Bex living it up on the Big Island!
Bex Fink returned to the Big Island of Hawaii, one of her favorite places, to race 70.3 Honu this past weekend. After a winter that presented some challenges to her training, Bex executed a very strong and well-paced race showing that she’s got a great base of fitness as she heads into the final big build-up for Ironman Whistler at the end of July. Well done Bex!
Ollie Saxon took advantage of the spring bank holiday last Monday May, 29 to run the Vitality London 10K. Ollie ran a massive negative split and managed to run a personal best 5K in the second half of the race!
Ollie bookended the week with another race at the Rother Valley Standard Distance Triathlon. Ollie has been an example of consistency and coachability. He’s been pushing himself and working to see just how far and fast he can go. He had a great showing to come in 9th in his age group. It’s going to be a great summer of racing Ollie.
Ashton Prejean jumped into the Joe’s Run 10K in his home town of Fort Worth. Ashton just celebrated his 40th birthday, and as such, he’s racing in the masters division. Ashton has done an outstanding job of balancing family, work, and his passion for sport. We’ve worked together to hone a training program and race schedule that works in balance with the big picture in his life. We’re focusing on sprint and Olympic as well as run races. The new program is going really well for Ashton who ended up winning his age group as well as the masters division for the day. Happy Birthday Ashton.
Race Recap from Coach Mary Beth Ellis:
Lisa Roberts had a solid effort finishing 4th amongst the female pros at Victoria 70.3. Lisa is excited that she is back fit and healthy and ready to start attacking the long distance racing season in Europe. She had s solid day and finished with her typical speedy run legs. Lisa picked up a 70.3 worlds spot along the way so we may well see her going for a podium in Tennessee this fall.
Rob Straznitskas had a great training race as he prepares for some 70.3 events later this summer. He finished 2nd overall in the Pawling Sprint Triathlon. Rob started the day with a solid swim, battled on bike through some mechanical issues, and finished with his best run ever on this course.
Miriam Cole raced the North Shore half marathon for training as she prepares for 70.3 Madison this coming weekend. She executed a perfect build run over the distance and finished 14th overall (4th in her AG) and picked up a pb of 1:45 in the process.
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
Awesome weekend for my some of my Canadian athletes!
First the star of the weekend was Shawn Russet, a super dad, husband and busy orthodontist. Shawn an I started working together near the end of last year after a minor knee operation. The first goal, as always was to get Shawn training healthy again & build up consistency and strength so he could have another go at racing again. After having some major GI distress last time he raced Hawaii 70.3 his plan was to have another crack at it! I knew Shawn was fit (but not at full fitness by any means) and healthy and we spent a lot of effort testing out some new nutrition strategies before the race. Shawn nailed it with a 31 minute PB from the last time he raced that course & stamped his ticket to Worlds 70.3 in Chattanooga in September! His race nutrition is not perfect yet but a few minor tweaks and we’ll be good to go for Worlds and his first Ironman in Cozumel in November!
Next up steady Shannon Jones raced very close to her hometown, Victoria 70.3. This ended up being a race of overcoming but she showed what this sport in all about! After a killer swim for Shannon, she took her first fall going into T1, then went on to riding her best power I’ve ever seen from her and into another fall in T2! Shannon races with a camelback but for some reason had an issue and couldn’t get any drinks out, improvised and used what was on course but decided to just keep the effort steady instead of killing herself. Overall the race landed Shannon within the top 20 and showed some great long course fitness, I’m also very proud of how Shannon handled herself! Looking forward to watching her race Long Course Worlds in Penticton in August!
Last but not least, Amy Ellett decided last minute she wanted to try out a Dirty Feet Trail race while visiting her mom in Kelowna. Now I’ve done two of them and they are no joke! We had backed off the running a bit while getting ready for the Waffle ride a few weeks ago, that she absolutely nailed with one of her strongest bikes yet. I knew the dirty feet would be a good hard hilly run for Amy so I was all for it considering her upcoming races all being very hilly! Well we got what we wanted out of it, a 10 km run with almost 500m of ascent! Amy has no idea how much natural talent she had and frankly doesn’t care cuz she’s just out there to have fun! So many of us could learn from Amy but i am seeing with a bit more structure in Amy’s training, she’s making huge gains:-) Always impressed by Amy!
Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:
Carmen Macheriotou is based in Cyprus, and she is progressing very well in a short time. We have recently been nursing a foot injury, however she went to Crete (Chania Oly distance race) and delivered a solid performance crossing the line 1st to win the race overall. There is a lot more to come from this athlete.
Davina Greenwell took on the Blenheim Palace Triathlon for the first time. Davina is progressing all the time getting stronger and stronger and crossed the line 1st in her Age Group and 3rd female overall. Really well done.
Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:
Despite some race disorganization at the swim start David Pokluda still managed to carve out a 4min improvement on his swim from last year at the Lake Wilderness Olympic distance Triathlon in Washington state. He paced himself well on the bike which helped him shave another minute off his run time from last year. Dave is feeling his strength and confidence developing in good stride and is eager for the US Duathlon short course National Championships in a couple of weeks.
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Gisela Reichmuth raced in the Lustenauer Ironmaennli sprint triathlon last weekend with a very nice second place finish in her category, as we enjoy a summer of local and shorter faster racing. It was one of those wet and cool days that test the resolve, so a big congratulations to all who finished.
Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:
What can one say about the brilliant race for Jane Hansom off a very disjointed training program. When the flag drops, the bullsh*t stops and Jane is a warrior. Great effort. Well done.
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:
Italian National Championship Half Distance – Lovere (Italy): Jonathan Ciavatella (MPro) had a flat tire after 80km, he continued pedaling to finish the bike but accumulated a big gap to race leaders. He decided to chase, but after the first lap (out of 5) his calfs got very tight and so he DNF. Let’s move on to 70.3 Pescara in two weeks Johnnie!
Diego Ludovici (M35-39) had a bike crash during a training ride just two weeks ago and we weren’t sure he had fully recovered. But Diego showed huge mental strength, overcoming a few physical issues, and finished 22nd M35-39 in 4:53.44. Good job Diego!
The Championship – Challenge Samorin (Half distance): Very good races for the two ladies, Tanja Starl and Alina Losurdo. Tanja took 5th place F35-39 in 5:01.07, which is also best result amongst all Austrian age group girls. We are training for IM Switzerland and this was Tanja’s first triathlon race this year, so it was a confirmation of the good work done in the last weeks and months. Alina was looking forward to her first big international race and in 5:25.21 she placed 20th F30-34. Very well done Alina and now in 1 month Ironman Austria is waiting for her!
Skyrace Valle Intrasca – Italy: Nadia Incerto and her running partner, Francesca, worked very well together as a team and finished 9th place in the Valle Intrasca Marathon Skyrace, a trail running race over 35km and 1634+ of climbing. Strong ladies 🙂
Triathlon sprint Cagliari (Italy): Massimo Argiolas used his home race to put in a bit of quality training for upcoming Ironman Austria. Saturday he did a long bike ride, 180km and sunday the triathlon sprint where he placed 5th M50-54 in 1:11.57! Excellent training weekend for him!
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
This weekend I had Melanie Baumann and Tor racing in Slovenia in The Challenge Championship.
Melanie had an ok swim and a great bike and the fastest split in her age group 35-39 but then she melted on the run and therefore missed out on the podium! We’re saving that for later!
Tor did his first race this year and he had a good swim, very solid bike and an ok run that could probably have been faster too in a bit colder conditions!
Well done to you both!
Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:
Last Saturday the inaugural Challenge Championship took place in Samorin in Slovakia. Age group athletes could qualify for that race with a top 5 result in another challenge race during the year leading into this championship race. Hjordis Olafsdottir was racing “the Championship” as her first real season highlight. She was prepared very well and optimistic before the race even though a bit skeptic about the different tapering compared to her last 70.3 races ;-). She had an ok swim followed by a very good bike ride of 2:33 even though she said after the race that she wasn´t even pushing too hard. This already was a massive improvement. But Hjordis also was able to show a very good run even though she wasn´t used to the heat at all. She had no heat adaption before the race and was used to train in the cold! In the end she finished 4thin her agegroup. I am sure if Hjordis would have been used to the heat her run would have given her a 3rd place finish! But she was far from disappointed after the race because a finishing time of 4:56 was a massive personal best on the 70.3 distance and a new Icelandic national record! Over the next couple of weeks and months the goal is to win as many Icelandic point races as possible and be even stronger for Challenge Iceland in July.
Perla Gonzales did a local sprint Triathlon and could win her agegroup. The goal was an agegroup podium, but a win is always nice ;-). Now that we got rid of the fatigue and tiredness she was facing back in April I am sure that Perla will get stronger from race to race.
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
Good job Vinny. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography
Vinny Veness raced the Challenge Championships in Slovakia. Pain in his back that he has had for the past 6 weeks did not stop him, coming 9th overall in his category in a time of 4 hours 48 minutes.
The Lanzarote Team at the Canadian Championships and Michael (bottom right, Photo credit: Sports Photography Northumberland)
It was the Canarian Cadete Championships this weekend. I travelled with the Lanzarote Team, a Team of 6 girls and 6 guys aged between 15-16 years old. I had 4 of my Team racing and all got the very best from themselves to help give Team Lanzarote the win overall!
- Overcoming morning nerves Mia Leadbeater raced excellently and powerfully to come 3rd.
- Anne 4th overall improving with every race, getting the absolute most from herself right to the finish line,
- Tiffany Cabrera Robson who had been ill all week managed to recover just in time for a great race, 6th place overall. Only let down by an organisational problem when they decided it was a 2 lap run course during the 3 lap run course!!!
- Marcos Knight raced magnificently, only slowing a little during the run but held onto a very good 2nd place behind Alvaro Bernal Hernandez from Lanzarote who won the race.
Finally, Michael Lavender won the Northumberland Triathlon, winning with a 7 minute course record!
Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:
One of the season’s objectives for David Nicholson was to run a marathon with his daughter in Stockholm. We have not trained specifically for the event, rather treated it as a long run in his IM training preparation. Secretly David was hoping for a new PB but breaking 4 hours is always something special. Again David proved that the best way to enjoy the training and racing is to get other family members involved! His daughter enjoyed the experience and the best supporter I know, how wife Clare was again on duty taking very nice pictures.His email after the race was the best reward for me as his coach:
Just finished Stockholm in 3.56. Very pleased. Thanks so much for your support, amazing how we are getting these results!
After a well deserved recovery time from IM South Africa Rafal Herman started regular training 3 weeks ago. Now with the next race being Kona we shifted the focus of the training to shorter efforts. Mid week he sent me an email that there is a 5k run race nearby – Ursynow 5k. Why not was the reply – it fits very well into what we are working on. His short note after the race and a ‘happy picture’ seems to say ‘a happy runner’
5k done, 19:35, only 13 sec slower than my PB, not bad but it was a painful experience 🙂
Steve Lyons raced Cotswolds 113. A breakthrough swim a very strong bike and a solid run, although as he admitted he suffered on the run, overall a 8min PB. Not bad a result after few weeks of heavy training and a very short taper. Steve’s report:
Race went ok. Good swim 32 mins. It felt good. Possibly first time i have ever said that! Those sessions in Gran Canaria must have helped. The bike was ok, 2 hrs 29. It was a fast course and I pretty much stuck to the wattage 235 ave. The run was tough and I could not get my speed up 1 hr 52. Altogether came in at 4 hrs 59 and a half distance pb of 8 mins
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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