Time to Shine

Time to Shine

Congratulations Melanie – 70.3 European Champion!

This weekend, I had 5 of my athletes racing and they all did a great job. Melanie Baumann and Jona Dahlqvist both raced the 70.3 European Champs in Elsinore and what a day they both had! Melanie took the gold in her age group (35-39) and Jona took the bronze in her age group (55-59). Both Melanie and Jona did very well in all 3 disciplines!

A picture tells a thousand words! Great job Jona and Melanie 🙂

This is what Melanie said about the race: Oops, I did it again 🙂 Really happy getting another win in Helsingør at the 70.3 European Championships. A swim PB, a bike PB and finally a solid run again to get a new overall PB and 1st place in my age group. That’s 4 wins in a row in Denmark! Thanks to coach Lisbeth, always getting me ready to battle the vikings.

Bettina looking so strong on route to a fantastic win! Photo Credit: Heilbronner Stimme

In Challenge Heilbronn, I had Bettina Strehl, racing the half distance. Bettina had a great day of racing on a very tough course. She won her age group (40-44) in a time of 5:11. She was 2nd fastest age grouper and she was 8th over all! Well done Tina!

A strong finish landed Arnaud on the podium; great work!

And then I had my 2 Arnaud warriors racing!
Arnaud Penel raced a sprint distance in Carpentras in the south of France. Arnaud had an average swim but then he hammered on the bike and rode very well and managed a good run too to finish 3rd in his age group. Much more to come from Arnaud!

Arnaud Margot raced an Olympic distance in Zug as preparation for an upcoming IM very soon! Arnaud had a very ok swim where he practiced the hard swim start, Arnaud rode very well in a time of 1 hour for the 40 kms and then he finished of with a very good run and ended up with a time of: 2:10. A perfect day of training for his Ironman!

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

Celine takes out the Zytturm Triathlon in her hometown, Zug.

This weekend saw the return to racing of Celine Shaerer as an athlete of Trisutto Coaching.  It was a small step towards the larger goal of qualifying for her first race in Kona, however I’m pleased to say Celine embraced the race and finished on top of the podium with the overall female win.

Corinne Abraham, who returned to training camp two weeks ago after her epic race at Ironman Lanzarote, was quickly sent back into battle at 70.3 Luxembourg.  A solid training day completed, and we will now hunt for another Ironman podium as we also look to secure her trip to Kona in October.

Mariana Solorzano headed to Kitzbühel for the ETU Champs, coming away somewhat deflated after a run-in with officialism. We’ll jump straight back in the saddle next week and a less crowded course.

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Gisela Reichmuth put her winter Iron distance training to good use again this week, winning her age category and placing 8th female overall at Challenge Heilbronn Olympic distance race. The summer of racing (and podiums) continues for Gisela with 4 races in two weeks 🙂 Now for a ‘weekend off’ before lining up in two weeks time at Challenge Geraardsberg

Andrea Rudin is also on a hot spell, with a 2nd place in her age category at Zytturn Olympic in Zug.  We are using local shorter races in preparation for Ironman Switzerland, with 5 races in a 7 week period;  before final preparations at St Moritz training camp leading into Ironman Switzerland race day.

Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:

Congratulations Rebecca on a great win at Staffordshire 🙂

Rebecca Joslin did her first race of the year at IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire. The Swiss based Australian flew to the USA the week leading up to the race for work. Not the most ideal taperweek. She only got back in Europe three days before the race and attacked her jetlag with a big swim before travelling to the UK. I’m amazed by how she deals with balancing a demanding job and her training. She has steadily put in all the work, improving in all disciplines in training. I was very happy for her to see her take the agegroup win after a strong swim and bike. The run wasn’t showing what she can actually do. But there will be more races where she can display her improved strengths. For a ‘shake of the cobwebs race’ Rebecca did a great job! Well done!

Race Recap from Coach Keegan Williams:

Congratulations Alice on a stellar run in Wellington. Photo Credit: stuff.co.nz

Alice Mason took on the New Zealand Marathon championships in Wellington on the weekend. She got the win in a course record of 2hr48min in a nicely controlled run. She has been battling a bone bruise for some time so it was great to see that put behind her. I am looking forward to see what she can do once she has put down a solid block of training over the New Zealand winter.

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Patricia getting rest to smash her personal record for the ocean mile.

Patricia Neubauer decided one year ago to take on triathlon. She had no experience as a swimmer or a cyclist. A mutual friend advised her to get a coach, and we got down to work to harness her natural enthusiasm and athleticism. Pat has made enormous gains in every aspect of her triathlon development. This week, Pat was able to jump into a weekly summer ocean swim event for the first time of the season. Last summer, Pat swam the same event at the end of the summer season once she had enough fitness to safely go the distance. For the mile race, Pat had a six minute time drop over her time from the end of last summer and was able to keep up with some legit local athletes. Pat will take advantage of this weekly mile ocean race throughout the summer, and you can bet that her strength, experience, and speed will all continue to make big improvements. Well done Patricia!

Bex’s finisher medal featuring a sloth, an instant favorite!

Bex Fink took advantage of some travel miles to race 70.3 Costa Rica. It was an occasion for her to experience the cultural enrichment that is one of the great opportunities in our sport. The objectives at this race were to enjoy the experience and to have a solid, well-paced day in preparation for IM Whistler. Both accomplished – happy athlete and a happy coach. Pura Vida Bex!

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Congratulations Rahel on a great race in Luxembourg.

Rahel Bellinga lined up at the 70.3 Luxembourg race this weekend as a pre-cursor before Ironman Maastricht. A non-wetsuit swim for the pros doesn’t help her chances, but due to the short swim course, she came out of the water in a respectable time. Then Rahel went to work on the bike, producing the 2nd fastest split of the day (by 2 sec) and moving up to 4th place. Our question mark was the run, as we have suffered some naggy physical issues preventing us from some proper and productive run training. Rahel was able to produce a consistent race, and ended up on the podium in 5th place. A solid showing and we can now build to Ironman Maastricht! Congrats Rahel.

A fast run by Sean landed him on top of the Podium in NYC!

Sean Laude took part in a local sprint triathlon in New York City this weekend. We wanted to some more transition and flow practice ahead of a bigger goal at the Philly International Triathlon next weekend. Sean produced a solid swim, and rode an extremely strong bike on the short out/back course. Then running a sub 18min 5k, he was able to take the WIN! This was a great confidence boosting race, and let us know that we can afford to push the swim/bike a bit more, and have those reserves on the run. Awesome work Sean!

Great to get the win Steve; well done 🙂

Steve Brown took part in his local race series in Baja California, Mexico this past weekend. On the out and back course with a climb in the middle, Steve was able to hang to the front group, and then come into the final and unleash his strong sprint for the WIN! Some great training, and great results is getting us to the point where he will be able to upgrade his category! Congrats Steve!

This weekend in Germany, Christian Pleul took part in his first Olympic Distance Triathlon at the Koberbachtaler Triathlon. Christian is very adamant about his training and it showed with a solid race. We keep finding little things to work on, and when all these little things add up, Christian will have a great first experience at the middle distance Knapperman later in the year! Keep up the great work Christian!

Jasmin Schulze, fresh off 70.3 Barcelona a month ago, and a few weeks of training with TriSutto methodologies, produced her best every 70.3 race this past weekend at 70.3 Luxembourg. Jasmin produced a killer swim, and produced a sub 3 hour bike! Then onto the run, Jasmin ran very consistent, and crossed the tape with a personal best! Way to control what you could control, have a solid nutrition plan, and have a fun day! Congrats Jasmin!

Cory Giesselman raced a 17km Trail Race in Curacao this weekend and produced a 5min PR on the course! He stuck to our race pace planning in the beginning to not overshoot the effort, and was consistent and strong all day, finishing in 12th / 160 starters! Now that we have a good “open race pace” known, we can push even more next race! Way to go Cory!

Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:

Looking strong David!

Stateside, David Pokluda raced his first US Sprint Duathlon Nationals in Bend Oregon.  Dave had a solid race despite feeling the 3500ft elevation change from his home taking a 10th AG national ranking.

Congrats to Leanne Smyth for completing the Newness Trail Half Marathon in Australia! The course was probably more attuned to adventure racing with a few puddles and scrambles along the way. Nevertheless, despite some falls, one of which caused a painful tailbone bruise, Leanne still gutted out a 15min PB on that course. This was Leanne’s last race of the season. A few weeks down time and we’ll back at it aiming for 70.3 Sydney in Nov.

Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:

Starting the year with a PR – nice work Damien.

This past Sunday at the Luxemburg Ironman 70.3 in the Moselle region, Paris-based French athlete Damien Leonardi was in action for his first triathlon of the year. The father of two led the 40-44 AG out of the water and then backed it up with a very strong bike and run combo, to finish in the top 10 of his AG, and record a new PR of 4h33 for the 70.3 distance. This sets a good theme for the rest of the season!

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

Kendall keeping warm before the race, no guarantees ever for a warm race in Canada in June 🙂

Super weekend for my North American Athletes! First Kendall took on the Chinook Olympic in the middle of her Ironman build in prep for the main one in Santa Rosa at the end of July and did fantastic. The main purpose for this race was to really push the bike hard and that she did with her best bike split ever in an Olympic distance and ended up in 4th in the Female 40-49 AG!

Joanie sharing the podium with the young gals last weekend 🙂

Joanie Heisey also tackled an Olympic distance race further south and ended up 3rd for all the females 40 and over! This ranked her  #1 in the F50-54 category! The highlight for the race was also Joanie’s bike split with a huge breakthrough there. Well done Joanie!

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Great to see the flag of Cyprus on the podium at the ETU Champs – Congratulations Carmen!

This weekend we had the European Champs Standard distance, it was special because being based in Cyprus this winter and having 2 Cypriot athletes in my squad that had qualified was a breakthrough for Cyprus in itself. First up Carmen Macheriotou who athough has only been in my squad a short time has made good progress, however she hasn’t been able to run really the whole time. Her swim went very well and has made some great progress exiting the water 4th in a time of 19.11, onto the bike and again her progress was showing coming into T2 2nd , however with the lack of good running recently she could only hold out for a 3rd place finish picking up the Bronze for Cyprus a fantastic result, loads to come from this athlete.

Next was Dimos Papadavid, now short course isn’t really his distance as 70.3 and full are more suited however to have the opportunity to represent your country for the very first time is and was a massive achievement for him. He had a solid performance swim 21min and bike 1.12 , but just could not hold on on the run 43min but what a great achievement well done Dimos.

In the same Championship we also had Bret Basset competing for GB , Bret as only just come on board and we have only really just started to work together. We have spent most of the time working on his swim and just going through the motions on the bike and run as his only just come back from a knee injury. He had a solid day putting in a 18.12 for the swim isn’t to bad, but the rest needs work, but I’m looking forward to building this athlete

Well done Claire on the Overall Win!

Claire Weller took on Harwich Sprint triathlon this Sunday looking to back up her 2mile swim race on Sunday where she clocked 1hr which isn’t to bad at all for her swim progress. But it made for a great weekend crossing the line 1st and winning overall fantastic result well done.

Congrats Lucy, finishing off the TT series with a win

Lucy Francis is just getting stronger and stronger on the bike and she took on her final 10mile TT race of the season to end the series where she was currently sitting 1st. If it wasn’t for a confusion in directions she would of finished 1st overall on the series but because of the blip she managed to hold on to 2nd so very well done Lucy great riding.

Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:

Mariasole enjoying the 70.3 European Champs!

Mariasole Ghidini: did the IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship Elsinore – Denmark. She has an ok swim followed by a very good bike ride. 6:37:23 her time over the 1,9-90-21km triathlon. We are training for 70.3 Worlds 2017 – Chattanooga (USA), so it was confirmation of the great job made so far. Well done Mariasole!

Stefano Curzio: for Stefano it was the first middle distance of the 2017. He raced at Ironman 70.3 Pescara. He placed 32th M 50-54 in a total time of 5:32.50. He has a fast swim and solid bike, but he suffered from frequent painful muscle cramps during the run. Think positive Stefano!!

Anna Franchini: raced at Ironman 70.3 Pescara – Italy. Her performance was faultless; she started with a solid swim, a good bike and very ok run in hot conditions. She ended up 6th in her age group 50-54 in 05:52.34. Still a definite improvement over a few months ago.Great race Anna!!!

Nicola Sforza: did the Ironman 70.3 Pescara – Italy. Only few week ago he restarted a good training after a period of physical problems. Nicola is excited that he is back fit and healthy and now he ready to start the long distance racing season. 5:46:44 his time over the 1,9-90-21km triathlon, which was 17th place M 55-59. Nicola: believe!

Race Recap from Coach Matt Trautman:

Congrats to Otto Du Plessis for his great result at Durban 70.3 this weekend. Otto’s main goal here was to qualify for the 70.3 World Champs in P.E in 2018 which he did, by finishing 5th in his age group. A PB run of 1hr30min was the cherry on top after a very consistent and dedicated block of training leading up to the race. Well done Otto.

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Oriana with her finishing medal.

70.3 European Championship Elsinore – Denmark:
Oriana Heer, excellent 6th place F35-39 in 4:49.05, just 90“ down from the podium! Oriana is growing from race to race and we will continue to build her strenghts and work hard on her weaker parts! I’m sure we will see a lot of improvement for this athletes in the near future. Very well done Oriana!

Jana (right) with good friend Sabrina, all smiles post-race 🙂

Jana Perrone finished in 5:46.57 (F25-29)! In Elsinore she was able to put together a very solid performance after a few weeks of health issues. Jana is the proof that even if during the preparation not everything goes as planned, with excellent race management we can collect something very good. Proud of you girl!

Marco and Mariasole both had great races in Denmark

Marco De Leo (M35-39) is still battling a bit with his achilles, but also for him it was all about finding the right pace! I’m really satisfied with his 4:53.52 as he is also a very hard working lawyer with little time for training. I’m sure until the 70.3 World Championship Chattanooga he will still improve. Let’s go Marco!

Strong ladies: Gabi and Irene, both winner of her categories at 70.3 Pescara

70.3 Pescara – Italy:
Gabriella Picco won her category F50-54 in excellent 5:23.47 and therefore she qualified for the 70.3 World Championship in the USA beginning of September! Gabi is a very constant athlete with a really strong mindset and harvests what she seeds or in other words: hard work pays off! Congrats on this win Gabi!

Irene Coletto is working with me for 2 years now and her improvement is amazing! She is such an addicted athlete, taking care of every detail. Her attitude is exemplary and also for her it’s all about hard work that pays off in this excellent results: 1st place F35-39 in 4:43.12 and this means also 5th time women overall (including female pros). Maybe it’s time to think about changing category next year, we will see 😉

Giovanni Marion (M55-59) in preparation for IM Frankfurt had a really solid race: 5:40.54 and 15th place in his age group. He put together good and constant effort in all 3 disciplines and now it’s just 3 weeks to go to the big one! Believe Gianni!

Massimo Argiolas (M50-54) had a bit of a nerve consuming trip to Pescara, as his bike was lost during the flight. But in the end he race very well, 9th place in 5:04.46. Massimo is doing IM Klagenfurt, so this race was the last good test, now it’s time to rest a little bit and let it all you in Austria in 2 weeks. It will be a great experience Massimo!

Hero Dolomites MTB 60km race:
Andrea Cattabiani wanted to experience something new together with his teammates. So leaving the triathlon bike at home for this weekend and racing the famous MTB Festival in the Dolomites. He enjoyed the day and finished in 6:55.43. Well done Catta!

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Great effort Thierry.

Last weekend Thierry Dondlinger had a breakthrough performance at 70.3 Luxembourg. After a disappointing race in South Africa in April we found out that his nutrition was far from ideal. Not just in the race but in daily life as well. Thierry worked hard to solve that issue and also executed his race nutrition very well. The reward was that he was first off the bike in the 40-45 agegroup after a good swim and really fast bikeride. On the bike he could improve by 14min on the same course compared to last year! On the run he went to cruise mode to save some energy for Ironman Klagenfurt in two weeks. He finished 5th in his agegroup. I am very happy that he finally got the result he was working for!

Dangerous conditions in Iceland; Hjordis will be back!

Hjordis Olafsdottir did the Olympic distance nationals in Iceland last Sunday. After a swim in less than 10°C cold water and some kilometers on the bike in pouring rain and 9°C she had to quit the race due to hypothermia. I know by now that Icelandic races are nothing but tough, but letting athletes swim in less than 10°C cold water has nothing to do with being tough. It is just irresponsible and dangerous!

Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.

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Results from Boulder, Kraichgau and Switzerland

Results from Boulder, Kraichgau and Switzerland

Peter Seidel race Harsewinkel Triathlon and finished 4th, just off the podium. During the swim he lost his swim cap and his googles were flooded. Then Peter said on the bike he was killed by the wind and just finished the run in a solid style.

Shiao-Yu Li took part in one of her favourite races: IM 70.3 Japan. Despite it was not the day we were hoping for, Shiao-Yu was fighting like she always does. It was a solid training day and still got her another podium finish at an Ironman 70.3 and some points for her Kona ranking.

Jenny Schulz had really bad luck at Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau. She had one of the best swims ever and was very close to the other ladies. I’m really happy, all that work she put into her swim since we started is paying off and improved her so much. Making up ground to place 2 and 3 during the first 40k on the bike, unfortunately she wanted a bit too much in a turn and crashed with her bike around the 40km mark. She hurt her shoulder and leg but could carry on with the race. However, it was a struggle and she couldn’t find her rhythm again. Even her strongest part – the run – was not the one where she could gain anything. Despite the crash she still finished 4th in the women’s field  which should give her enough points to qualify for the IM 70.3 World Champs in Chattanooga.

Mihai Vigariu did the half distance race Oradea. It was at the same time the Romanian championship. Swimming and biking was really going well but on the run after 10kms he realised that he overheated a bit and needed to slow down at aid stations to cool down. Therefore he had to give away his lead but at the end he managed toughen it out for 2nd place and had a good training day out there including a learning session to cool down in hot races from the early beginning.

While a lot of my athletes are from Switzerland, I had a lot of them racing their local race: IM70.3 Rapperswil.

Laura Dossenbach won her Aage group and showed an outstanding performance. Her swim and bike were super strong. Her run was solid. She’s training like a maniac and I’m super happy to see her hard work paying off. Laura took full advantage of all my services, I’m coaching her, she’s attended some trisutto camps, I got her position right on the bike. The final piece missing was her nutrition. So after some very bad stomach issues at Ironman 70.3 St. Polten earlier this year, we had a thorough assessment of her pre-race and race nutrition and worked out a detailed  nutrition strategy for Rapperswil that included change of products as well as exactly calculated amounts of what to supplement when. Laura executed perfectly and her result showed how good it worked. Well done Laura on the best result of my squad this weekend!

Moritz Bachmann, Daniela Manser & Nicholas Baddour were all struggling with the heat. At the end they didn’t have the race they we were hoping for truly showed that they are fighters by heart performing well on a bad day. Moritz had solid race. He cruised the swim, had a good bike and then suffered on the run due to the hot conditions. However, still happy for him to have that suffer under his belt. It will serve him well at Roth later this year. Same is true for Nicholas. Not yet the run performance we’re looking for, but we only started the training a few weeks ago and he is the athlete who improves from race to race.

Daniela, despite missing her goal of a better finish with a 8th place (still a top-10 result!), she still improve her PB on that course by 25mins!  – which is a huge step towards bigger goals.

Reto Jacobs had a solid race. Initially, he was a bit disappointed with his time – as it was 4min slower than his PB on that course last year. He raced without a watch, felt well and strong the entire race – maybe too comfortable as a thorough analysis of his race files suggested afterwards. Yes, the pacing strategy I gave him was maybe a bit on the safe side. However, I’m happy he sticked to race plan, since it was a hot day, since it was Reto’s first race of the season and also our first race „together“. We know now, that we could be a bit more aggressive for our next race to come. Reto showed that he is capable of the most important skills when it comes to triathlon: Racing with his brain, sticking to a plan, making the right decisions.

Andrea Cagnati & Oliver Klaus went to Colorado and raced Ironman Boulder – and since Oli is a very special friend and there were some doubts and worries approaching the race, I did a last minute trip to the US for some special support. Sometimes you have to do crazy things. It was my first trip to Boulder and I was surprised by find a place very different from what we normally think America is like. It’s a funny mix of a hippie, hands-on, life-style and sporty culture. I spent a lot of time in nice cafes, however due to all the race preparations I didn’t get caught in the bubble. Great place to train for sure.

Race day was hot and windy. However, luckily not as hot as it was predicted at the beginning of the week. Some clouds spent shadow. And only the 2nd loop on the run course was the expected heat battle. Temperatures and wind made the race slow. Especially the long stretch back to the beach was all against wind and waves which made it hard even for normal skilled swimmers.

Initially, Andrea was not happy with her time – but at that point she did not know that in relation to the other athletes she did quite well. Her mood improves quickly when she learned, that she place 21st in his age group – by far the best ranking she ever reached in her still young triathlon career. Andrea showed great spirit and it was really a pleasure to see her performing so well and to support her around that race.

Oliver Klaus was really afraid of the heat and didn’t even want to start at all. Imagine, in his former athletic life he was a bob-sled athlete, training and racing at minus 20 degrees at the bob-sled track in St. Moritz! He doesn’t mid cold, he doesn’t mind freezing temperatures, he doesn’t mind pouring rain – but heat is not his friend. He tend’s to melt down in hot conditions like snow in summer. However, Oli didn’t give in and accepted the challenge and made the very best out of it. After a solid swim he went quickly onto the bike and moved into top-20 of his age group within the first 40k of the bike. But somehow his legs didn’t want to do perform as he wanted so he lost a few places on his remaining way to T2 and entered in 24th position into T2. Then the best part of Oli’s race started. He looked very good on the run. And while most of the athletes around him were dying do to heat and over-pacing, Oli marched through the ranks and caught athlete after athlete. Despite the heat he ran so well. He was mentally so strong and focused. That served him well and he finished a fantastic 11th place in his age group.

Thank you Oli and Andrea for inspiring performances and a fantastic time together at IM Boulder!

Thomas Schäfer was racing the German Championship Paracycling Road Race. Thomas was really doing a great job but road cycling is totally different to Triathlon racing. You need to work in a group, go with every attack, watch the others and react quickly. After kind of pulling the field along for the entire race, 1km before the Finish line on athlete was riding an attack and the only one who was willing (or able) to respond was Thomas and the others hang at this wheel again. At the end he missed the win by only 2 meters and became 3rd in a photo-finish.

Steffi Jansen took the victory at the Heinsberg Volkstriathlon on this hot Sunday. She showed solid performance in all three disciplines. That result showed, that she’s recovering well from some illness and set-backs earlier this year. Training is going well again – just in time for Challenge Roth, her big goal this season.

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Championship Wins Highlight an Amazing Weekend

Championship Wins Highlight an Amazing Weekend

Huge Congrats to Sarah Crowley with a dominating wire-to-wire win in Cairns. Photo Credit: Korupt Vision

The Asia Pacific Cairns Ironman could not of gone better for the two Trisutto Brisbane squad members of  Josh Amberger and Sarah Crowley taking out the wins and course records of 8:02 and 8:58 respectively. Quite special victories for different reasons.

Sarah Crowley took out Cairns Ironman in 8:58 in a wire to wire win!!! Alot has already been written about the race, and for Sarah’s race, pretty straight forward report.. Out of the water with leader, rode away to 13min lead, cruised run, bang bang that’s all she wrote… so I’ll give some insight into her lead up “Build the technique to suit the individual, do the training to suit the technique”
Sarah had her end of season break in March after Geelong 70.3 then started an intensive swim block in April. 2 x lead up races 8 and 4 weeks out. 1 sprint distance, 1 Olympic Distance. The Olympic Distance result I think has flown under the radar by many, but to highlight it was an incredible performance under full Ironman training load. Swimming non wetsuit within sight of Bella Luxford and ITU hitter Barb Riveros, before unleashing a 35:23 10k to win by over 3min. Sarah is now headed up to our St Moritz Trisutto training base in the lead up to Frankfurt Ironman for the European Championships.

A superb performance by Josh, taking out his first IM Title in Cairns. Photo Credit: Korupt Vision

Josh and I go back quite some time to the mid 2000’s when I still raced, we live nearby and we swam in the same swim squad for years where we were the only 2 triathletes…amongst all the olympic gold and national team swimmers…

I was racing 70.3 and Ironman, and Josh being younger was doing the ITU.. Fast forward to October 2016 and after returning from Kona, Josh invited me around to chew the fat and the possibility of me coaching him… We sat on it for a few weeks, agreed it could work and to work we went… My promise to him, to give him a real taste of Ironman, not a watered down version, see if he liked it and if so we would continue, or if he hated it, then forget about it and continue in the 70.3’s..

We had a motto from the start that we would only do this if we were committed to being a player in the “German Nationals” a term we use daily to remind us of who’s set the current world level in Kona..Not to live in delusion that smaller Ironman’s are anything in the ballpark of the level of the pointy end at Kona… So off to South Africa he went, the strongest field we could find to get his first taste.. an admirable effort off a less then ideal leadup that included the inaugral SuperLeague Triathlon which was only 2 weeks out from South Africa… but we  certainly had no regrets from that, what a fantastic event and opportunity to be a part of… After South Africa, the question was asked, “Is that enough of this Ironman stuff now?” Josh’s reply “sign me up, let’s find another, gimme another go!!!”
So we built upon our previous build and Cairns was a no brainer..From the start we’ve made quite a few changes in Josh’s techniques, which are starting to take hold under fatigue and on race day he executed a  race plan to perfection…proving that we are headed in the right direction, but again, the “German Nationals” aren’t a cake walk… onwards and upwards there is much work to do!!!

Congratulations Jess…, 2nd in AG and Top 10 overall in Japan 70.3

Jess Ripper had a great race in the Japan 70.3 with a consistent performance across the swim/bike and a PB half marathon to finish off!! Jess was top 10 overall on the day, and is showing the consistent work he has been performing in training is reaping benefits. Jess is qualified for 70.3 Worlds and for Kona and as we build into Kona will do the “home” race the Hokkaido Triathlon in the lead up…

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

Back in the saddle and back on top – well done Dani!

This athlete report is a little different, as yes we had James Cunnama run into a little bit of form to take 2nd at 70.3 Rapperswil, while the bird, Daniela Ryf got back on the horse and completed her first long work over an hour in 3 months, so that was a breakthrough of sorts.

A blitzing run by James and a 2nd place finish.

However with my new job of coaching coaches I want to make my biggest statement of pride to see coach Cam Watt take the sweep in IM Cairns. Cam and I go way back and I have always told anybody that would listen that he had the instincts to be a great coach. His performance on the weekend was my stand out, but only by a short margin, as I work with coach Susie Langley a former world age group World Champion and so I see her work on a daily basis, and to see the improvement in the athletes she works with is a big bonus for me.

Dani and Emma greeting Nina at the finish, and an all Swiss Women’s Podium.

Nina Derron lead the world champ for the majority of the race in 70.3 Rapperswil to gain her first ever podium. Her mind set to go out and take it to the bird made me smile, that Susie has learned her coaching lessons well. Her athlete was prepared to perfection, great job to both coaches.

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

‘Catch-me-if-you-can’ – Nina was relentless on the bike.

Nina Derron showed great courage on the weekend, taking the bull-by-the horns at 70.3 Rapperswil and leading for a large portion of the race. She was eventually passed by team mate Daniela at the 14k mark of the run, and former team mate Emma Bilham inside the last km, holding on to third place and her first Professional Podium finish. It was a confidence building outcome for Nina who for the last 9 months has diligently managed a very consistent and dedicated training load in conjunction with her full time University schedule. With Uni done, Nina now heads to Trisutto Training Camp in St.Moritz for the Summer.

Race Recap from Coach Melanie Mitchell:

Overcoming many obstacles on route to a great day out at Cairns 70.3; Congratulations Leah 🙂

Leah Newman raced the Cairns Airport, Cairns 70.3 Ironman over the weekend. Cairns was a major goal for her to improve upon, after tough conditions last year saw her not have the race she had worked so hard for.

Ten days out from Cairns, and after months of misdiagnosis and interrupted training, Leah was finally diagnosed with a L5/S1 disc bulge compressing her nerve and causing nerve pain in her ankle. To even start the race Leah needed to have a guided cortisone injection in her back. For most people this would unravel them 10 days out from their major event. Leah handled it like she does with all things thrown at her, with grace and optimism. We decided that taper will just have to come early and we will take it each day as it comes.
To say I am proud of Leah’s performance is an understatement! Leah improved her swim by a whopping 10 mins! Leah has many anxieties when it comes to the swim, which we are working through. The swim conditions were anything but ideal! So to see such a huge improvement in her weakest leg is outstanding! Leah also improved on the bike by 5 mins, and finished just as strong on the run with a 9 min improvement from last year!!
Overall, giving her a 24 minute improvement from last year.
Well done Leah! I believe with less interruptions to Leah’s training now that her injury has been diagnosed we will see even further improvements.

Thank you Leah for asking me to coach you and believing in me as I do in you. We are a great team!

Race Recap from Coach Mathias Hecht:

Congratulations Georgina on an impressive AG win (17th Overall), here with proud Coach Mathias.

Bettina Steiger and Georgina both won their age group and finished top 20 overall.  Both swimming exactly the same time.
Georgina’s strength is the bike and she showed that once out there, a strong 2h34min set her up perfectly. We knew the heat doesn’t suit her well, but still, she fought through the 21k and finished the race of with a 1h40min run. Securing her place at the top of the podium for her age group. She is in great shape and ready for her main goal of the season, the iconic Challenge Roth. Let’s hope the temperature wont hit 30°C there.

Congratulation Bettina on you impressive first 70.3 race – first in AG and 14th Overall

Bettina showed that she can ride a bike as well and not just run. A 2:41 put her right in the mix and the run was still to come. With not many pro girls running faster then her 1h 29min, picking up one after the other. Her season is just one big success story so far, let s not forget, this was her first 70.3 race. I can’t wait to see her race her first Ironman in Zürich in July.
Both girls show me what’s possible if the mindset is there. They are both tough, they are not pros, but their approach in training couldn’t be any more professional.

Domenico had a rough day out. He has been sick most of winter and is struggling with an achilles and calf issues for several month, making it hard to keep the so important routine in training. In my opinion, he made the most out of it, even if it was a big struggle. The injury and health issues meant we missed a lot of work that needs to be done if you want to succeed, so it is back to the books and to make some decisions about how we approach the next races and even more importantly, the training. His little boy and his amazing wife will help him to set priorities right over next few days and get the energy back he needs to target the next goal and recharge quickly.

Race Recap from Coach Dirk Neumann:

A great training race for Claudia in Rapperswil; great job 🙂

Claudia Huele joined our camp in April in Mallorca and started coaching by Trisutto. In a short period she improved her swimming a lot and finished the swim in 36min and the important thing … relaxed and not exhausted followed by a solid bike ride and a fast run in 1:39.  She finished at 9th place in her AG at 70.3 Rapperswil still 10min to the podium… for her it was a long brick day on her way to the long distance in 3 weeks in Roth. Happy to coach you Claudia. Well done. Coach Dirk

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Well done Victor at Rapperswil – step-by-step!

This weekend, I had 3 of my athletes racing 70.3 IM Switzerland.
Victor Manrique had a good swim (32 mins) and a good bike (2:33) but then he found it very hard to find some extra gears on the run and probably melted a bit in the heat! He finished in a time of 5:01. But much better transitions than last time and getting much better at descending in the Swiss mountains!

What day for Maurice!

Due to other priorities, Maurice Inzirillo has been training a lot less than usual since X-mas but Maurice still wanted to give it a go! Maurice ended up swimming very ok (39 mins), he rode very well (2:39) and then he finished off with a fantastic run in very hot conditions! (1:39). This got him a 3rd place in his age group 55-59! Maurice, you’re a star!

Nick Morrell did his very first half! Nick is a former rower and loves the training and the competition, like a few! Nick had a very ok swim (36 mins) and a great bike (2:31) but he probably did the first lap a bit too hard, it’s all a learning curve! And then he had a few issues on the run with cramps and the heat and ended up with a time of 5:07. Much more to come next time!

Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:

Alex Luraschi celebrating his success after Ironman 70.3 Rapperswil

Alex Luraschi: Race the ever popular  IRONMAN 70.3 Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland on Sunday. Finishing with an impressive time of 5:17:24,  he had a good bike split, and a very fast swim too. Well done Alex!! We’re looking forward to what’s ahead!

Stefano Curzio: Raced an Olympic distance Triathlon at Bardolino, Garda Lake, Italy. Placing 32nd (out of 186 competitors), with a time of 2:31:12. Stefano is making good progress in his training and racing, with a solid swim and a great bike. Using this race as a training session has prepared him well for a 70.3 event next week!

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Martina taking an impressive 4th Place at Challenge Venice

Challenge Venice (Ironman distance): Martina Dogana suffered a few health issues over the last few months. So only 3 weeks to go we were close to canceling this race, but then Marty felt better and we decided to give it a go. 4th place F Pro in 9:59.35 in very windy and hot conditions is ok for her. We know that this result is the best she was able to produce with all the past difficulties. Now we are looking forward to building up for a strong second part of the season. Well done Marty!

David Galafassi participated in a relay team doing the swim and half of the bike. For him it was mostly about getting into the Iron distance feeling, as David will race his first one at the end of September: Ironman Cervia (Italy).

70.3 Rapperswill: Mirco Pulici had a really good race (5:11.01) considering that only two years ago at the same place he finished in 5:49, a huge improvement. Mirco is preparing for Ironman Copenhagen in August and this race gave us confidence about the preparation. Good job Mirco!

Mirco celebrating after his huge PB at 70.3 Rapperswil.

Jana Perrone raced in a relay team, 36 minutes for the 1.9km swim.In one week Jana will be at the start line at the 70.3 European Championship in Elsinore. Go go go Jana!

Triathlon Olympic Distance Bardolino (Italy): Andrea Cattabiani finished in 2:32.12. As Andrea is mostly preparing for half distance races, so this was just about getting in some fast miles 🙂 Overall we are very satisfied with this race weekend! Bring on the next one!

Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:

Another weekend of PBs for three of my athletes, with Annabel Cowper and Christian Bachli raced Ironman  70.3 Switzerland. Annabel has been working super hard on her swim this year and shaved off almost 3 minutes from her race time last year. Christian carved out another 12 minute PB on the bike and finally cracked the 5 hour mark on his overall time. Apparently conditions were hot on the day, so I am pleased with how both managed the conditions and still finish strong.

Over in Canada, Loreen Mazur finished 4th in her AG at the Wasa Olympic triathlon near Cranbrook British Columbia. Loreen also set personal course PBs across the board – ~2.30 min on the swim, ~10 min on the bike and ~3 min on the run and 16 minutes overall for the course!

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Jappas running strong at Challenge Herning.

Jappas Du Preez set his first main goal for the year as the European Middle Distance Championships at Challenge Herning this weekend. We have put an early season run injury behind us and the short course races and results he has put together told us he’s in great shape. It absolutely showed on race day as he put together a very solid swim/bike/run to cross the line 6th place in the ever difficult 35-39 age class. With this result, he has already qualified for next years event. We found some great improvements and also some things to work on as we now look to Ironman Wales in the second half of the season. Great work Jappas!

Jan running to a strong finish at Ironman 70.3 Rapperswil

Jan Pascal Tschudy’s first ‘A’ race of the year was Ironman 70.3 Rapperswil. We have done some big work on Jan’s swim this year, and it truly showed in the open water. Not only did he produce a big swim pb, he came out of the water with plenty of energy to keep going. Onto the bike, Jan went to work and passed many athletes on course to move from 71st to 13th position at the start of the run. And once onto the run, Jan used his very good run abilities to improve his spot even more to 10th place in the Men’s 30-34 age class. With Ironman Zurich on the horizon, this was a great show of fitness and allowed us to try a few things nutrition wise that will hopefully help us on the big day coming up. Superb day, Jan!

Bill Knoedel continued his time trial season with another round of the Elkhart TT Series in Iowa, USA. The previous two races of the season, he was beaten into 2nd place by the same competitor. But his hard work and resilience in training showed as he reversed the podium steps for his first Elkhart victory of the year, and a personal best on the course! Congrats Bill!!!!

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

Lori super happy after her first 5 Peaks Trail Race!

It was a huge weekend for my athletes around the globe!
First off Lori Russet informed me that she signed up for a “hilly” 10 km run. What I eventually found it was it was a 5 Peaks trail race, a short run with almost 400m of ascent! Lucky for us, we love running hills & big gear training and it showed in her run. She loved every minute in her first trail race & felt she could do it all over, well done Lori- getting stronger every race!

Joanie first female on the weekend on dirt!

Joanie Heisey, our super versatile AG athlete decided very last minute to take on a MTB race in Idaho & she went out and came first over the line of all the females! Not bad for 50- next up is an Olympic distance race at 8500 ft.

Nat celebrating her victory 🙂

Natalie Kerr lined up for Cairns 70.3 as her “key” race for the year and absolutely nailed it. We’ve been working very hard this year to get the most out of Nat with the new style of training. Her new bike strength became apparent very early but it has taken a while to get the strength she needs to be able to access the run she’s been doing in training, until Sunday! Everything came together for Nat, she swam one of her best 70.3 swims, nailed her best bike (top in her AG) with a smokin’ 2:31, clocking her best Power ever (even more than a sprint race earlier in the year) and went on to win her the F40-44 AG with the 2nd fastest run in her age! Awesome work Nat!!

Paul Jung traveled to Wisconsin 70.3 for his first race of the year. Paul’s swim & bike have hit a new level this year and it showed in the race until 20 miles into the bike where is pedal snapped off! Such a shame but completely out of his control so now we regroup and get ready for Muskoka 70.3 in 4 weeks 🙂

Melonie at the finish line all smiles with her super Sherpa Quinn and super supportive squad!

Last but certainly not least was Melonie Macdoanld. I could easily write a book on everything life has thrown at Melonie in the last couple months. There was so much going on that we even contemplated Boulder as it was going to take some mental strength to put past all the adversity she had dealt with. Melonie is not a quitter and when she decides she wants to do something, she puts her whole heart into it, no matter what’s going on inside she’s a total warrior on the outside! We made some smart decisions to not add extra stress to training and keep it as enjoyable as possible while keeping confidence that she was still doing enough to be ready to race a tough course up at altitude! She probably put out one of the most inspiring performances I’ve seen. Before I continue, I want everyone to know Melonie had no injures as I would never set someone out in an Ironman if that were the case, there was much more happening. Either way Melonie put her helmet on and despite feeling pretty crap & average all day she stayed positive, never ever gave up, not even a little bit! She went from 24th out of the swim, to 11th off the bike to 5th on the run! This is no where near the result Melonie’s capable of but at the same time, a result neither of us will ever forget! Time for some fun for a while but I can assure you , the best is yet to come from this champion!

Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:

Jenni Paglia saw all the hard work come to life at Ironman 70.3 Rapperswil. She overcame sickness during the swim and pushed hard on the bike. At the end of the bike she got run into by another athlete who crashed her chainring into Jenni’s calf. But that couldnt stop her from running a very solid half marathon as the temperatures rose to around 30 degrees. She held it all together and could even pick up the pace to finish strong. At the finishline Jenni could celebrate a 15 minute pb on this course! Well done Jenni! So proud of you!

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Strong second place for Lucy at Challenge Denmark. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

As Lucy builds momentum into the year of racing, she raced at Challenge Denmark. Lucy had a smooth strong race finishing 2nd in her category. Showing her hard work in training is all going well. Next Lucy will go to England to race, desperate for more podiums later in the year.

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Krzysztof looking so happy and relaxed on the run.

Krzysztof Machnicki – only 2 weeks after his first ever 70.3 distance race going hard in an Olympic distance (5i50 Warsaw) was going to be challenging.  However, being fit means we can go hard within a short period of time and this is what Krzysztof did.  After hard swim in very challenging conditions he went really hard on the bike with a 1:01 split over 40k – a remarkable improvement compared to last year.  He must have been very pleased with his bike because he looks so happy and relaxed on the run as if he was running for fun and not racing. As he said after the race a 42min run on this challenging but beautiful course through Warsaw’s old town was not easy, he felt good but it was as hard as during some of the training sessions he did before so the pain felt ‘familiar’. He finished 18th in the AG beating his last years time on the same course by almost 20 minutes. Congratulations on almost perfectly executed race and a massive PB of 2:18!

Marko Vaisanen is building his form before half Ironman and the full distance later in the year with some shorter races. Last Saturday it was a Sprint Triathlon Vanajanlinna in Finland. Marko was testing his speed with in a sprint distance on a challenging course. I’m very happy with the race – it was a good result so early in the season – fantastic improvement on the swim, strong bike and a solid run to finish off and 10th place in his very competitive Age Group.

Kati Pusey represented Germany in ETU Middle distance Championship in Denmark. With less then ideal build up over last couple of weeks where Kati had to juggle work and family commitments, she had a great day. Kati did what what she always doses best – give it her all in the race and have fun! She might have forgotten then there is still a RUN to do after the BIKE leg!  Strong swim and blistering bike split (one of the fastest on the day!) gave her a confidence to hang on tough on the run in hot conditions. This strong performance gave here 10th position in her AG in very strong championship field. Very well done, Kati!

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Gisela, always smiling at the races 🙂 

Gisela Reichmuth is on a race frenzy this week.  An 8km running road race on Wednesday evening at Forchlauf, followed by a Saturday 6km time trial at Tour de Swiss, then on Sunday running in a team at 70.3 Rapperswil. With a sprint triathlon the weekend before, and an Olympic distance next weekend, this is ‘the summer of racing’ for Gisela 🙂

Mark Watt took a break from structured training after Kona last year to focus on other areas of his life, before recommencing working together a little over a month ago. At very short notice he entered Ironman Boulder, and despite some juggling training around his business commitments (including an 8 day international business trip),  produced a superb performance to secure his start in Kona this October. Credit to Mark for pulling this off, and his gusty race day performance. Consistency over winter and through his years in the sport producing another golden ticket. See you in Kona Mark.

Flora Colledge is preparing for Swissman iron distance race later this month, and two weeks after winning Einstein Triathlon in Ulm lined up again at 70.3 Rapperswil. An improved swim was reward for the training she has put in, but from there a harder day ahead. Credit to Flora for keeping her cool on a hot day, and getting this catered workout done – as it will count in two weeks time. We keep our eyes on the prize…….

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Stephen finishing off Challenge Venice with a strong run.

Last weekend was a huge weekend of racing. All in all I had nine athletes racing either 70.3 or Ironman. I am always very exited on race weekends because I want to see the hard training the athletes have put in pay off on race day.

Stephan Meinecke raced Challenge Venice last Sunday. His main season highlight is still Ironman Hamburg in August. He had a great swim finishing in 6th position overall. It was the fastest age-group swim of the day and he had just 5 Pros in front of him after the swim. Unfortunately he had a used day on the bike and could not perform to his potential. But I told him many times that he should believe in his run because I saw massive improvements in training. Stephan could deliver a 3:13 marathon off the bike. 14 minutes faster than last year in Zürich. Finishing after 9hrs24min meant a new personal best at the ironman distance. He finished 14th overall, was the 3rd age-group athlete and won his age-group by almost 50min. For Stephan age is just a number and he shows that improvement is even possible at the age of 48 years. If we find the key for an Ironman bike ride according to his abilities he will even be a lot faster in Hamburg. Well done Stephan!

Then I had 7 Athletes racing 70.3 Rapperswil in Switzerland.

Distel after Rapperswil 70.3

For Distel Pipe it was the 2nd 70.3 of the season. He had a tough day with some serious stomach issues. But nevertheless he could move up the ranks and finish 16th in his age-group. After a 20th place in France 4 weeks ago the goal was a top 10 this time. But he is not that disappointed because the time to 10th was lost due to the stomach issues and not a lack of fitness. I am pretty sure that we already figured out the issue and he will be without any problems in Zürich which will be the next stop for him.

Cornelia Stähli did her first 70.3 race in Rapperswil. She had the perfect day with a swim that went according to plan, a very strong bikeride and a very good run. She even told me that she did not push too hard during the run to be able to really enjoy it! I am sure she enjoyed her 12th place and a finishing time of 5hrs11min.

The next first time finisher was Marc Haller. He had an ok swim and a very good bike ride. After he struggled a bit on the run due to the heat he finished strong after 5hrs16min!

Florian Blumenthal raced Rapperswil as well. I am very proud of his performance because he is a great example how you have to deal with injury. The slow and step by step built up since December did not just let the injuries disappear completely but he even could improve his last years performance by 7minutes and set a new personal best! Now it is time to make a dream come true and prepare for Ironman Zürich.

Marco Schönman could improve by 10 minutes compared to last year even though we both think that he underperformed a bit during the bike and run. But the conditions were far from easy with over 30° on the run. With 4hrs54min he finished well under 5hrs.

Borris Jung once again showed a very solid bike and run performance and could finish after 4hrs52min.

Jan Erik Wilhelmsen had a very hard day in Rapperswil. He had a massive amount of work during the past weeks, but tried to fit in as many training sessions as possible. He got a bit sick before the race but decided to do it anyway because it was not that bad. After the swim he found his bike with a flat tire which cost him 15min. Finally on the run he had really bad stomach issues. Really all in all a scenario that reminded me of my worst “triathlon nightmares” I used to have before some races ;-). But he finished the race and already looks forward to the next race in Edinburgh!

Finally Daniel Schollmayer did his first triathlon of the season, the Vierlanden triathlon middle-distance in Hamburg. He had a very solid race after a tough time with a lot of work.

Celebrate your achievements!

Celebrate your achievements!

Bex living it up on the Big Island!

Bex Fink returned to the Big Island of Hawaii, one of her favorite places, to race 70.3 Honu this past weekend. After a winter that presented some challenges to her training, Bex executed a very strong and well-paced race showing that she’s got a great base of fitness as she heads into the final big build-up for Ironman Whistler at the end of July. Well done Bex!

Ollie, digging deep on the run.

Ollie Saxon took advantage of the spring bank holiday last Monday May, 29 to run the Vitality London 10K. Ollie ran a massive negative split and managed to run a personal best 5K in the second half of the race!
Ollie bookended the week with another race at the Rother Valley Standard Distance Triathlon. Ollie has been an example of consistency and coachability. He’s been pushing himself and working to see just how far and fast he can go. He had a great showing to come in 9th in his age group. It’s going to be a great summer of racing Ollie.

Ashton Prejean jumped into the Joe’s Run 10K in his home town of Fort Worth. Ashton just celebrated his 40th birthday, and as such, he’s racing in the masters division. Ashton has done an outstanding job of balancing family, work, and his passion for sport. We’ve worked together to hone a training program and race schedule that works in balance with the big picture in his life. We’re focusing on sprint and Olympic as well as run races. The new program is going really well for Ashton who ended up winning his age group as well as the masters division for the day. Happy Birthday Ashton.

Race Recap from Coach Mary Beth Ellis:

Lisa runs herself to a 4th place finish.

Lisa Roberts had a solid effort finishing 4th amongst the female pros at Victoria 70.3. Lisa is excited that she is back fit and healthy and ready to start attacking the long distance racing season in Europe. She had s solid day and finished with her typical speedy run legs. Lisa picked up a 70.3 worlds spot along the way so we may well see her going for a podium in Tennessee this fall.

Rob Straznitskas had a great training race as he prepares for some 70.3 events later this summer. He finished 2nd overall in the Pawling Sprint Triathlon. Rob started the day with a solid swim, battled on bike through some mechanical issues, and finished with his best run ever on this course.

PB for Miriam – no wonder she is smiling!

Miriam Cole raced the North Shore half marathon for training as she prepares for 70.3 Madison this coming weekend. She executed a perfect build run over the distance and finished 14th overall (4th in her AG) and picked up a pb of 1:45 in the process.

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

Shawn off to Chattanooga this September!

Awesome weekend for my some of my Canadian athletes!
First the star of the weekend was Shawn Russet, a super dad, husband and busy orthodontist. Shawn an I started working together near the end of last year after a minor knee operation. The first goal, as always was to get Shawn training healthy again & build up consistency and strength so he could have another go at racing again. After having some major GI distress last time he raced Hawaii 70.3 his plan was to have another crack at it! I knew Shawn was fit (but not at full fitness by any means) and healthy and we spent a lot of effort testing out some new nutrition strategies before the race. Shawn nailed it with a 31 minute PB from the last time he raced that course & stamped his ticket to Worlds 70.3 in Chattanooga in September! His race nutrition is not perfect yet but a few minor tweaks and we’ll be good to go for Worlds and his first Ironman in Cozumel in November!

Shannon with her best bud and training partner Anna 🙂

Next up steady Shannon Jones raced very close to her hometown, Victoria 70.3. This ended up being a race of overcoming but she showed what this sport in all about! After a killer swim for Shannon, she took her first fall going into T1, then went on to riding her best power I’ve ever seen from her and into another fall in T2! Shannon races with a camelback but for some reason had an issue and couldn’t get any drinks out, improvised and used what was on course but decided to just keep the effort steady instead of killing herself. Overall the race landed Shannon within the top 20 and showed some great long course fitness, I’m also very proud of how Shannon handled herself! Looking forward to watching her race Long Course Worlds in Penticton in August!

Amy at the Epic Belgium Waffle ride a few weeks back 🙂

Last but not least, Amy Ellett decided last minute she wanted to try out a Dirty Feet Trail race while visiting her mom in Kelowna. Now I’ve done two of them and they are no joke! We had backed off the running a bit while getting ready for the Waffle ride a few weeks ago, that she absolutely nailed with one of her strongest bikes yet. I knew the dirty feet would be a good hard hilly run for Amy so I was all for it considering her upcoming races all being very hilly! Well we got what we wanted out of it, a 10 km run with almost 500m of ascent! Amy has no idea how much natural talent she had and frankly doesn’t care cuz she’s just out there to have fun! So many of us could learn from Amy but i am seeing with a bit more structure in Amy’s training, she’s making huge gains:-)  Always impressed by Amy!

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Showing everyone how it is done, well done Carmen 🙂

Carmen Macheriotou is based in Cyprus, and she is progressing very well in a short time. We have recently been nursing a foot injury, however she went to Crete (Chania Oly distance race) and delivered a solid performance crossing the line 1st to win the race overall. There is a lot more to come from this athlete.

A great day out for Davina even if she was looking a little apprehensive before the start!

Davina Greenwell took on the Blenheim Palace Triathlon for the first time. Davina is progressing all the time getting stronger and stronger and crossed the line 1st in her Age Group and 3rd female overall. Really well done.

Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:

Great PB for David; well done!

Despite some race disorganization at the swim start David Pokluda still managed to carve out a 4min improvement on his swim from last year at the Lake Wilderness Olympic distance Triathlon in Washington state. He paced himself well on the bike which helped him shave another minute off his run time from last year. Dave is feeling his strength and confidence developing in good stride and is eager for the US Duathlon short course National Championships in a couple of weeks.

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Whats in the basket Gisela? Well done on second place 🙂

Gisela Reichmuth raced in the Lustenauer Ironmaennli sprint triathlon last weekend with a very nice second place finish in her category, as we enjoy a summer of local and shorter faster racing. It was one of those wet and cool days that test the resolve, so a big congratulations to all who finished.

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

Finish line celebrations!

What can one say about the brilliant race for Jane Hansom off a very disjointed training program. When the flag drops, the bullsh*t stops and Jane is a warrior. Great effort. Well done.

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

A late flat didn’t help Johnie’s cause at the National Champs – but he’ll be back!

Italian National Championship Half Distance – Lovere (Italy): Jonathan Ciavatella (MPro) had a flat tire after 80km, he continued pedaling to finish the bike but accumulated a big gap to race leaders. He decided to chase, but after the first lap (out of 5) his calfs got very tight and so he DNF. Let’s move on to 70.3 Pescara in two weeks Johnnie!

Diego Ludovici (M35-39) had a bike crash during a training ride just two weeks ago and we weren’t sure he had fully recovered. But Diego showed huge mental strength, overcoming a few physical issues, and finished 22nd M35-39 in 4:53.44. Good job Diego!

(Clockwise) Nadia and Francesca, Diego, Alina and Tanja, all had successful races on the weekend; well done!

The Championship – Challenge Samorin (Half distance): Very good races for the two ladies, Tanja Starl and Alina Losurdo. Tanja took 5th place F35-39 in 5:01.07, which is also best result amongst all Austrian age group girls. We are training for IM Switzerland and this was Tanja’s first triathlon race this year, so it was a confirmation of the good work done in the last weeks and months. Alina was looking forward to her first big international race and in 5:25.21 she placed 20th F30-34. Very well done Alina and now in 1 month Ironman Austria is waiting for her!

Skyrace Valle Intrasca – Italy: Nadia Incerto and her running partner, Francesca, worked very well together as a team and finished 9th place in the Valle Intrasca Marathon Skyrace, a trail running race over 35km and 1634+ of climbing. Strong ladies 🙂

Triathlon sprint Cagliari (Italy): Massimo Argiolas used his home race to put in a bit of quality training for upcoming Ironman Austria. Saturday he did a long bike ride, 180km and sunday the triathlon sprint where he placed 5th M50-54 in 1:11.57! Excellent training weekend for him!

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Tor blowing away the cobwebs at the first race of the year.

This weekend I had Melanie Baumann and Tor racing in Slovenia in The Challenge Championship.
Melanie had an ok swim and a great bike and the fastest split in her age group 35-39 but then she melted on the run and therefore missed out on the podium! We’re saving that for later!
Tor did his first race this year and he had a good swim, very solid bike and an ok run that could probably have been faster too in a bit colder conditions!
Well done to you both!

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Congratulations Hjordis on a National record and 4th place at Challenge Samorin

Last Saturday the inaugural Challenge Championship took place in Samorin in Slovakia. Age group athletes could qualify for that race with a top 5 result in another challenge race during the year leading into this championship race. Hjordis Olafsdottir was racing “the Championship” as her first real season highlight. She was prepared very well and optimistic before the race even though a bit skeptic about the different tapering compared to her last 70.3 races ;-). She had an ok swim followed by a very good bike ride of 2:33 even though she said after the race that she wasn´t even pushing too hard. This already was a massive improvement. But Hjordis also was able to show a very good run even though she wasn´t used to the heat at all. She had no heat adaption before the race and was used to train in the cold! In the end she finished 4thin her agegroup. I am sure if Hjordis would have been used to the heat her run would have given her a 3rd place finish! But she was far from disappointed after the race because a finishing time of 4:56 was a massive personal best on the 70.3 distance and a new Icelandic national record! Over the next couple of weeks and months the goal is to win as many Icelandic point races as possible and be even stronger for Challenge Iceland in July.

Perla Gonzales did a local sprint Triathlon and could win her agegroup. The goal was an agegroup podium, but a win is always nice ;-). Now that we got rid of the fatigue and tiredness she was facing back in April I am sure that Perla will get stronger from race to race.

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Good job Vinny. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

Vinny Veness raced the Challenge Championships in Slovakia. Pain in his back that he has had for the past 6 weeks did not stop him, coming 9th overall in his category in a time of 4 hours 48 minutes.

The Lanzarote Team at the Canadian Championships and Michael (bottom right, Photo credit: Sports Photography Northumberland)

It was the Canarian Cadete Championships this weekend.  I travelled with the Lanzarote Team, a Team of 6 girls and 6 guys aged between 15-16 years old. I had 4 of my Team racing and all got the very best from themselves to help give Team Lanzarote the win overall!

  • Overcoming morning nerves Mia Leadbeater raced excellently and powerfully to come 3rd.
  • Anne 4th overall improving with every race, getting the absolute most from herself right to the finish line,
  • Tiffany Cabrera Robson who had been ill all week managed to recover just in time for a great race, 6th place overall. Only let down by an organisational problem when they decided it was a 2 lap run course during the 3 lap run course!!!
  • Marcos Knight raced magnificently, only slowing a little during the run but held onto a very good 2nd place behind Alvaro Bernal Hernandez from Lanzarote who won the race.

Finally, Michael Lavender won the Northumberland Triathlon, winning with a 7 minute course record!

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Stockholm Marathon action; congratulations David 🙂

One of the season’s objectives for David Nicholson was to run a marathon with his daughter in Stockholm. We have not trained specifically for the event, rather treated it as a long run in his IM training preparation. Secretly David was hoping for a new PB but breaking 4 hours is always something special. Again David proved that the best way to enjoy the training and racing is to get other family members involved! His daughter enjoyed the experience and the best supporter I know, how wife Clare was again on duty taking very nice pictures.His email after the race was the best reward for me as his coach:
Just finished Stockholm in 3.56. Very pleased. Thanks so much for your support, amazing how we are getting these results!

That very satisfying pain! Well done Rafal.

After a well deserved recovery time from IM South Africa Rafal Herman started regular training 3 weeks ago. Now with the next race being Kona we shifted the focus of the training to shorter efforts. Mid week he sent me an email that there is a 5k run race nearby – Ursynow 5k.  Why not was the reply – it fits very well into what we are working on. His short note after the race and a ‘happy picture’ seems to say ‘a happy runner’
5k done, 19:35, only 13 sec slower than my PB, not bad but it was a painful experience 🙂

Steve Lyons raced Cotswolds 113.  A breakthrough swim a very strong bike and a solid run, although as he admitted he suffered on the run, overall a 8min PB.  Not bad a result after few weeks of heavy training and a very short taper. Steve’s report:
Race went ok. Good swim 32 mins. It felt good. Possibly first time i have ever said that! Those sessions in Gran Canaria must have helped. The bike was ok, 2 hrs 29. It was a fast course and I pretty much stuck to the wattage 235 ave. The run was tough and I could not get my speed up 1 hr 52. Altogether came in at 4 hrs 59 and a half distance pb of 8 mins


Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.

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Chasing your Dreams

Chasing your Dreams

After 8 years away from Long Course, it was a fantastic return to Ironman racing by Rei (left) at Ironman Brazil

The weekend saw the return of Reinaldo Colucci to Ironman racing. His performance was near faultless. Working his way to 2nd until the last 5km, finishing with 4th in a very strong field. While people look to others as making the next Ironman breakthrough, we can say without doubt this was a true performance that had ‘watch me in the future’ written all over it.

Third place for James (right).

James Cunnama used Challenge Salou as part of his travel to altitude camp in St Moritz and scored a podium, being out sprinted for second (that will be addressed in the coming weeks!) He too suffered from the blight that is within triathlon of the need for lead out motor cycles influencing race outcomes.

Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:

What a wonderful achievement by Pati – third place and Kona Qualifier!

Our Team had a very nice Ironman Brasil on Sunday; we was represented with Patricia Barros; Joao Braz; Joao Quialheiro; Daniel Pegoraro and Karina Freitas

Patricia Barros who got the spot to Kona said:
“I’m so happy because for many years I tried to get my spot to Kona and I arrived in awards ceremony grateful because I will get my trophy. I know how hard and painful this race but when organizar call me and said I was qualified to Kona, all my pain disappeared and I feel how strong I am to fight again! Hope to meet all Trisutto.com Team in Kona.”

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Great to win a training race; well done Flora

Flora Colledge won the Einstein 2 / 80 / 20 long course Triathlon in Ulm Germany on Sunday. With a fastest swim, fastest bike and second fastest run of the female race, Flora was able to take the overall female win, and put paid to any doubts and demons following a month of managing ITB inflammation. A superb result also as we approached this race purely as a training race in preparation for Swissman next month, so no taper, and a long bike the day before 🙂  Chapeau Flora for having the confidence to follow the plan during the past testing months, as well as on race day to put that out of your mind and give it a Red Hot Go!

Gisela Reichmuth won her category and was 6th female overall at the Ingolstadt sprint distance race in Bavaria.  In Gisela’s own words ‘I had some fun last days with my nieces, a Saturday night party with some wine and the sprint triathlon today. Only the young girls were in front of me 🙂 Had the fastest bike split!! It felt good!’  This can’t overcome the disappointment of missing last weekends Ironman Lanzarote with an ear infection, however shows that life goes on and we can still have fun. It also demonstrates how triathlon is an aerobic sport, and the aerobic strength endurance training for Ironman still carries over to all distances including ‘sprint’.

Looking good Andrea!

Andrea Rudin was second female overall and also second in her category at the Bantiger short distanceTriathlon in Switzerland. With our focus on Ironman Switzerland in July, today was speed work as part of a longer fun training day. Ride 45 minutes to the race, give the race a Red Hot Go, then ride 75 minutes home. Finish with a loosen up 2km swim in the afternoon for a very nice training day with friends, while also enjoying a local race too. Train hard, race hard, recover well 🙂

Steve Pressman raced in the Run To Remember Half Marathon in Boston. This was a super way to get in a solid 13 mile workout to round out a busy few days of travel, business meetings with clients and training. Steve is an example that if you want to make things work, you are passionate about what you do, then you will find a way.

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Riding hard to stay warm! Go Hrjordis!

Last weekend was the silence before the storm with the upcoming 70.3 and Ironman races and I had just three athletes racing.

Hjordis Olafsdottir did the second Icelandic point race as a last hard training session before challenge Samorin next Saturday. It was a sprint distance race. Despite a, compared to her recent results, very week run she was over a minute faster than last year. It was extremely cold and she could not feel her legs on the run and felt nauseous in addition. This was surely the reason why she could not take the win this time and finished second overall. It was once again a very tough Icelandic race to prepare for the upcoming longer distances. It is going to be a lot warmer in Samorin this Saturday ;-).

Andre Möller did a local sprint race as well as the first Triathlon since some years. When we both started to work together the main priority was to have fun in training and racing again without struggle with injury all the time. He recently really enjoys the hard training and is completely injury free. Andre is very dedicated and will get some very decent results in the close future due to the consistent work he puts in.

Thierry Dondlinger from Luxembourg had a double race week with a bike road race on Thursday and the Luxembourg Marathon on Saturday. It was supposed to be a great preparation for his next Ironman in Klagenfurt. Unfortunately he had a flat halfway into the bike race. So far he was fine riding with the peloton but after he fixed the flat he was on his own. But the marathon went very well. He finished 2nd in his agegroup, which is a great result in a city marathon! In addition he was the third finisher from Luxembourg. Now that he has fixed his nutrition I am sure there are a lot great races to come for Thierry!

Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:

First time over the Olympic Distance; great work Lysander!

Lysander Marchena raced the Olympic distance at the Dasia International Triathlon in Curacao this weekend. Races in the Caribbean are hard due to the weather and this triathlon is definately a tough one. The island has little flat sections and the run over the golfcourse is not easy at all! Lysander has only just started training with us for his big goal but not even an eye operation and a fall of the stairs could keep him from doing his first olympic distance triathlon on the island of Curacao he calls home! I’m very proud of his perserverence and him finishing a challenging race under hot and humid conditions. Well done Lysander!

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Super weekend of racing for Isabelle – Congratulations

Isabelle Boberg took part in another round of the Deaf European MTB Cup in Belgium this weekend. On Saturday, she finished a strong 2nd behind a teammate. And then to finish off the weekend, Isabelle rode even better on Sunday and came away with her second win of the year! Great weekend, Isabelle!

Well done Maxi, consistently building and getting closer to the top step!

Maxi Spahn continues to build after an injury and found the 2nd step of the podium again this week in the FrankenCup MTB Series. We continue to keep building his fitness again, and he is consistent, and we are are going to hop on the top step very soon!

Cory Giesselman and I have been working together for a couple weeks and it’s been a great journey so far! We have really been working on his swim, and Total Body Force is producing more and more easy speed. This past week was the Curacao National Championships in the Olympic Distance. Cory was able to produce a 3min PR swim, 6min PR bike, and also a 3min PR on his run to come away with 2nd place Age Group, but also 3rd place Overall at the National Championships! Looking forward to our other goals this season and beyond, Cory! Congratulations.

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

Strong racing by Jenny dominating in Löwentriathlon.

Literally a hot race weekend is behind us. After a cold and rainy spring in middle Europe temperatures were climbing easily above 30 degrees. My athletes were taking on this challenge and I’m really happy that they all had great races out there including two wins of my professional athletes in local races.

Jenny Schulz was racing the Löwentriathlon, a local race in Western Germany. Jenny put the hammer down like always when she grabs a good day. She exited the water 5th over all, hammered the bike and ran fantastic 10kms time which was a total time of 2:07hrs and a 4th place over all. Jenny was just a bit disappointed that she missed the Men’s podium just by one spot. But more races to come.

Covering the full distance! Good job Steve 🙂

Steve Ringel wanted to have a new PB on the Long Distance. Therefore he choosed the IronMedoc/FrenchMan which has a very flat bike course. Steve was thinking this must be fast. But he realized that a flat bike course can be even tougher and doesn’t have to be faster than a hilly one. While he was misguided on the first lap and missed 14kms he decided to add them towards the end of his bike ride. After finishing in 11hrs16mins he went to the referees and declared his mistake or better the mistake of the marshals. They had a little discussion but thanks goodness the Garmin technology showed that he did the whole course at the end. Next stop for Steve is the real monster Altriman in the Pyrenees.

A great course record for Markus at the Tölzer Triathlon.

Markus Hörmann raced a local Olympic Distance race South of Munich: Tölzer Triathlon. It was a start – finish victory and the win was never threatened. Markus did a controlled race and finished off the hilly bike and run course in a time of 1:57hrs. This is a new course record for this tough Olympic Distance. After his come-back race and a 2nd place at Triathlon Portocolom he is on a very good way back to the top. Really good to see him that strong after his hip surgery.

Moritz beating the heat in Belfort.

Moritz Bachmann was racing the Olympic Distance in Belfort. The weather conditions were really tough. The sun was burning and the thermometer climbed up to 34 degrees celsius which caused a non-wetsuit swim. Moritz improved a lot over the past years in the swim but swimming without wetsuit is always a Challenge for him. He struggled through the swim and pushed hard on the very technical bike course (1:08hrs) where he gained at least 40 places. The final run in the midday heat was just survival but with 43mins on the 10kms and in this heat Moritz is very happy. At the end he was 29th over all and we see that we are heading into the right direction for the big show at Challenge Roth.

Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:

Good job Team!

Team Mazur was at it again this Sunday at the Calgary Half Marathon. Loreen scored her second top 10 AG in as many weeks and set another PB by 4min. Jan did not have the race he was looking for. What affected him on the day was over come by sheer will to not give up. He lived true to a Doc quote recently posted – “Being tough when you feel good means nothing. Being hard when you feel awful is everything”.

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

An enjoyable day out at Inglostadt for Yves with a solid race result.

This weekend, I had 2 athletes racing, and both at the same race, Triathlon Ingolstadt. They both raced the same distance which was: 2/86/20.2 Ingolstadt seems to be a great race! Yves Salzmann raced very well with a good swim, a very strong bike and a very ok run in hot conditions! He was 2nd off the bike in his age group and ended up 4th in his age group, 40-44.
This is what Yves said about the race:
First of all I have to say, I liked the whole event a lot. Great organisation, nice course and really kind of familiy atmosphere. Really recommendable if anyone wants to do a middle distance race away from the big label races!

Powering away on the bike and to an AG win!

Bettina Strehl came 4th overall and won her age group 40-44 by a long way! She had an incredible bike split and the fastest of all! Very ok swim too and a strong run!

Very well done to you both!

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

British Sprint Champs Podium for Rob.

This weekend saw Rob Osborne try to back up his good performance a week ago qualifying for the worlds this season in his Ag. He raced at the British Triathlon Sprint Champs non drafting at Strathclyde. Rob’s pre season has gone very well indeed he crossed the line in 3rd position picking up a bronze medal. Well done Rob.

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Aquathon action from the weekend

A busy weekend for my TriActiv kids, an Aquathon (Run-Sea Swim-Run) race on Saturday where 26 of our kids raced, from ages of 5-17 years old. We had many strong performances, with podiums, personal bests and some kids completing their first Aquathon race.

  • In the PreBenjamins category Sebastian 2nd, Nicolas was 3rd, Charlie 4th. Holly 2nd in the girls.
  • In the Benjamin category  Matias 1st, Dominik 2nd, Tom 3rd, Israel and Jack top 8.
  • In the Alevin category Marina 4th, Sidney 5th, Becky top 8, Marisol completing her first Aquathon and Sienna finishing the race strong.
  • In the Alevin boys Leo 3rd, Daniel top 5, and Harry Wynne completing his first Aquathon.
  • In the Infantile category Nuirka finished her first Aquathon while Jorge win the boys with Harry 2nd.
  • In the Cadete category another TriActiv complete podium with Mia 1st, Anne 2nd and Tiffany 3rd
  • In the Cadete boys Marcos was 1st, Thomas 3rd.
  • On Sunday we had Charlie, Tom, Dominik, Becky, Leila and Thomas all racing a Mountain Bike race near Arrecife Airport.  All having fun and riding strong, all on the podium at the Awards.

Great team camaraderie displayed 🙂

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

First 70.3 Krzysztof, very pleased at the finish!

Krzysztof Machnicki raced Sierakow Half Ironman Distance in Poland.  It seemed that every triathlete in Poland was doing it as this is probably the hardest 70.3 distance in the country.  If the course difficulty wasn’t enough the temperature increased from ca 15C a week before the race to over 30C on the race day. It was Krzysztof’s first 70.3 and he was quite nervous especially about the bike but his performance exceeded his and mine expectations. He had a very strong swim of 35min (he only started swimming 3 years ago), then went on to ride 2:23 bike which was a great performance from someone who 6months ago asked if the bike intervals are really necessary as they are quite painful 🙂 Then he started running well but the bike effort and the heat took some strength from his legs and he could ‘only’ run 1:45 on a very hilly cross country course finishing in 4:51, well below the target for the season. I’m very happy with his performance especially that it was first race at this distance and I’m sure next one will be even better.

Steve Lyons and I decided to do something different last weekend.  He raced a very demanding 80k/50miles bike Time Trial and we were very happy with his performance.  A very consistent ride is a good indication of what he should be able to do in 70.3 distance.  As always his race report consisted of less than 100 characters!

David Nicholson likes challenges and when he learned that there s a open water 5k race close to where he was staying in Mallorca he could not let such an opportunity go.  We slightly amended his training schedule to accommodate couple of longer swims and here he was at the start line. Great experience, challenging conditions and a rough swim.  I’m glad he did it, a great training for an upcoming Ironman but I can sense he may not be doing many swim races shortly! His short report sums it up:
That was a tough one. Wind and waves against us all the way. Felt I kept up a good intensity but the battle with the sea was unrelenting and it slows you down after 1-1.5 hours. Finished just over 2 hours.Glad I did it but definitely prefer triathlon (or indeed single bike or running races). 


Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.

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On fire in Lanzarote!

On fire in Lanzarote!

A super marathon by Corinne, running herself into second place at IM Lanzarote. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

So pleased to witness the re-emurgence of Corinne Abraham with a slashing run over the difficult course of IM Lanzarote. With Corinne gaining confidence with each step of the run that her horrific run of injuries are behind her, she punched out a 3:03 marathon to take 2nd in a British sweep of the podium. Well done to them all.

Great to see Michelle back on the Tri Podium!

Back in Switzerland. Pistol, Michelle Derron continued her progress to fitness for her first season of long course racing by taking 3rd in the Berner Triathlon. Looking foreward now to Pistol racing Rapperswill in the lead up to a possible start in in Zurich IM.

A quick run by Mariana at Frauenfeld.

Also in Switzerland, a fourth category place for Mariana Solorzano at the Frauenfeld Triathlon, finishing off with a great run. We keep on keeping on.

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Well done Nina.

Nina Derron put together a solid all round performance on Sunday at the Frauenfeld Triathlon taking out the overall win in convincing manner. Unfortunately the day was dampened when her bike was stolen from Transition.., as she stood on the podium receiving her prize. This is very sad. But don’t worry Nina…., nothing can dampen the progress you are making. Keep up the great work.

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Lucy Biddlestone finishing at Ironman Lanzarote (photo: James Mitchell Photography)

Lucy Biddlestone raced Ironman Lanzarote, Lucy’s 3rd iron distance.

On Saturday she swam 3 minutes faster than last years Ironman Lanzarote, biked 19 minutes faster and ran 16 minutes faster than last years race, to give her a time of 11:06:09, 2nd in her age group, Hawaii qualification if she wanted, and 13th girl overall. A massive improvement in 1 year, And I know where she has come in the past 3 years.  A long way.  Because she loves it and she wants to improve.  Every day she works hard, doing the best she can to make herself better. I am very proud of Lucy, and excited to continue to help her improve in the sport.

Vinnie Vennes raced Ironman Lanzarote, suffering with a sprain in his back for the 3 weeks leading into the race which minimised his training.   Vinnie raced very very well considering the pain he had been in for the weeks going into the race.  He got to the finish line in 10.55.55.  His back was not too bad in the race and the good news now is it is feeling better than it was before the race!

Caroline Young also raced Ironman Lanzarote, Caroline had completed the race in 2015, but taken some time out to do other things in her life, however she decided it was time for another challenge and London Marathon last month was not enough of a challenge!   Having had a busy time at work over the previous months, training had been difficult so we both knew the day would be a long day.

Caroline has amazing determination. She did not give up for 17 hours and 21 minutes. She did it again! Congratulations Caroline, another amazing achievement.

TeamTriActive Ironkids (photo: James Mitchell Photography)

At Ironkids on Friday TeamTriActiv had 35 kids racing, kids from 5 years -16 years old. Unfortunately the race we had been training so hard for (Aquathon -Run-Swim-Run) was changed to a run race only due to high wind and waves. Although our kids were disappointed we gave the races our best efforts anyway.

In all categories we had girls and boys racing, PreBenjamin, Benjamin, Alevin, Infantile and Cadete. Many personal bests and personal achievements, I was so proud of them all!

  • 1st place Jorge Wilkes in the Infantile
  • 1st place Mia Leadbeater in the Cadete
  • 2nd place Sebastian in the PreBenjamin
  • 2nd place Sydney in the Alevin
  • 2nd place Dominik in the Benjamin, 
  • 3rd place Marcos Knight in the Cadete
  • 3rd place Leo in the Alevin
  • 3rd place Kim in Infantile

Race Recap from Coach Mathias Hecht:

A very impressive race by Bettina earnt her top step of the podium and second overall!

What an amazing performance by Bettina Steiger. She raced the Intervall Duathlon Zofingen which is the Swiss Duathlon National Champs. I knew she was in top shape but she showed me once more what a great athlete and talent she is. She was racing girls 15 years her age and it came down to the last 200m …she missed the Elite National Title by only 6 seconds. and of course she is the new Duathlon Swiss Champ in her age group. As a triathlon rookie Bettina needs to work on her transitions..,.she lost about 30seconds to the other competitors in transition.., means she lost the title in there. But it won’t be as important in her main goal for the season which is her first race over the Ironman distance at Ironman Switzerland. Before that 70.3 Rapperswil is on the list and I know she will do well there also. she is a born racer !!!

Patrick Thierney is focusing on Olympic and Sprint races this year. He raced back to back this weekend. preparing for the British Sprint champs next weekend. On Saturday he won overall and thats what he had to say “I didn’t feel like I went that hard and woke up next morning feeling fine. So I decided to do exactly the same race today which was my tri club champs race.
In the second race he even wen 2 mins faster then the day before and won the club’s champs! He also said: ‘Swim was good, I was delighted with the bike, your tough sets are clearly paying off – the course was flat but windy. Run was on the slower side but had a big lead at that stage.’

Looking forward to see them race again soon.

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Melanie backs up at St. Pölten to finish 2nd 🙂

This weekend, I had Arnaud Margot racing IM Lanzarote, Melanie Baumann racing 70.3 St. Pölten and Camille Nieto racing 70.3 in Barcelona.
Melanie did a “little” back up race! She raced 70.3 Mallorca in the previous weekend and then decided to race again only 8 days later, in 70.3 St. Pölten. Here’s her little race report:
A 2nd place at Ironman 70.3 St. Pölten! I’m particularly proud of this, not only because of a 2nd place, but because it happened when I least expected it! Only 8 days after 70.3 Mallorca, after not much running in 2017 because of a foot injury and after food poisoning during race week. But no matter the obstacles, you can always go out there and be the best you can be! So I swam, I rode and I ran the best I could on that day and the result was pretty amazing for me! Thanks to my coach Lisbeth, ALWAYS getting me race ready!
What an amazing effort, Melanie and in very cold and rainy conditions!

2nd place for Camille in Barcelona!

Camille raced in Barcelona and had a very solid race, she swam very ok in 33 mins but there’s more improvement to come and she rode very well in 3:01 on a tough course and then she finished with a run of 1:41. Camille missed out on a few weeks of running in spring due to some knee issues so this was a great run from her. And an excellent performance overall that got her the silver in age group 25-29.

Arnaud has been training really hard this winter to get ready for this race! IM Lanzarote is one of the toughest, if not THE toughest, that you can do, especially if it’s on a very windy day which most of the days in Lanzarote are!
Arnaud swam 1:06, he rode 5:37 and he ran 3:21. This got him a 6th place in his age group 25-29. A very solid race! Well done to Arnaud and hopefully next time, we can get you a bit closer to that Hawaii slot!

Well done to you all!

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Swiss power girls at 70.3 Barcelona: Jana and Oriana

70.3 Barcelona:
Oriana Heer had a fab day: 2nd place F35-39 in 5:16.40! Her bike time was excellent, comparing also to pro women and then Oriana was able to run very well. The pre-race was not easy due to some muscular pain we couldn’t relate, so this performance has even more value because of Oriana’s strong warrior mind to never give up and fight! Now it’s all about finding the reasons for this kind of pain, because her form is very well and the next races are coming soon. Excellent job Oriana!

Jana Perrone (F25-29) finished in 6:25.14, carrying pain with her which stopped her from pushing through the whole race. After a very fast swim in 33:37 (and she could have been even faster choosing the 30’ start wave), Jana  paced herself very well over the difficult and technical bike course to finish with a solid run. Bravo Jana, proud of our effort and you know the reason!

Massimo Argiolas (M50-54) decided only 10 days ago to race Barcelona, he is preparing Ironman Austria. In 5:20.02 he took 11th place in his category and showed a very consistent race in all 3 disciplines. Now we will race also 70.3 Rapperswill in 3 weeks and then off to Klagenfurt! Condition is improving from race to race, good job Massimo!

Irene, 3rd place F35-39 Ironman Lanzarote

IM Lanzarote:
Irene Coletto, first Ironman race for her, she chooses “el mas duro”, the toughest one! Over 2500m of climbing, strong winds, hot conditions – Lanzarote is well known for these conditions. Well, Irene did an amazing job, she pece herself exactly as planned – pace by feel without any technical devices!!! We trained it this way! 3rd place F35-39 in 11:08.43 and a lot of room for improvement. Very well done Irene!

Valentina Leucari (F40-44) took a 2 years time-out form triathlon training and racing and when we started to prepare fro this tough race last november, Valentina struggled. It was really hard to get back into it, but Vale showed dedication and passion and after the camp at Playitas it came all together, she improved lots! A really solid performance for her whit the best marathon she ever ran in an Ironman race (4:15.55), 13:39.11 for her, enjoying the finish line with a big smile! Very inspiring Valentina!

Stefano Pavan (M45-49) during the last years raced Im Austria, Frankfurt… but this year his aim was Lanzarote. Being aware that the conditions would be completely different, we decided to not race by numbers comparing to his other long distance races, but more by feel. And it worked: 12:09.59! A few problems with food intake during the second half of the marathon hindered him to finish sub 12 hours, but that is part of the game and we will sort it out for future races.very proud of your performance Stefano!

Mirco at 70.3 St. Pölten and Massimo in action at 70.3 Barcelona

70.3 St. Pölten:
Mirco Pulici (M35-39) in a cold an wet race, suffered during the swim and bike. He couldn’t find the rhythm because he was freezing. But during the final half marathon Mirco showed his strength and ran in 1:36.51! A very good training race for him, finishing in 5:34.00 and confirmation that the condition is good at this time of the year. Also for him, 70.3 rappers will will be the next test before Ironman Copenhagen in August. Well done Mirco, you did not give up to the cold weather and brought it home!

Olympic distance triathlon Milano:
Stefano Matalucci this time didn’t race for himself, but together with 3 friends, escorting them in their first triathlon race. Stefano had fun and run the last 10km at 4:16/km pace just to put in a solid run training.The day after he participated for the first time in a swim race together with his squad and swam 1:14 an 2:51 in 100m and 200m freestyle! A very motivational and fun weekend and for sure also a very good workout 🙂

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

Daniela and Pascale share the podium.

Daniela Manser and Pascale Truempy were racing Zofingen Duathlon. While they were racing in the same Age Group unfortunately only one of my ladies was able to take the victory. They both showed a great performance and were fighting each other toughly. Despite burning legs Daniela had a fantastic race. She crossed the Finish Line as 2nd women over all and won her Age Group in 58:12mins.
Last year Pascale always had solid races and improved a lot over the season, she was always a bit unlucky and caught the wood medal several times. This year she had a great kick-off of her season while gaining the silver medal behind Daniela. Pascale had the fastest bike split of her Age Group. We are satisfied to get the so well earned podium finally.

Both Boris and Mihai both had fantastic races on the weekend; Great Work guys!

Boris Huber raced IM 70.3 Barcelona and he did an incredible job. Boris sticked exactly to the time schedule and had really great split times of: Swim 31:58mins Bike 02:34:24hrs Run 01:21:56 hrs. With an overall time of 4:33:43 hrs Boris ran into the Top 30 (8including professionals). With this time he won his Age Group at IM 70.3 Barcelona. Very well done.

Mihai Vigariu raced the Ironman 70.3 St. Pölten. One can say that this race was the toughest IM 70.3 last weekend. Due the heavy rain the transition area was flooded, the wind was blowing and the 10 degrees felt more like 5 degrees on the bike. Despite this crazy conditions Mihai did a great race. With a 29mins swim, 2:34hrs on his brand new Fuji bike and a final 1:27hrs half marathon he grabbed the 7th place in his Age Group.

Three of my athletes were racing one of the oldest Ironmans in the world: Ironman Lanzarote.
Viola Frey choosed Lanzarote because she is a very strong cyclist. Unfortunately her legs were like crab on race day and she couldn’t push at all. Therefore Viola was fighting like she always does. Never saw her giving up. Viola finishes the tough bike course and was running her way home in 7th position of her Age Group. There are some days in racing and training which are really crab and nothing wants to go as you want it to go. Then you have to accept it, put your head down and go through it. At the end of the day you can proudly say that you gave your best and survived another challenge. It only makes you stronger.

Victor Osokin from Russia was my 2nd athlete racing Lanzarote. At the end he did exactly the times I was expecting him to do although he wishes to go faster but I needed to lower his expectations and that we still have a long way in front of us. One big achievement was his swim split with 1:01:37hrs which means a new PB for Victor. Biking and running was as expected, only the run a bit slower because he struggled with some stomach problems. With a 26th place in his Age Group we can look back on a solid race and know where we have to work on. There is still some air left for improvements.

Ramses Arroub from Egypt was my 3rd athlete who raced this famous Ironman. Like Victor he had a solid race. Ramses was a bit disappointed about the swim because at IM Lanzarote they don’t have a rolling start. Because of the new athlete’s AWA status which allows them to start between the professionals and all other athletes Ramses needed to start behind all of them. At the end he swam dipsy-doodle and had 4kms on his watch in a time of 1:02hrs. The bike was going as planned, only on the marathon Ramses was struggling a bit. But at the end he reached a fantastic 17th place in his Age Group.

Fastest Olympic Distance Race in 11 years for Peter!

Peter Rudolph set several PB’s at the Olympic Distance and proofed that you can get faster even when getting older. In a local race Peter got 4th over all and became 2nd in his Age Group. But not the podium spot is the only fantastic thing, also that he was able to improve his swimming time and set a new PB with 37mins on the 10kms. Over all he broke the 2hrs wall (finishing time 1:57hrs) over an Olympic Distance which he hasn’t reached over the last 11 years.

Race Recap from Coach Mary Beth Ellis:

Congratulations Phil with a great race at the Outlaw

Phil Whitehead had an amazing day at the Outlaw Half Ironman. In the midst of a big training block and balancing his busy work schedule, Phil showed his form is coming along nicely finishing in 11th overall and 2nd in his age group. He had a huge swim PR 27:12, followed by a solid ride 2:29, and finished with another best time on the hilly run course in a 1:22. Both Phil and I are excited to see his hard work all winter long paying off and excited to watch him on his way to a stellar season in 2017.

While away from the triathlon racing scene, Rob Straznitskas had a great race in the Sugarloaf 15km.  Training through the race, Rob went in unrested and finished just over 58 minutes.  Rob has a busy season of racing on deck for 2017 and is aiming at some late season 70.3 events.

Finally less than a week off his 70.3 in Monterrey, Sergio raced the Brooklyn Half Marathon for a training hit out this Saturday.  After a 6 mile warmup to the starting line, Sergio ran a 1:43 half marathon showing that his run training is on track for Lake Placid this July.

Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:

Well done Jenni, 4th place overall in Milan 🙂

Very happy to see that all the hard work of the athletes pays off. This weekend Jenni Paglia took a 4th place overall at the Deejay Olympic Distance in Milan. She had a strong swim and ripped up the field on the bike doing most of the riding by herself or at the front of the group as it was a drafting race. After T2 she managed to run herself into 4th place. Well done Jenni! We’ll now dot the i’s towards her first goal of the season at the IRONMAN 70.3 in Rapperswil.

Enjoying (and winning!) the TT series event in Hull; Good job Kat!

Kat Roberts signed up for a local time trial in England last week. The race was part of a local TT series run by City Road Cycling Club (Hull). Kat has been working hard on all disciplines and it was great to see her hammering on her TT bike taking first female spot. The course was flat with some false flats and a challenging headwind on the way back. But she nailed it, just like she does in her in training sessions. We’ll use a few local races coming weeks to get some extra speed in and because they are a lot of fun!

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Checking the instant results! Well done to Ana and Carolina.

This weekend felt like a summer in the UK, the weather was as good as it can ever be on the with a beautiful blue sky and temperatures reaching 20C – a heat wave for London and the area 🙂 I had 3 athletes racing in these unexpected conditions:
Ana Berenguel and Carolina Lanza decided to do the Eton Sprint race – it is known as a Triathlon Season opener for London.  Both coming back from a relatively easy period of post Ironman South Africa training embraced the short distance and gave it a proper go! Ana won her Age Group and finished in top 10 out of some 650 woman.  Hr running time was particularly impressive and both the bike and the swim also very strong.

Carolina was somewhat unlucky this week, she sprained her ankle and until the last moment we were not sure if the doctors would allow her to race. At the end it was safe to do the race and only few weeks into our athlete-coach relationship she improved the swim and had a bike ride that we both were surprised about. The combination of the hard bike and the lost run training with the ankle problem meant that the run was affected but we both were very happy with the way the race unfolded.
Congratulations to both

Top of the podium for Katherine at Marshman 🙂

As part of her Ironman training Katherine raced a local 70.3 distance race in Kent – The Marshman.  She gave it a proper go from the gun. She was first out of water, then she went really hard on the bike and finished it off with a very strong run on tired legs. First female and 6th overall say it all. As a bonus there was a nice trophy and bottle of a wine for the win from the organisers. A very good training day in a beautiful south of England.

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Congratulations Rahel – National Champ!

Rahel Bellinga completed the Dutch Middle Distance Triathlon Championships this weekend, and was able to come away with the National Title in her Age-Group, and 5th overall woman. We went into this race looking to ride as hard as we could on the bike, and try to hold on for the run. We have been dealing with a naggy run injury, and had to take some different approaches to preparations, utilizing pool running to try and maintain some fitness. It seemed to work well, and we came away from the race without aggravating it more. Congrats Rahel!

Marko Glassner took part in LBS Cup Neckarsulm in Germany. A bit of a sub-par swim than we are used to, but a great bike and a very strong run surprised Marko with his fitness, and he was able to come away with the victory! This agrees with the blog post last week about letting a bad swim go, finishing the race, and moving on! And at the end, you still come across the tape, first! Great work Marko!

Maxi Spahn was back to racing after a unfortunate non-crash related injury we had to deal with the last couple weeks, keeping him off the bike. Some gym work and plyometrics kept him loose and limber, and he was able to line up and test his fitness at the FrankenCup Gerbrunn MTB Race in Germany. One mistake early on costs him a possible win, but coming back from injury, Maxi was able to take a great 2nd place in the Elite class! Fitness is still there! Congrats, Maxi!

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Inspiring performance by Gill.

A big weekend of racing with some amazing results all across Trisutto so very well done, and especially to Stephen Bayliss. My athletes had a great weekend also. At the Outlaw Half Triathlon Gill Fullen crossed the line 1st for the overall win in 4.42. An amazing result proving she can really mix it with the best and is making fantastic progress.

Third for Laura and fourth for Mat at the Outlaw.

Laura Fidler had a good fight on this course leading the bike and around 10k of the run but couldn’t hold on to Gills fight. Laura crossed the line in 3rd position at the Outlaw Half another great result.

In the Men’s race we see the standard of performance raised this year with the winner going under 4hrs , Matt Leeman is improving all the time and going 6mins faster than this time last year shows his progress. Matt finished 4th in 4hr 10min.

Another podium for Daz, this time at IM Lanzarote.

Daz Parker’s season is going really well and the progress is steady and it’s going in the right direction with every race so far Daz has had a podium finish. Daz competed at Lanza Ironman and crossed the line 3rd in her Age Cat an awesome result for Daz Parkers first ever full Ironman.

Fiona Davidson raced Ironman Lanza also , Fiona had a tough day at the office , a good solid swim 1.14 and her day started off to a flyer , onto the. Ike and Fiona just didn’t feel 100% and from there it just didn’t go to plan , she held on and finished but a race that we can only grow from.

Rob on route to a World Champs quailifier at Eton.

Rob Osborne raced at Eton Sprint triathlon Draft legal this w/e in a world champ qualifier, Robs prepared very well for the up coming season and is really progressing now towards his goals, he crossed the line 3rd in his Age Cat and grab his ticket to the worlds congratulations Rob, now the real work starts.

Other results Chloe Hawkins just coming back from a really bad time with sickness made the start line at Outlaw and knocked out a 5.26 which isn’t bad for only 2 months of solid consistent training well done.

Micheal Müller went off in Austria 70.3 St Polten and again has had some bad trouble with his back but managed a great result crossing the line in 4.46 ..

Great racing everyone

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Jamie with her 70.3 World Championship token, wearing former team t-shirt in memory of Coach Jason.

This weekend saw five athletes racing with with toughness and heart across the USA.
Jamie Christy embodied this spirit in her assault on 70.3 Chattanooga. Jamie raced to honor the memory of her long-time swim coach, Jason Turcotte, who’s untimely passing two weeks ago came as a shock to the swimming world. As often happens during times of high stress and emotional upset, Jamie also came down with a bad illness and was sick for the week leading up to the competition. On race morning, Jamie didn’t let any of it stop her. She found something deep inside to set a massive best time for the day, destroying the record she had set for herself just two weeks earlier at 70.3 St. George. On race morning Jamie was a new gal. Jamie started the day with the top women’s swim, exiting the water just one second behind the lead male. She proceeded to ride a 22 minute best time and then run a personal best by 30 seconds. On a day raced from the heart, Jamie crossed the line in second place for women 18-24 and earned a start at the 70.3 World Championships in September. In a Facebook post after the race, Jamie wrote, “Jason was with me every step of the way“.

Ashton celebrating a win on his birthday weekend.

On the day before his 40th birthday, Ashton Prejean set a new standard for himself in terms of perseverance and grit at the Tri Fort Worth Half Distance Triathlon. Ashton won his age-group and came in seventh overall when he crossed the line on legs that were cramping so severely on the run that he found himself on the pavement at mile nine. Ashton emerged from the water in 5th position and came off the bike in 4th. In a phone call after the race, Ashton told me that his legs were cramping from the first step of the run. He decided to just grit his teeth, get on with it, and do his best to hold off the competition. Despite cramps that literally put him on the ground, Ashton was able to go the distance, win his age-group, and discover for himself just how deep he can dig.

Mike Hill emailed two days before the Ventura triathlon to ask if he could make the short drive down and race it. I told him that he could on two conditions: the first, that he win it, and the second, that he bring another Santa Barbara based athlete, Patricia Neubauer, who I had yet to surprise with the news that she’d be racing. Neither of them were race-rested, and both were psyched to go smash it! An animal in the water, Mike led the day from the gun to win the sprint event.

When Patricia Neubauer, “The Germanator,” got my message informing her that she’d be racing, her reply was immediate and enthusiastic, there wasn’t a moment’s hesitation, she was all in. And then I told her she’d be cycling home. Of course, The Germanator signed up for the Olympic Distance. It was Patricia’s third triathlon ever, and her first podium. Pat came in third in the women 30-34 category. She texted from a cafe about half-way home with a pic of an espresso and another from the podium. She had another hour of riding to get home, and she was psyched about every bit of her epic morning.

Lauren Capone finished 10th at 70.3 Chattanooga in a pro-field with the likes of Heather Jackson, and Olympians Sarah True and Barbara Riveros. LC got the day started with a solid swim, exiting the water in 5th position and finished the day with the 5th fastest run as well. LC is putting herself in the arena with the top athletes in the sport, taking her hits, and coming out stronger.

Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:

A 25 min PB!!, no wonder Jame is smiling!

This past weekend I had 2 athletes race in Indonesia, and a couple more, racing in Spain.
The highlight was James “Joi” Iskandar of Jakarta finishing first Indonesian at the Bintan International Olympic Distance, by slicing 25 min off his personal best. In Asia, being “first local” in an International race is always a big deal, and he received a special prize for his efforts.

On the same day and course, Rosanna Bille of Great Britain, but based on the beautiful island of Bali, managed to finish 3rd overall female, with a new PR time of 2h31. Despite less than ideal sensations, she left everything out on the course and is looking forward to her next races.

Then all the way in Barcelona, Swiss triathlete Ralf Battenfeld was in action for his first race of the year, the Barcelona 70.3. This was his first “overseas” race and only 2nd ever 70.3. After being busy with a heavy workload, and struggling with a sore Achilles. Ralf managed to finish in 5h20, just outside the top 10, in the 50-54 AG field, and on a tough course. Not bad for training race towards his first 226 KM distance in Roth.

Overcoming obstacles before and during the race, good job Martin 🙂

Last but not least, Swiss-based Danish athlete Martin Barner was in action at the 26th edition of Ironman Lanzarote. It’s worth to mention, that Martin was hit by a car around a month before the race, while training on the course, in Lanzarote. He recovered quickly, all the while balancing a workload that requires him to travel between 2 countries, and being an exemplary family man. His race was good, but not great. A strong swim, an okay bike with a navigational mishap and a solid marathon, had him finish just outside the top 10, in the ever competitive 40-44 AG.

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Stephan Meinecke did the Frauenfeld triathlon last Sunday. The distance was something between sprint and Olympic but with about 1000m of elevation on the bike. He could win the 45-50 agegroup with over 3min to second place which gave him an 8th place overall. You don’t reach that level of agegroup racing if you don’t continuously look for improvement. That’s why he was not 100% satisfied with his result. Stephan did that race during the preparation for Challenge Venice and was probably a bit tired, what explains the comparatively week swim. The bike ride on a training bike was ok and the run was really good once again. I am excited to see what he will be able to show in Venice where he will be at 100% again.

Florian Blumenthal and Cornelia Stähli raced the Frauenfeld Triathlon as well. Florian showed once more some improvement compared to the last races he did and looks forward to race 70.3 Rapperswil as his next race.
Cornelia could not yet show her improvements in the swim in a race, but this is just a matter of time. She had a solid bikeride and a good run on this tough course. Also for her it was a brick of the 70.3 Rapperswil preparation.

Borris Jung did a local sprint race in Germany as a hard training. He also prepares to race in Rapperswil. This time he missed the podium in his agegroup by getting 4th. He once again struggled a lot in the swim but was able to show one of the fastest bike and run combinations. That enabled him to improve from 51 to 15 place overall compared to last year. I would call that a very solid improvement!

Marc Haller did his first Triathlon of the season. We started to work together in April and he already showed some very nice improvements in all three disciplines. Compared to the last time he did the Bern Triathlon he could improve his 5km run off the bike by 2,5min. Also the 500m swim was 1min faster. The bike can´t be compared because the course changed. In the end he achieved a 5th place in his agegroup. From my point of view it is just a matter of time until he climbs on the podium.

Alexander Orlov from the Ukraine also raced his first triathlon of the season. He was a bit disappointed because he struggled to get out of his wetsuit after the swim because the person who closed it was very good in hiding the strap of the zipper ;-). That cost him a lot of time in transition. But in the end it was a good training for the 70.3 Race in the beginning of June.

Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:

Fabio Vassena  raced a fast Sprint distance Triathlon at Milano  – Italy. 1h 12’ 45’’his time over 750-20-5km triathlon, which was 25th M40-44 of 150 competitor. He finished your second Triathlon in his life! During this last mounths we continue to focus on developing his skills and particularly his strength on swim, and now he swimming as fast as ever. He raced on feel and nailed pacing from start to finish. Well done Fabio, now time to do some more training before next race.

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

  • A solid day out for Mark Richardson at the Swashbuckler Half distance triathlon in the New Forest, UK.  With Marks goal of Ironman Austria in a few weeks this was an ideal opportunity for a faster than Ironman race pace catered workout. Pleasant weather greeted athletes after a few days of cooler conditions, and Mark had a great swim and bike, then a well paced run which doubled up as practice of his Ironman nutrition plan.  A nice day rewarded with a 5th in his category.
  • Andrea Rudin raced in a duathlon in Zoffingen earning herself a solid second place finish in her category, and 5th female overall. With Ironman Switzerland still two months away, this was a chance to lay it on the line and give it a Red Hot Go with some good competition.
  • Yannis Theodoropoulos raced in 70.3 Austria 70.3 in what can only be described as cold, wet and slippery conditions.  A lesson to learn with timing chip band – always use a safety pin to secure it so it doesn’t come loose or off in the swim. Bike was about staying upright with the wet. Run was excellent with 9 minutes improvement over best ever run, employing the strategy of hunting down the runners in front of him like a Lion hunting his prey 🙂  A very good day for Yannis, in tough conditions, and proud coach.

Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.

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