Finishing the year on top

Finishing the year on top

Finishing the year in style with an overall Cyclocross win – well done Rebecca!

Over the last two weekends a large number of my athletes did local runs as a little form check after the first few weeks of training for the new season.

Rebecca Fondermann joined me in October after a long forced rest due to a severe surgery in summer. After some months of recovery we started the training again in October. We are still very carefull with the volume she is doing. She is a top agegroup athlete with some overall top 10 results in Ironman and 70.3 racing over the past few years. The goal is to built back her performance carefully and step by step now. The 10km run in Bonn was just a first test how far we have got in the past 9 weeks. She exceeded our expectations by far with a 42min 10km run and an overall podium (3rd place) in the first serious test! That is in fact just 3min away from her personal best after just 9 weeks of carefull training. I am very excited to see her further improvement in the months to come!

After last weeks success, this weekend Rebecca surprised again and took the overall win in the last race of the NRW Cyclocross Series in Pulheim! Rebecca is getting back in big steps and this is just the beginning ;-).

Nora Koss also joined me in the beginning of October. She did a local 10km run in Berlin as well and finished the race in 6th place overall just 2min behind the leader. It was a very muddy trail run and she just had run specialists in front of her. With the extreme difficult surface her 44min finish was really surprisingly strong!

Hardy Wiedemann did the last 10km run of a local 10km run series last sunday and once again had a great run improving his pb on that course by 20s! This time he finished 2nd in his agegroup but since he won all the other races the series win in his agegroup could not be taken away from him! He finished after 38:25min in the 10,4km ‘Lauf’am Lech’

In addition I had six athletes running the ‘Züricher Silvesterlauf’ a week last Sunday. The conditions were very special with a lot of snow in the morning and rain just before the race start. It was cold, slippery and wet with nearly knee deep puddles on the course. Nevertheless it was a great training for Cornelia Stähli (9th in the F30 AG), Cornelia Dürrer (41st in the F30 AG), Marco Schönmann (93rd in the M30AG), Florian Blumenthal (69th in the M30 AG), Marc Haller (309th in the M40 AG) and Christoph Zech (44th in the M40 AG)! All did very well without risking anything and the finishing times really do not matter very much under these conditions.

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

National Champion! Congratulations Gustavo.

Gustavo Beathyate has been slowly getting back to swim/bike/run after a season break, but decided to head into the open water and race the Peru Open Water Championships a go as a solid training day. After it was all said and done, we now have a Masters Open Water National Champion in the squad! Congrats on a very solid effort and setting the tone towards a great 2018, Gustavo! Proud Coach!

Victory for Mark’s team in Arizona.

Mark Miller took part in a 12 Hour Team MTB race in Arizona this past weekend. The team produced some better than thought laps and put together a great race, coming away with the victory! Special props to Mark for setting some all time best power outputs in this race! This is showing the training is moving forward and we have lots to look to in 2018! Great work Mark, and team!

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Ashton Prejean raced the Dallas Half-Marathon claiming 7th in his age group, 47th overall, and running his best time for the distance since we began working together. Ashton followed his pacing plan, descended his effort, and outran a group of about 15 athletes that he had marked, stalked, and summarily dispatched over the final 5K. Ashton clocked a 1:26:34 and is right on track for the Houston Marathon in 5 weeks. Keep it up Ashton!

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

Congratulations Nini!

I am very please with Nini Ruttanaporn’s final race of the year; another terrific all round performance at home in Thailand. It has been a great 3 months for Nini with the training and racing all coming together…, after she started to believe in the program. A trip Downunder awaits…

Race Recap from Coach Harald Fritz:

Sebastian was only beaten by a pro on the bike…

It is a real pleasure working together with athletes like Sebastian. 100% dedication, 100% sticking to the plan. 2 weeks after qualifying for the 70.3 WC in South africa, now 2nd place with new PBs and the second fastest bike split!.


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Fearless Racing

Fearless Racing

Melanie overcomes the tough conditions at Ironman Western Australia with a smile.

This weekend, I had Melanie Baumann racing in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Western Australia. After racing Hawaii in October, Melanie was still keen to race and therefore we decided to give it a go again at IM WA. Unfortunately the swim got cancelled due to a fish with very shark teeth!
The race was a brutal one even though the swim got cancelled, it was very hot, 35 degrees and very dry. Melanie struggled with many issues and she probably got a heat stroke! It was a day of a lot of throwing up and having to stop at every aid station from midway on the bike to cool herself down. But Melanie kept going and ended up in 2nd place in her age group (35-39)! She was 12th overall! She rode 5:11 and ran 3:36. Melanie just never ever gave up, very impressive…
Melanie did get a slot for Hawaii but she didn’t take it. Now it’s time for a well deserved little down time!

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

A duathlon beckons at IMWA and Els is first off the mark. Photo Credit: Paparazzi on the run

Els Visser travelled to Busselton where she took on her first race in a Professional field at Ironman Western Australia. After the race was dramatically reduced to a duathlon (due to sharks on the swim course), Els led off the Professional women in the Time Trial format.  A great experience to lead the race through the first few time checks, Els rode without fear and put in a terrific effort. Somewhat underdone for the run we then saw a spectacular blow up leading to a humbling final run lap. Despite this, we take away a lot of positives from this performance. Well done Els, a courageous debut.

Keep cranking Jane, the finish line is in sight!

Jane Loughnan was back at ’em this week firstly with a midweek swim/run race followed by another all out effort hill climb TT on the weekend with the Wellington Masters Cycling Club. Am very happy to see Jane getting her teeth stuck in at all the races again having overcome many challenges in the past year. Onwards and Upwards!

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Finishing with a smile –  an encouraging Ironman debut for Magnus

Last weekend both Magnus Grimeland and Tim Marbach did races in Australia. Both of them started with triathlon training just this Summer and joined me only ten weeks ago.
For Tim the 70.3 Western Australia was his first ever 70.3 race. He was a leisure runner before he started to train for triathlons this summer. Unfortunaltely the swim had to be cancelled due to a shark that had been spotted on the swim course. Tim showed an impressive race nevertheless. His bike split of 2:39 is remarkable if you have in mind that he did no bike training at all before this summer. He also had a good half Marathon off the bike and finished his first 70.3 after 4hrs38min on the 24th (out of 66) place in his agegroup. This is a great result for the first ever 70.3 race!

Magnus already did his first Ironman in Busselton after just some months of bike training. His goal was to ‘just finish the first Ironman’ but he did way more than ‘just finish’. The swim was canceled as well for the same reason as in the 70.3 race. His bike split of 5hrs 53min is also remarkable for someone who has just some months of bike training in the legs! Unfortunately Magnus seriously overate on the bike because he assumed that the gels handed out contained half of the ammount of carbs they actually did. This lead to serious stomach issues and 8 toilet stops on the run. Nevetheless he finished his first Ironman with a 4:30 marathon in 55th (of 134) place in his agegroup. Next time we will make sure to solve the nutrition issue to improve a lot on this already very impressive first time performance! His finishing time was 10hrs49min. Even with a swim it would have been a first time finish just over 12hrs after just some months of triathlon specific training.

Perla Gonzales did her second 5km run after being back from overtraining. She ran as fast as 3 weeks ago and finished the run after 23min in first place of her agegroup and 7th place overall. With some more patience Perla will continue to not just built back her run strength over the next weeks and months but also get better as a complete triathlete!

Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:

Top step for Gustavo!

Congratulations Gustavo Gennari. (Age group 40/45) He finished in first place at Ironman 70.3 Cartagena; Colombia and got his spot to the World Championship 2018.

Race Recap from Coach Ricardo Borges:

Roberto excited and ready for a big race at Challenge Florianópolis!

We are closing the 2017 season with a couple of races. Daniela Zoca raced the Volta da Pampulha, a 18 km run, and took down 15 seconds/ km from her running pace on previous 15 km races. And Roberto Maruoka raced the Challenge Florianópolis (70.3), with a PB on the swim and also on the the bike, closing the race with the second best run of his age group, taking almost 40 minutes of his time on this race on 2015. Now it’s time to sit down and plan the 2018 season

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Blaine, pumping iron with his hardware.

Blaine Egain has been mixing it up in his training this fall with kickboxing and strength training to keep things fresh and fun for a short block before we get back to work on qualifying for Kona. We’ve placed an emphasis on his run, trail running, and hill strength. All that work showed this weekend in the Peacock Gap Trail Half-Marathon. Blaine was in a battle for the podium and charged his way through the final miles of the run to claim second overall on the day. It was a great run for Blaine and just the start of his off-road winter racing campaign. Keep it up Blaine!

Bex Fink raced a massive personal best at the California International Marathon, improving her mark by nearly fifteen minutes. Bex also shattered the 4 hour barrier, going 3:53:45. She paced the race brilliantly, finished strong, and is ready to start working on going under the 3:45:– barrier to qualify for London and Chicago. Fantastic effort Bex!

Ollie Saxon raced the Nottingham Christmas Marathon despite battling a parasitic infection during the past month. Until the illness, Ollie was checking every box in his preparation. Ollie raced on pace and plan to perfection through 18.5 miles. And then, as Ollie wrote, “the lights went out”. Ollie took on this race with heart and grit. When the lights went out, he soldiered on. Ollie completed his first marathon at a walk/shuffle, and declared it, “The hardest thing I’ve ever done. I was not giving up and quitting.” It’s races like these that reveal an athlete’s character. Ollie did himself, his family, and this coach proud. Well done Ollie.

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Piotr training in Gran Canaria 2 weeks before the race.

After a very successful 70.3 season Piotr asked me if we can pull out one more performance.  This time he had in mind an Ironman.  The key to answering the question was how he was recovering form last 70.3.  He bounced back very quickly so we decided to go for the last race of the year IM Argentina.  With only 10 weeks to get ready it was a big ask for both of us but with constant communication and careful management of workload and recovery I was confident he was capable of a strong performance.  Piotr didn’t disappoint, after a very strong swim which didn’t tire him at all he jumped on the bike and started progressing through the field finishing the bike on 7th place in his AG.  Running after such a strong bike wasn’t easy but he had he training in his legs and he was going very well.  A marathon tome of 3:25 was good for 8th in his AG and the finishing time of 9:36.  He was only one place away from securing the illusive Kona slot but if he was one month ‘wiser’ he would have finished 2nd in his new AG 🙂
I’m very happy with his progress over this year and I’m sure he will continue improving in years to come.  I’m very happy with his race, how he approached it and the execution.  He gave it all and if there is nothing left on the finish line and you haven’t make any major mistakes you have to be happy with the race whatever the final placing happens to be.
A short message from Piotr just after the race said it all: ‘All day I felt well, I ate and hydrated per the plan we agreed, I was in control till the end. Thank you coach, we keep fighting!’
Massive congratulations from Happy Coach and entire Trisutto team!


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Bike for Show, Run for Dough!

Bike for Show, Run for Dough!

A superb come from behind win for Lisa Roberts in Cozumel. Photo Credit 

Lisa Roberts continued her amazing season capturing her 3rd Ironman title in Cozumel. This fall Lisa has been on fire nabbing a title in September, October, and now November. Lisa executed a smart swim and bike that left her with some work to do on the run. But as the others faded, Lisa hunted them down like a patient assassin. Lisa battled her way to lead by the final lap of the run and never looked back taking the win in record time. Lisa put a cherry on top of her stellar season and her Trisutto coaches are proud of her amazing success.

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

A good run by Johnnie in Bahrain.

Saturday I had Jonathan Ciavattella racing 70.3 Bahrain. We just wanted to see at which point we are and what better to do that than racing against a world class field! Johnnie placed 19. ProM in 4:05.24, after a good swim in middle of the first pack, he tried to keep up with the strong cyclists around, but we are not there yet, power lacking! The run effort was good! So now we have a lot of time (and work) ahead to get this sorted. Both very motivated for the new season. Bring it on!!

Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:

Rahel takes on the big hitters in Bahrain!

Rahel Bellinga raced the 70.3 Bahrain in the pro category. After a crash this summer left her with a few broken ribs she knew time was too short to have a great race while facing the best of the triworld battling it out. When the racelegs seemed to have been stranded somewhere between loosing the bike and sleepless in Bahrain city the days leading up to the race, being painfree and racing without issues was the biggest achievement of the day. Rahel now has gotten rid of the the jitters and can have the patience to work on a solid built up to do an Ironman or Challenge somewhere next year! Well done Rahel, from here we built further! Every stone is one to work with.

Overcoming the heat and humidity in Cozumel, well done Cecile!

Cecile Amstad raced at Ironman Cozumel last weekend. She loves to race in hot conditions and that is what she got! Even though the current helped her with a superfast 55 minute swim her almost 20 minutes pb showed a big step forward even if there hadnt been a current. On the bike Cecile was able to push well without actually getting tired. Another pb there! The run was a slightly different story with a tight calf cramping up. But on a supertough hot day in a marathon that wasnt too short she was only 2 minutes slower then her previous ironman. Overall a great permformance finishing in a new pb of 10.44 hours Cecile showed that with consistent training and hard work you can become a better athlete! Well done Cecile and congrats on a great race!

Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:

Congratulations Patty, a great win at 70.3 Fortaleza. Photo Credit: Talita Saab

Patricia got her third 70.3 title in the year and great performance to finish the year with gold key. The race begins with a very hard swim course with a lot of waves It’s followed by a single loop bike with a very dangerous course too.The run course follows the palm tree-lined streets of Fortaleza, offering breathtaking seaside views. However athletes had a harder tipical sun from north of Brazil. She is very exiciting with her great 2017 improviment and start looking forward 2018.

Race Recap from Coach Melanie Mitchell:

Laura wins her AG and earns herself a Kona Qualification – Congratulations!

Age group athlete Laura Nadeau, absolute legend and amazing mum of 2 competed and won 30-34 age category 70.3 Phuket Ironman 70.3 this weekend. After Laura’s confidence building 70.3 World championships result, she was KEEN to race again, on reflection of her worlds race Laura felt she could of pushed a little harder, and with such a confidence building result considering her short time in the sport (less then 12 months) Laura’s motivation went to a whole knew level as with her drive and commitment to the task ahead of her of improving her swim!
Going into Phuket 70.3 I had no doubt Laura was ready, she had done all the work I had asked of her and she was just fired up and ready to go. . this girl is a real racer, Being her coach I can strongly resonate with Laura as an athlete, as Sutto could attest to, Laura was like a cage fighter,  let me at em!!  There were a few text messages to tell her to race hard but controlled.
There was nothing sweeter then seeing her swim time on the athlete tracker, then see her hit the lead on the bike. It was a steep 22%  and technical bike course which made her nervous as it was wet which made for slippery roads. I gave the advice of, work the hills and take the down hill easy.  The run she was either going to set a new half marathon PB or blow up spectacularly. Either way it would be all in the learning process for her. When my athlete tracker dropped out at 8.2km and she had run through at 35mins my heart stopped for a minute and i thought, oh no LAURA!!!  When I picked it back up at 16km she was still holding 1st place and moving at a great pace. PHEW!
Laura finished with a PR and a new half marathon PB. 1.32…. Only a few weeks ago Laura ran a half marathon and did 1.34. Laura’s goal was to earn a Kona slot and she did it!  Well done Laura!!

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

A huge PB for David in Cozumel! Congratulations!

Congratulations to David on his fantastic performance in IM Cozumel – a PB by 52 min in a very hot race! Ironman Cozumel was David’s goal for the season. After a little break in early summer we build fitness with training and fitted other races around the main goal.
During the race David followed the plan and adjusted the strategy to race conditions and challenges that the day thrown at him.
David started with a great relaxed swim. The bike was very well paced even though he had to deal with a puncture. The run was set to be hot and testing. To David’s surprise he felt good and could keep a steady pace over the marathon while focusing on hydration and getting calories in. David was thrilled to finish with his massive PB (52 min).
It’s been a great season for David and we look forward to 2018 already while we think about goals. As David summarized in his race report below – exciting times ahead for David and the Coach! Very, very well done David!
“Thanks again for all your help and attention, I really value it and it’s amazing when everything comes together like this, especially in the last race of the season, so we can go into 2018 on a big high.”

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

Third place and Thai Champ this weekend for Nini at Phuket 70.3.

NIni Ruttanaporn continues to improve week-by-week and I couldn’t be prouder of the way she has progressed, coming to grips with a new training philosophy and racing outlook.

Shannon Benson had her first outing under the Trisutto colours at Bahrain 70.3, executing a great race from the get go. Very happy.

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

Sub 10 and a PB for Ryan in Cozumel.

Ryan Wright lined up for Cozumel this weekend and I’m super proud of his effort.
Ryan is a busy emergency room doctor and it’s always a good challenge finding a way to give him enough training to have him ready for a good Ironman while getting enough recovery with the high demands of his job but he’s been doing awesome & the work showed on Sunday. Ryan exited the water in 46 min ,2nd in his category with one of the faster AG swims then went on to have his best bike to date, top 10 bike split in his category which is great considering this was Ryan’s weaker link. Regardless of a struggle on the run Ryan still came in 11th with a big PB and his first sub 10 performance! Far from a perfect race but we are certainly in the right direction and like all races, learned more on what worked and what didn’t. After a little break, I am very much  looking fwd to building off this fitness to see what Ryan is capable of!!!

Race Recap from Coach Harald Fritz:

Sebastian on his way to qualifing for the 70.3 World Champs.

Very proud of Sebastian Herzig and his race at the Bahrain Ironman 70.3 race! Altough only working together for a short time he trusted me and we applied basic trisutto methodology. Additionally he was willing to take a risk by trying new things. With an impressive 2:26 Bike he layed the foundation for his slot for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in South Africa!

Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:

Great job team! Wouter, Wendy and Andreas in Phuket!

Wendy Casterton qualified for S.Africa World Championship 70.3 at Thailand’s 70.3. She won the 4th place in her category despite the accident it had in cycling due to slipperiness of the road. Something that cost her valuable time but was able to keep her concentration after the accident and keep her performance winning the slot for the W.C.!
Andreas Goros he was compete in same race despite his busy schedule, he stand at the start line making another good race enjoining the crowd and himself. With 5:09, finishing in 18th place in his category.
The third teammate athlete was Wouter Delbaere, where with 4:52 won the 21st place in his category!
Well done to all three!

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Backing up this weekend with a 70.3, well done Martin.

Martin Kasten raced his last race oft a long season in Thailand last Sunday. His season started with Challenge Lisboa in the beginning of may and he finished it strong after 4hrs52min at 70.3 Phuket. He backed up a podium finish at Laguna Phuket Triathlon last weekend with a 14th place in the 40-45 age group. Very even performances in all three disciplines lead to a very good overall result. Not even a blocked reak break could stop him on the last 10km of the bikeride ;-). Martin will enjoy his very well deserved season break now!

Great work Deb – racing Superleague style!

Deborah Bomstein did a very special race format in Hatta near Dubai last Friday. The race started with a 3,4km run with a very steep climb of 20% at the end to a water reservoir where the 1500m swim took place. It was Deborahs first swim in fresh water and she managed it well even without the additional buoyance of the saltwater or wetsuit. After the swim followed another 6km run with 400m of elevation and a 30km bikeride with two steep 14% climbs. Deborah managed to get to the finish line after 3hrs14min in this special race and it was a great day of specific strength both on the bike and in the run.

Hardy Wiedemann did another 10km run last Sunday, the Donauwörth „Schlößlelauf“, and won his agegroup again. Three runs and three age group wins during the past four weeks. In addition his 10km club championships was carried out there and he was the first finisher of his tri club and won that as well. The 20s personal best on that specific course was just a bonus ;-).

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

A wonderful team effort by Jo’s athletes in Bahrain.

My athletes did a fantastic team performance IRONMAN 70.3 Bahrain! Carmen Grosse wins her AG with almost a 40min lead! Sabrina Stadelmann wins her AG with a 20min lead and get’s 2nd AG athlete overall! Mihai Vigariu backed up his 3rd place at IM Malaysia with another podium finish and Jenny Schulz had a fantastic “comeback” race after a lot of injuries and finishes 8th pro! Sandra Schöni adds another 4th place to her palmares with fast swim and bike splits! Outstanding efforts. Super proud coach.

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

PB run for Cory!

Cory Giesselman took part in the Curacao 1/2 Marathon this past weekend as a final hit out before 70.3 Cartagena this weekend. The plan was to test fitness, but not absolute 100% effort that would dig a hole in recovery. Cory stuck to our race plan, and at the end of the race, set a new 1/2 marathon PB, and did a fine negative split! The past 2 months have been set on very consistent training, and Cory is seeing the benefits of consistency over huge workouts! Coach is ready to follow your first 1/2 Ironman this weekend!
Eddie Luna had an absolute ripper of a race at Ironman Cozumel this past weekend, posting a 2 hour 25min PB!!!! He swim 20min faster, bike 60min faster, and ran 55min faster than 2015! Coach knew this was going to happen, but there were a few points in training where Eddie questioned if he was doing enough, or if he’d be ready! We made a race plan, raced that plan, and the result came itself. He still went through some dark spots with a possible muscle strain out of the swim and the last 10-15k run problems, but he keep our pre-race talks in his head, and the rest is history! Congrats again, Eddie! Enjoy your season break!

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Hoppe, Hoppe!

Getting stronger week-by-week. A two stage TT event this weekend for Jane. Short sharp and fun!…great training!

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Using the winter run races to get faster, go Flora!

Winters coming in Switzerland and perfect viking conditions for Flora as she runs her way to another podium finish.

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Bahrain Brilliance

Bahrain Brilliance

Daniela lays it on the line at Bahrain 70.3. Photo Credit: TrimaxMag

Now the dust has settled from last weekends race, we can make a clear analysis of both the race, and of the season.

Firstly, hats off to an absolute brilliant return to top level racing for The Captain Matty Trautman. Just a brilliant return from spinal injury, with two titanium rods in his back. Our saffa proved he could be the next man of steel. His best ever non wetsuit swim, a decent if not spectacular bike to be in T2 in 10th, before grinding out a run to find his rhythm and finish in 5th place. Just incredible.

Captain, on behalf of every member of the Trisutto family, I want to publicly say how proud we are of your race, and how pleased  that you are already near your very best.

Matty exits the water with the front pack. Photo Credit: TrimaxMag

Moving on to the race by the Angry Bird, Daniela Ryf.  This was the final race of her brilliant season.

The question of the Triple Crown and could she pull off the million dollar slam has been answered. While many saw this as a foregone conclusion coming into last weekends race, few considered the realities of what is involved. Without her injury in the early part of the year, Dani may have had the opportunity, however once the rehabilitation became too long, there were decisions to be made.

I was honest with her and said, ‘it’s either the triple crown, and we forget Kona and Ironman training, as we can win 70.3 Worlds, and take Bahrain. However if we go for 70.3 Worlds, then back up with Kona, I do not think we have done the earlier work to be able to go to the well 3 times’.

Well, I was wrong, as the bird did go to the well, and did herself proud. She toed the start line, and when the gun went off, so did the bird. For 85% of the race, she stood tall, flew very high, and gave it everything.

Chasing out of the water, and on the bike before forcing a gap and leading into T2, it took the quality athlete that is the previous years World Champion to overcome her. It was apparent this wasn’t the usual free flowing bird, discovering her limits as Kona caught up with her. However she didn’t go down without a fight, tucking in on the run, before the quality athlete that Holly Lawrence is claimed the win.

This was a real fight. I couldn’t be more proud of Dani, who produced one of her best ever performances. Without Holly there it would have been a very different race.

I’m also proud of her for a second reason. When given the choice of Kona or the money, she never hesitated. ‘I want to win the 70.3 Worlds, and do a 3 peat in Kona. We go after these two goals, as the history of the sport is on the line. I want to be a 3 time winner at Kona.’

So congratulations Daniela Ryf, it has been a wild ride.

What is next for the bird? If she is training with me, she will now have a very long rest. I will (once again) personally ask Ironman the same question most of the top pros and former winners of Kona have attempted to change. That the podium finishers should not have to pre-qualify for the next seasons event. It is no coincidence that the champions of the modern era have a shorter shelf life than those that came before them.

So while I try one more time to get some positive solutions to the sport burning out our very best, Bird will be on a very long holiday. This part of her career has now come to a close.

Daniela Ryf closes out a brilliant year. Photo Credit: TrimaxMag


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Developing the tools for success

Developing the tools for success

Happy to be back racing – Matt Trautman back in action at the Half Iron Distance, winning the Race 2 Stanford. Photo Credit:

Step-by-step, Matty Trautman continues to inspire as he took on his first Half Distance this weekend at home in South Africa, executing a very Professional performance. Hurry Slowly

Congratulations Nini on a great race at Laguna Phuket!

Nini Ruttanaporn was back in action racing at home also, at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon; making me very happy as she starts to realise some of the secrets for her continued improvement and success.

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Super strong on the bike; looking great Carmen!

This weekend saw Zee (Carmen Macheriotou) take on the brutal Olympus Man in Cyprus, it’s a Middle Distance race, but once out the swim the 90k bike is a brutal on going climb up to around 1850m then the half Marathon continues up to 2000m. Training has been going great for Zee, the progress is now starting to show bit by bit, and this race for me was all about showing she had some metal, finding out more about herself as an athlete and that she did. Zee crossed the line 1st Female but 2nd overall, just 30sec behind the overall male winner, an amazing result for this athlete who is continuing to show progress , well done

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Fourth place for Kate in Laguna Phuket. Photo credit: AsiaTri

Kate Bevilaqua came 4th at Laguna Phuket Triathlon a 1.8km swim, 50km bike, 12km run in the heat and humidity of Thailand. After Kate’s 2nd place at Ironman Taiwan last month she is finding her speed again before racing this weekend at Phuket 70.3.

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

3rd place for Els at Hervey Bay. Photo Credit: What’s On Fraser Coast

Els Visser had her first taste of racing in Australia with a solid hitout at the Hervey Bay 100 in Queensland. Back to work now for Els as she prepares for her first season as a Professional athlete.

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Fantastic first ever podium for Martin!

Martin Kasten raced the Laguna Phuket Triathlon this Sunday. He knows the course since he already raced there last year. Martin already had a long season starting in Lissabon in May. I was excited to see how he will perform under hot and humid conditions after a preparation that went very well. Martin had a great race and achieved his first ever agegroup podium with a patient pacing! The crazy steep hills are waiting at the end of the ride and it once again showed that it is very wise to save some energy for those 18% ascents. He also had a very good run in the heat and finish just seconds behind 2nd place in the 40-45 AG.

Alexander Orlov ran another local run race last Sunday. His result is really remarkable because he finished the 11km run after 47:17min. This was an improvement of his 10k personal best from just 6 weeks ago in Kiew by almost 5min! Consistent training led to a massive improvement.

Marco Schönmann won the 50m freestyle in 28s during his Tri club championships on Saturday. This is a very fast time considering that Marco usually just swims twice a week!

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Finishing the run strongly on the sand…, well done Erick!

Erick Meier took place in the Paracas Half-distance race this past weekend in Peru. A good season ending race showed the hard work that Erick has put in the past few months in the squad, and showed off a great day, coming 2nd place in his age-group. A great effort all day allowed Erick to save some energy for the very hard half-marathon to finish which included many kilometers on the beach sand! Way to finish the season, Erick!

A fantastic day for Jasmin in Arizona 🙂

Jasmin Schulze flew to Arizona to compete in her first every Iron-distance race under the eye of family and friends! Jasmin came to the squad earlier this year and she has put in great training and had very solid races in Luxembourg and Zell am See. I knew she was going to produce a good race, we just had to set a good race plan, and then race that plan! And that is exactly what Jasmin did! On a course that can cause athletes to ride too hard, she did what she had to and made sure to take care of the two most important parts (Food/Hydration) on the bike, setting her up for a solid run. In the end, Jasmin finished just over 12 hours (12:02) in her first ever race. I am so excited to see where we can go from here! Congrats again, Jasmin, and enjoy your break!

Paul Broaderip took part in a team 12-hour MTB race in Arizona this past weekend, coming in 2nd overall! Great work to the team, Paul!

Race Recap from Coach Dan McIntosh:

6th place and a 15 min IM PR for Reece in Arizona.

Reece McGregor, in his first year with coach Dan McIntosh, has been spent the last 11 months developing new tools from the Trisutto philosophy. While owning several strong performances this season, his hard work culminated in back to back break out performances. Last weekend Reece took on strong competitions in hot and windy conditions at the USA Long Course National Championships. Used as a chance to build in last minute form before Ironman Arizona there was a minor taper and subsequently fought fatigue in the final kilometers of the run but came away as National Champion in the 35-39 AG. After the race, it was a quick trip to his home in Colorado then back on a plane to Tempe Arizona for his final race of the season. Ironman Arizona is a fast course but there is no such thing as an easy day in Ironman, therefore, the race plan was set aggressive enough to deliver a PR but conservative enough to allow for variability and adaptability.
Starting with a 55 min swim and strong ride, Reece was in prime position to run an Ironman PR, how much would depend on his will to fight, especially in the later stages where he had yet to be able to run strong off the bike, something coach Dan had prioritized 11 months earlier. While there were moments of darkness all athletes experience, Reece’s used his inner strength to push on and earned a 15 minute Ironman PR and 6th place in the competitive 35-39 AG. Overall this was an outstanding Trisutto rookie season for Reece but carrying on the momentum from the last two weeks, 2018 will be even more impressive.

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

Craig crushing his Age Group yet again!

Awesome day for my athletes at Hervey Bay 100! First Craig started the weekend with the Barge to Beach Open Water Swim the Day before and came 2nd overall and only 25 min behind an Olympian. He finished the weekend off with an AG win the following day at Hervey Bay.  Craig is one of the most consistent trainers out there so deserves every inch of his success! Little break for Craig now then we start training for Ultraman Aus!!

PB’s all round for Amy in Hervey Bay! (right)

In the same race Amy Ellet had the race of her life with a PB swim, PB bike including another fastest AG bike split and a PB run to cross the line 2nd in her AG!!! So glad Amy’s talent is showing with some consistent training over in Australia- so proud of her!!!

Too fast for the camera.., go Nat!

Nat Kerr also raced Hervey Bay. After breaking her toe a few weeks ago from stubbing it on the treadmill, we weren’t sure how the race would go. We’ve been water running & running on the Elliptical to prepare. The plan was to swim & bike hard and if she had to run slow of pull out to not risk further damage. Well thanks to some tape Nat was able to jog her way to 2nd after a crushing swim & bike!!!

Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:

Lisa Lipari scored a 7th place AG finish at 70.3 Los Cabos. After a PB swim she set out to hunt down the 6 ladies in front, managed to real in 4 of them and then with a swift transition popped out first from T2. The going was good for about 4k and then a previous injury reared its ugly head at the most inopportune time forcing a considerable slow down in pace. Nevertheless, feisty Lisa persevered in the blistering heat and still managed to earn her best standing yet at the 70.3 distance. Coach is pleased as we only started working together 7weeks prior and the potential is certainly there for further gains in 2018.

Same day Todd Hawkins raced IM Los Cabos. Todd’s training leading the race had gone exceptionally well, never been stronger. Our biggest concern would be the heat which has always been a struggle. Todd led his AG out of the water with sizzling 51:11 (6th overall) and then the heat indeed was quick to take its toll. According to his bike data temp averaged ~32C with a max of 38C, which in the end simply proved overwhelming. He nevertheless kept his head in the game, raced smart, persevered and still managed a 16th AG place finish.


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Courageous Athletes; Proud Coaches!

Courageous Athletes; Proud Coaches!

Congratulations Diana on an outstanding (and rare) achievement – 4-peat at Ironman Malaysia!

Winning an Ironman is a huge thing. But winning an Ironman for 4 times in a row is just outstanding. After a disappointing race in Kona, where Diana suffered respiratory distress from algae in the water and could not finish the race, we decided to race Ironman Malaysia for a proper end of season. As the decision was short-termed we could not do the build up for the race in the climatic optimal environment of Phuket. Therefore we decided to stay on Mallorca and go to Malaysia only 3 days before race day. Preparation and travel went well. We pulled all tricks for heat adaption I learned in 20 years of racing and coaching. The pressure going into the race was huge if you won a race for 3 times. Of course everybody expects another win. Also the DNF in Kona did not exactly boost Diana’s confidence. To make a long story short Diana dealt with all of that like a Pro: won the race for the 4th consecutive year, set a new course record and was a threat to the men finishing 9th over all. If it is not happy, it’s not the end. I’m very proud that Diana could turn it around after Hawaii and pull of such a fantastic race.

Shiao-Yu lays down the power on the bike in Malaysia.

Shiao-Yu Lee also had a great race in Malaysia finishing 6th in the women field.In the weeks leading up to the race her training suffered from a lot of appointments she had to attend. However race warrior she is she performed much better than she thought possible.

Fantastic race by Mihai, with both a podium and Hawaii Qualification!

When I started coaching Mihai Vigariu beginning of this year we defined the clear goal to get him a ticket to Hawaii. I think, now I’m sure, my training approach was complete eye opening experience for Mihai. It was just a completely new training regiment. We changed his swim, cycling technique, nutrition. Changed his approach to altitude training, did pacing, did heat adaption. I’m glad that Mihai not only could book his Hawaii ticket at Ironman Malaysia but also placed 3rd in his Age Group. I feel really humble to work with such a dedicated athlete.

A strong finish by Victor gives a lot of motivation for future races.

Victor Osokin is a super dedicated athlete as well and I feel sorry that we could not achieve his goal of qualifying for the World Champs at Ironman Malaysia. Victor placed 12th in his Age Group but he struggled the whole day. Despite he did not very strong from the beginning he hang in tough and when I went back on the course to really kick his arse on the last 5 kilometers Victor really HTFU and made up 6 positions. When everybody was dying he ran strong. This performance will improve him a lot. We only fall down to learn how to stand up.

Team mates Andrea and Diana both had great days.

Andrea Bruhin in the IM 70.3 Malaysia event Andrea had a fantastic race. Despite the super tough conditions she could improve her personal best over the half distance by 15 minutes. I’m especially happy that her run is improving and the work we put in into that is paying off.

It was such a fantastic weekend in Malaysia. We all spent a lot of time together. Triathlon is such a great sport.

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

Amy enjoying every moment of the famous Noosa Tri!

Amy Ellet took a a break from Dentistry to head over to Australia for some exploring and with a less or non existent work schedule, some consistent training! Without getting to serious and still on giving Amy what she can handle while keeping the “fun factor” – she absolutely killed it at the Noosa Triathlon last weekend! Amy’s only been doing 2 months of consistent swimming and running and a month of building the bike up again and she ended up with her best Olympic distance EVER! PB swim, fastest bike in her Age and for the first time ever ran under 50 min off the bike to finish 4th!!! I’m so proud of this result and looking forward to seeing more from Amy!!!

On the other side of the globe Holly Lemmon took on Ironman Florida. Holly only came on board a few months ago and informed me she had been registered for Ironman Florida in November. Holly has an EXTREMELY busy work and global travel schedule so training has been a mix of 1 week on , 1 week off! Although the training has been very different from what she was us to in the past, secretly I was still a little worried about jumping into a full Ironman without more consistent training. The last Ironman Holly did in 2016 was a train wreck so if she was going to race, as a coach I wanted to give her ever shot of having her best race but not missing a detail leading in which included fuelling, pre race fuelling, full swim bike run race strategy etc all laid out. Well Holly ended up with a great swim, an Ironman PB, riding 90 min faster than her last Ironman and hanging on for the run, proving she has the mental toughness to keep fighting to the finish. Overall Holly ended up finishing over 2 hrs faster than her last Ironman, UNREAL! Looking forward to seeing what we can do with some consistent training!!! Well done Holly!!!

Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:

Congratulations Chantel, finishing well under her goal time in Florida!

Chantel Coetzer had a great race at Ironman Florida, finishing in 11.28.01, well under the 12 hours she aimed for. Over the past months Chantel put her head down, did the work and got the job done during Ironman Florida! Congrats! A job very well done!

Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:

An AG win and Kona Qualifier for Mania – Outstanding!

This week was a great week for Mania Bikof who she is raced in Xiamen 70,3 ironman, took the 1st place in her AG and the qualification slot for Kona. Mania followed a perfect strategy so she comes to the finish line strongly with PB !

Wonderful effort by Chelsie in Malaysia!

In another race 70,3 ironman Malaysia, Chelsie Tan finished 1st in her AG and 5th in total despite the technical problems she had, in the last 30 km of cycling she had to go only with the small front ring gear. She still stayed concentrated and kept her performance in high despite the cramped problems she encountered on the run, resulting the victory in her AG and the slot for South Africa’s 70.3 W.Ch.

Enjoying the marathon, congratulations Irini!

Irini Fakinou she is raced in Athens Authentic Marathon in her second trying, she raced for a foundation “charity4you” so the motivation was even greater. Irini started in running to help her health and in a new way of life and helping other people now with this motivation. This is the real meaning of sports, we thank you Irini!

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

A great comeback for Perla; well done!

Last weekend Perla Gonzalez raced a local 5k run race. This might sound quite unspectacular, but still it was “my” highlight performance of the last weekend. Perla started to work with me at the end of April because her performance did not improve despite the many hours she had invested in the training. At the end she just felt tired, sore and weak. It took some time to figure out if she was just very tired from the previous training, if she really was overtrained or if it was something different. At the end and after having seen many doctors the overtraining syndrome was the most likely scenario and Perla strictly followed the plan to recover from this (Recovering from overtraining). I am very very proud of Perla that she had the patience to go through this long phase of recovery very disciplined in order to be able to train without that terrible pain in her legs again. We did a very slow and cautious built up after she had recovered. Despite not having averaged more than 15km per week over the past 10 weeks she could achieve an overall podium last Sunday with a time of 22:46min!
“I couldn’t be here without your help. I wanted to give up many times and today running without that awful heaviness in my legs I remembered my running glories and that I can be there again thank you very much coach!!” This was just the beginning ;-).

While the Triathlon season in Europe is over it starts in the Middle East with milder temperatures below 40°C. Deborah Bomstein raced the Dubai International Triathlon (1,5-80-10) last Friday. It was already her third race after the break in September after 70.3 Portugal. She did a sprint and Olympic distance race earlier in October. We use all these races as good trainings to gain experience. Deborah did her first Triathlon just 1 year ago and there are still many things to learn. Last Friday Deborah executed the race nearly perfect. She had a great start of the swim keeping out of the masses and doing her own race from the start and was rewarded with the 8th fastest swim of all female competitors. For the first time the nutrition worked great as well and she could do the entire race without any stomach issues! We have been experimenting with nutrition a lot recently to find a solution that works for her. The run was still very hot but Deborah finished the race strong after 4hrs15min!

Hjordis Olafsdottir did a 10km run race in Reykjavik. It was the second run race after the break in September and she already could show a very good performance. She finished the run in 2nd place overall after 43:45 even though the conditions were snowy and slippery!

Hardy Wiedemann ran a the local Nördlinger ‘Riespanoramalauf’ 10km run race. Once again he won his agegroup, placed 10th overall and was, despite very bad conditions, as fast as two years ago.

Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:

Both Gustavo and Maria on the podium at Florida!

I’m so proud about Gustavo and Milu in Ironman Panama City USA. They did a great job in this race and got a brilhant 3rd place each. They has been working so hard the last few months and this results showed me how strong and serious they are. Congrats

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Few minutes after crossing  she was already smiling and taking pictures with the flag of her country, Kazakhstan.

Due to work commitments Madina Umbetova could not  go to IM Chattanooga which was her original goal.  We didn’t  dwell much on it though and decided to do IM Florida instead. However, it meant that training would need to be done when it is cold outside in Almaty so the treadmill and the bike trainer were in constant use.  Not easy on mind and body but Madina is a very tough athlete and she was up for it. The race started with a very strong swim, she exited 20th in her AG, then the bike was a hard task.  Conversely to what people may think the flat course may be more challenging to ride than a hilly one – it requires riding most of 180km in aero position.  Madina had a strong ride and despite suffering from shoulder pain in the second half and similarly to the swim it was 20th ride in her AG.  On the run she was running at a steady pace and making a good progress through the field and with 11th spit in her AG she advanced to 14 place.  It was a race of determination and mental toughness, especially on the run where a large number of athletes ended up walking and more than 10% DNFed. Madina was fighting to the end and she was in a touching distance of the XC Kona slot finishing 2nd in her XC Category.
Congratulations on your determination and a very well executed race.  There will be more opportunities for you to shine and show you fitness in the coming season and we have already started planning what we would like to achieve.

If there is one thing we can all learn from Carolina is how she plans her race strategy and nutrition. Good job Carolina.

Carolina Lanza lined up on the start line of New York City Marathon.  With limited training since her last triathlon race of the season few weeks ago it was a big ask for the body. Despite the fact that she was running with her friend ‚for fun’ a 42k run is never easy. The most important for them was to enjoy the atmosphere and have a good day. Despite the legs tightening up towards the end and a middling pain she in the foot she finished as always with the smile of her face just under 4 hours. Now we take a deserved break from training and allow the body to rest and restore energy levels before we start training for next season. There are some great challenges ahead and with the pace Carolina was improving this year we will have more reasons to celebrate. Carolina herself admitted that she needs some rest more mental than physical and she is looking forward to spending more time with her friends and family – 2/3 weeks party non stop – FINALLY!! were her first words in the post race report 🙂

70.3 Ironman Xiamen was Kat Renouf’s second choice after Ironman canceled one of the races in October. Kat followed the race plan to the letter executing it perfectly. She had a fast swim, followed by a very strong bike and a solid run. It gave her a 2nd Age Group women overall and also 2nd in her AG. As we always say you cannot control the competition. You can only control your own performance. Kathryn should be proud of her race and great 2nd place on the podium.  Even more so taking into account how challenging last few months were at work for her. She has done an excellent job in fitting the training in and making the most of available time while working as a junior doctor in a hospital which sometimes involved working night shifts.
Congratulations Kat! I’m very proud of your performance.

Gen Jacques decided to give Ironman Los Cabos a go while making it a holidays with a friend too. A chosen spot in Mexico, San Jose del Cabo, could not provide a better setting: idilic beaches, perfectly blue sky, very warm (or rather hot) climate, scenic hills with addition of relaxed Mexican life style.  However, if you put Ironman race in there, the outcome would be – one of the toughest one day challenges! The combination of a tough hilly bike course and undulating run course with direct sun exposure throughout the day and temperatures in mid 30s at least. The race this year really lived up to its name. It was really hot day on Sunday.

Gen did a very good job staying strong to the end. She produced a strong swim and bike and delivered a steady run in conditions making it very challenging for all competitors. I’m very proud how Gen dealt with elements and finished strong in 6th position in her Age Group.

Great job Gen! Now you should enjoy what Los Cabos has to offer as a holiday destination!

As a tradition Rafal Herman and Krzysztof Machnicki took part in an annual Independence Day run in Warsaw. One month on from Ironman Hawaii World Championship Rafal was eager to race again. However a more sensible option was to use the race as part of the training and although he was tempted to go a bit harder, he executed it exactly the way the coach asked him to run. Krzysztof has had a very busy couple of months at work when he could only managed a very limited training. Regardless, it was a very good run with lower expectations and more enjoyment still a very strong finish and only 1min witch a change slower than his PB. Good job both! Bring on 2018 season.

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Gisela sees out the season with a podium in Langkawi!

I’m proud of Gisela Reichmuth, a solid 3rd place in her category at 70.3 Langkawi. Like my other athletes who do consistently well, Gisela is consistent with her training, and we find ways to keep things fun through out the year. Now for some rest and recovery after a big year of racing, and hopefully a good snow season in Switzerland, for the benefits of weekend cross training – snow mountaineering.

Yannis Theororopoulos flew from London to Athens to race in his home town marathon. This was his first, and he did a great job of handling the training leading up to it, with a busy career. The journey is often more important that the destination, however Yannis did great, and after his long mountain runs, and off road triathlons, now has a road marathon to his name. Very special too being in his home town. Well done Yannis.

She’s not nicknamed ‘The Viking’ for nothing…, perfect conditions for Flora this weekend….

Flora Colledge placed second overall in the local Basel 12.2k road race, with ‘perfect conditions’ for a Viking! Horizontal rain, and strong winds seeing the mens race cancelled mid race by a fallen tree with the strong winds. No doubt more ‘Wintervals’ for Flora on the menu!

Andrea Rudin completed a ‘Kenyan Day’ of run training on Saturday, with 24km done before stepping on the line at the Langenthaler Stadtlauf 6.5km run race. A second place in her category, in a competitive field, on another cold winters day was wonderful, as was her time 24 seconds quicker than last year.  An easy hour on the turbo after made for a super day of training. Andrea loves to train and race. Super job

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Back in the saddle and looking forward to a great season ahead! Well done Jane.

Not one to shy away from a hill climb, Jane Loughnan cracks the hour at the Wellington Masters CC uphill Time Trial last weekend. Back at ’em!

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

Top step for Jane; well done.

Jane Hansom raced at home to become the Queen of the Nevis Triathlon for another year.


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