Second place for Barb at the Xterra World Championships this weekend in Maui. Hawaii. Photo Credit: Xterra Media
In what could only be described as an atypical world championships prep, Barb headed to one of her favorite haunts, Maui to grab a second place in the Xterra World Champs. Showing she is no one trick pony, we look forward to adding a few more strings to Barb’s bow in the coming year.
The Captain Matt Trautman showed that his rehab has been going great with a win at the Slanghoek Olympic distance triathlon. These are still early days, and we will continue to ‘hurry slowly’, however I’m thrilled and cautious that we will haven’t seen the best of The Captain yet….
Nini Ruttanaporn showed great progress at Challenge Kanchanaburi as she was able to turn her head off and simply race. This is a major breakthrough, and like Chrissie, if I can cut her head off and put a cabbage on she will continue to improve significantly!
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:
Last weekend I had Jonathan racing the Challenge Forte Village Sardinia, half distance: 15th place Pro M in 4:10.14 (4th Italian athlete) is not yet what we are working for, but after a few months of a very difficult personal situation, Johnnie now is starting again to work consistently and we are already looking to the new season 2018. His Sardinia race, nevertheless, was good. He was able to exit the swim with a second group and biked with this chase group until the 20km mark, then the strong german biker, Andreas Dreitz, came by and Johnnie decided to try to stay with him. This was a good and courageous decision, even if Johnnie than payed a little during the run. But it was an excellent test race to find out where we have to work to get back on top. Congrats Johnnie, well done!
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
Nat Kerr lined up for another race last weekend at Bribie Island where she dominated the Sprint! This one was of the best races I’ve seen from Nat where she posted her best bike power and fastest run off the bike to date with an AG win and fastest amateur time! Next up Hervey Bay 100 in 2 weeks 🙂
Mary Tanner has been quietly training away since she joined me after Vernon Camp in July. With a bit more quality and a bit less volume Mary is showing some huge improvements in training so we threw in a 1/2 Marathon this weekend where she had her fastest run in ages. Mary is the queen of consistency and can’t wait to see it all pay off in her big races next year!!!
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
This weekend, I had Nick Morrell and Victor Manrique running the 20 kms of Geneva. They both had great races and both did PB’s. Nick ran in 1:21.50 and Victor in 1:21:08. Here’s a photo of my running twins! Nick’s from the UK and Victor is from Venezuela! And they both live in the French speaking part of Switzerland. 🙂
Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:
Ana Berenguel Anter – This weekend Ana travelled to her home to Costa Brava to visit family and race Swimrun Marathon Cap de Creus which she really enjoys and often adds to here racing calendar. It was a beautiful and sunny day in Spain which made this race experience in stunning nature of Costa Brava even more rewarding. Ana loves racing and execution is one of her many strengths. This time was no different. Ana produced a superb performance to secure her podium place, only 2 min to the 2nd. It was an amazing result in a competitive women’s field. Her smile tells all the story! Congratulations Ana! We have already put this race on our calendar for the entire ‘Coach Rafa Team’, with Ana as the Team leader. Watch out Costa Brava!
David Nicholson – Challenge Sardinia middle distance was on David’s race calendar last weekend. It proved to be a real challenge for all the competitors with strong gusty winds throughout the day. David is driven by challenges and conditions would never weaken him. David was focused and determined and produced a very solid result: strong swim in a choppy water, testing bike ride with both conditions and the terrain (hard and hilly bike course) to finish off with challenging run course where David could use his running form and fitness to power to the finish line. This was a very good training race for David while we are getting ready for his late season Ironman.
Sardinia lived up to the expectations of beautiful place for the race with a bit of ‘spice’. It has been a race to remember and, hopefully, come back to for David. I’m sure next time David would love to experience this with his number 1 supporter, his wife Clare. ‘Clare, the coach missed your updates too!‘ Very well done David! I’m very proud how you handled this race.
Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:
Last weekend John Anthony raced on the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia at the half distance Challenge Forte Village. After finishing his first full triathlon event earlier this year in Roth, John kept working and training over the summer and decided to fully enjoy Challenge Sardinia with stunning views on the bike and run. John did very well on the tough courses under heavy and windy conditions and put himself in a position to qualify for the Championship at Challenge Samorin next year with a 5th place in his agegroup. Congratulations John!
Lysander Marchena had his mind set on IRONMAN 70.3 Miami. He started from scratch, did the hard work next to demanding job at the family business and pushed himself to the limits. The IRONMAN world championships a week earlier only ignited his fire and when finally raceweekend was there he found himself excited and ready to go. But, as it sometimes is during racetime, during the race itself he let himself ride an extra loop on the bike course. Confused by other contenders that he still needed to do an extra loop, he went out and put his head down. In the end he rode way more then 90km! I applaud him for not letting go in pursuing his dream to make it to the finish line. He persisted and ran out to finish at his very first ever half ironman race. It hasn’t discouraged him in any way as he’s already on the look out for another race. Lysander will be back to revenge this race. Congratulations Lysander on your first IRONMAN finish!
Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:
This week Mania Bikof raced in Ocean Lava Rhodes 70,3 dst. in rough water and windy conditions, she took the victory overall and her category too with PB by 5min. She started in good steady pace and come to the end in same speed.
Michalis Theocharous has another victory in his AG in a criterium bike race in Cyprus, is the 6th in a row win for Michalis from September.
Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:
Jeremy Breach cranked off a 47min half distance PB (biggest gains 35min on the bike and 6min on the run) at 70.3 Arizona. Jeremy also cracked the top 10 in his AG for the first time in this series.
Leanne Smyth also scored a 6min PB overall time at the Nepean short course in Sydney Australia, a preparation/training race en route to 70.3 Sydney next month.
Annabel Cowper completed her first open marathon in Lucern Switzerland. The goal was to crack the 4hrs barrier. Given recent injuries/niggles the plan was to get to 32k “comfortably” and if all was good at that point to then build the next 10k to a strong finish. And that she did managing her pacing and nutrition perfectly to cross the line in 3.50hrs and placing 13th in her AG to boot.
Scott Bradley had a rough day at the office at 70.3 Austin. After a superb block of training leading into the race, he was struck by (what we now know post-race) a sinus infection just two days beforehand. Despite waning energy, Scott still gutted it out putting in the 6th fastest bike split and finished the day 14th male overall. While not the end-season race we had anticipated, I am proud of Scott’s fight as he did not quit when the going got rough and instead gave everything he had on the day. He’ll be back.
Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:
After some quiet weeks the run season is in full swing now.
Alexander Orlov ran the half marathon in Lviv in the Ukraine last weekend. After he ran a personal best over 5 and 10km just recently he could show a massive half marathon personal best last weekend. A perfect nutrition and pacing plan brought Alexander to the finish line after 1hr44min. That meant a personal best by 19min! “Once again, self-discipline in plan execution, nutrition and hydration intake made a result.” This sums it up perfectly.
Marc Haller finished his season by running the Frankfurt Marathon on Sunday. The preparation wasn’t that easy but nevertheless Marc came close to his personal best with less than 50% of the Volume he did in his previous marathon preparations. He finished the marathon after 3hrs28min. Something Marc definitely can be proud off! Short break to recover now and then the preparation for the next season will start.
Hardy Wiedemann did a local 10km run to get back to some intensity after the season break. He did not only participate but even won the 40-45 agegroup in the Harburger ‘Karablauf’. Very well done just some weeks after the season break!
Already last weekend Jan-Erik Wilhelmsen did a 10km run in Oslo. During the entire summer he spent countless hours at work and with further education. We had to limit the training to a minimum but he could still show a very good result by running 43min for the 10km. I am sure Jan Erik will completely take off when education is done and the hours at work get more moderate!
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Flora Colledge raced in her local 10km trail race in Basel, Switzerland. The conditions to Flora’s liking with mud, hills, and pelting rain! Running with the leaders early, a long sustained hill saw them get away, but a very nice 5th place finish in a field of runner runners. Also a good long run day with 5km warm up and 5km cool down. Happy athlete, and happy coach.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Swiss athletes Nina and Sandra both headed to Lucerne to tackle the Half Marathon at the Swiss City Marathon festival. A super day all round with both athletes enjoying great races and significant PB’s. Always satisfying to see such progress reflected out on the race track. 🙂
Congratulations to all athletes competing this weekend.
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