Congratulations James on a record breaking win at the Sun City Ultra in South Africa.
The boys are back in town! It gave me great pleasure to see Reinaldo Colucci climb back after a federation debacle, to show who was Brazil’s best hope at the 2016 Olympics. On Saturday he dismantled the national championship with a devastating 2 min win. Breaking away at the 12k mark the last this highly competitive field saw of him after he made a brilliant bike leg and backed it up with a great run. He will now head to IM Brazil for his first IM in 9 years. We wish him well!
While on the other side of the world his old training partner, James Cunnama bounced back after a disappointing IM South Africa to post a 17 min record breaking performance at the Sun City Ultra. Once again carrying the Trisutto colours, James will now venture to Europe for some tune up races, and as he regains his form, will look to make a late run on the Kona qualifying.
A convincing win for Rei and 3rd race in 3 week for Corinne as she rebuilds for 2017. Right Photo Credit: Rob Holden Photography
Corinne Abraham also took another step in her preparation for the short term goal of hitting the podium at IM Lanzarote Great step foreward for all three.
Race Recap from Coach Cam Watt:
Katey Gibb won the Busselton 70.3 over the weekend, an effort we are all very proud of here at Trisutto. Katey has had quite the last 6 months, relocating from Perth to the East Coast, changing jobs, getting engaged, turning 30, a lot going on!!! Busselton 70.3 though holds a special meaning for Katey, almost like a home race. Since Geelong 70.3 Katey has been battling a knee problem, that has made us use a most unconventional of lead ups over the last couple of months, and if it was any other race then Busso, we most certainly would of rested and shifted focus. Katey proved again though that a trait of a winner is that their mind controls an unwilling body, rather then the other way around. Such a fantastic job of overcoming mixed with self belief and determination!!! Very special victory!!!
Erin Reid and Hayley Stevenson raced the Port Macquarie 70.3 and both had great days out, Erin’s first big race for nearly a year and once warmed up as Port in May can be quite chilly to start out, Erin brought the day home strong. Hayley was strong all day and used it as one stepping stone closer to Ironman Nice in July.
Damien Collins raced the Japan Stongman a few weeks ago, his “professional” debut. Damo has been just ticking over the training for the last few months trying to build some consistency after an injury riddled 2016. Strongman was organized last year sometime, so we didn’t let this distract from the need to step back and avoid the same injuries again, so did this race off very non specific work…daunting to the say the least, but Damo handled himself fine, had a great trip and picked up 5th place.
Race Recap from Coach Mary Beth Ellis:
Lisa Roberts had a solid season debut finishing 7th in the professional female race in St. George. After a big training block in the pool and on the bike, Lisa has been back running for about a month and is making rapid strides. This race is one of the toughest courses on the circuit and was a great way for Lisa to see her progress and where she wants to be later this season. Lisa will be flying this summer and is already planning her assault on the Ironman circuit.
In her local half marathon race, Claudia Kretschman won her age group battling tough conditions and some tired legs from her last few weeks of training. Claudia is building towards Ironman Mt. Tremblant this summer. She’s balancing a crazy work schedule as well as taking care of her family. She is fit, healthy and excited to be back on the Ironman circuit this season.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Congratulations to Nina Derron, finishing 4th Pro female at Challenge Rimini and getting a feel for racing at the front end of the field. It was a gutsy performance by Nina who was prepared to lay it on the line to see what could happen. She comes away from the race with much confidence and looking forward to go around again at her home race next month in Rapperswil.
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
Strong Weekend and goals achieved for two of my hard working athletes.
First Craig McGuigan made his return to Ironman Australia since 2015. I’ve been coaching Craig for the past 11 months and his goal has been to get back on top of the podium after falling short of the win for the previous two years. In Craig’s mind he was thinking it would take a few years to get the title back, but I had different plans and we went to work!
We made some important changes to the structure of Craig’s training and he executed the plan in the only way he knows how, with unbelievable consistency and dedication day after day. He makes no excuses and always finds a way to get the work done! On top of working shift work as an air traffic controller, he also has a family with a lovely wife and three kids. This year on his sons 18th birthday, his son and his wife all decided they would do the race together.
Craig is a very strong swimmer but with our race plan the instructions were to just swim steady with no 400m time trial at the start. In my opinion for age groupers, this is suicide. So Craig cruised the swim in 52 min, coming out first in his age group. He then proceeded to set a new bike PB of 5:04, almost 6 min faster than 2015, 12 min faster than 2014 and had a huge lead heading onto the run. He followed up with a 3:29 marathon and finished with a 5 min lead to reclaim the title as the M45-49 Ironman Australia Age Group Champion!
Not only did he win his age, but he got his best placing ever in an Ironman, finishing 23rd overall. Even better was that his body stayed healthy the whole build leading into the race, no injuries, no sickness and no rock tape. In my opinion this is #1 for a long life and continued improvement in the sport. Huge congratulations again to Craig as well as his wife Wendy and son Connor – what a family!
Next up Melonie Macdonald wanted to race the hardest 70.3 on the circuit, St George as a good hard training day in the lead up to the main race in Boulder in 5 weeks. This was the only goal for St George and Melonie, as always showed her toughness and very good Ironman fitness as she just got stronger as the race went on. We decided not to have too much of a taper than we would normally have for the main reason so we could keep things rolling for the final push to Boulder!
Melonie’s swim has improved leaps and bounds in training but unfortunately had some trouble and lost a bit of control in the swim. After a few stops, she kept her head together with the task at hand and rode very strong on the bike with excellent power. The first part of the run went for km’s up a canyon where I think most struggled but after some extra calories, Melonie came around and claims to have felt the best on the run than she has in a half for years. The race was far from perfect but Melonie still came over the line 13th in a Championship race with only a couple minutes separating the next 5 in front of her. I’m always so proud of how she handles herself in training and racing and I have no doubt with the work she has done that she will have the race she hopes for in Boulder!
Race Recap from Coach Mathias Hecht:
Bettina (Steiger) raced at Triathlon Rheinfelden over 0.7/43/11 distance and got her second overall win this season. We have been working hard on her bike and swim over winter. while she still needs some time to improve her swim, her bike turned already into a weapon. and we all know she can run as a former mountain and orienteering runner. I couldnt have imagined a better start into the season for her on her way to her first Ironman in Zürich in July she will start at the Duathlon in Zofingen and the 70.3 in Rapperswil.
Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:
This weekend I had five athletes race at the 70.3 North American Championships in St. George. The conditions were near perfect for the race with low winds, cloud cover on the bike, and bright sun and heat on the run. It was fantastic to come together with the crew and everyone raced well for an early season event. 2017 is going to be a big year for these athletes.
Patricia Neubauer is a true newcomer to the sport. St. George was her first 70.3 and she picked a tough one! Pat finished 29th in her category with a consistent effort from start to finish. Pat’s enthusiasm for the sport and life are inspiring. Now that Pat’s got one under the belt, I expect that she’ll be making big gains.
Mike Hill, racing AG 30-34, had the fastest swim in his group with a 24:42. He backed it up with a solid bike and then put in a respectable run to finish 19th in his category. Well done Mike.
Jamie Christy, a newcomer to my resident squad in Bend, OR clocked the fastest overall AG female swim at 26:08. After working very hard to improve her bike, Jamie rode a personal best for the distance by over 20 minutes. Jamie finished 6th in the 18-24 category. Excellent start to the season Jamie!
Lauren Capone represented our squad in the pro field finishing 12th for the day.
Blaine Egan has made massive improvements in the water this winter and exited the swim in 9th position in the 35-39 category. Nursing a bit of a hip issue, Blaine rode a strong but conservative bike, and followed the plan to hold back on the run. He cracked the top 50 for his group and got a solid effort under the belt in a very disciplined race.
Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:
Stefan Curzio raced a fast Olympic distance Triathlon at Caldaro – Bolzano – Italy. 2h 38’ 20’’his time over 1,5-40-10km triathlon, which was 44th M50-54. Stefano delivered a solid swim (improving his swim ~1 min) but suffered and had to push through heavy legs on the bike and run. Now we determining the causes of low energy during bike and run. Stefano: looking forward and be yourself!
Unfortunately a DNF for Nicola Sforza at Challenge Rimini. Back, neck and flank pain problems the days before the race made it impossible for him to finish. He tried, but during the run he had to stop. He has overcome many obstacles during the winter but he had to always be positive. I’m proud of you.Now we focus on getting fully healthy and having a great rest of the season. Nothing is lost! Keep dreaming…
For Anna Franchini it was the first race of the 2017. She raced Challege Rimini – middle distance on Sunday. She placed 7th W 50-54 in a total time of 6:37.43, one hour less last year!! Yeah! Anna had a great race, a PB on the swim and fast bike and run. This fall and winter are focused on a swim and bike stimulus and to getting her up to strenght with the Trisutto methodologies across the disciplines. I’m very happy about her progress and resilience. Congratulation Anna!!
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
On Sunday, I had one of my athletes, Nick Morrell, running the half marathon in Geneva as a warm up for 70.3 Switzerland. Nick did very well, especially considering that his warm up for this race was 2 days on telemark skis before rushing home to do the run race! Nick ran: 1:28:22. Nick used to be a very good rower. The highlights of his club racing career were racing at Henley Royal Regatta and then twice being vice-champion at the Swiss Championships. Nick is going very well and I’m very excited for him to race IM 70.3 Switzerland in a few weeks.
Race Recap from Coach Matt Trautman:
This weekend saw two of my athletes racing in the build up to their priority races later in the year. Otto Du Plessis competed in the Sun City Ultra in South Africa, coming away with a personal best time of 4hr30min for a 70.3 distance race and finishing an impressive 12th overall. Otto has put in a great block of training over the last few weeks and the results are already starting to show.
David Hunt raced Challenge Lisbon and unfortunately wasn’t feeling great before the race, congrats to David on sticking it out on a tough day and getting in a good training day in less than ideal circumstances
Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:
Kati Pusey raced one of the more popular around London duathlon, The Dragonslayer – it is a London League event with fierce competition amongst the local clubs. Over last few weeks we were working hard on Kati’s run which although solid has still a lot of room for improvement. The results show that we are on the right track.
David raced an Olympic distance race in Mallorca on Saturday, only few days after a severe food poisoning. He started training again on Wednesday and the sessions were very light with only stronger pickups to allow him re-gaining the strength. The result – a nearly perfect race and a 3 min PB racing not only competitors in his AG but also his son. It is very inspiring to see different generations racing side by side and enjoying the experience. Well done David, not only with the race and PB but also getting family involved in your healthy life style.
As part of his Ironman preparation Steve Lyons decided to race apparently one of the toughest Sportives in Europe. No it is not in Spain, France or Italy. It is the 112 miles (180km) Fred Whitton Sportive with over 4,000m of altitude gain and gradients reaching or even exceeding 30%. Steve rode strongly and finished in 8hours45 of actual riding. If it wasn’t enough, next week another one but on this occasion it will be only 3000m.
Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:
Back from a small injury, Maxi Spahn raced the Hassbergritt MTB Test event this weekend in Germany. He was able to produce a solid race, and make the moves when it mattered to win. We have some fitness to regain, before the German National Championships in July! Good work Maxi!
Isabelle Boberg raced both aCross-Country and an Uphill Time Trial MTB race in Italy as part of the European Deaf-Cycling Cup this weekend. She was able to come away with the win on both days, showing great fitness as we move towards her season goal of the Deaf-Olympics this summer! Wonderful job, Isabelle!
After some great training the past couple weeks, Steve Brown was looking to add to his win total for the year. Unfortuantely, another athlete attacked at the start of the race and held off the field for the solo win. Steve stayed calm, did what he could and grabbed 2nd place in the field sprint. Way to salvage a great result, Steve!
After a 2 week work trip to Europe, with only run-training available to him, Carlos Martinez took part in a local Sprint-Duathlon this past weekend in Mexico. His increased run fitness showed as he produced PR’s at the 5 and 2.5k distance, as well as keeping a very solid bike pace. He came away with 6th place Age Group! Congrats, Carlos!
This weekend, Christian Pleul competed in a local sprint-Duathlon in Germany. A very strong first run and a very consistent bike ride set him up for a good 2nd run. This was his first attempt at the discipline, and he produced a very solid race as we work towards a Half-Ironman later this year. The training is paying off and the speed is showing, congrats Christian!
Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:
After many successful run races and some duathlons in the pre season as part of the preparation this weekend most of my racing athletes where actually doing triathlons. The European season has really started now.
After two races last weekend the racing beast Borris Jung was satisfied with “just” one Olympic distance this weekend. He finished second in his agegroup in the Fulda Olympic distance Triathlon with a good bike and run performance. First place was definitely lost in the swim with a 4min deficit.I hope that we can work together in a training camp soon to fix the swim. With a better swim he will make a big jump in the result list.
Martin Kasten did Challenge Lissabon as a first test during his 2017 Kona campaign. He has send me a picture of a deep cut under his foot after the race. My initial thoughts were “no way he finished the race with that cut”. But it turned out that he did exactly that. The cut already happened in the swim but did not keep him from riding a personal best on the bike and run a solid half marathon to finish with a time of 4:42:29. I should mention that the biggest surprise was a high 27:51min swim. He exited the water just over 5min behind the leading pros and could better his personal best over 1,9km by about 8min. TBF swimming and a camp weekend seemed to have worked very well for Martin. I am sure that he could have run a bit faster then 1:41 without that nasty cut under his foot ;-). We will look for another test race during the preparation for Ironman Hamburg which will be Martins first qualifying attempt.
Florian Blumenthal did his first Triathlon of the season as well. He raced the Rheinfelden Olympic distance triathlon and could improve in all three disciplines compared to his last year performance. I should add that it was raining cats and dogs in Rheinfelden last Sunday. Definitely not the best conditions to improve, but he did nevertheless.
Alexander Orlov did his first race since he joined me. It was a 5-20-2,5 Duathlon where drafting was allowed. He had a quite hectic travel to the race because his alarm clock decided not to work on race morning, but still arrived in time after the two hour drive. He wrote to me after the race about the first run that the last time he was faster was at school and with 20kg less. As a mixed martial arts fighter these 20kg are of course mainly muscles. Alexander showed a lot of progression during the past three months and could get on his bike just before the lead group laped him on the short loop. Both the best Ukrainian Pro athletes and the agegroup athletes where starting together and were in the same race. Since his big goal for the future is a good performance in a draft legal race we trained a lot for this kind of race mode. It paid off and Alexander could hold the group for quite a while until a nasty crash happened. Tough as he is, it did not keep him from finishing the race in the middle of the field!
I am really happy to work with such passionate athletes!
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:
Half distance Triathlon Candia – Italy. It was a cold day, very low water temperature and rainy outside, so a lot of athletes had problems to warm up and performed a bit under efficiency. I’m glad that my athletes nonetheless showed very good races and improvements:
Emanuele Mutti, 5th M25-29 in 4:18.06. After a few run races this year, it was the first triathlon for Manu and despite suffering a lot the cold in the water and on the bike (Emanuele is very skinny…) he was able to put together a really good effort in all disciplines. Especially the run in 1:17 was excellent. The road to his first Ironman race later in the season is the right one – keep on going Manu!
Diego Ludovici, 7th M35-39 in 4:08.06 showed an excellent race management! Last season, in most races, he pushed to hard on the bike and was not able to perform well on the run. This year Diego has made huge improvements, he can still push hard not he bike, but also run very fast afterwards. We will continue in this direction, very good job athlete!
Alina Losurdo, 3rd F30-34 in 4:53.37. Last year Alina suffered a lot because of the cold water, also mentally. This time she was able to stay focused, positive with the outcome of a huge improvement. This race was a training race for Challenge Samorin, the Half Distance Challenge Championship which will take place on 3rd June. We are definitely ready to go Alina!
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
Action from the third Race in the Lanzarote series. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography
On Saturday I had some of my 13-17 year old TriActiv members racing their 3rd points triathlon race of the Lanzarote series, earning points and positions for their Canarian Championship in 1 months time, I had 7 athletes racing and all looked confident and strong in their races.
- First the Infantile category raced. Jorge Wilkes and Harry Holdaway took the lead from the gun. Leading the swim, dominant on the bike with Harry going onto the run in first place with Jorge not far behind. During the run Jorge overtook Harry to take the win. Harry still recovering from a recent bike crash did a great job in the race to take 2nd place. Congratulations boys.
- In the Cadete race, Triathlon Champion Alvao Bernal took the lead early in the swim, but Marcos Knight came out the water in 3rd place, after a strong bike he went onto the run in 2nd place and held that place to the finish line. Congratulations Marcos.
- Thomas Cleminson came out the water with some work to do, but had a great bike and run to finish top 10 in the boys race.
- In the girls race Anne Peromo led out the water with Mia Leadbeater and Tiffany Carbera Robson right on her heals.
- Mia and Anne had a strong bike still keeping their positions on the bike, Mia had a very strong run to win the race, Anne held onto her 2nd place while Tiffany charged to a strong 3rd place. Congratulations Girls.
Strong racing from the Tri-Active Team. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Chiin-Hooi Tan only two weeks after the Hamburg marathon, was feeling a little restless, and in our flexible plan of ‘any race, any time, any where’ woke up on Sunday morning and decided to enter a local Digeløb Nr 68 half marathon! It was not a trail run, but not a road run either. Section on beach in soft sand and no visible path, section in the forest and the rest on gravel roads. Loved the beach and forest sections, so fun. I didn’t have any expectations, so ended up doing a bit of this and that. And in deed, there is the secret we can all learn from, as ‘a bit of this and that’ included passing the leading male at 1.5km’s to go, taking the overall win (male and female), and setting a new female course record for the event 🙂 Congrats Chiin,
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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