this weekend. His training is going from strength to strength, progressing all the time so we were keen to get back out there and see how that translated in a race. The Tuesday before he picked up a cold and struggled through the week but we decided to give it a go with the view of ‘nothing to lose.’

On the swim Matt was about 1min down on his normal time, so we knew things weren’t great. Onto the bike though he held 5th for some time and he seemed comfortable, however once things caught up with him they caught quickly. He came in T2 11th and didn’t look great, so we waited to see his reaction on the start of the run, and after 4 miles I decided to pull him out. A hard decision to make as Matt felt he could have picked up some places would have never dropped out, but we are mindful as he has another race in 4 weeks. This is a race we see as more a benefit, so there was no point Matt draining his energy. It’s better he now gets his health back and prepares for his next race.

kerryhickson_weymouthKerry Hickson going from strength to strength! 

Kerry Hickson also competed at Weymouth in the 70.3 she was looking to back up her PB performance at the Cotswolds 113 a number of weeks ago. Weymouth gave Kerry some different challenges, but one she wanted to face up to with the course being just a little harder.

The swim being in the sea didn’t bother Kerry one bit. Kerry loves swimming as she showed exiting the water 6th in her AG and with a happy face. Onto the bike, which is her weakness but one that she’s getting stronger in, she worked hard and on this course it wasn’t easy. However the progress started to show when she came in 18th in her AG and in 3hrs 21min. Onto the run and Kerry felt stronger than before to pushed on pulling back places to cross the line in 12th in her AG. And showing great consistency going under 6hrs again. Very well done Kerry going from strength to strength!

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

scott-and-ryanScott and Ryan putting in great efforts at the Madison triathlon.

Chiin-Hooi Tan raced the final race for her season at Challenge Almere. With less than ideal preparation – ‘the flu’ ten days before;  starting was a last minute decision – start the swim and see how you feel!  Swam on feet, one of her best bike splits, and a gutsy run, passing 3 girls in the last 4k. A top 10 in her large age group of 24-39, with 90 on the start list, an excellent result.

“This was the race this year that I felt did me justice.  I have learnt a lot this year, and I was finally able to put it all into action, under less than ideal circumstances.”

Well done Chiin 🙂

Scott McGrath raced in Madison triathlon, in Connecticut,  finishing a super 2nd in his category – off of Ironman training having finished Ironman Canada just three weeks ago. Now to switch our attention to marathon preparation, with a goal race a little over six weeks away. Preparation started with a 10km run after crossing the triathlon finish line 🙂

* a special mention also to Ryan Monaghan who is a training buddy of Scott’s, who also raced Ironman Canada, and followed our Trisutto Ironman training plan. Ryan won his age group, in his hometown race.  Well done Ryan.

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

Hard Work Pays Off

Hard Work Pays Off

Age group win & 3rd Age Grouper overall for Joey-Lynn Musselman. Photo: Asia Tri

This weekend saw the first race of the season for Joey-Lynn Mussleman at the Bangsaen Triathlon near Bangkok.  Always a consistent and dedicated trainer, Joey was rewarded with an Age Group win (and 3rd Age Grouper of the day). She even won a little cash to boot. Super start to the year Joey!

Kim testing out the local Park Run and gave it a thumbs up!Kim testing out the local Park Run and gave it a thumbs up!

Kim Kilgroe has been at our Sunshine Coast Camp for just over a week now and it has been straight to work. This weekend we took advantage of our local Park Run which allows us to run an accurately measured 5k every Saturday morning (for free!) and starts just 2 mins easy jog from our Sunshine Coast Training base.

Mariana SuccessBreakthrough 2015 for Mariana Andrade.

Finally a big congratulations to Mariana Andrade who this week received an award for being the number 1 ranked triathlete and duathlete for 2015 in her State. A nice recognition for a great year.

Race Recap from Coach Cam Watt:

Shannon ProffitShannon Proffit: 3rd overall and 1st in her age-group.

Shannon went to Challenge Wanaka Half amidst a run focus block, designed to rebuild her run. This will take time and dedication, which she has in spades. After front-running the entire race all day, she was caught late in the run to come 3rd overall & 1st in her 30-34 age-group. After spending a week at camp in Gran Canaria, Shannon is adapting great to the Trisutto training methodolgy.

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

nutricross-070-DSC09613-©JAMESMITCHELLPre-race photo: Fast and furious TriActiv Team. ©James Mitchell

It was a cool start to the day at the NuTriCross sprint distance offroad Triathlon in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote but it soon warmed up once the race was under way.

It was a fast swim start, Stephen was 2nd out of the water behind Victor Vovrusko, up and coming Marcos Knight was 5th out of the water. Stephen powered on the mountain bike and lead the whole race to win overall,

TriActiv’s Leon Drajor was 2nd overall. Marcos Knight was 2nd in his age group with another impressive race, Adrian Hernandez was 3rd in the same age category. TriActiv’s Urko Pinto an impressive 15th overall, and David Rey Lopez 45th overall.

In the women’s race Raquel Gonzalez Arestegui led the swim and Lucy 4th,

By the end of the bike Slovakian Aya Stevens was in a comfortable lead and continued on to win. Raquel was 3rd, Lucy 4th, TriActiv’s Laura Mulcahy 5th. TriActiv’s Sandy Robson had a good race and won her age category.

Congratulations to all!

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Mark Richardson completed the Wokingham Half Marathon this morning, as part of his preparations for Ironman South Africa in April, running a respectable time. This the day after 5 hours on the bike and a swim, and prior to another loosen up recovery swim and short east ride later that same day.

Hats off to Mark, as less than 6 months ago he was in the final stage of preparing for Hawaii Ironman when he crashed and sustained cervical spine fractures (a broken neck!) requiring  months in a neck collar and rehab.  Having been in a similar situation myself we were able to work together, and super happy for Mark to be healthy and working hard to earn his spot back at the big dance.

Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:

Andy WTop 5 for Andy in a close finish.

This past weekend, Andy Wibowo was in action at the Meta Sport Sprint Aquathlon in Singapore. After a solid week of training, with the goal of the bigger races later in the year, Andy joined this event out of opportunity since he was picking up a new bike, a Venge Vias from his sponsor Specialize.

In a close race, where the top 5 where within 35 seconds of each other, Andy gave it his all with least than ideal conditions, where he finished a respectable 4th overall in an international field, that included a consistent regular age group champion, national team athletes and 2015 SEA Games medalist.

29:19 AJ Anderson (Australia)

29:25 Bryce Chong (Singapore)

29:38 Rikigoro Shinozuka (Malaysia)

29:53 Andy Wibowo (Indonesia)

29:54 Benjamin Ansel (Malaysia)

Up and onwards for Andy, who after struggling with a shin injury in the 2nd half of least year, is excited to test his bike legs at the Subic 70.3 in 2 weeks time.

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

Race Recap: New Year’s Racing

Race Recap: New Year’s Racing

Hard racing on the beach in Egmond this weekend.

This weekend saw various training events taking place – all good fun and a great way to compliment our Triathlon training.

Mirjam Weerd completed a double header weekend at the beach. No, not sun and surf, but rather bike and run in cold windy conditions alongside the North Sea in The Netherlands! Saturday was the Egmond-Pier-Egmond Mountain bike, followed by a half marathon run on Sunday. Super training weekend!

Mirjam Beach RunNot much sun and surf. Tough conditions on the beach.

A long run day with a twist, Mariana Andrade completed the Disney marathon at Disney World in Florida. Instructions were to take it steady and enjoy the atmosphere as she ran through 4 seperate Disney Parks cheered on by all the Disney characters.

Really happy to see Ingrid Kidd back racing after a nasty bout of illness over the Christmas period. Race 2 of the Monikie Park Duathlon Series in Angus, Scotland saw Ingrid back to form with a strong 3rd place finish. Onwards and upwards.

JaneL100x100A very happy Jane after completing 100×100 swim.

Finally, after accepting and successfully completing the challenge of 100 x 100m in the pool mid-week, Jane Loughnan put her swim form to work on the weekend with back-to-back swim races; the Epic 2.5k Taupo swim on Sat and a Masters 2.5k Event on Sunday.

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Perry_Fiona Davidson2nd for Fiona and a 1st place for Rob.

A special race for Rob and Fiona who competed at the New Year’s Sprint triathlon in Edinburgh to start the new year in style. Will let Fiona tell the story of the event and why it means so much for them!

Rob and I met at the New Year’s day sprint triathlon in Edinburgh 14 years ago so it is a bit of a tradition that we do it when we can. Our Christmas presents were Trisutto kit so this was our first outing in it. The swim is in the Commonwealth pool then out into the cold for 3 laps on the bike round the extinct volcano Arthurs Seat – it is a steep climb but very scenic. The run is then one lap of the same route. As you can imagine the weather in Scotland is unpredictable especially at this time of year but luckily no wind or rain this year just a bit icy! Rob came first in his age group and I was second. Prizes were presented by Lesley Patterson an Xterra world champ who is from Scotland. It is a great event for anyone visiting Edinburgh at Hogmanay!

Race Report from Coach Andrew Wright:

This weekend my France athlete, Gregory Berge competed at the Sovereign Tri Series in Wanaka (New Zealand) as part of a training and racing block down under. He did very well and surprised himself with the performance – particularly with a strong bike and run. Great job.

Now onto today’s race: I finished in 2 hours 19. Swim in 26. Bike in 1hr 08. Run in 43. 30th out of 116 overall and 2nd in my age-group. It’s my first podium ever so I am super happy!

Race Report from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

MelanieB_runningOff season run machine: Melanie Baumann

As part of her off season run work this weekend I had Melanie doing a 12.1 km run race yesterday, she was 5th in her age group 35-39 and there were some good runners in that group! The race was called the Dietiker Neujahrslauf.

Melanie’s report from yesterday’s race:

I’m just really happy about how things are going! A couple of weeks prior to the same race last year, coach Lisbeth suggested some minor adjustments in my running. Did they make me faster right away? No, not really, but it just felt right and I knew it would pay off eventually! And it is paying off, obviously: 7 minutes faster than last year on a 12km run, or 35 seconds faster per km… So, thank you Lisbeth!

Race Report from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Chiin All World

Just a couple of smaller races for my squad this weekend. Gisela Reichmuth did a 6.5km race on snow called the Arosa Run coming in 5th female and 3rd in her category.

Chiin-Hooi Tan also competed at a local 10km even in Denmark coming in 3rd! Well done to Chiin, who also is an AWA  for the third year in a row. Chiin will join the squad for a week of training in Gran Canaria this February.

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

Brett Sutton Post-Kona Camps – Thailand & Canada

Brett Sutton Post-Kona Camps – Thailand & Canada

Ahead of Daniela Ryf’s charge on the $1 million Triple Crown event in Bahrain this year, Head Coach Brett Sutton will oversee her final preparations at the Thanyapura sports & fitness facility in Phuket, Thailand.

This training environment presents Age Group athletes with a wonderful opportunity to join Brett and Multiple Ironman winning European Coach, Jo Spindler, for a 3-day weekend training camp over the last weekend of October and first weekend of November.

Places will be strictly limited.

During the 3-day camps you will receive advice during workouts on your swim, bike and run technique from two of the best coaches in the sport. Brett Sutton is the current coach of the Olympic and Ironman World Champions, while Jo Spindler has coached three separate athletes to Ironman victories this year. Jo’s professional squad will be in Thanyapura ahead of Ironman Malaysia.

After swimming each morning, training for each day is decided depending on the athlete’s needs, race schedules and the weather. There will be opportunity to ask questions during workouts.

There are typically 3 scheduled workouts each day.

Full dates and details can be found at the Camps page:

Triathlon Camps


Calgary Camp is also very excited to announce a 3-day Indoor Winter Camp in Calgary, Canada on the last weekend of November. Brett Sutton will co-coach the Camp and lead triathlon Seminars with Coach Michelle Barnes.


Arrive Friday November 27

1:45pm Orientation and Introduction

2:00- 3:00 pm West End track for bike/wind-trainer session

4:00-6:00 pm Brett Sutton lecture ‘Training Philosophies’ with Q&A

Saturday November 28

9:00-10:30am Pool session

11:00am-1:00pm – Brett Sutton Coaching Seminar (Swim)

2:00- 3:00pm run session on track

Sunday November 29

9:00- 10:30am swim session

11:00am-1:00pm – Brett Sutton Coaching Seminar (Bike / Run)

4:00- 6:00pm West End track for bike/wind-trainer session.