Commanding Victories in Germany

Commanding Victories in Germany

The big fella, James Cunnama, taking out the inaugural Ironman Hamburg in fine style!

It was another big weekend of racing for the squad with podiums across the board.

Great job Julie!

Julie Derron kicked off the weekend winning the Schaffhauser Triathlon short course. After leading out the swim, the usual problem of girls caught up in mens packs was once again evident. However Julie put the hammer down on the run to take the victory. She is now fit to race her first World Cup of the season in two weeks time.

Second place for Barb at the Embrun Grand Prix

Barb Riveros had her first race with us advising her and she didn’t disappoint. A great second in the French Grand Prix at Embrun with out any rest / taper. It was an excellent effort.

Racing her way back to fitness, Jane forces down some calories at Challenge Finland. Photo Credit: Challenge Finland

Jane Hansom was back in the naughty corner after a great camp and Challenge Roth race. However as she let her training slip, it is back to back races for Jane to pull her back into gear. First stop was Challenge Finland with a category win, and now she will be off to 70.3 Dublin next week. Following that it is Kona lead in program for Jane.

In total control, James cruises to victory in Hamburg.

Leaving the best to last….., James Cunnama had a brilliant day at Ironman Hamburg. It was a new course for everyone, and a departure from prior James build ups, as one usually sees him in Embrun this time of year. It was our hope to continue his new bike technique experiment, and the flatter course of Hamburg provided a great opportunity. After his excellent 4th in Ironman Frankfurt we knew he would be fitter later in the season and so he proved it to be. With a controlled first 90k on the bike, before a crushing last 90k I’m sure he liked to be riding more like Kienle than James. To then pop off a 2 hour 40 minute run, one must think James is heading back to where he belongs. In the top 10 Ironmen in the world. Well done James.

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Lots of chicken dinner at the Derron household on Saturday night….

It was a winning weekend all round. 🙂 First up Nina Derron joined sister Julie on the winners list at the Schaffhauser Triathlon; dominating the Long Course event at Switzerland’s oldest Triathlon! A top effort across each swim, bike and run.

Good work Mirjam – bike strength is returning.

Mirjam Weerd also enjoyed a win and the opportunity to go full gas for an hour at the weekends Subways Vlakte Race – a 30km mountain bike extravaganza in Curacao!

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Podium smiles 🙂 Well done Kate!

Kate Bevilaqua won the 16th Annual Emmett’s Most Excellent Triathlon in Idaho, USA, after a good block of training. This was Kate’s first win since getting married to Guy Crawford. Now Kate travels over to Singapore for her next race 70.3 Bintan

Race Recap from Coach Cam Watt:

Wins for both Sarah and Damo at Lake Jordanelle.

This past weekend Damien Collins and Sarah Crowley took the oppotunity to race the Lake Jordanelle Olympic Distance Triathlon which was a short 20min drive from our training camp base in Park City Utah. It was a really well run race set amongst the high mountains and provided a great hitout leading into the next block of big races…They both took out the overall wins too!!

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

Amy very happy with 3rd at the Lake Chaparral Olympic Distance 🙂

Sometimes sending an athlete off to a race last minute is a great way to show an athlete what they are capable of, without any time to over think the race! This is what went down in Calgary when I sent Amy Ellet to the Lake Chaparral Olympic Distance in Calgary on Sunday with only a few days notice. As I’ve mentioned in other blogs, Amy is talented, especially time trailing on the bike. She still only swims 1 /week and runs minimally as the goal for now is to just keep training “fun” to balance out her fairly stressful job. Well Amy proved that even with still very low volume she can improve & get results! She ended up 3rd in the race with the fastest female bike split of the day and a new Olympic Distance PB! This made me incredibly happy, way to go Amy!!!

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Ticket booked to Hawaii! Congratulations Tina 🙂

On Sunday, one of my athletes, Bettina Strehl raced IM Hamburg. She had a great race and got what she came for! A slot to Hawaii! By getting this slot, Bettina had to win her age group 40-44 which she did! Bettina raced very well and hard, with a swim of 1:03, a bike of 5:20 and a 3:50 run. Well done Tina, so happy for you!

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Lauren, crushing Chicago Swim Run with great friends.

Lauren Vallee raced a grassroots swim, run event with friends in Chicago this weekend which she describes as the most fun event of the year. In her own words: “The race covers over 18 miles of running and over 3 miles of swimming from the north end of the Chicago Lakeshore bike path to south of Promontory Point…. We ran down Michigan Ave in our speedos.” We’ve been working together about a month and in that time we’ve made serious headway in all three disciplines. Lauren’s run is really starting to come along, and it showed in the Chicago Swim Run. Most importantly, Lauren is rediscovering the fun in training and racing. Coach is psyched to see how she does at IM Los Cabos! Well done Lauren.

Logan Cunningham, raced at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Omaha, Nebraska this past weekend. Continuing to make gains, Logi dropped ten minutes from her time on the course last year. Aging up to the 20-24 category, Logi came in 12th in the group. We’re looking forward to a big fall racing campaign for Logan with ITU World Championships in Rotterdam as well as collegiate racing here in the US.

Bex, back at it on the trails.

Bex Fink loves racing. With IM Whistler just two weeks past, Bex asked if she could get out and enjoy an off-road triathlon. Bex did the Xterra PDX outside of Portland, Oregon. It was a fun and beautiful weekend for Bex as she decides what race will be next on her calendar!

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

Congratulations Diana, a wonderful performance in Regensburg. Photos: Credit: Ingo Kutsche

Diana Riesler did her last Sub-9 finish at Challenge Vichy in 2013. From then on she raced courses like IM Lanzarote and Malaysia where such times are impossible. She started doubting that she’ll ever be able again to do a Sub-9. But at the press conference of Challenge Regensburg last Saturday the men were talking of a Sub-8 finish and Diana said: ‘Well, if the men will stay under 8 hours, I will stay under 9 hours!’ She is a very logic and straight forward thinker. And indeed did she produce one of her best races ever. She exited the water as 1st lady in 54mins – only 4mins behind the men leader. The first two hours on the bike it was not her weather: heavy rain and freezing cold. But she fought through it. But then the wind was picking up and dried the roads. She was really hammering the bike and entered T2 with a bike split of 4:38h (!). This meant that she could have a coffe break on the run and would still finish Sub-9 – a 3:20h marathon would be good enough. At the end she ran 3:13h (still easy pace), got a new PB with 8:51:02hrs and a new PB on the bike as well. And finished 12th over all;-) Just great to see her in such a fantastic shape just 4 weeks after one of the toughest races: IM Bolton, UK. And BTW: If you are looking for a fast race, then Regensburg is your choice: Incredibly well organized, a fast course, almost flat, smooth roads and a scenic run in one of Germany’s most lovely cities.

Peter nails Challenge Regensburg!

Peter Rudolph gave his Long Distance debut at Challenge Regensburg. He had an incredible race. His weakest part is the swim but with a 1:07h everything was still possible. On the rainy and windy bike course he made up a lot of time and after 4:40h he entered T2. On the run he looked pretty well and gave the other competitors a hard time as well. With a 3:13h marathon and an over all time of 9:06h he crossed the finish line as 2nd man in his AG (German Vice Long Distance Champ) and became 12 over all, including the Pro athletes and two Age Groupers. Really happy to see him smashing his first long distance race in such a great manner!

Strong on the bike!

Barbara Tettenborn raced IM Hamburg. She had a fantastic swim with the fastest split in her Age Group. Unfortunately Barbara had a puncture on the bike and lost her rhythm and a lot of time to fix it. Despite this puncture she felt well on the bike and still cycled the 5th fastest bike split of her AG. The final marathon was her biggest enemy on the day and a few other ladies of her AG passed her on this section. But at the end she became 5th lady and without her puncture she had a podium spot. I’m very happy with her race. She had super consitent training leading up and told me that she never felt as good during and  after an Ironman. We will now work on her run, select the right course and then a Kona slot will be just a matter of a puncture-free race.

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Waiting for his athletes to emerge…., Coach Christian on the swim course in Hamburg.

Last weekend I had 4 athletes racing the inaugural Ironman Hamburg. I stood up half past 4 to drive to Hamburg. I did not want to miss the opportunity to see my athletes race there and give them some support along the course. Stephan Meinecke, Martin Kasten, Daniel Schollmayer and Leonhard Wiedemann were all not new to the distance but everyone was racing with slightly different goals.

Stephan Meinecke was there to be a top contender in his agegroup. The training leading into the race went almost perfect and Stephan felt great during raceweek. He once again had one of the fastest swims of the day with the 16th place overall (first in the 45-49 AG) out of the water. Just four minutes behind the leading pros. On the bike he could hold his first place for a very long time since it was the first time that he actually could perform to his potential on the bike. In addition Stephan felt comfortable for the entire bikeride. He started the marathon in 2nd place in his agegroup and still felt good on the pace we had discussed beforehand. But when I saw Stephan on the beginning of the second loop it was clear that something was wrong with him. He was pale as chalk and told me that he suddenly started to feel terrible. I first thought it was an energetic problem, but nothing seemed to help. It was just his mental strength that got him to the finishline after 9hrs and 43min. A run like in Venice 2 months ago would have meant the clear agegroup win. Stephan is already looking for the next race to show he can win his agegroup in an Ironman.

Leonhard started to work with me after he was a bit disappointed with his race in Roth 5 weeks ago. 5 weeks are not much to achieve big changes, but he was able to swim 4 minutes faster, ride 2 minutes faster on a harder course and run 4 minutes faster compared to Roth. Leonhard reached the finish line after 9hrs and 44min with a 24th place in his agegroup. We have to fix his run off the bike until next season and he will be able to achieve his goal of qualifying for Hawaii.

Daniel on the run in Hamburg.

Daniel had a very difficult preparation with many hours at work and very limited time for the training. He is also father of three kids and had to find the right balance between work, family and training. Nevertheless he had a very good race in Hamburg. Especially the run was a lot better compared to the Ironmans he had done before. A 3:43 Marathon let him cross the finishline after 10hrs and 37min which was even a personal best of 13min despite the very limited training ;-).

Martin on the run

Martin Kasten had a very rough last 10km of the run. The goal was to beat his personal best of 10hrs28min. It looked very good until km 30 on the run where he went into massive problems. Running was no longer possible and he had to walk the last part of the marathon to the finishline. A very aggressive pacing on the bike seemed to be the issue this time. Martin finished the race after 11hrs11min. Martin already looks for the next race to show what he is capable of.

Christian Karlberg did an Olympic distance triathlon in Sweden last Saturday. He could finish the race in 6th place overall and win his agegroup. His last race of the season will be a middle distance triathlon in Sala next weekend.

Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:

Rebecca Joslin did a last hitout at a local 32km trailrun last weekend. Rebecca has been preparing for the Icon Livigno Extreme in two weeks and she shows a good form. Not only did she have a lot of fun and felt great running for over 3 hours, she also nailed a 190 cadence average and took 2nd place at the finishline! So far Rebecca has found herself on the podium in her agegroup at all races she entered. Season already a succes with cherry on the cake still to come.

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Yannis Theodoropoulos raced in the 6th annual Midnight Man, the first night time triathlon in the world, featuring the only 100% closed road bike course in the Uk. A 2 lap swim, 9 lap bike and 4 lap run starting at 5pm for the half distance race, meant nightfall during the final 2 laps of the bike with front and rear lights of other bikes showing the way!  The 4 lap run was well supported with the addition of salted crackers to Yannis run nutrition plan on lap 3 🙂  A wonderful experience, and event.   With the 5pm start it also afforded the opportunity for a warm up in the morning with a 45 minute swim, 30 minute bike and 20 minute easy run 🙂    Well done Yannis for not only a bike PB and a run PB – but also for showing us not every race has to be one of the major brands.

Gisela Reichmuth raced in a 2 person team at Challenge Regensburg in a unique format where each team mate did the swim one after the other, then the bike one after the other, then the run one after the other.   Was a fun day, and excellent training.


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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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Back Racing On Top of the World!

Back Racing On Top of the World!

This weekend, the Nicola Spirig Kids Cup came to St Moritz. What a joy it was to see the race growing with every year, with 180 kids participating. We had fine weather, great volunteers, kids had a blast, and squad athletes were out helping the kids. Just a wonderful day.

Great images from the Nicola Spirig Kids Cup in St.Moritz!

The next day, the rain, the wind, and more rain came to greet the competitors at the St.Moritz Triathlon and Duathlon sprint races. Once again the squad participated in each race. Our two athletes heading for Ironman races next week (James Cunnama and Lisa Roberts) were entered in both races by coach. When they asked why should they do that, got the answer – ‘The Champ did it last year going into the Olympics’. No more queries and to be honest I was proud both got on with it in the most deplorable conditions.

James and Lisa both doubled up, racing the duathlon first followed by the triathlon an hour later!

The highlight of the morning was Nicola Spirig stepping out in her first race since baby Malea was born, and although still breast feeding, was like nothing has changed in the last 12 months. The gun went and so did the champ, leading the duathlon from start to finish. One could have been forgiven if she uttered the famous Arnie line ‘I’m back!’. However that’s not her style, but it is mine, and with another month, there will be no more easy rides for the World Cup girls.

‘I’m back!’

In the triathlon race we had a new Trisutto athlete toeing the start line. Barb Riveros took part in the very non Chilean weather to finish a creditable 2nd, beaten by a flying bike split of the outstanding 70.3 champ Laura Philipp. Nina Derron joined Barb on the podium, also churning out an impressive bike split and running well.

Barb (top right) and Nina (left) finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Triathlon

Julie Derron returning from her win at Alpe d’Huez, led the women from the water and took 4th place at the finish.

Great to see Julie building her run fitness and form week-by-week.

So Nicola didn’t get bored she then hopped on the bike for the Triathlon teams race with Michelle Derron to take 3rd.

Michelle crosses the line bringing her team home in 3rd place in the overall Team event.

It was fantastic to see so many of our Trisutto Age Group athletes (and former athletes) out also supporting the weekend event. Gisela Reichmuth joined forces with Sarah Keller and Sandra Gisin forming a formidable womens tri team!

A great team effort by Sandra, Gisela and Sarah! The sun came out to cheer them home 🙂

In the triathlon Jenni Paglia decided to race in her hometown in the middle of a big training block towards IRONMAN 70.3 Zell am See in a few weeks. No time to stop! Jenni did great hitting her target times and finishing 6th woman overall!
Georgina Gadient showed she can duke it out at any distance with another strong showing.
Over from the UK and currently in St.Moritz for Trisutto Training Camp with Coach Perry, both Claire Weller and Matt Leeman suited up for a good hitout.
Neither Marco Schwab nor Seb Garry wanted to miss out on the fun and lined up at the start for a crack also!

Just a terrific weekend all round!

Claire and Georgina run past the Circus on their way to the finish line!

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Pros have character changing moments too!

Pros have character changing moments too!

Celine Schaerer takes out Ironman Switzerland in emphatic fashion!

This weekend made me a very proud coach. Each year I make the short pilgrimage to the race I believe is the best overall race on the Wanda Sports calendar, Ironman Zurich.

The Saturday Sprint distance race, followed by the 5150 non drafting race for the short course athletes sets a dramatic back drop for what is the no fudging Ironman. After a great fair 1 lap swim, athletes are hit with a wicked straight fast time trial that brings them to a 6 klm climb. The Swiss call it a hill, but if you come from anywhere else, well it’s a monster. This is followed by a fast and furious down hill, then a false flat piece of road that makes you think I just can’t get going. Following this another super quick 20 klm time trial past the transition and crazy cheering crowd – but the lap is not over. Oh no you head to a 1.5 klm climb. How steep? Well they call it heart break hill. That’s how steep then down hair raising decent and on to the Formula 1 quick time trial. And because it Swiss, they say that was so good let’s do it all over again and call it an Iron Persons Ironman.

Yes the real deal, then a four lap run through the famous old town and around one of the most picturesque lakes in the world.  It’s a triathlon happening, and I could not  encourage you enough if you are an Ironman athlete to visit and try this race.

Julie blasting up Alpe d’Huez, and post race with Race Directors Cyrille and Baptiste Neveu.

But the head to head racing didn’t start there this week. Julie Derron travelled to Alpe de’Huez with her sister Nina to experience Frances most iconic climb. Julie coming back from injury surprised not only herself but me too, by taking out the professional sprint race that included a devastating climb up the famous mountain. By the end of the 21 switch backs our little gun had put 3 minutes 20 seconds into her French opponents. So how can you say ‘don’t run’, which was the pre-race plan, but with adrenaline pumping hard off Julie went and finished it off, a great return to racing.


A stunning performance by Daniela Ryf at the 5150 in Zurich!

Next day in Zurich, the Angry Bird stepped out in the Zurich 5150, coming straight off winning Roth only 3 weeks prior. There has been plenty of conjecture through the media that the Angry Bird is losing her speed with her dynamic Ironman career. After Saturday afternoon I think the Swiss pro men can let everybody know how the Ironman is blunting her short course speed! It was a master class in speed and power in all three disciplines.
A great pointer to the form that the Angry Bird will bring to the 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga in September.


Flying on the run and a 3rd category place for Mariana.

Mariana Solorzano joined the Angry Bird at the 5150 Zurich and I was pleased to see her best performance in 2 years. She was so absorbed in the moment as she flew along the run course, she inadvertently made an erroneous turn adding an extra 1500m to her race route. Next week we will go again in Nyon, with a new focus on the job at hand.

All smiles with 1klm to go – Celine was floating on air!

With the weekend set up for something special, on Sunday Celine Schaerer turned her season around with an absolute power house display in taking her home town Ironman. In front of her home town fans Celine lead from the first swim stroke, with each klm she put to the sword all her negative thinking for a slow start to the year. On the bike Celine rebuilt her confidence with every 10 klm, and the second lap put on the after burners to build a 7 minute lead on to the run. This was more of the same, the hotter it got the more she smiled and turned the screws. This has now qualified her for a shot at Kona, a dream Celine had thought was escaping her. On Sunday she dug in and focused all her energy on pulling out 100% of what she is capable. It was a magic sports moment for her and we look forward to seeing her on the start line. The course or the heat will not frighten her.



Celine on route to her first Ironman win in Zurich and sharing a special moment with Coach Brett and Coach Robbie.


Encouragement from the Coach! Michelle approaches the halfway point of the IM marathon in Zurich.

Last but definitely not least, we should all be proud to see 22 year old Michelle Derron call herself an Iron Woman. No athlete has dealt with the heartbreak of hip problems that has stopped her from competing over the last 3 seasons, to have the trust to go against all conventions. When coach said let’s set our goal to come back and do an Ironman. To see Michelle get home hard the last 20 klm of the run to Finish to hear ‘you are an Ironman!’.
It was a great pleasure for me, as it was a very very courageous effort. I want her to know how proud our coaches and her training pals are that know the impossible road she has trodden. Well done Pistol. We build from here.


Rei breaks the tape first after a sprint finish in Ecuador!

As we travelled home we received news from 70.3 Ecuador that ‘The Brazilian Lion’ Reinaldo Colucci (who needed to win to qualify for Kona), even though 2 minutes down to the leader off the bike, pushed hard taking the lead in the last 400m of the race, out sprinting his opponent, to take the race win, and his Kona spot.

So it was a big successful and emotional weekend for coach. It was a fantastic weekend of racing. Thanks to you all.

Race Recap from Coach Mary Beth Ellis:

Well done Lisa, another podium, this time at Alpe d’Huez!

Lisa Roberts just a few weeks off her stunning podium result in Challenge Roth made the trip to race the iconic Alpe d’Huez long distance triathlon. Using this classic French race as a tune up for Embrunman, Lisa had a stellar day overcoming a rough high-contact swim and an undeserved penalty on the bike to battle her way to another podium finishing in 3rd. Lisa will build on this great result and the fitness she gained racing on the Alp to be ready to challenge for the win in Embrunman.

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Nina working hard up the 21 hairpin bends of Alpe d’Huez!

All three Derron sisters were in action this past week and it was Nina who got the ball rolling last Thursday when she returned to Alpe d’Huez to tackle the epic Long Course race. Taking the lead from the gun, it was a valiant effort, and ultimately Nina finished with the chocolate medal! We look forward to using the fitness from this race to catapult us into the second half of the season.

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


Perseverance, Patience and Performance

Perseverance, Patience and Performance

Martin Barner qualifies for the Ironman World Championships in Kona with a superb race in Zurich!

This past Sunday at Ironman Zurich in Switzerland, Danish athlete, and Swiss resident Martin Barner was on the hunt for a Kona slot. By putting together a very balanced effort and intelligent execution together, he crossed the line in 9h39, to finish 42nd overall, and 4th in the 40-44 AG, arguably the most competitive group, to score a well deserved, and hard earned Kona slot! Martin set a great example for his kids, by setting a goal, committing to it, putting a good team of people around him and reaching it! He will now be joining his coach on the big island this October – where they will meet for the first time 🙂

Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:

A birthday PB for Jenni in Zurich 🙂

Jenni Paglia participated at the 5150 olympic distance race in Zurich last weekend. Jenni keeps on chipping time of her previous finishes. This weekend was no different. Jenni ran across the finishline with a 7 minute personal best time! Most important was that her family and friends were waiting for her with a yummie cake for her birthday! Sounds like a weldeserved celebration weekend! Happy birthday Jenni and congrats on another personal best time!

The spectacular swim at Alpe d’Huez! Photo Credit: Laurent Salino

At the Alpe d’Huez long distance triathlon Rebecca Joslin rewarded her hard work with a 30 minute faster time then last year. Even though her swim was not the best, she enjoyed the bike even when the famous Alpe d’Huez climb made her suffer. She didnt think she could run after such a hard bike but Rebecca surprised herself to be able to get her running shoes on and just go. With a third place in her agegroup Rebecca can be proud of her achievement as it is such a hard course which really tests you. Well done!

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Bronze for Isabelle!

Over the past two weeks, Isabelle Boberg competed in the DeafLympics. This is an accredited and recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the official Olympic Games for hearing impaired athletes. Some bad luck in three events were all brought to the light when Isabelle scored a Bronze Medal in the Points Race Criterium on the last day! Isabelle showed determination and perseverance over the 3 previous events to stay mentally strong and finish on a high note. Massive congratulations for your Olympic Bronze Medal, Isabelle!!!

It was a sub 10 for Jan in his first ever Ironman!

Jan Tscuhdy completed his first long-distance race this weekend at Ironman Zurich. Not only did he complete it, but produced a magnificent first attempt at the distance in a hometown race. Jan stuck to his nutrition and pacing guidelines all day, and produced a sub-10 hour race! Jan had the 25th fastest bike time of the day, and backed it up with a steady marathon to seal the deal, finishing 11th in the 30-35 Age Group! What a season peak, Jan! Way to go.

Congratulations Marko!

Marko Glassner finished off his main season at the Erlangen Mittledistanz race in Germany. Having left one job, had an injury, started a new job requiring much travel across Europe, and having focused on short-course racing this year, Marko was able to produce a very solid race in the heat of Erlangen. Out of the water in the front group, and solid bike/runs allowed him to finish 3rd place in the Men 40-44 age group! It was great to be there in person to watch, congrats Marko!

A great day for Juergen and Coach Carson!

Juergen Braun completed his FIRST ever triathlon this weekend at the Erlangen Mittledistanz. With the short distance filled up, he out of the blue told me he just signed up for the Mittledistanz. We had only trained for a possible short course race, so with only 5 weeks or so of training, Juergen was unbelievable in the result he produced. Over the 2k swim, 80km bike, and 20k run, Juergen produced perfect pacing and came to the finish line in 5:38! With having only trained for swim / bike / run since October, and really being new to everything about triathlon, it was a pleasure to watch Juergen complete his race in such a great manner! Great job, Juergen!

PB for Cory in Bogata.

Cory Giesselman traveled on a little holiday to Bogata, Columbia this weekend. We were a little unsure about what he could get in for training. So I got a message on Sunday that Cory had stumbled upon the Bogata Half-Marathon, which has 45,000 entrants! Cory is from Curacao, which is sea-level, and Bogata is 2700m high. So arriving the day before, and entering a half-marathon out of the blue, he set a 4.5min PB at the half-marathon distance, all while breathing out of a straw with a 1:43 overall time!

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Kyle, running strong on the spectacular and challenging course.

Kyle Garder raced his second Ironman this weekend at IM Whistler. Kyle crushed his swim time goal, breaking 1hour convincingly. He had no anxiety or problems in the water and swam up to the ability that I’ve seen in his training. He nailed his time goal for the bike on what is known to be a very hilly and demanding course. Kyle ran strong and came within minutes of his time goal for the marathon. In this coach’s opinion, Kyle put it all together for a great race at IM Whistler. Next phase for Kyle is a focused run block to get that marathon down to Kona qualifying territory. Excellent race Kyle!

Bex, ready to set a huge PR on the swim.

Bex Fink raced IM Whistler as well, and swam a huge personal best and then nailed the bike right on plan. Unfortunately, Bex encountered major digestive issues on the run which required her to withdraw from the race at 18 miles. Bex showed mental toughness even when her body shut down and hung in until she was on the side of the road getting pulled by medical personnel. Every race isn’t a personal best, but they can all be learning experiences. Bex found deep strength in this one, and is one step closer to having her nutrition dialed. Down for the day, but certainly not out. Bex will be back with a vengeance

Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:

Congratulations Wendy on a great day!

Wendy Casterton competed in the sprint distance at the Wales Triathlon in Fishguard on Saturday 29 July, finishing as 2nd over female, as well as in the Senior age group category. Her highlight was her swim, as she was first female out of the water and overall posted the 5th best time of the day.

Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:

Mariasole Ghidini raced the olympic distance of Zurigo. She finished the race in 3:00.11 with solid performances in all three legs. She had a great training race!! Well done Mariasole!

Alex Luraschi at IRONMAN Zurich, Switzerland

Alex Luraschi raced at  IRONMAN 70.3 Zurigo  full distance on Sunday. We started to work together laa few months ago; his dream was to overcome the finish line of his first full distance.
You did it!!! Alex finished the race well and we are proud of his finisher medal!

Alessadra Reati at Aronamen_ 2nd in her category

Alessandra Reati: she swam 40 mins, she rode 2:53 and she ran 1:41:47 over 1.9-90-21km triathlon. She placed 2th in her category F35-40 in 5:21.37. Congrats Alessandra! Good job

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Last weekend was once again a huge weekend of racing. Four of my athletes where racing their “homerace” the Ironman in Zürich. A race that is for sure one of the best organized Ironmans in the world which provides a tough and challenging but most of all fair race course. The conditions were once again very tough with good over 30°C on the run.

Distel Pipe, Florian Blumenthal and Marc Haller were doing their first Ironman in Zürich last Sunday and all could show great first time performances.
Marco Schönmann has been racing Ironman Zürich before. Marco could improve by almost one hour compared to his last start in Zürich. Very consistent training enabled him to stay strong for the entire day. Especially his swim was once again surprisingly strong. He exited the water after 62min despite some issues with his hand that kept him from swimming for some weeks in april. He then showed a very solid bike and run and could enjoy the wonderful finishline after 10:48hrs, almost exactly 60min faster than 2 years ago.

A great first up IM for Distel in Zurich

Distel did also start the day with a very good 63min swim. Once again the key for a good Ironman performance was to hold him a bit back on the bike to leave something in the tank for a good run. This time it was not hard to convince him for a conservative pacing because he already had a lot of self confidence from the half marathon run during the 70.3 races earlier this year. We did also work a lot on his nutrition plan because he had stomach issues in both 70.3 races earlier this year. It worked out very well this time. Due to a very well executed pacing strategy Distel could finish his first Ironman in 10:10hrs with a 17th place in is agegroup. He will move up to the 45-49 Agegroup next year and there is still improvement to come, that´s for sure.

Congratulations Florian on a great race.

The performance of Florian Blumenthal really surprised me and I was especially happy for him. He was dreaming of an Ironman finish since 20 years with the Ironman Zürich right at his doorstep. I also emphasized a couple of times that the challenge was “just” to get Florian to the startline without an injury. We had a talk in April that really showed how bad he wanted to do an Ironman, but he was also scared to get injured again before the big day. I could fortunately convince him to give it a try and promised to myself to give my best to get him healthy to the start of the race, to enable him to make his dream come true. He did not only finish the race, he could show a great performance as well. A 63min swim, 5:20hrs bike ride and a strong 3:44 Marathon gave him a finishing time of 10:16hrs and a 20´s place in his age group

Finishers Chute for Marc in Zurich.

Marc Haller is very happy with his performance as well. After 70.3 Rapperswil which was his first 70.3 race we had to decide when he will do his first Ironman. The main goal is still Challenge Roth next year, but I could convince Marc to already race Ironman Zürich as a learning experience. I was very happy that he had a very good performance and could finish the race with a smile after 11:15hrs. Marc can be very proud of his finish. It is a great base to build on for next season.

A Category win and 4th place overall for Pavel in Moscow!

Pavel Blagikh did the Ironstar Olympic distance in Moscow last weekend. It was just meant to be a good training session before 70.3 Otepää next weekend and Ironman Kalmar. There is still a lot of potential in the swim, but the second fastest bikesplit of the day got him moving through the field. More importantly he could show a very strong run off the bike even though it was 37°C hot. He lost third place overall just before the finish line, but finished strong in 4th place overall and could win his agegroup. Next stop is 70.3 Otepää next weekend, another training race in the built up to Kalmar.

Borris Jung was racing the Heidelbergman in Germany last weekend. This race is for sure one of the hardest Olympic distance races you can find. Just the swim is flat. Bike and run are either uphill or downhill with in total over 1000m of elevation. Borris had by far the best swim performance in a race so far. This was so important because in the bike and run he already is a very good agegroup athlete and always lost way too much time in the water for a result according to his abilities. This time he struggled a bit on the bike. But it was just a training race in the 70.3 Zell am See built up.

Cornelia Stähli did the Sprint race in Zürich on Saturday and had a solid performance finishing 6th overall and 4th in her agegroup. Also for her it was a good out of training effort on her way to Zell am See.

Race Recap from Coach Mathias Hecht:

Enjoying the climb  – a great race by Domenico in Zurich.

Domenico Finoccherio had a rough winter and spring and had the flu not just once and for several weeks. He also has a longtime achilles problem which makes it very challenging for the coach to get the mix right. Even more proud I am of him racing so well. We didnt do any long runs in his preperation and sticked to 2- max 3 run days. but we started dong triple run days the last 8 weeks of his prep. which seemed to work out really well for him as his run was much better then we expected. A strong 103rd place overall and 20th in his age group. and a very well deserved break from triathlon now so his wife gets her turn at it again.

Congratulations Bettina on finishing your first ever Ironman!

Bettina Steiger is new to the triathlon scene and did her first triathlon in 2016. since then we have been on a very succesful journey and she collected many age group wins. With a background as a mountain runner and as an orienteering national team member, she def has her run as her weapon. but of course we didnt know how she will go over a such long and cruel race that Ironman is. her race started really good and her 1:08h swim was putting a smile on my face…I remembered how I saw her swimming about 1.5 years ago and she could hardly make it over 100m without stopping at the wall. She has a lot of determination and she is a training machine. so everything went after plan until about 20k into the run, still running on number 1 spot in her age group at that time, 14th overall women, and running towards the Kona qualification , but then things started to fall apart. Her bad knee flared up and she started to limp and slow down a lot. her target marathon time of 3h15 – 3h20min suddenly was starting to fall out of reach and it was more about making it to that finishline so she could finish her first ever Ironman. walking or not. it didnt matter anymore. so I am very proud of her mental performance at that stage of the race. because I know well enough myself, its “easy” when things go well and you run at front , but when you have a bad day, the struggle in your head is much different.  Well done Bettina. you will have more bike miles in your legs soon and getting stronger for that second part of the marathon. up and forward from here !!!

Strong running by Georgina at the 5150.

Georgina finished 3rd in her Age Group and 19th overall in a time of 2h22min. A very good time for her just  3 weeks after her Top 10 overall race in Roth. Its always a challenge to do a shorter distance race out of Ironman training , even more if it is just short after the actual long distance race. Georgina will do St.Moritz Triathlon next and then focus on 2 half distance races in september. Focusing on her Ironman 2018 campaign.

Daniel Schaller raced AronaMen Triathlon in Italy (Half Distance). He finished a very solid 7th in his age group 30-45. he did this race as part of his Ironman preperation. Swim: 33 Min. He didnt have the best start. we have to work on his speed a bit to get him onto some fast legs.  Bike: 2.25 Std  AronaMen has a hilly course with 900m of climbing in it. Daniel pushed 269 Watt average on that course, which is a very good number for him. and shows his ready for the Ironman pace in a few weeks.  Run 1.33 Std or 4.26 min/km pace is rock solid and a perfect run off a hard bike. Daniel will race a short distance race next weekend and then Ironman Copenhagen on August 30 which is his main goal for this season.

Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:

Christian and Annabel in action in Zurich – IM newbies no more!

Big congrats to my two first time IM finishers – Annabel Cowper and Christian Bachli, at IM Zurich. Annabel finished in 12.27 and 14th in her AG.  In her own words – “what an awesome, awesome day!!! Loved every minute”. Christian cracked off a brilliant swim and bike, then some nutritional issues came to haunt on the run but he gutted it out to the end still finishing in a solid 11.34. I could not be happier with this first outcome at the IM distance. Welcome to the IM club!

Team Mazur – before ……and after, no worse for the wear.

More congrats to be offered over at IM Canada Whistler. Loreen Mazur scored a hat trick crossing the finish line with a 30min PB, first time under 12hrs (by a solid margin) and placing 9th in her AG (first time cracking top10!). Husband Jan also finished the race with a new bike and IM PB despite not having the day he had expected. But always a trooper to the end whatever the conditions, whatever the course.

Jeremy Breach came to me 11 weeks ago looking for a turn around in his IM performance. We worked hard on his swim,  entrenched the notion that a well paced bike – even if slower than he is capable of in isolation – will  translate to a better run, and indeed it did resulting in a 55min run course PB! Overall Jeremy cut  ~54min from his previous IMC time. Well done guys. Onwards and upwards.

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Bettina stomping up the hills in Alpe d’Huez!

Bettina Strehl started the party in Alpe d’Huez with the medium distance. She won her age group by 3 mins and enjoyed a good day of racinghis great race! And a very good little warm up for IM Hamburg coming up in a few weeks.

Camille on her bike in 5150 Zürich.

On Saturday, I had Camille Nieto racing the 5150 in Zürich. Unfortunately, Camille got sick 2 days before the race and she was not fully recovered still taking the start. Camille toughed it out and still made it to the finish line and in 5th place in her age group. Well done, Camille, nowi t’s all about recovering from sickness and racing!

Another podium performance by Melanie, this time in Prague.

Melanie Baumann also raced on Saturday, she raced Challenge Prague, a half ironman distance. Melanie once again got a PB in the swim! She rode very well too and finish off with a very acceptable run! Melanie raced in 4:46 and came 2nd in her age group (35-39)

Yves persevered through a tough day in Zurich.

On Sunday, I had 2 athletes competing in IM Zürich. Yves Salzmann has been training really well for this one and he got in a really good shape. Unfortunately, he hurt his back only a couple of weeks prior to the race. Yves healed pretty quickly but on race day, the pain was back! So what should have been a great day of racing turned into a long day racing with back pain. Yves still managed to race in 10:34 but he was looking for more.

Way to go Victor, what a great day of racing!

I also had Victor Manrique racing. Victor had a great, great race! This is what he said after the race: The race went really well for a total time of 10:18:24 🙂 that’s 1hr better than my previous PB. I had a PB bike with 5hr15min and a PB run with 3hr49min. The swim was 1hr06min not far from my PB of 1hr02min and on top of that I finished the swim totally fresh which was my goal. It was such a great race and amazing progress! I’m extremely happy!

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Top step for Madina! – Congratulations.

After a few weeks of working together Madina Umbetova raced a 70.3 distance triathlon in Astana. It turn out to be a great beginning of the journey with the win in her division and coming 3rd women overall!  Madina has a great work ethic and it’s already paying dividends. She completed the distance in PB time with PB  in across the board – swim, bike and run. Madina started with the fastest women swim overall! Very well done! It was a great weekend but now we turn focus on next goal. There is a lot more to come which I’m very excited for Madina!

Steve Lyons travelled to Zurich to compete in Ironman. It turned to be a very hot day while such days rarely comes to UK! After a strong swim and bike sections, Steve faced some challenges with cramps. However, he is an example of true „ironman” who always does everything to overcome adversity. This race was not different, Steve finished the race. However the time was not the factor, the finish was the reward. Well done hanging tough Steve!

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Jana, running well at 5150 Zuerich

Jana Perrone (F25-29) raced this olympic distance race coming out of a tough time at work, but although she remained concentrated and could bring home an excellent result: 2:45.44 which means improving her time from 2 years ago by 30minutes! Very well done Jana, one step forward for sure. Now participating in the trisutto camp at St. Moritz will for sure be a great experience!

Oriana (right) together with her friend Naomi at 5150 Zurich

Oriana Heer (F35-39) finished 4th in her age group category in 2:25.24, but we are not completely satisfied with this. It’s less about the place, which is excellent in a strong category, but about Oriana’s feelings during the race: swim was ok, even Oriana values more, bike as always very strong and with 1:04 she had one of the fastest bike splits. Running out of T2 legs felt good and Oriana pushed the pace (maybe a bit too much) and after halfway through the 10km she began to suffer cramps in both legs…so finishing the race became very hard. Oriana, we are training for the 70.3 Worlds at Chattanooga early September, so…this was just a good, strong, fast training session. Also Oriana after the race headed to St. Moritz for the trisutto camp, which will bring only good experiences and positive take home lessons 🙂

Marco De Leo (MM35-39) finished in 2:31.22 and also for him it was not the best day. Marco is a very strong bike rider, who does well on constant bike outputs. But the course in Zuerich is more about riding well corners and pushing strong coming out of them. So, he pushed „only“ the watts which he is able to produce also for the double distance, a half triathlon. During the run Marco suffered stomach issues and therefore had to slow down pace. As we are training for 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, I expected Marco to not be able to push over-threshold power. We will find out abut the stomach problems and do it right for the Worlds. Let’s move on Marco!

IM Zürich
Tanja Starl (F35-39) was in the shape of her life, the condition was excellent, training sessions went really great and also Tanja’s mindset was the right one to produce something very good. But…unfortunately a cold, which was already there for a few weeks, made it not happen. Before the race we consulted even a doctor twice to be sure it would not harm her and after the consensus we decided to start. Tanja suffered tough coughing during the swim and could not breathe well on the bike, so the only option and of course right decisione, health is the mot important thing, was a DNF. Now it’s all about getting over this disappointment, finding a new race to focus on and later in the year going to NYC for the marathon. Move on Tanja, you are one strong lady!

Aronamen award ceremony: Martina won the race and Irene got 5th overall

Aronamen (half distance race in Italy) – Martina Dogana, after Challenge Roth 3 weeks ago, managed to win the race: 4:42.45 is not her fastest time, but finally Marty could find her run legs again, felling well and running well. Congrats Martina, now it’s all about a great second part of the season 😉

Irene Coletto in 4:52.26 won her category F35-39 and placed 5th overall. But Irene suffered from heavy stomach cramps during the run and therefore could not show her best. Irene is a very motivated athlete, so disappointment first was huge, but in the end it was all about fighting through adversities and Irene did a really great job. Later, after the race she said to me: „Today I’m happy because I didn’t gave up, finishing this race with such a pain made me grow!“ Yes athlete, it’s so true, often we learn more from races with problems, inset sad of the ones where everything goes straight. Proud of you and your time will come 😉

Andrea Cattabiani (M40-44) finished in 5:09.16 and finally showed a good race management, which allowed him to run and finish strong. Thats the way Andrea!

David Galafassi (M35-39) is training for his first Ironman race in September and Arona was just a step forward. Also for him it was hard during the final run part because of stomach issues (sincerely I’m asking myself if there has maybe been something wrong with the water of the lake?). David hang on to finish in 5:06.55, now we continue to work for the big show at IM Cervia.

Diego, focused during the run at Aronamen

Diego Ludovici (M35-39) after racing at Challenge Rome last weekend, for the first time did a back up race. 4:42.04 his time and even if fatigue from last sundays race showed up during the last run km, I’m really happy with Diego’s performance. This was a new experience and we learned a lot of things

Alina, happy after the first experience at swim-run Bologna

Swim-run Bologna (Italy)
Alina Losurdo, for the first time participated in a swim run race. It was all about enjoying this new experience together with friends, having fun and doing a great training sessions Well done Alina!

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Well done Lucy, gutsing it out in Zurich.

Lucy Francis took on Ironman Zurich this weekend after having a great competition at the London Tri Olympic plus last week, coming 4th in her AG Lucy was looking to improve on previous starts in Zurich. Its always a tough day out in this race and there is nowhere to hide, Lucy came out fighting and started the race well however experienced some issues sighting. On the bike and Lucy went for it, after all the bike is her strength so she was looking to make some gains and getting a PB on this bike course is a good way to start, then into the run and Lucy after the bike she had knew she needed to really dig deep, like everyone Lucy had her good patches and bad but hung in there crossing the line and missing out on that pb she wanted. It’s bad luck and it wasn’t your day for a PB time, but you gave it everything you had and on its own merit you got a PB from that so well done.

Michael Muller took on Zurich Ironman again this year after having a good hit out in 2016, he again like lucy wanted to beat his time from last year. Now for me its even a miracal that Michael got to the start line with the Injury struck season his had so for me before I even start on his race this is a massive well done. It started off really well coming out the water in 1.02 shading a few minutes off last years time, then on the bike which is his strength he really pushed coming into T2 in 4hr 50min but then the run was tough and his body just couldn’t deal with it, but he battled to the finish line. its a shame when it doesn’t work out but this sport isn’t easy. very well done mate fantastic effort.

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

Quick pre race chat with Brad 🙂

I had 3 athletes race the challenging course in Whistler Canada and I’m super proud of how they are did on one of the more challenging 70.3 and full Ironman’s on the circuit.

First Brad Hale took on the full. Brad is an athlete with a swim that needed ALOT of work! He attended the Camp I put on with Brett in Calgary and again came the Scottsdale the following year and eventually came on board last September. The build up for Brad certainly wasn’t perfect as he’s a busy Rancher husband and father of 3 but we did our best to work around his work/family life to give him his best shot at getting through Ironman Whistler. We nailed his race nutrition after having issues last year in CDA, put a big focus on him swim , big gear on the bike of course and lots of strength runs to be best prepared for the course. Brad has a naturally good run so we didn’t change too much there. Well Brad had the the swim of his life in Whistler with a massive 10 min PB!! He held on for a solid bike, similar to his CDA bike which shows how far his swim has come. Although he still struggled a bit on the 2nd half of the run he still ran 10 min quicker than his race in CDA last year with an overall 20 min faster race in only his 4th Ironman. Brad is no where near his potential but I have to say that is one of the biggest swim improvements I’ve ever seen so well done Brad! Next up for Brad is Worlds in Chattanooga!!!

Melonie all smiles with her best friend Quinn post race 🙂

I also travelled to Whistler to race the 70.3 with my girls Amy Ellet and Melonie MacDonald. After a rough race in Boulder for Melonie dealing with shingles a week before the race the plan was to have a big break and do a race just for fun with no pressure. This is tough to do for a competitive athlete but was absolutely necessary to find the “fun” factor again. It was a bit of a risk choosing a course with 1200m of ascent followed by a hilly 21.1 km run after but that just shows the kind of athlete she is. I know how strong she is and even with very minimal training the past month I knew we couldn’t write off all the work she had done in the year and a half before. Melonie loved every minute of the race, had a fantastic swim for her, never struggled on the bike and ran the whole run with a smile on her face, high fiving & fist pumping the whole way down the finish shoot! This is exactly what she needed. I’m so proud of her to get back on the horse so soon, I don’t know too many who would do that!

Amy having a blast racing in her tutu:-)

Amy Ellet had the same idea as Melonie and this was going to be a race for fun, so fun that she would even race in a Tutu! Amy’s swim training is very minimal due to a chlorine allergy so we just take advantage of any lake swimming when she goes to visit her mom in Kelowna. At best she swims 1 day/ week with the occasional 2 if she had lake access. Amy works a high demand job as a dentist so throwing big volume at Amy right now is not something that would fit with her life but lucky for me she is a very talented and skilled athlete so can get by on much less volume and still do great! Amy had another great swim for her, was happy with her bike considering all the wind and hills and did her usual run and just like Melonie had an absolute blast on the day, who wouldn’t racing in a tutu! Like I’ve said in the past, no where near her potential but she does so great with the work she is able to do in training and never loses sight of the fun factor which I believe should be number 1 for Age Groupers! Looking forward to seeing more from Amy in the future!

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Another impressive podium finish for Andrea in Zurich.

Andrea Rudin set her goal for 2017 on Ironman Switzerland, and had an outstanding preparation. She was rewarded with 11th place overall female, and 3rd in her category. I’m very proud of Andrea, she never makes excuses, loves to train and race. Now for some relaxing time with family and friends, before deciding on the next goals.

Excellent performance by Flora in Zurich.

Flora Colledge also raced in Ironman Switzerland, and also placed an excellent 3rd in her category, and 16th female overall. More importantly she conquered the demon of racing in the heat. Cool wet conditions suit this Viking warrior, however she now knows she can excel in more diverse tough conditions 🙂

Gisela speeds by at the 5150!

Gisela Reichmuth raced in Zurich 5150 and although a little under the weather the days before, enjoyed her home town race with much support, and knowing so many athletes also racing.

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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.