Going the Distance

Going the Distance

Jane on her way to a convincing category victory at Challenge Gran Canaria. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

A mixed bag of results for my crew this week:
Jane Hansom had a solid return to racing after an interrupted pre season. Well done to her on her excellent performance.

Third place podiums for both Dani and Rei,
(Top Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography, Bottom Photo Credit: golongerpics)

Daniela Ryf had a tough day at the office at Challenge Gran Canaria; a mental mistake followed by food issues, she did well to drive home. Long distance racing is more than talent, and one has to respect the distance.
A tougher day was had by Rei Colucci at 70.3 Palmas with a bike accident during the race. After picking himself up and continuing, one should note that his effort was a sign of his courage. We will wait 2 days and run checks in his injuries.
Corinne Abraham kicked off her race season also in Gran Canaria building back from injury. Her performances are aimed at June so we happy to see her back.

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Congrats to Matt, taking the win in Paphos.

Matt Leeman took on the Paphos Triathlon in Cyprus which again became a Duathlon due to the winds. Matt doesn’t normally do Olympic distance as 70.3 and Ironman are his now prefferred distances but we saw this as a good chance to just race, with the objective to race hard on the bike. Matt lead the race from start to finish; he came into T1 ready to hit the bike hard and he just increased his lead on the bike to around 3mins. On to the run, Matt held on with a very solid performance, crossing the line first and great prep for his next race.
Dimos Paps (Cypriot 70.3 Champ) also raced in Paphos as it’s his home race, but we again decided this was a training exercise for him. Dimos started well and came into T1 sixth. He pushed very hard to make up some ground on the bike, picking up two places finding himself in 4th going into the last run. Having a large amount of training in his body Dimos held on and crossed the line in fourth position

Fourth place at Xterra Cyprus, good job Daz. 

Xterra Cyprus had its first event this weekend with a fantastic setting, however the winds on race morning unfortunately forced it to a Duathlon also, as the sea was too rough but it didn’t stop the race being a success. Daz Parker started off very well on the first run and looked strong. Going out onto the hard bike course across some pretty tough terrain in hot windy conditions, she moved up a place coming into T2 in fourth. She worked hard on the second run, putting in a very solid performance crossing the line fourth Pro Overall and continuing her progress this winter.

World qualifier for Davina; finishing in 3rd place overall in Stockton.

Davina Greenwell raced the Stockton Duathlon which was also a World and European qualifier. A couple of weeks ago Davina had a great result at Bedford WITH 5th overall and 2nd in her Age Cat, but could she back that up? Yes she could! Davina is improving quickly; we have pushed the volume at training recently so this race wasn’t as you may say ‘fresh’ but she was ready to have a go and race. Davina worked very hard on the first run and held a strong position on the bike where for the first time she started to really feel the overgear work paying off. On the second run and it was time to hang in there and hang in there she did, crossing the line third Overall and qualifing for the World and European champs.
Very well done to you all great racing

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Third place for Jonathan at Chia Laguna.

Chia Laguna Half Triathlon (Sardinia – Italy):
Jonathan Ciavatella, 3rd place M PRO behind Jan Frodeno and Alberto Casadei in 4:01.23. It was Jo’s first race under my guidance and we are very happy with the result. He suffered a strained calf during the second half of the run, so Jonathan took the right decision to slow down a little bit and finish well. Further races are much more important for us! Very well done Jo, we are working into the right direction!

Jonathan satisfied with 3rd place; Martina, Stefano and Gabi after the Chia Laguna Half.

Martina Dogana, F PRO, since a few weeks had to battle with different physical issues, so for her only swim and bike was possible. It was a good training, now we have to work on the recovery in order to get on also with the run training.

Gabriella Picco won her age group F50-54 in 5:34.35 and took 10th place overall! A very good race for her, especially also the last leg, she run a 1:47 half marathon. Excellent Gabi, very proud!

Massimo running very good race at Chia Laguna Half.

Massimo Argiolas, M50-54, placed 5th in his age group in 5:02.44. Massimo was vey balanced throughout the race, but his bike time of 2.40 is fantastic. Also for him it was the first race of the season and we are looking forward to the next one with a lot of confidence!

Stefano Matalucci, only 3 weeks after IM South Africa felt well, legs and heart responded, and he placed 15th M40-44 in 5:13.09.Good job Stefano!

Stefano Pavan smashing the bike course at Cavallino no draft Triathlon.

Stefano Pavan raced the Cavallino no draft triathlon (1,8 – 50 – 13km) in Italy finishing 2nd M45-49 and 26th overall. For him it was another great taste-race before IM Lanzarote. We are definitely ready Stefano!

Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:

Top of the podium! – great wins by Paty and Helena this past weekend.

Patricia Barros was the Ironmam 70.3 Champion in Palmas (W45-49) and won her spot to the World Championship 70.3 in USA. It was a very difficult test before IM Brazil. The heat is always the greatest enemy of this race in Palmas but Paty managed very well her pace and hydration along the course to finished first. Her teammate Helena Cirelli also finished 1st place also and overall Champion the 4th Limeira Aquathlon Championship.

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

Well done to Alicia (top right), Steve Lyons (top left), and Sandra in Gran Canaria.

The European Triathlon Season is picking up speed and the pure Duathlon season is slowly coming to an end. Two of my ladies were racing in Gran Canaria and three of my gents were doing some cold and windy races in good old Germany.
Sandra Schöni was racing Half-Challenge Gran Canaria as a test race for the big one in four weeks time: Ironman Lanzarote. With her performance on the Canarian Island she showed that she is on a good way to take on the big challenge. Sandra showed a solid performance in all three disciplines and became 2nd in her Age Group.
Alicja Medak has been on the Canarian Island for getting back into training after her really great performance at Ironman South Africa just three weeks ago. While she felt not like racing the Half-Challenge, Alicja was just picking the Olympic Distance race. She proved that she has already recovered well after the Ironman by taking the 2nd place of her Age Group.

Peter, Thomas, Steffen and Mihai were all in action this weekend.

While the ladies had a lot of sun, my three gents were not only fighting against their competitors but also against the cold winter weather in Germany.

Steffen Warias, the gourmet chef from Merseburg, was taking his second victory of the season at the Braunsbedra Duathlon which was at the same time the state championship of Saxony-Anhalt. While the weather in Germany the last week was really awful, I sent him very often to the pool and he was already wondering why he needs to swim that often although it was a Duathlon and no Swim&Run. But after this result it proved again that an unusual way can be the right one.
Peter Seidel was the other crazy guy who wanted to do a race at this conditions. He was running the Harztorlauf half marathon. Despite to the birth of his young boy Bruno just a few days ago and the need to get used to being a father Peter ran a solid half marathon and finished 3rd overall.
Thomas Schäfer, the German national team paracyclist, was racing Bad Harzburg MTB marathon. After an intensive work and training week his legs felt a bit heavy at the beginning but after a while the climbing became more and more easy. With a 6th place overall and a 4th place in his AG (all non-handicapped athletes) Thomas is really happy about this result and we can move on to the next level.
Mihai Vigariu from Romania finished 5th in the Elite field at Duathlon Buftea which was the South East European Duathlon Championship. While Duathlon is not his favourite competition it was a great test of the new strategies which we have been implementing in training. Mihai is looking forward to rock the European triathlon season!

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

Joby (far right) collecting his hardware at Ironman Texas 🙂

Incredible weekend of racing for my 2 athletes.
First off Joby (who is also a dedicated father, husband and teacher) lined up for Ironman Texas which also happens to be the North American Championships. Joby races is one of the most competitive Age Groups M40-44 but I knows he could measure up to get near the pointy end seeing how well he’s been going in training. Joby is no where near new to this sport and has raced Kona a few times so finding more to an already seasoned athlete is always a challenge but something I love doing. For the last 6 months I changed around in his regular training schedule and big changes to his pre race and race nutrition. We already saw the big pay offs with his podium finish  at Oceanside a few weeks ago. I think it’s safe to say we were both feeling pretty confident going into Texas.

The day started pretty rough for Joby with a non wetsuit freshwater swim- something that will always be a challenge for a non swimmer. Joby got out of the water much slower than we’d anticipated but he stayed smart, raced his race and negative split the bike to move up almost 100 places after the swim. This was a huge PB bike for Joby with a 4:48. He then got off and ran down 19 more guys with a blistering 2:57 marathon, almost a 15 min PB off the bike to snag 4th in M40-44 and another trip to the big island for Joby! I think this is the year for Joby to finally have the race he’s capable of in Kona.

Next up Nat Kerr in Australia raced the Queensland Sprint Championships in Moreton Bay. Nat was having a great race until she dropped her chain and lost a few minutes dealing with this on the side of the road. Nat rode 20% more power than she’s ever raced at and got off and held a solid run but unfortunately the mechanical cost her 1st place! I can’t wait to see Nat lay down at Cairns 70.3 in June as she hasn’t been off the podium yet this year.

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

On Sunday, I had two of my athletes, Arnaud Margot and Victor Manrique running the 20 kms of Lausanne, as a little warm up for their triathlon season! Arnaud Margot had a great race, he ran 1:18:20 and he was 49th out of 895 in his age group! Arnaud started out a bit conservatively for the first half and then finished off with a great last 10 kms.
Victor Manrique did a great job too. He set a new PB by 20 mins on this very hilly course! He ran 1:24:41
I’m looking forward to much more to come from these two guys once their triathlon season starts!

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Strong racing from Jason and Lucy in Gran Canaria. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

Lucy Biddlestone raced Challenge Gran Canaria, although having a slightly slow swim time she came out ready to attack the rest of the race mentally and physically. Lucy went on to have a strong bike and run, finishing 3rd on the podium in the 25-29 category.
Jason Wilkes also raced Challenge Gran Canaria, having been training around a busy work schedule and an annoying pain in his foot he still had a strong race, Consistent throughout the race and finishing 4th in his category.

Podium performances for Marcos and Mia. Photo Credit: Joanna Wilkes

Mia Leadbeater won the schools XX1triathlon IES Yaiza on Lanzarote. 500m swim, 8k off road bike and 2.5 off road run. (photo by Claire Leadbetter). In the same race, Marcos Knight came 2nd in the boys race.

Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:

Gaining valuable experience at Strongman Japan. Good work Andy 🙂 Photo Credit: Censure Niwa.

Top Indonesian triathlete Andy Wibowo lined up at the recently concluded Strongman triathlon on the Japanese Island of Miyakojima. Of which happens to be one of the most iconic long-distance events in Asia, in it’s 33rd consecutive edition. This was his first race, over half ironman distance, and was primarily being used to test-the-waters into longer events. As well to gain valuable experience against foreign competitors. Andy, who was somewhat underprepared for this event, managed a strong finish regardless, coming in 14th overall, in a time of 8h37 over the challenging course. This is a good step up, towards his first Ironman in Kona Hawaii, this coming October.

A super season opener by Rosanna!

On the Indonesian Island of Banka, it was the 5th edition of the Sungailiat triathlon, where Bali-based English mother of two, Rosanna Bille was in action in her first race of the season. After a very solid training block in the first quarter of the year, she blazed through the challenging course, and under the exceptionally hot weather, to finish 3rd overall, behind national team athletes, and topping the overall women’s category, by almost 30 minutes, in a new PR of 2h34, over a “longish” Olympic distance event.

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Congratulations Chris on your PB at IMTX!

Chris Medaris shattered his Ironman record by 1 hour and 20 minutes at Ironman Texas this weekend. Although this was Chris’s 6th IM, it was his first with coaching. Chris had a massive time drop to go 11:43:– and decisively break the 12 hour benchmark. Chris nailed his pacing, nutrition, and hydration, and as a result, he was able to tap his potential with a flawless day. Congratulations Chris. Best of luck to you and Sharmane as you begin your new journey as parents!

Paula Ponte raced in her home country of Brazil at 70.3 Las Palmas this weekend. Despite managing a foot injury for the past month, Paula was eager to put on her run shoes and attempt to go the distance. The plan was to race with abandon on the swim and bike. That she did, emerging third from the swim and cranking out the fastest bike of the day to be first amateur woman to T2. Paula finished the day 5th amateur female and first in the 18-24 category. Awesome day from an athlete who loves to race! Well done Paula!

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

The Best of both Worlds! snow on Wed; sunny on Saturday  – go Gisela!

A super win at sunny and hilly Challenge Mogan in the Canary Islands for Gisela Reichmuth. This rounded out a nice week with a solid training block over the Easter weekend, a Wednesday evening 9.9km road race at Sursee in a snow blizzard, finishing with the sun and hills of Challenge Mogan. Notable also for keeping her cool when the chain came off damaging the rear brake, but still had enough power to maintain her lead off the bike!

Chiin-Hooi Tan ran a very respectable 3:18 time at the Hamburg Marathon on Sunday, despite her training being greatly compromised by a nasty ski fall last month, and a rolled ankle two weeks ago. It takes a certain mindset to run a marathon after only one long run in training of 16km, and very limited run training at all in the last 4 weeks. Definitely not the usual marathon plan! However a training diet of aerobic swims, bike workouts, and ‘running when able’, Chiin was able to get through. Confirmation that she is a ‘stayer’ who actually doesn’t like the long runs in training anyway, and another lesson in appreciating that ‘not everything has to be perfect’. Congratulations Chiin, astounding!

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Training Days for Kat, Marko and Rafal in Gran Canaria in preparation for the season ahead.

With the triathlon season still in early days a number of my athletes were racing in road races, aquathlons and those lucky ones who came to our camp in Gran Canaria were able to measure their speed against Alistair Brownlee.

Kathrine Renouf decided to leave the camp early to run the Half London Marathon. We decided to do the same what Mo Farrah did 2 years ago running only half distance. Running on heavy legs after the camp Kat did a great job finishing in 1:22:27.  A new PB by more than 4minutes. I knew she can run well but she exceeded my expectations.  Now few days of well deserved few days of rest 🙂 Congratulations on a massive PB!

Kati Pusey entered a local Aquathlon as a perfect training session for her.  Bike being her strongest discipline I was very please she decided to challenge herself. The swim is still work in progress  but it went well and the run shown that her running legs started to come back. Kati came 6th in age group and 11th overall. Next weekend will be ‘easier’ for her when she adds her destroying bike powers to the solid swim and improving run.

After Ironman South Africa , Rafal Herman took a week of active recovery and we then shifted our focus to running training with Rafal was keen to join his friends in 10 km run in Warsaw. He surprised himself by running 39:30 which was only 10sec slower than his PB from few years ago. ‘Older but not slower’ he wrote to me after the race, very true and we only just started the running block of training aiming for further improvement.

Krzysztof Machnicki ran in the same 10k as Rafal. He described the race as the hardest run he ever did. Coming back from a virus infection and having lost almost 2 weeks of training he fought hard to break his PB. He managed to do so and also learned a very good lesson that racing not fully fit or feeling well is a very hard ask but if your mind is there the results can be very rewarding. As Daniela Ryf said in one of her interviews ‘you don’t need to feel well to go fast’! Congratulations on new PB at the Warsaw OSHEE 10 km: 38:05 !

Steve Lyons joined my camp in Gran Canaria last week and we have primarily worked on his swim technique and his run form.  At the end of the camp the participants had an option to race Challenge Mogan Gran Canaria – Short distance. Needless to say he was going to the race somewhat tired form the training (no taper for training races at TriSutto) and this course was very demanding. I was very happy with Steve’s swim, the technique work was already paying off – the swim proved to be very strong despite the rough sea, his bike as strong as ever and he finished it off with a ‘hill reps’ session as we all described the run course with practically no flat sections. He surprised himself finishing 5th in Veteran 2 category!

Marko Vaisanen is just starting his journey under the Trisutto training approach. He is already making improvements on the swim and the bike and we have started working on his run speed and strength. He raced one of Finnish early season run races – a 17.5km.  We have not tapered for the race, it was just a hard training run at the end of a very hard training week. Marko started very well but after 10k he started feeling the training load in his legs.  He was fighting hard to keep the pace and didn’t slow down.  I’m very happy with the progress he is making.  A very strong run on tired legs! More to come from this very strong athlete. Congratulations on well completed hard day in the training office!

Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:

Alessandro Perini participated at the Padova half marathon and finished in 1:39.32. This time allowed him to place 90th in his age group M45. Although a few physical problems the day before the race, he was able to bring home a very good training session.

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Two races, two PB’s – great running Hjordes! Congratulations.

Last week Hjordis Yr Olafsdottir from Iceland could show some great run performances. Already on Thursday she ran the Icelandic 5k nationals and became 4th overall with a new personal best of 19:41. The conditions where once again very “Icelandic” with hail, storm, snow and just a little bit of sun, but she could nevertheless show a very good run performance. The 5k run was just the warmup for Hjordis because she raced the Reykjavik Halfmarathon two days later on Saturday where she could set a new personal best of 1:30:28 as well and became 4th overall again. As a fulltime working mum of two kids she can be very proud of herself! Very well done Hjordis!

Elisabeth (and Coach Christian); on route to a PB!

On Sunday there was a Marathon and Halfmarathon event near Rostock and my wife Elisabeth ran her second ever halfmarathon. I went with her to make sure that she performs to her potential ;-). She/we ended up with a 8,5 min personal best of 1:51:32 for her. She wants to finish an Ironman this year to really understand what was driving (motivating?) me during my years as a pro. (My friend and Physiotherapist/osteopath, who helped me out many times when I raced as a pro, Martin Schütt ran the full Marathon and could due to a perfect pacing strategy (1:27:11 for the first half) finish with a new personal best of 2:54:43 as well. Conditions were far from ideal because of strong wind up to 60km/hr.)

Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.

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Trisutto in Guam

Trisutto in Guam

Coach Rob and Manami at the recent Trisutto Camp in Guam.

Manami Iijima began a string of impressive racing with the Subic Bay 70.3 last month, finishing her first race at that distance in 4:53 and placing 1st in the 25-29 age group, and 5th female outright. Two weeks later at the Guam marathon she finished first in 3:23. Another two weeks later the half marathon, 2nd female 1:28.
It is great being here at camp in Guam to see how well Manami is progressing…she is better than I expected….

Having just completed our 2 day camp here in Guam I am very impressed. The training facilities have been superb, and the campers have been so welcoming and enthusiastic. Thank-you for having me, it has been a pleasure.

Well done to all campers in Guam, a superb 2 days.

Race Recap from Coach Mel Mitchell:

Laura (second from left) and Manami (right) celebrating terrific runs in the recent Guam Half Marathon with their friends.

I would like to congratulate Laura Nadeau on a super personal result in the Guam Half Marathon. Laura came on board with me after completing a 16 Week Trisutto Half ironman Program. Upon its completion Laura raced her FIRST 70.3 distance and surprised herself by coming second and earning a place on the start line for World’s 70.3 in September.

Last weekend, Laura competed in the Guam half marathon. She felt confident going into this race, and really wanted to see what time she could do, so I asked her, “what is your plan?”  she said she thought she could run a 1hr.33, holding 4.33 for the first part and dropping down to 4.26’s if feeling good. I thought to myself, hmm, I think closer to 1hr.40 with what her training was showing but who am I to stop her! so I said, get after it, if it all falls apart, don’t worry, we learn more from having a go and failing miserably then going softly and never really knowing!

So with that Laura went out and gave it her all and achieved an amazing 10min PB by running a 1h.36 Half marathon Laura didn’t  hit the 1.33 time she was after, but she was extremely happy with a 10min PB!

Well done Laura, I am super excited about training Laura to see how I can help her going into a world championship event. Laura has just experienced the Trisutto philosophies first hand at the Trisutto Guam Training camp with the awesome Rob Pickard over the past 2 days which will only strengthen our coaching relationship and she will come away a better athlete because of it.

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

A confidence boosting win for Jappas to start the year.

2 races, 2 wins on my side!
Jappas Du Preez had his first race of the season in Southhampton, UK, taking to the start line of the Fast Twitch Sprint this last weekend. This was going to be a good test coming off a bit of a naggy running injury about a month ago, and Jappas didn’t disappoint! Coming out of the 400m swim in the top 10, Jappas then moved to 2nd position off the bike, just a few seconds behind the leader, and was able to produce an excellent test of his leg on the run to take the win! The body is healthy again, the training is consistent and now starting to add some volume ahead of the bigger goals this summer. Great work, Jappas!

Bill Knoedel raced the season opening Elkhart Time Trial Series in Iowa, USA. Not only was Bill able to take the win, but also set a huge 30sec PR over 12km at the first race of the year! With smart and consistent training on the turbo this winter, using a Reverse-Periodization Approach, with low mileage, Bill has already shown he is stronger than ever before! Great job, Bill!

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

A great test race for Andrea in Cannes.

After knee surgery in December, Andrea Cattabiani (M40-44),was back into regular run training for just a few weeks, but the healing process was excellent and so we decided to give it a go: Cannes International Triathlon! The race has great reputation, beautiful courses and especially the bike course is very though with over 1300+ climbing. Race distance is 2 – 95 – 16km and Andrea finished in 5:44.47 putting together a very constant effort in all three disciplines. So we are very happy with this first test and looking forward to the next races.

Race Recap from Coach Andrew Wright:

Proud coach with his charges in Morocco; Well done Team!

Congrats to Oscar Coggins and James Tan; 24th and 27th at Morocco ITU in the elite men. Boys went fantastic against a stacked field of European athletes. When we bring more intensity into the programme next month they will fly. Full results at this link: http://www.triathlon.org/results/result/2016_rabat_atu_sprint_triathlon_african_cup/308670

Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:

A run to be proud of! Congratulations Jong. Photo Credit: Leimomi Pacursa

This past Monday, at the 121st edition of the world-famous Boston Marathon in the USA, top Filipino age grouper Jong Sajulga was in action, competing in his 2nd consecutive Boston marathon. After a solid run focus block, with little racing, Jong once again executed his race very well, and accomplished his target, of running sub 2h50, more specifically, 2h48:56. This resulting in a ~5 minutes PR, established here in Boston last year.

This result is very encouraging for Jong who has been steadily and gradually making progress, over the past few years. Running each of his 4 marathons, slightly faster than the previous. Now, this makes the rest of the triathlon season very promising!

Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.

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The Need for Speed!

The Need for Speed!

Congratulations Katey, Sarah, Felicity and Coach Cam on a strong showing this weekend at the Luke Harrop Memorial.

This weekend we had 3 of the girls race the Luke Harrop Sprint Distance on the Gold Coast. Always a very special weekend to remember Luke who was tragically killed while training in 2001 on the Gold Coast. A friend of many in the sport, his special character is always remembered… Needless to say quite a close association with Trisutto being the younger brother of Loretta Harrop and then boyfriend of Emma Snowsill… Loretta was there to watch the race on the weekend and let me tell you, she looks as fit and strong as the day she retired!!! Our girls did the race as a hit out amidst a very heavy swim focus week, and used it as an excersise of racing “under duress”. The girls got a great hit-out and went 1-2 and 4th in the Open womens with Sarah Crowley, Felicity Speedy-Ryan and Katey Gibb.

Classy performance by Sarah at the Luke Harrop Memorial – Congratulations on another win!

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

A fantastic weekend of racing in Mallorca at Portocolom, starting with the kids duathlon.

During the winter months I live on Mallorca. During the past 3 years we have built a great training base here and the local Triathlon Club Portocolom is supporting us a lot. To give something back I sent 5 of my athletes to the European Season Opener Triatlon Portocolom. It’s nothing less than a spectacular race: The swim takes place in the scenic natural harbour of Portocolom and the bike course is challenging everything from you. Over 50kms you have 750 meters of climbing and on the long distance you even have double. The highlight of this race is climbing Sant Salvador – one of cyclist’s most favourite mountains on this Island.
Athletes can choose between the short distance 55.5 (500m swim, 50km bike, 5km run) and the long distance 111 (1km swim, 100km bike and 10km run). I sent two of my girls (Jenny and Steffi) and Moritz on the long distance. Additionally 3 athletes joining my training camp before were doing a relay team. Since Diana and Markus caught a flu just two weeks before the race, I had them race the short distance ‘only’.

Overcoming doubts for a great win. Congratulations Diana! Photo Credit: Ingo Kutsche

My special case this weekend was Diana Riesler. She knocked herself out for two weeks because of a flu and even the day before the race we doubted that she will be able to start. On race morning I sent her for a swim session to the pool – like on every ordinary training day. After that session she said: ‘Maybe it’s ok to start. It won’t be my best race but I want to try and not let down our local club Triathlon Portocolom.‘ A good decision as it turned out! She not only won the race, but was just smashing everything. Set a new bike and race record, became 13th overall in a strong men’s field. Altough it didn’t look like that the days leading up to the race, it was the best start into her season we could have hoped for.

Congrats Jenny on a great start to the season. Photo Credit: Ingo Kutsche

Jenny Schulz had a bit of tough luck in the pro race. Since I’ve been watching Spanish races I’ve never seen any penalty for drafting on the bike course. But somehow Jenny managed to get her ever first penalty (5min) and at the end those 5 mins were missing to take the win. Nevertheless Jenny kept calm and finished it off with a solid controlled run. We were looking for a first form test and a race specific training effort and that was exactly what we got out of that race. If that makes for 1st, 2nd or 10th place, I don’t care. I’m very happy with Jenny’s performance. It was a very good start into the Triathlon season for her and we are looking forward to the next race where she can show her improvements even better!

Moritz, Markus and Steffi each had great races in Portocolom.

Markus Hörmann had a very long and stoney way back. Mid of last year the doctors diagnosed a hip impingement and said he won’t be able to ever race again. Over the last months we worked really hard in terms of getting him slowly back on track and the 55.5. Portocolom was the race where we wanted to have a first test. In all 3 disciplines he showed that our work is paying off and that he is not only back to professional racing but much more important to full health. Markus finished 2nd just 1:30mins behind a very strong racing Thomas Steger.

Steffi Jansen was doing a 2 weeks training camp with her group here in Felanitx and the Triatlon 111 Portocolom was meant to be the highlight of it. Steffi was doing very well and showed that she can have a really good result even after a hard training block. It was great to see her stepping on the podium after chasing the professional girls all day.

Moritz Bachmann was just arriving the evening before the race. Moritz wanted to race the 111 again because last time he had a flat tire and was only able to fix it after a very long time, which totally screwed up his race. This time he did it much smarter than last year and had the flat tire already on his last ride the evening before the race. We (well: me) quickly fixed that and saw it as a sign that he would stay free of mechanical issues during the race. At the end he did very well and could enjoy the race without any flat tire. I was very happy to see him flying easily over the course, earning the rewards of all the hard training work he put under his belt during winter months.

Welcome Bruno!

Finally, but also most importantly, I would like to congratulate Peter Seidel. In the race we all race (called life) he transitioned into a new face becoming father of a cute son. His name is Bruno and we welcome him warmly on our small planet. All the best for Peter and his young family.

Jo had the honour to give medals to the kids at the Portocolom Kids Duathlon. ‘It was great to see so many talented kids having fun racing and it is just incredible how hard they can go.’

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

Well done Steve on another win; Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

Stephen Bayliss took his Ironman Training into an Off Road Triathlon this weekend and after a great swim continued his good form for a solid win and workout as we move to the ultimate goal of a top 5 in Ironman Lanzarote next month.

A good swim and run for Mariana Solorzano at Wallisellen Triathlon. We keep working hard to make her our first Mexican Bike Monster.

Race Recap from Coach Mathias Hecht:

Great start to the season for Bettina!

Bettina started her season today with an impressive win at Wallisellen Triathlon. She did not just win her age group but was overall winner womens too. After being out of water 25th overall she had best bike split and 3rd fastest run. Pretty amazing after starting triathlon just one year ago. We are right on track for a great season and her first Ironman in Zuerich in July.

Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:

A good hitout for Scott to start his season.

At the recent Ice Breaker Sprint triathlon, in American Fork, Utah, family man Scott Baldwin was clearing the rust and testing out his fitness after a consistent block of training in the first quarter of the year. The pool swim dynamics of the race did not leave much room for passing those who overestimated their swim seeding. Then on the bike, Scott managed to ride consistently, and importantly, safely, on the wet and somewhat technical course.
Saving the best for last, Scott ran strongly off the bike, passing about a dozen athletes over the 3-mile run, in his own words, “a rarity” but clearly showing some improvements. In the end, he managed to be top 10 in his age group and more importantly, gain confidence, into his first major race of the year in May, the St George Ironman 70.3.

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Congratulations Katherine on a very good race, more to come!

After a solid block of hard training Katherine Renouf decided to test her early season legs racing British Duathlon Championships.  She was not holding back racing hard from the gun. First female after the first run (37:52) she settled in on the bike executing the plan we agreed before the race. The broken computer did not affect negatively her race (as we often train by feel) nor the fact that she forgot her gels and decided to eat Mars bars on the bike 🙂  She kept pushing on second run moving from 3rd into 2nd amateur female overall and winning her category. Her short assessment of the race:
Although not a perfect race I couldn’t ask for a better outcome at this point in the season. Still shocked at how comfortable I felt on the first 10km.

Great job David, very happy coach!

After a deserved long break following IM New Zealand David Nicholson came back to training in a style! He decided to do a training race in Porto Colom, Mallorca.  If it wasn’t enough he went for the long course: 1km swim, 100km bike and 10km run. As expected the lack of fitness came out in the race but it did not affect his day. Triathlon is not, and should not always be about the result, competitive racing or a PBs.  This time it was a celebration of beautiful day when injury-free David could enjoy time on the roads. This sentence from his email report sums it up:
‘Overall, a hard race for me but pretty happy because it was a gorgeous day, amazing scenery of course, and great to be out on the roads and in the sea doing what I love.’

Race Recap from Coach Mary Beth Ellis:

Good job Joao!

My athlete Joao did a 5km TT bike race and came in 3rd place in the masters category. It was a solid result in the middle of a big training week as he prepares to race 70.3 Palma in two weeks.

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Fun short distance race for Melanie.

I had two of my athletes, Melanie Baumann and Arnaud Margot, doing a little season opener! They both did Walliseller Triathlon, a local race in Switzerland. They both had a fun race even though it’s not really what they’re used to as the distance was: 600 m swim, 15 kms on the bike 4 kms run.

  • Arnaud had a good swim, the fastest bike split in his age group and then an ok run, making him finishing 8th in his age group.
  • Melanie had an ok swim, 3rd fastest time on the bike and then a great little run, she finished 9th in her age group.

Both thought that it was a good little warm up and are looking forward to doing some longer distances.

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Wonderful to see Gill back racing and also on the podium.

This weekends action as from the British Duathlon Champs standard distance
Gill Fullen has had an amazing journey over the last 6 months coming back from illness so to be on the start line was an awesome achievement, however for Gill that was never enough but clear race instructions was go out and enjoy the show. That she did although still a lot of fitness to come she put in a solid first run , then onto the bike where she really pushed the pace and found herself in a great position after working her magic , onto Run 2 and it was a test of how much she had left being out on her own but she done it and crossed the line to become British Age Champ at the standard distance but even more impressive 1st female overall .. Very well done!

A great start to the season, well done Davina.

Davina Greenwell has only been onboard with Trisutto a short time so really just scratching the surface, but this was her chance to find out a little bit about herself and the training she had been doing. Running is where Davina feels her best so she pushed the pace and worked hard into T1 – onto the bike she held a very good solid pace and position, finding her new overgearing technique paying off, just picking girls off. Into T2 and out onto the last run where it was time to just relax and hang in crossing the line 2nd in her Age Group and 5th female overall . A fantastic start to the season; very well done

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Steve Brown took part in another local series race this weekend with a hard 23min climb in the middle. Having to expend some energy on the climb chasing the little guys around and closing down another athlete up the road, Steve set some personal best power numbers and ended up coming across the line 5th after a solid days work. Nice job Steve! The flat criteriums are just around the corner!

Jappas Du Preez has had to deal with a lower leg injury this Winter/Spring, but the rehab has been going well with only a few set backs to training here and there. But this weekend, he took part in the British Duathlon Championships. Showing some good early season and healthy running form, Jappas was able to place 15th Overall and 4th in his age group, just barely missing the podium! With European Half Ironman Champs and Ironman Wales on his schedule for the year, he has a long way to go for his goals, but is showing that his hard work in training is already paying off! Great job, Jappas!

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Enjoying the blue carpet and picking up the winners spoils!

Congrats to Jane Loughnan who once again finished first in her category at the Luke Harrop Memorial on the Gold Coast. Jane is starting to hit her straps, and looking forward to competing in the World Masters Games in Auckland in 3 weeks time.

Running tall and proud and mixing it up with the short course racers in Wallisellen.

Nina Derron kicked off her season with a short lung-busting tri at the Wallisellen Triathlon, the season opener in Switzerland. After an improved swim and strong bike, Nina is now learning how to run fast on tired legs.

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Second place for Stephan with a great swim and run

Last Weekend three of my athletes where racing.
Florian Blumenthal and Cornelia Stähli backed up their run performances of the last weekend with strong races at Wallisellen Triathlon. This race is the season opener for many swiss athletes. Both could show good improvements on their last year performance and move up the ranks!

Stephan Meinecke raced the Portocolom 111 Triathlon as his season opener and part of his Mallorca training Camp. He had a great swim and was the first agegroup athlete out of the water, just 20s behind the leading Pro. Unfortunately he had some problems with cramping during the last part of the bike ride and lost a lot of time. He was still able to show a very fast run which gave him the 2nd place in his agegroup and 18th overall. We were both surprised by the strong run. Well done Stephan!

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Off Road racing in Lanzarote. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

This past weekend many of our TriActiv members raced a local offroad sprint distance triathlon.  A well organised event in a beautiful location of Lanzarote and welcoming everyone. I was very proud of all our members, Stephen won the race, and we had Juniors stepping up for the adult race, and performing really well, Some of our Juniors are very dedicated and train really hard. The race showed this, with 14 year old Jorge Wilkes finishing 1st in his category, 12th overall and beating his coach!!! Harry Holdaway not far off Jorge, but dealing with a mechanical on the bike.

A great morning out for all. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

New to triathlon, Junior Anne Perdomo winning the girls category, We had busy Mums and Dads racing, Sandy Robson won her category, Brian doing his best, coming from non triathlete to Triathlete in 1 year! And an all TriActiv girls team were on the podium for their Team race.

Podiums all round .Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Irene 1st place and Martina 5th place.

This weekend was a very good one for my athletes 🙂 . Starting with Triathlon half distance Volano (Italy):
Irene Coletto won the race! Not just her age group, but overall! This excellent result comes form hard work over the last few months, Irene decided not only to „play“ triathlon, but to find her personal, individual limits! Really great job, perfectly executed race! It’s only the beginning Irene – continue to work hard as you did and you will still improve a lot!

Martina Dogana had a tough day; during the last week she suffered from a lumbago, but as a champion as she is, Marty wanted to honour race organization, fans and supporters and got to the start line. But she was never able to get into the race mode, suffered a lot and finished 5th. Now let’s recovery well and move on to the big goals!

Our athletes happy after the half distance race at Volano: Martina, Irene, Diego and Alina.

  • Alina Losurdo raced at Volano to prepare an Ironman race and proved herself, that the physical and mental conditions are very good, she won her age group F30-34! Believe Alina – it will be a good season!
  • Stefano Pavan is training for Ironman Lanzarote in 6 weeks. So this half distance race was perfect to test the actual condition. And we are really satisfied with the preparation, he finished in 4:29.46, taking 10th place M45-49. On the road to Lanzarote now!! Well done Stefano!
  • Diego Ludovici placed 9. M35-39 in 4:17.44! Great race for him, strong in all 3 disciplines, looking forward to the next one and especially to his Ironman debut in autumn. Let’s go Diego!

David very satisfied with his performance at Volano.

David Galafassi, the day before the race, said to me: I want to race hard, I’m felling great and want to show it! And he did! 4:21.19 allowed him to place 11. M40-44 and with 2:17.37 he had a really fast bike ride! We are very happy with that! Also David will be racing his first Ironman later in the year.

New PB for Mirco at Zurich Marathon.

Mirco Pulici wanted to race Barcelona marathon a few weeks ago, but a stomach bug didn’t allow to finish. So instead of getting nervous and negative, he moved on to produce a new PB at Zurich: 3:16.09! Very deserved result Mirco and very proud coach 🙂

Emanuele after the GF Perini.

Emanuele Mutti, just one week after his excellent marathon finish at Milan, participated in a 95km Granfondo Perini cycling race. 3:43.52 his time, which considering the 1600+ is very good. Another excellent workout in the bank on the way to his first Ironman race!

Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:

Congratulations Mania on a great win 🙂

Very nice performance at the first local race of the season in Sprint Transition sport Triathlon. Podium racing results across the team:

  • 1st and 2nd place in Women’s division with Nadia Syntzanaki and Tzenny Mpoulmeti also both winners in their AG,
  • 4th place in Men’s division and 1st in his AG (M30-34) Alexandros Sakellariou after long abstinence after surgery
  • The Cyprus champion Paschalis Frangou, 1st  AG (M18-24)
  • Anastasis Mitropappas, 2nd AG (M35-39)
  • Tasos Deligeorgis, 2nd AG (M45-49)
  • Andreas Sakelariou 2nd AG (M55-59)
  • Costas Chatzelis 3d AG (M30-34)
  • Mania Bikof 1st  AG (F45-49)
  • Vicky Deligeorgi 2nd  AG (F45-49)
  • Alexandra Tsiomi 3d AG(F45-49)

Also congratulations to the rest of the team, with many individual superb performances to successfully open their racing season!

Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:

Sprint Podiums in Piracicaba City

Another great weekend for our young team, despite it was be a Short Triathlon, we had a great presentation in Piracicaba City last weekend in the Copa Interior Sao Paulo de Short Triathlon:

  • Karina Freitas 2nd place 40/44 and 5th overall,
  • Matheus Martini 2nd place 20/24 and 5th overall,
  • João Quialheiro 2nd place 45/49
  • Rodrigo Ramos 3rd place.30/34
  • Plinio Barros 6th place 40/44

Everybody has improved their performance and they are happy with the result. Karina Freitas and João Quialheiro will compete Ironman Brazil in May.


Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.

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A Spectacular Weekend of Racing and Results

A Spectacular Weekend of Racing and Results

Never give up! An inspiring win by Dani in South Africa: Photo Credit: Ingo Kutsche

The Angry Bird, Daniela Ryf completed a training block in Gran Canaria just prior to traveling to Ironman South Africa.  A back injury in that final week of preparation almost curtailed her South Africa trip altogether. The final decision to start was made just the evening before the race, so with clipped wings she lined up the next morning not knowing if she could complete the event.  However much to her credit, once safely through the swim, and the first half of the bike, the bird ‘felt her pushing legs‘ return and decided it was time to fly. Following up with another sub 3 hour Ironman marathon run, the Ironman South African Championship was secured.

Post race interview with the Ironman African Champion.

Race Recap from Coach Cameron Watt:

Josh was the early leader at IMSA

Josh Amberger finished his first Ironman in South Africa over the weekend. First out of the water, he went with the eventual race winning move with Hoffman and Nils before finding his limit late in the bike and then soldiered on to finish…  the objective was to search out an early season Ironman with a world class field to accelerate Josh’s experience in Ironman and allow him to see first hand in the moment how the big boys excecute an Ironman and to taste the genuine real level, not the fake cake one….in hindsight couldn’t of picked a better one with Hoffmann and Nils putting on a display that re-confirms they are 2 of the best in the world on their day… Certainly wasn’t your typical Ironman build for Josh, racing the innaugral SuperLeague event 2 weeks out, but these tests both mental and physical are priceless in the long term development if one is to be competitive at the German National Championships in Ironman.

Kona Qualification in the bag!

Jess Ripper raced 70.3 Lizhou in China after doing all his prep indoors as he lives in the ski fields of Japan in Hokkaido. We implemented a bit of ski and skate training on the slopes to break up the turbo and treadmill sessions and Jess was rewarded for his dedication and consistency over winter with a Kona spot!!

Race Recap from Coach Andrew Wright:

Congratulations Kate – 1st in Age Group and off to Kona

Congrats to the guys I coach on programmes who raced 70.3 Liuzhou. Was a great weekend. Outstanding race by Kate beating a few pro women.
Kate Rutherford- 1st AG women and Kona Slot
Edwin Wong – first 70.3 event
Fenny Liu- 75 min PB

Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:

Running to the tape in China; Well done Andy.

Last Saturday, top Indonesian long distance triathlete Andy Wibowo of Bali, raced the inaugural Liuzhou Ironman 70.3 in the people’s republic of China.On a fast day, Andy finished 5th, in the very competitive 35 to 39 age group, in a respectable time of 4h16. While this was not as fast as Andy had hoped for, he’s in better form than 12 months ago. So now he looks forward to “switching gears” into the 2nd quarter of the season!

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

Joby running incredibly strong to 2nd in M40-44 at Oceanside 70.3.

First up was Joby who raced Oceanside as a last hit out before Ironman Texas in a few weeks. Joby is a seasoned athlete but needed a bit of help with his swim and some tweaks, in my opinion, so he was able to have a strong bike and still access his strong run. We changed a bit around with his regular routine, was able to see his swim in Scottsdale which gave him something to work on and focus on especially in the race and revamped his whole race nutrition. It was great to see it all paid off as Joby placed 2nd in M40-44 AG with a HUGE swim and bike PB from the year before and even ran a minute faster with a smokin’ 1:21 off the bike. Also an overall 70.3 PB for Joby- all looking great for Ironman Texas on April 22.

Lori enjoying a well earned post race cold one 🙂

Lori Russett’s big race if the year was Lavaman- the famous OD race in Kona Hawaii! She had the goal of placing top 10 and nailed it despite an allergic reaction to a bug bite 48 hrs before the race! Lori kept her cool in the lead up and on race day after a few more punches were thrown at her. She showed what racing triathlon is all about and came out the other side with a huge swim PB, an overall OD PB and 7th in her AG! So proud of her!

Colin getting a post race handshake from Andy Potts 🙂

Consistent Colin Raymond, a dedicated father & businessman was my last athlete to race this weekend and he also took on Oceanside 70.3. Colin was quit relaxed going into this race possibly a bit too relaxed in his pre race rituals;-) Colin’s swim has improved a lot from last year and it showed with a swim PB from the previous year! Another positive from the race is he didn’t get the usual stomach cramping with some different nutrition. Although he did find the bike and run tough he held it together to get to the finish line. As a coach I think it’s critical to assess the race straight after as we are always learning from our mistakes. Some analysis and assumptions of the race and bike position have already been done and we have a plan in place to make sure Colin is ready to be a fit and strong as possible to race Ironman Mt Tremblant in August!

Alan Sweeney told me late fall last year that he had signed up for Ironman South Africa at the beginning of April. My first thought is we need more time but as a coach my job is to do my best to have the athlete as prepared as possible so this is what we did. Al is a busy CEO and is a father of 4 so getting the right amount of training to be competitive while balancing work, family life is certainly a challenge but I see him doing the best he can. We were both feeling quite confident going into SA but as it happens with a huge long haul flight, Al had to also deal with some adversity on race week and on race day. Despite everything Al improvised and overcame and still managed to get to the finish line with an Ironman PB! In my opinion we just need a bit more time for Al to race his potential but he’s certainly better than where he was last year and with a good amount of recovery we can build to his best Ironman yet at the end of summer 🙂

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Ana with Coach Rafa celebrate post race.

A great weekend of racing for Coach Rafa athletes!
I had two athletes racing Ironman South Africa.It was not an easy day, although not as windy as it could be the ocean was very choppy moving in all directions, the winds on the bike were more friendly but the heat of the run was much harder to deal with.  The temperatures reached over 30C and the athletes were hoping that the burning sun will be covered by a cloud, no such luck. To make it worse the wind which was very quiet on the bike wake up and started blowing very hard making it for a very tough day.

In the female race Ana Berenguel did a great job considering far from perfect preparations. She started with a very strong swim fighting the waves and having some navigation issues as the Garmin shown 4.1km swim distance. Once on the bike she executed the plan to perfection, conservative first loop followed by a very strong second which was significantly faster then fist one. Once on her feet she run very strongly only slightly slowing down towards the end. The run conditions took their toll but she fought hard and finished strong and taking 12th place in F40-44.

Off to Kona, Congrats Rafal and Coach Rafa!

The AG40-44 mens race felt a bit like world championships with top Age Groupers from around the world on the start line including Kona winners and multiple IM AG champions.  Rafal and I have been working together for almost 6 months with one objective to make him race ready on 2nd April.  We have focused on the process, very consistent training, working on his strengths and slowly eliminating weaknesses, day by day, weak by weak, month by month often repetitive ‘boring’ sessions. We never discussed the chances of getting the Kona slot. We have both been racing IM for years and we know that such a discussions can be detrimental to training and performance although I’m sure we both had it at the back of our mind. There are so many things that nobody can control on the race day, punctures, ocean conditions, temperature, wind and some people handle it better than the other. Rafal has shown what he is made of, all the race he stayed focused doing what he did in training and he executed a nearly perfect race.  A very strong swim – a first PB of 60min followed by a PB on the bike 4:53 and a very strong run.  I would add another PB: most calories consumed on the bike and on the run from all his IM races. You need right amount of fuel to go hard.  The result – he finished 6th in his AG in 9:29 and he will go to Kona!

I’m very proud about Ana’s and Rafal’s performance – hard and consistent training is paying off. Congratulations to both athletes from a very happy Coach and Trisutto Team!

Katey Pusey decided to do something somewhat different this weekend and entered a 10 miles bike Time Trial race. She not only finished 4th female finished ahead of a number of TT specialised but also beat quite a few male competitors! Great effort Kati, well done, more to come from this ‘uber-biker’!

Race Recap from Coach Mary Beth Ellis:

Podium for Scott in Ocala

I had three athletes racing this past weekend.
In the HITS Ocala Olympic distance race, Scott Wright finished 2nd in his age group and 12th overall with a solid swim, bike, and run.  He is getting stronger and building towards Ironman Arizona with some great summer racing planned on his way to the big one.

Sergio kicks off his season with a half marathon in Connecticut 

In the Savinrock Half marathon, Sergio finished 3rd place in his AG battling tough conditions and weather: 31-degree rainy, windy, and hilly Connecticut. Sergio is building towards finishing his first Ironman in Lake Placid this summer. He’s juggling a busy work and fur parent schedule as we ramp up his training to get him ready for the big one.

At Ironman South Africa, Jennifer led the overall age group race in the swim and bike but had to stop on the run for health reasons.

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Second for Mark at the Prickly Pedal

Mark Miller started the Prickly Pedal MTB race this weekend in Arizona. Mark has showed great form this Spring and it carried over from the road to the MTB. He had yet another podium, finishing a close 2nd place. Mark continues to work hard, and we are continously looking for ways to improve the fitness just that much more and eek out some more victories. Keep it up Mark!

Carlos Martinez took part in the Apaxco Duathlon this weekend. He was able to keep a steady and controlled pace on the first 5k run, and throughout the bike, leading to a solid 2nd run where he came in 10th OA. Great work Carlos!

Christian Pleul started his first triathlon of the season at the TriaHatz in Germany. A very well paced day showed he has some good fitness and the consistent training is paying off. He continues to put in the hard work in the pool, and we already saw a 10sec/100m improvement in his swim, in just a short months time. Onto the bike and run, he maintained strong effort and finished out a good day. We keep moving forward towards his bigger goals this summer! Nice work, Christian!

Isabelle Boberg started her season off at thte Neuseen MTB Trophy in Germany. Having only worked together for a few weeks, she showed that the training is already having good effects on her fitness. The goal for the day was to get her teammate the victory, and they did just that, with Isabelle coming over the line just a few short seconds after in 2nd place! A very good start to the year, and full systems ahead to the Deaf-Olympics later this summer! Congrats Isabelle!

Sascha Moryson tested his fitness this weekend at Hellenthal Marathon. 68km of sticky mud and wet trails led to some inconsitent rhythm and slow going. At the end of the day, Sascha came home in 6th place. With a training camp coming up, and bigger races down the road, we found out what we need to work on and need to reach the podium next time! Keep it up, Sascha!

Dan Whitney went to sunny California this weekend for the Oceanside 70.3. Some sickness, and a business trip to India threw a wrench in our training the few weeks before the race, but Dan did everything he could and produced a PB at the distance. A 5min PB in the swim, and a 15min run PB showed how much the training had improved race fitness. Way to stick it out Dan.

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

This weekend was such an emotional roller coaster, following my athletes racing Ironman South Africa. I will need more time to recover fully than athletes to recover from their race.

Carmen Grosse put the hammer down in PE. In 2016 she unfortunately had a really bad accident just the day before she was supposed to fly to the “Big Island”.  She was not able to race. Big disappointment! The months afterwards were a stoney path back to health, self-confidence and building up a good fitness level. But Carmen executed all I told her with her unmatched determination and after spending one weekend with my squad on Mallorca, I was sure she is going to have a brilliant race in Port Elizabeth. Her pool times were really challenging my pro boys and girls. She proved this on the swim at IM South Africa. Carmen was 7th woman overall(!) out of the water, including all the professional ladies. Carmen hammered her new bike and finished all off witrh a fantastic marathon. It was a one woman show, winning her Age Group by a huge margin of almost 2 hours(!!), a time good enough to easily win the below Age Group as well. Even the commentators were surprised by Carmen’s performance. Have a look at the little clip to see her beautiful smile and joy while running towards the finish line.

Carmen was superb!

One of my unluckiest athletes this weekend was Rico Giovanoli. Rico travelled to South Africa with the goal to win his Hawaii slot. He had a fantastic race and proved impressively that you can train really well in the winter months without doing any big training camps before a very early season race. But with a 16th place in a very strong Age Group (35-39) he just missed his Kona slot by 2:30mins. To get a Kona slot always needs a bit of luck. However, I consider his race in South Africa as his break-through race: Rico now is on a level to win a slot at amlost any race without needing a lot of luck anymore. I’m sure we will see Rico joining the big dance on Hawaii very soon!

Heading back to Kona; Great job Alicja!

Alicja Medak showed one of her best races ever. Good swim, solid bike, strong run (faster marathon than her husband, sorry for that, Rafal). Coming in 4th, she just missed the podium and one of the 3 slots in her AG. But there was allocated another slot to her AG plus there was a roll down slot. So her result would have been good for 2 slots altogether. Of course, she took her’s and is my 2nd Kona qualifier made at IM South Africa.

Steve Ringel wanted to get a Sub 11 hours finishand missed that goal by just 30 mins. While Steve has a very stressful job he was not able to do any training the week before his travel to South Africa which is indeed not a perfect preparation. He pulled out the best of the race on that day. In all 3 disciplines Steve had a solid performance. At the end he had an 11:29hrs finish but we work towards breaking the 11hrs barrier soon.

Last year one of my athletes Sandra Schöni was running the Freiburg half-marathon, when a guy ran into her heel which caused a partial rupture of her plantar fascia, a serious injury which forced Sandra to many weeks of no running at all. To forget this trauma I decided to send her to the same race again this year. I wanted Sandra to walk out of this race with a good feeling and a bright view on the new season. That’s exactly what we reached. When she passed the sport where the accident occured last year, it was abig relief and she finished her race with a big smile.

Thomas takes to the trails for a mountain bike marathon.

German national Champ and para-cyclist Thomas Schäfer raced his first MTB-Marathon of the new season. While there is still a lack of race specific intensity he showed a great performance. Although there was a mis-guidance of 7mins Thomas claimed a great 3rd place in his Age Group.

A strong win for Steffen.

Gourmet chef from Merseburg (Saxony-Anhalt) Steffen Warias wanted to do a brick session at the weekend and therefore he raced the local Duathlon in Halle. After a few weeks of no running we were not sure how fast he can run and cycle and didn’t expect anything special. But surprisingly he was doing really great. The first 5kms of running were easily and 20 mins and then he cycled really well and with the final 2,5kms run Steffen won his Age Group. Really great start into the season.

Well done too all athletes racing this weekend. Looking forward to a great season!

Race Recap from Coach Annie Emmerson:

A massive PB for Peter Hollins at the Greater Manchester Marathon! 3:12!

Prior to this past weekends Greater Manchester marathon Pete had many pre-race inhibitions… he really had a thing about running the marathon as he hadn’t had a good experience previously. He rang me about 5 weeks ago and said ‘I don’t think I should do it, I’m not fit enough’, we had a chat about it and I basically said don’t be daft, all the triathlon training you’ve done in the last few years will carry you through and you will run a 3.15…

Pete was amazing!  His post race tweet summed up the result:
Marathon demons well and truly extinguished. Race went perfectly 3:12:33

Great runs this weekend also by Jacqui Saxon with a big PB at the Lincoln 10k and by Paula Robinson, with an AG win (and 6th overall) as she warms up for the upcoming London Marathon.

Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:

Congrats Patricia on another first place finish; Two for the weekend!

Fantastic weekend for our Team. We started on Saturday with a first place in the professional Short Triathlon with Patricia Barros who on Sunday competed 70.3 Triathlon Long Distance of Pirassununga and finished 1st place in her category and 6th overall, Still on Saturday Karina Freitas got vice champion 40/45 and Marcelo Pasquini 6th overall place and Vice champion 35/39;
On Sunday in the Bauru city triathlete Helena Cirelli got 1st place in the tradicional 10 km Ecoruuner race. Our team is getting better and better every race. Coach Concludes.

Podium for Marcelo

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Berlin Half Marathon

Cornelia Stähli ran the Berlin Halfmarathon last Sunday. The goal was a new personal best and that was achieved by 2min with a finishing time of 1:35:04, despite feeling weak on the first half of the run. Surely because it was completely impossible to do a proper warm up when you start with 35000 other runners. Since it is just a short drive from Rostock I used the opportunity to meet her in Berlin. We had a good talk about the training and the upcoming races.

Already on Saturday Florian Blumenthal ran his first 10k run race of the year. He came to me in December with an injured shoulder, Achilles tendon and groin. It was the main priority to get him going again without any pain. Even though 40:28 is no personal best for Florian we achieved this goal to race pain free. There is much more to come this year. Next stop for both will be the Wallisellen Triathlon next weekend to kick off the European Triathlon season.

Deborah Bomstein did her 2nd 70.3 race last Saturday in China. She only started with triathlon last October. Despite many obstacles she finished strong and could improve her swim and run performance even though the water was freezing cold and she threw up twice on the bike, where she could not play out her strength. Well done Deborah! The upcoming European races will provide a better water quality 😉

Thierry Dondlinger raced Ironman South Africa. A finishing time of 10:25 was far under our expectations. Time to rest now and find a new race to show the improvements on raceday.

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Unfortunate crash but lucky escape for Vinny before IMSA.

Vinny Veness raced Ironman South Africa, he had a lucky escape on Saturday afternoon while having a spin before raking the bike. He was badly bruised and his bike quite broken, but with mechanical help was able to fix his bike and grin and bear the pains to start AND finish the race on Sunday!

Vinny swam 1.03, he rode 4.59 and ran 4 hours.  Vinny felt the effects of the crash during the race but did not let it stop him.  Coming from the cold winter of the UK he found the race hot and I know that the 12 hour plus days at work for the months into the race effected how he was feeling towards the end of the race too.  Well done Vinny on finishing this Ironman.  This will have set you up nicely for the next.

Aquathon action from Lanzarote. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

On Lanzarote we had 24 of our TriActiv kids racing an Aquathon, (which was the 2nd points race for the older kids, but the first in the series for the younger kids. We had some racing their first Aquathon ever, and we had kids who are more experienced and looking like young professionals. In the youngest category,

  • PreBenjamin we had Holly, Nicolas (2nd place) and Charlie (3rd place) aged 5-6 years old racing over a challenging 125m run, 50m swim, 125m run,
  • In the Benjamin category we had Matias (3rd place), Tom (4th place) and Israel racing over 25m Run, 100m Swim 250m Run.
  • In the Alevin category we had Leo (3rd place) Daniel, Harry, Sienna, Sidney, Becky and Alba racing over 500m Run, 200m Swim 500m run. In the Infantile category we had another exciting race but in the end Harry took the win from Jorge (2nd).  Ben also raced strong over this 1km Run, 400m Swim, 1km Run.
  • In the Cadete category Mia Leadbeater looked stunning to take the win, hard working Anne took 2nd and TriActiv taking the whole podium with Tiffany 3rd, Clara top 10.
  • In the boys category Marcos battled hard to get 2nd, and Thomas also top 10.

Fantastic racing from Lanzarote. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Consistency sure pays off for Ollie, finishing with a PB.

It’s been several years since Ollie Saxon has run a personal best. In 2014 he set his mark for the 10K at the Lincoln road race. This weekend he set out to prove to himself that consistency, hard work, and an aggressive race plan would put him in the position to set a new personal record. While I was standing on a different start line across the Atlantic, ready to coach another race at 70.3 Galveston, I got a message from Ollie. “Absolutely chuffed to bits! 41:52. PB by 20 seconds.” Well done Ollie. As you wrote in your message; “Consistency sure pays off.”

Blaine Egan raced the Oakland Half Marathon to get a solid effort under his belt leading into 70.3 St. George next month. He went 1:28:34, to set a new personal best by 3:45. He took it out strong and hung in there for the final 3 miles when the wheels started to come off. To paraphrase Sutton, “I’d rather see an athlete fail gloriously than succeed with weakness.” Blaine went out after it, and that shows what he’s made of.

Lauren Capone got her 2017 season started at 70.3 Galveston. After a winter of focused work on the bike she is starting to see some honest headway. Despite the heavy crosswinds, LC got down to work and actually finished the bike with a smile on her face!  LC had a minor leg issue come up in the week before the leading into the event, and although the run is typically her strength, this time I had her shuffle to get the time on her feet. LC had a solid bike and the right attitude going into the run. In all it was a promising start to the season.

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Stefano (on the left) with his friend at IM South Africa, happy finisher!

Stefano Matalucci (M40-44) raced IM South Africa. He is a very hard working CEO and therefore it’s not always simple to squeeze in the Ironman training sessions, but Stefano did a great job during this last months of preparation in european winter and finished in 11:39.50. For sure it was not easy to race in the hot conditions of Port Elizabeth. Well done Stefano!

Irene, 3rd female overall at the Italian Duathlon Championship!

Irene Coletto (F35-39) raced at the Italian Duathlon Championship (10-40-5 km) near Brescia and demonstrate that hard work pays off! Irene trained very well during the last months (we are preparing IM Lanzarote) and in 2:12.15 she placed 3. female overall and won her age group! Irene had also the best bike split in the field, so very well done. Now let’s continue to focus for our main goal!

Giovanni at Roma marathon

Giovanni Marion (M55-59) run the Roma marathon, finishing in 4:07.19. Only two weeks ago his mother passed and the decision to run was a last minute one and for sure a very emotional one. Hats off Giovanni for this decision, your mother is very proud and I too. We will prepare Ironman Austria, believe!

Emanuele, 2nd place at the Italian marathon Championship for firefighters in Milan

Emanuele Mutti (M25-29) run the Milano marathon in 3:04.22. Excellent race for him, this time meant also 2nd place in his category at the National marathon Championship for firefighters. So Emanuele, not only you are a very good triathlete, but also a very fit firefighter! Let’s continue to prepare your first Ironman race later in the year.

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Mark Richardson raced in Ironman South Africa, his first Ironman since Kona in October. Mark qualified here last year, so knows the course well, and had prepared thoroughly through the tail end of the UK winter. Exiting the swim in 6th place and with a 5th fastest bike saw Mark perfectly positioned going into the run. However some nutritional errors during the bike caught up with him on the run, and even though Mark did the right things at that point, couldn’t keep the engine fuelled. A solid 13th place, to start the season, as we now look to Austria as next Ironman.


Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.

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Inspiration from the weekend

Inspiration from the weekend

Steve takes the win at Tri122 after leading from gun to tape. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

It gives me great satisfaction to see one of the nicest men in the sport again on top of the podium after an awful run of health issues. Stephen produced a catch me if you can performance in the Tri122 triathlon in Costa Teguis surprising even himself with his dominant swim. He backed it up by not only holding off the small bike pack but adding to his swim break. We will check Stephen’s health over the next two days and should he recover well, we will set our sights on IM Lanzarote. Well done Stephen.

Waiting for the gun at Tri122. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography.

Race Recap from Coach Keegan Williams:

Second place podium for Nicola at the AquaBike National Champs.

The inaugural New Zealand swim-bike championships where held over the weekend in conjunction with the Auckland Half Ironman. Three of my athletes where in action, Graham O’grady got the overall win after creating a gap on the swim and holding off a fast charging Stephen Sheldrake. Nicola McCormick was 2nd in her agegroup and 4th overall backing up from IMNZ only a few weeks back. A great job from both in the swim-bike event.

Third overall at the her first Half IM distance – great work Olivia.

A highlight for me was Olivia Ritchie, in her first half ironman and fourth triathlon after coach convinced her it would be a great strength builder for her olympic distance aspirations. She placed 3rd overall in a super debut to get a podium cheque. She has been riding around on her mum’s bike from the 90’s which is two sizes too big, so she is on her away to earning an upgrade!

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

Nat crushing the bike; a common theme these days 🙂

3 Aussie athletes raced- 3 podiums!
First up was the humble achiever Nat Kerr who took on Kingscliff Olympic Distance, a popular race on the Gold Coast of Australia. We tried something a little different for this race with a bit less taper thinking of the key race Cairns 70.3 in June. Well Nat certainly didn’t feel fresh or great on the day but still ended up with one of the fastest swims in her Age, fastest bike split in her Age (3 min faster than last year) and still ran the same as the previous year even feeling like she had nothing to give. She ended up 3rd – only 1 min behind 1st and 2nd. Nat has been making massive gains with her swim and bike this year and with a bit more time the run she has been demonstrating in training will show up. Like we say at Trisutto we “Hurry Slowly” 🙂  Well done again Nat!!!

Craig collecting more hardware at Kingscliff Olympic Distance.

Superstar Craig McQuigan took on the same Olympic distance race along with his lovely wife & son as a little hit out before the big one in Port Macquarie in 5 weeks. Despite a pretty heavy training week, Craig still smashed it will a 2:02 to come second place in the M 45-49 category, only 45 sec behind first. Craig has been putting on some serious hard yards and can’t wait to see him show up and crush it at Ironman Australia in May.

Ali’s first place trophy from the Up the Bluff trail race on the weekend 🙂

Alison Maher asked me a week before if it was a good idea to do a 16 km trail race on the weekend. I thought it was a great idea and predicted a win! We have cut back Ali’s training significantly but still keeping some strength so her body stays in tact & healthy! Ali crushed the race with an overall female win and almost a course record! I’m so happy to see someone who had spent so many years underperforming due to injuries get the results she deserves!

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

The photos tell the story; Congrats Krzysztof on your PB!

Coming back from a solid training block during our camp in Gran Canaria last week Krzysztof decided to run a half marathon this weekend. He improved his PB by almost 3 minutes running 1:22:36 in a perfectly executed race, well, maybe except being 2 minutes late for the start!   He was somewhat concerned that after his weekly ‘training volume PB’ in Maspalomas of some 20 hours he will be too tired to run well. I have to admit it was a risky strategy but we have approached it as a training day and incorporated the race into training plan, no resting, no taper, just anther training session and it worked really well.

One of the reasons why he was able to run well is the fact that he is one of only few athletes I know who is so disciplined when it comes to executing training and following instructions. When he is asked to go hard he would go very hard and when the training is supposed to be easy he goes really, really easy. This allows him to train in a consistent way and continue improving. I was very pleased when he sent me a picture of his Garmin showing how slowly he ran his last 90min session before the race.  Coach’s instructions: ‘not faster than 6min effort’, athlete’s execution: 6.01 pace. In this case Garmin proves to be a very useful training tool restricting the athlete from going too hard! He is also a great example of someone who incorporates the sport into his family life. He always gets support from his kids and wife during races, his kids run and he does his easier sessions running with his wife. A great example to follow. I’m very happy we are working so well as a team and I’m sure there are more improvements to come not only on the run but also in triathlon. Congratulations!

Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:

Very impressive swim times by Damien!

This past weekend, Damien Leonardi competed at the French master’s short course swimming championships in Dunkerque. Damien managed to make the finals in the 400m and 800m freestyle events, clocking 4:33 and 9:27 respectively. His 800m performance earned him a spot on the podium, and a bronze medal to bring back home, for his two sons! While these are quick times in the triathlon world, the former national level breaststroker, maintains a realistic perspective, all the while sneaking in run workouts during and right after the swim meet. Now it’s all about making his engine more efficient, and extend the efforts over longer durations, as the focus shifts towards the triathlon season.”

Well done Mamad with a great ride in Bahrain.

This recent Friday, in the growing endurance community in Bahrain, of the UAE region, 16-year-old Mohammed “Mamad” Abdulsalam competed in a 30 km Mountain Bike race. He managed to finish 5th in his age group, with very little specific training. Beyond the fun and healthy event, his father Abdulla, joined the event as well, making it a fantastic father and son bonding day. This right here, is one of the many powers of sport, beyond performance!

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Just Jason and the volcanoes at the Tri122 in Costa Teguis. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

From our Team we had 12 adults racing Tri122, all enjoying the day and looking strong.
Busy working and family man, Jason Wilkes had a smooth strong race finishing in a time of 04:42:37 and 4th in his category. Jason will use this race as a stepping stone to his next race in 1 months time. 16 year old Marcos Knight used the day as great long training for his upcoming shorter events. Marcos raced the 1km, 60km, 10km race.

Finishing the Westport Duathlon off with a PB and 4th place in the series. Congrats John!

On the same day as Tri122 John Stapleton was having a great race at the Westport Duathlon in Ireland.  John raced in a pb time of 1.11.  Finishing 4th in his age category and 4th in the series (a series of 5 Duathlon races throughout the winter)

Mountain Bike action for the kids. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

On Sunday we had TriActiv kids racing in a mountain bike race close to home, A great opportunity for 5-16 year olds to get out and ride in new surroundings, in sand, dirt and rocks. Great for bike handling skills!  We had podiums, wins and great personal achievements. Well done kids!

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Jane enjoying a great day out at the NZ Aqua Bike Champs. Photo Credit: ScottieT Photography

Well done to Jane Loughnan who took on the NZ Aqua-Bike Championships in Auckland on Saturday, It was almost perfect conditions for the 2km-90km bike and both Jane and I were very happy with her second place finish.

A fantastic season of triathlon – Congrats Finn!

Finn McDonald rounded out his season at his Club Championships with another top place finish. It was a rocky start to the day for Finn, but he stayed cool and came good in the afternoon and in time for another strong performance. Great job Finn!

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

A solid outing for the Cyprus squad with overall podiums for Daz (3rd) and Laura (4th), and Matt (5th)

Ayia Naper Half gave the Cyprus squad the chance to put down a marker by having a good hit out for the start of the season, rare to have so many in one race so just a brief overview.

  • Daz Parker got her first podium finish of the season coming in 3rd
  • Laura Fidler came in 4th after putting in a solid days work
  • Khadiga Amin slashing 5min off of her PB 70.3 time.
  • Matt Leeman finished 5th and having a good day
  • Martin Palmer finished 9th coming back from a slight injury so this was very positve

Everyone had solid performances, and putting in some really good times, but there is still alot of work to be done but the progress is good.

Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:

Celebrating qualification for France for Costas (middle) after the UCI Gran Fondo.

We had several athletes from our team competing this weekend in two different events on the same island; Cyprus!
The first was a cycling race UCI Gran Fondo, held over three days race and distinguishing who took the qualification for the final race in France this summer. From our group we had qualifications in different categories from Costas Rialas, Harris Haritou and Michael Theocharous.

Strong running by Nantia on her way to 2nd overall

The second event was the Ayia Napa triathlon, a half distance IM triathlon. In the womens category Nantia Syntzanaki  was 2nd overall and 1st in her AG cat with 4:48. Despite a heavy schedule of training, she fared very well as she sets her sights on the main goal for this year, is the Worlds 70.3 champs in Chattanooga.

Takis in his first 70.3 distance race

Takis Petrou took second place in the his AG category with 5:37 in his first attempt at the distance.There was also a sprint distance race in which Paschalis Frangou participated. He was the first Cypriot athlete; Cyprus champ!

Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:

Fabio Vassena at Triathlon Sprint Barzanò (Lecco-Italy).

It was Fabio Vassena’s first experience at Triathlon Sprint in Barzanò (Secco-Italy). He placed 14. in his category M40-44 in 1:25:32, joyful finisher! Fabio proved that this is only a beginning of his triathlon journey and there are a few happy races ahead of him. Excellent first race Fabio!

Race Recap from Coach Edith Neiderfriniger:

First race for the year and a great outcome for Manu!

Emanuela Redaelli did the triathlon sprint at Barzanò (Lecco – Italy) and with 1:58.12 she placed 3rd W45-49. It was her first race of this year and we are happy with the outcome. Emanuela is preparing for her first ironman race later in the year, so we focus on this big goal, looking for constant improvements throughout the season. Well done Manu!

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Running Happy! 

Chiin Hooi-Tan raced in the DGI Sydvest Crossløbs-serie 10km race, the final in the series.  After a fall ski’ing the week before, was intending spectate and cheer for her husband Jesper, but at the last minute ran anyway. After enjoying a more relaxed approach to the event, her reward another first place female! Now back to hurrying slowly Chiin!


Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.

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Racing with Pride

Racing with Pride

Back to the future for Reinaldo as we try to transition from ITU athlete back to Ironman. Photo Credit MundoTri.com.br

Reinaldo Colucci revisited his young days where as a 17 year old with no money he used to ride to races, compete and ride home. So it was in the weekend that Reinaldo rode 100km to the race the day before, and then picked up a very beneficial win at the Sesc Triathlon Caiobá. Reinaldo will always be a lion; our task is to take him out of the ITU zoo and put him back in the jungle of Ironman. A good first step.

Race Recap from Coach Cameron Watt:

An impressive performance from Josh at the Super League. Photo credit: AsiaTri.com

Josh Amberger took on the short course guys this past weekend at the Super League in Hamilton Island. Race report from Josh:

‘My major objectives were ticked; to be adaptable in a race format that is completely alien to me and race outside of my comfort zone, to sharpen myself physically and mentally, and to respect the invitation by racing with purpose and presence, onwards to Ironman South Africa in 2 weeks.’

Race Recap from Coach Mary Beth Ellis:

Phil running strongly as he kicks off his season with a double header.

Phil Whitehead kicked off his Multisport season this weekend with not one but two duathlons. In the midst of his training block, Phil raced his way to a 5th in his age group on Saturday in the Clumber Park Duathlons with a perfectly paced race. In addition, Phil secured a spot to the duathlon European and world championships.Then returning to the race course on Sunday in epic race conditions typical of the English spring, Phil battled wind and rain to take the overall win at the Carlisle Duathlon. It was impressive to see Phil execute another well-paced race on tired legs. This is a great start to his Kona 2017 campaign!

Well done Emma, finishing off her Tour Down Under with a win at Karri Valley in Western Australia.

On the other side of the globe, Emma raced and won the Karri Valley triathlon in Australia just two weeks after Ironman New Zealand. Emma executed a solid day leading from the gun and getting a sizable lead so she could relax on the second half of the run. Emma will be heading back to Europe to prepare for her summer season back in her favorite racing ground: the Alps.

In Puerto Rico, Miriam Cole had a great swim and fastest bike split in her age group but unfortunately GI distress forced her to stop on the run. Once Miriam gets her nutrition working, she’ll be a force in the women’s 45-49 age group.

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

A short off road lung buster for Mirjam at the Puro Run-Bike-Run in Curaçao. Photo Credit: Marc van der Kort

Was a winning weekend all round 🙂
After a busy month abroad, Mirjam Weerd returned home and smashed out a short fast off road duathlon in Curaçao; maybe she is a little faster than she gives herself credit for… 😉

Good job Nina; the view is always better from the top step 😉

Nina Derron also had a blast, racing at the Rhylauf 10k, topping off some quality training days and standing on the top step of the podium. She was able to rehearse early race patience, running strongly to secure the overall women’s win.

Finn (right) with his brother Kai comparing notes post race in Lakes Entrance. 

Finn McDonald likewise took the win in his category in Lakes Entrance over the weekend, doing it very easily in the end. Is great to see Finn’s enthusiasm as he seeks to emulate the stars of the sport, of whom he followed closely in the Super League over the weekend.

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Superman kicks off 2017 in style!

The winter season in Europe can be quite long and therefore, I try to keep my athletes motivated by asking them to sign up for different running races. This weekend, a very famous run race took place in Switzerland, Kerzerslauf, which is 15 kms. I had three of my athletes racing and they all ran some stellar performances, well done to you all!

  • Maurice Inzirillo ran 1:02:54 (M55)- Top 15 in his age group. (321 in total in this age group)
  • Victor Manrique in 1:04:01 (M20)- a great back up after his half distance last weekend!
  • Raymond Hofmann in 1:06:31 (M45)- with heavier legs after 2 weeks of down hill skiing!

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Two wins for Mark in Arizona this weekend.

This weekend was the Tucson Bicycle Classic in Arizona. Mark Miller came in 4th in the opening prologue without a time trial bike. The next two stages included a Road Race and Circuit Race. Both days, Mark showed his strength and patience, letting the race unfold and striking at the right moment. He was able to come away with the WIN on both days, and with bonus points, fell a very short 10 seconds short of the overall victory! Great job sticking with it and continuing the great start to the season, Mark!

Hot racing conditions in Mexico and top step of the podium for Steve.

Another weekend, another race in MexiCali, Mexico! Steve Brown was able to keep cool in the 38degree weather and sprint ahead for the victory! This made up for a slight mistake on Saturday where a wrong turn ended his chance for a double weekend. Way to come back and finish the weekend off well, Steve!

Jan Pascal Tschudy – Jan ran the 15km Kerzerslauf in Switzerland and set a PR at the distance with a 57min race! Our main races are further down the calendar, but Jan is showing great run fitness right now! Congrats Jan!

Maxi Spahn – This weekend, coming off a successful start to the season last weekend, started two more cycling road races down by Lake Constance. On Saturday, he worked for a teammate and was able to help produce a 2nd place finish. And then on Sunday, against a squad of 6 pro mountain bikers, placed 4th on a very hill circuit, again showing his great fitness. The German MTB Bundesligua is getting closer and Maxi is well on his way to a good season!

Carlos Martinez – On Saturday, Carlos took part in the Grand Fondo del Sur in Mexico. With two big climbs to complete, at altitude, Carlos stuck to the game plan of taking the first climb a bit easier, and letting some athletes getting away. And then once the second climb to the finish came, he was able to increase his pace and catch many athletes en-route to a great 19th / 121 starters! Duathlon season is right around the corner, and Carlos is showing great strength on the bike and run.

Rok Vrhovnik – Cycling season has officially started in Slovenia/Croatia and Rok started it off with a very solid 26th place out of almost 300 starters on the mountainous course. The fitness is getting to where we want it, now we have to work on some race tactics to let Rok battle with the leaders on the course!

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Concentrating on fast turnover on both swim and run; Go Gisela!

Gisela Reichmuth competed in a sprint swim / run aquathon in Munich, Germany.  These races are always harder than they look! A flat out pool swim, quick change into warm clothes, and a flat out run on a twisty course, more like cross country running.  However these are also super training, and incorporated into a weekend away, a fun way to enjoy our sport, and reminder that we don’t have to give up fun when training! A podium 2nd place in her age age group and 8th female a good day.

Mark Richardson ran the annual Half Marathon in Fleet, UK close to his home. This was purely a ‘catered workout’ for Mark with Ironman South Africa only two weeks away. A warm up and cool down to make a 30km run day, with 7km moderate, 7km medium, 7km ‘what ever is left in the tank’ for the 21km event. After a solid riding day on Saturday, made for a super weekend of training.

Andrea Rudin ran in the Town Of Seaside Park Run as part of her run training day with 5km warm up, 5km race, 5km cool down. A long aerobic swim in the afternoon and 8km run home from the pool also adding to a nice day, especially after a long ride day the day before. A 3rd place female and 5th overall less important, but a nice reward.

Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:

Last Sunday for the very first time Serena Pruzzo, finished a long bike ride. She did the “RandoLevante” a randonnée of 150km with 2100+ in about 8 hours. A good test for the future focus, she showed strong character! Well done Serena!

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Saverio Venturelli during the Duathlon National Champs in Riccione (Italy).

Saverio Venturelli did the Italian National Championships of Duathlon sprint (5-20-2,5km) in Riccione. He placed 12. in his category M50-54 in 1:06.40 and the following splits: 5km run 19:04 – 20km bike 33:48 and 2,5km run 11:18. Good job Sav!

Alina Losurdo did the Granfondo Cassani, medium distance 85km. The plan was to do a good quality bike session and she executed it really well.  3:17 her time and tired legs at the end 🙂 Another brick in the wall for the Ironman preparation completed!

David Galafassi with former italian pro cyclist Davide Cassani, who gives his name to the Granfondo Cassani.

David Galafassi also did the Granfondo Cassani, but for him it was the long course: 130km with almost 2600+. After 4:44 of riding he didi also a good run session, so an excellent brick workout for him.

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Steve Lyons raced a challenging duathlon consisting of a 5k run with a hilly 27k bike and then a 5k run. His hard training is paying off and it shows in races. His short email sums it up:
‘Good result today at the duathlon. I was 4 mins quicker than last year (similar conditions). I came 2nd in age group out of 20. Very happy, yet again, so thanks!! Anyway, looking forward to cracking on.’

Kati Pusey also raced a duathlon this past weekend .I’m very happy with the result, she came 7th overall female, 3rd Vet. 2nd bike split from all female athletes speaks for itself! Over last few weeks we have focused on the bike training and now it is time to bring some more speed into running legs. Congratulations on a very good race execution – no extra bike laps this time 🙂

Rafal Herman raced the Half Ocean Lava Tenerife the previous weekend, in preparation for Ironman South Africa. He had a very good race from the training perspective – with massive improvements in the swim he finished just behind the lead pack. On to the bike and he was executing this portion of the race very well focusing on the effort and becoming stronger with every lap, following the plan we have agreed. He was so focused on the effort that he did an extra lap on the bike assuming that he must have misunderstood the instructions from the race briefing – 5 laps would be only 80k so for a good measure he has added extra 12k which cost him close to 20 min. Rafal probably would have won his age group but he still finished a credible 6th and I’m very happy with the extra few extra training kilometres on the bike; he will benefit from them in Port Elizabeth. Well done Rafal!

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Last weekend I had two very fast agegroup athletes doing run races as a form check to see how the run fitness has developed. Stephan Meinecke raced the Rhylauf half marathon. His last half marathon was 19 years ago and it was quite exciting to see what he could do. The plan was do run fast but comfortable until km 12 and then start to push harder. It worked out very well and he ended up with a 1:20:15 half marathon personal best at the age of 48. Well done Stephan! Just 3 weeks from now it is time for him to kick of the triathlon season at Portocollom Triathlon as start of his 2 week Training camp.

Thierry Dondlinger ran the Luxembourg cross country military championships (11km) this monday as last form check before Ironman South Africa. As almost always he started a little too fast with a 3:05km split, but this separated the field and made it a race of two. He lost the finish sprint by 1sec but is satisfied with his effort. He had some extremely good training sessions recently and even got very close to some of my personal bests! Therefore I am very optimistic that he is very well prepared for Ironman South Africa even though he did his entire preparation in the European winter. The goal is to qualify for Kona this year. In South Africa it is all about the pacing for Thierry in order to achieve a great performance.

Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:

Another successful weekend of podiums for Cali’s team in Brazil.

Another fantastic weekend for our team. On Saturday we had an aquatic marathon (3 km) with Luciano Cardoso Vice-Champion and Doctor Renato Lucas 3rd place.
On Sunday we had Triathlon it turned into Duathlon because of the fog. Doctor Renato Lucas was the great overall Champion Trirex Long Distance. He said:
‘An insane test that was turned to a duathlon because of the haze on the lake. Mountain that did not stop! Crazy !!! But I fit a very good race and everything went well! Thanks to the great Master @coachcaliamaral we are climbing step by step !!! Thank you also to my family and to my great friends and fans who are always with me.’

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Back-to-back 70.3 Races for Kate in Asia. Photo Credit: Ironman 70.3 Taiwan

2016 World Ultraman Champions, Kate Bevilaqua raced 70.3 Taiwan, 1 week after her 4th place at 70.3 Philippines. At Taiwan Kate had a good swim bike but on the run lost a little time. Kate finished 5th professional woman. Now Kate will travel home, recover and continue to train for her next goal.

Another weekend of superb racing for the Juniors in Lanzarote. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

My TriActiv Infantile and Cadete categories (13-17 year olds) raced their first Canarian points race of 2017, a triathlon consisting of a 500m sea swim, 8km mountain bike, 1.5km run. From TriActiv we had some very good results, showing their consistent hard work at training

Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

  • Jorge Wilkes raced really strong to win the Infantile category, Harry Holdaway not far off the pace in 2nd,
  • Mia Leadbeater raced very well to win the Cadete category with Anne Perdomo learning how to race tough not far off the pace in 2nd, Tiffany Cabrera Robson 4th.
  • Marcos Knight put on a great race to win the Cadete boys category.

Team Spirit – Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography

Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.

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