Happy to be back racing – Matt Trautman back in action at the Half Iron Distance, winning the Race 2 Stanford. Photo Credit: Oakpics.com
Step-by-step, Matty Trautman continues to inspire as he took on his first Half Distance this weekend at home in South Africa, executing a very Professional performance. Hurry Slowly
Nini Ruttanaporn was back in action racing at home also, at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon; making me very happy as she starts to realise some of the secrets for her continued improvement and success.
Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:
This weekend saw Zee (Carmen Macheriotou) take on the brutal Olympus Man in Cyprus, it’s a Middle Distance race, but once out the swim the 90k bike is a brutal on going climb up to around 1850m then the half Marathon continues up to 2000m. Training has been going great for Zee, the progress is now starting to show bit by bit, and this race for me was all about showing she had some metal, finding out more about herself as an athlete and that she did. Zee crossed the line 1st Female but 2nd overall, just 30sec behind the overall male winner, an amazing result for this athlete who is continuing to show progress , well done
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
Fourth place for Kate in Laguna Phuket. Photo credit: AsiaTri
Kate Bevilaqua came 4th at Laguna Phuket Triathlon a 1.8km swim, 50km bike, 12km run in the heat and humidity of Thailand. After Kate’s 2nd place at Ironman Taiwan last month she is finding her speed again before racing this weekend at Phuket 70.3.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
3rd place for Els at Hervey Bay. Photo Credit: What’s On Fraser Coast
Els Visser had her first taste of racing in Australia with a solid hitout at the Hervey Bay 100 in Queensland. Back to work now for Els as she prepares for her first season as a Professional athlete.
Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:
Martin Kasten raced the Laguna Phuket Triathlon this Sunday. He knows the course since he already raced there last year. Martin already had a long season starting in Lissabon in May. I was excited to see how he will perform under hot and humid conditions after a preparation that went very well. Martin had a great race and achieved his first ever agegroup podium with a patient pacing! The crazy steep hills are waiting at the end of the ride and it once again showed that it is very wise to save some energy for those 18% ascents. He also had a very good run in the heat and finish just seconds behind 2nd place in the 40-45 AG.
Alexander Orlov ran another local run race last Sunday. His result is really remarkable because he finished the 11km run after 47:17min. This was an improvement of his 10k personal best from just 6 weeks ago in Kiew by almost 5min! Consistent training led to a massive improvement.
Marco Schönmann won the 50m freestyle in 28s during his Tri club championships on Saturday. This is a very fast time considering that Marco usually just swims twice a week!
Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:
Erick Meier took place in the Paracas Half-distance race this past weekend in Peru. A good season ending race showed the hard work that Erick has put in the past few months in the squad, and showed off a great day, coming 2nd place in his age-group. A great effort all day allowed Erick to save some energy for the very hard half-marathon to finish which included many kilometers on the beach sand! Way to finish the season, Erick!
Jasmin Schulze flew to Arizona to compete in her first every Iron-distance race under the eye of family and friends! Jasmin came to the squad earlier this year and she has put in great training and had very solid races in Luxembourg and Zell am See. I knew she was going to produce a good race, we just had to set a good race plan, and then race that plan! And that is exactly what Jasmin did! On a course that can cause athletes to ride too hard, she did what she had to and made sure to take care of the two most important parts (Food/Hydration) on the bike, setting her up for a solid run. In the end, Jasmin finished just over 12 hours (12:02) in her first ever race. I am so excited to see where we can go from here! Congrats again, Jasmin, and enjoy your break!
Paul Broaderip took part in a team 12-hour MTB race in Arizona this past weekend, coming in 2nd overall! Great work to the team, Paul!
Race Recap from Coach Dan McIntosh:
Reece McGregor, in his first year with coach Dan McIntosh, has been spent the last 11 months developing new tools from the Trisutto philosophy. While owning several strong performances this season, his hard work culminated in back to back break out performances. Last weekend Reece took on strong competitions in hot and windy conditions at the USA Long Course National Championships. Used as a chance to build in last minute form before Ironman Arizona there was a minor taper and subsequently fought fatigue in the final kilometers of the run but came away as National Champion in the 35-39 AG. After the race, it was a quick trip to his home in Colorado then back on a plane to Tempe Arizona for his final race of the season. Ironman Arizona is a fast course but there is no such thing as an easy day in Ironman, therefore, the race plan was set aggressive enough to deliver a PR but conservative enough to allow for variability and adaptability.
Starting with a 55 min swim and strong ride, Reece was in prime position to run an Ironman PR, how much would depend on his will to fight, especially in the later stages where he had yet to be able to run strong off the bike, something coach Dan had prioritized 11 months earlier. While there were moments of darkness all athletes experience, Reece’s used his inner strength to push on and earned a 15 minute Ironman PR and 6th place in the competitive 35-39 AG. Overall this was an outstanding Trisutto rookie season for Reece but carrying on the momentum from the last two weeks, 2018 will be even more impressive.
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
Awesome day for my athletes at Hervey Bay 100! First Craig started the weekend with the Barge to Beach Open Water Swim the Day before and came 2nd overall and only 25 min behind an Olympian. He finished the weekend off with an AG win the following day at Hervey Bay. Craig is one of the most consistent trainers out there so deserves every inch of his success! Little break for Craig now then we start training for Ultraman Aus!!
In the same race Amy Ellet had the race of her life with a PB swim, PB bike including another fastest AG bike split and a PB run to cross the line 2nd in her AG!!! So glad Amy’s talent is showing with some consistent training over in Australia- so proud of her!!!
Nat Kerr also raced Hervey Bay. After breaking her toe a few weeks ago from stubbing it on the treadmill, we weren’t sure how the race would go. We’ve been water running & running on the Elliptical to prepare. The plan was to swim & bike hard and if she had to run slow of pull out to not risk further damage. Well thanks to some tape Nat was able to jog her way to 2nd after a crushing swim & bike!!!
Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:
Lisa Lipari scored a 7th place AG finish at 70.3 Los Cabos. After a PB swim she set out to hunt down the 6 ladies in front, managed to real in 4 of them and then with a swift transition popped out first from T2. The going was good for about 4k and then a previous injury reared its ugly head at the most inopportune time forcing a considerable slow down in pace. Nevertheless, feisty Lisa persevered in the blistering heat and still managed to earn her best standing yet at the 70.3 distance. Coach is pleased as we only started working together 7weeks prior and the potential is certainly there for further gains in 2018.
Same day Todd Hawkins raced IM Los Cabos. Todd’s training leading the race had gone exceptionally well, never been stronger. Our biggest concern would be the heat which has always been a struggle. Todd led his AG out of the water with sizzling 51:11 (6th overall) and then the heat indeed was quick to take its toll. According to his bike data temp averaged ~32C with a max of 38C, which in the end simply proved overwhelming. He nevertheless kept his head in the game, raced smart, persevered and still managed a 16th AG place finish.
Congratulations to all athletes competing this weekend.
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