Daz Parker proving she has what it takes – overall winner at the Pure Triathlon 226 in Spain.
Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:
Daz Parker has really been working hard all season and is learning quickly. Coming from a Pro Xterra background pushing to Endurance has been a big test for her but one that she is taking on very well.
This weekend saw Daz take on her first Iron Distance race. So far this season Daz has picked up a couple of podiums at the 70.3 distance, but we decided that we should see how Daz faired at Iron so we chose the Pure Triathlon 226 race.
It wasn’t about winning/getting a podium or even a time, it was more to the fact of getting it done but doing it to the best of Daz’s ability and seeing how well she could do.
The Swim started and Daz coming off a 2 week training block in Gran Canaria was in good shape, so she hit it hard and it paid off exiting the water first female. Out of T1 and on to the bike and Daz put the hammer down and really went for it (and maybe that was why she got 2 punctures ha!) but although that slowed her down it didn’t stop her. She had work to do and was still yet to find the true test on the run, did she have the run legs? Answer YES she did, crossing the line as first female overall, an amazing result for Daz and a massive breakthrough. Well done.
Matt Leeman also took on the Iron 226 Pure Triathlon race in Valencia Spain. Matt has had a solid year and it’s what I would class as a building year.
The swim got underway and Matt pushed the pace in the rough sea swim where he exited in first place in just under 55min. Onto the bike (Matt’s weak point, but we are working on it, so work in progress would be a good summary) he worked hard and held onto the lead coming into T2, where Matt found himself in very new territory in this position. He knew he needed to worked hard now to hold off the athletes hunting him down, but unfortunately after 12/15miles on the run the wheels came off for Matt, and he eventually decided to bail out. There is still work to be done, lots of it, but we are making head way and learning quickly with Matt; the road is never straight to gain success.
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:
This past weekend I had only 2 athletes racing, but they did very well 🙂
Oriana Heer: 70.3 Turkey, 1st place W35-39 4:50, this means that Oriana already qualified for the 70.3 Worlds 2017 in Chattanooga! This was our goal, so we are really happy with it!
Stefano Pavan, only 3 weeks after IM Barcelona raced the Venice marathon (Venice, Italy is his hometown): 3:11.15 for him. Considering the very short time between ironman and marathon it was another good performance. Now it’s time to rest a little bit.
Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:
At the XTERRA World champs, Guy Evans has a sensational race, wins his age group and is 2016 World Champ now! It was a very tough race, with the bike course too rain-soaked to to ride at many place. Guy came out of the water at around 9th position, worked himself towards 2nd position in T2 to finally run the first guy down and win the title. It was a case of keeping cool, managing equipment, and waiting for the run. Guy told us: “I knew going into the race that Jo had made me super strong. With that residual fitness, the harder the race, the better. And the race was HARD! I had to chase down one guy on the run, but I had power left in the tank to do so. I left T2 going full gas, knowing that my superior fitness would carry me through. After an epic swim/bike – no way anyone was better prepared for a hard run than me.“ When Guy collected his bike after the race, he found his front tyre flat. This was just is day. The gods were really smiling on him. Well done Guy, very happy and very proud of you!
Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:
70.3 Miami was the perfect location for LC to race on her birthday. Miami provided her favorite weather and conditions: tropical climate, warm water, with heat and humidity on race day.
LC’s instructions were simple. Nail the swim, stay positive on the bike, and blast the run. A solid swim that had her at the front of the second pack and exiting the water in 8th position. The plan for the bike was to stay focused and confident but also to fight to keep her competitors in view. LC began the run in 20th position and unleashed on the field. LC took advantage of her strength and ran down over half of her competitors to cross the line in 9th.
Happy Birthday LC. Your top 10 finish in a stacked field was a fair replacement for 100×100 in the pool. Next weekend continues the tropical campaign with 70.3 Los Cabos. When you get back, we can talk about those hundred 100s.
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
This past Friday, Dubai-based Filipino swim coach Paolo Mangnilinan sealed the top spot of the podium in his age group and 6th overall at the Oceanic Sprint Series Triathlon in the United Arab Emirates. After a strong swim near the front with good swimmers, Pao backed it up with a very solid bike split and then ran very well off the bike, to close one of his best executions ever.
This comes off the back of a bit of travel earlier in the week and a tough race last weekend, where he managed to learn from the obstacles he faced, and adjust them for this performance. Now one more race next Friday to cap off 3 consecutive weekends of racing!
Recent Kona qualifier Felipe “Jong” Sajulga, joined the local leg of the very popular Milo marathon series, lining up for the 21 KM event. He stuck to the plan, with a conservative start, let his legs loosen up and found a good rhythm in the middle, to run himself into the top 10, making several passes in the final quarter of the race.
To top it all off, he earned a new PR for the half marathon in 1h25, as well to feeling good between Ironman Taiwan and Ironman Langkawi. To polish off his weekend, he did a “flush run” in the evening, for good measure, to speed up recovery and maintain the overall volume.
Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:
On Sunday Ana Berenguel Antler raced in the Spanish Long Distance Championship (4km swim, 120km bike and 30km run). After a very successful IM Copenhagen she took couple of weeks rest and we started the buildup for the race. However, all that could have turned against Ana did – additional work commitment meant she had much less time to train and then a sickness in a worst possible time. As a result she went to the race with only 2 long rides in her legs. This didn’t stop her from putting a good fight. After a very choppy and tiring swim she followed the coach’s instructions and rode conservatively loosing some time to top woman in her AG. She did not give up though, she gave it all during the final discipline and ran into 2nd place. A Spanish Vice-Champion in her age group sounds quite nice! A performance showing the resilience and determination of champions and well deserved podium.
Few weeks ago we wrote about Krzysztof Machnicki’s 5km and 10km run PBs. I have indicated that I expect more to come from him in the near future. He didn’t want to settle on 10k PB this autumn and asked if it was possible to run a good half marathon in 4 weeks. It was a big task as Krzysztof’s training to date did not consider running such a distance so soon. We approached it in a slightly different way continuing the speed and strength training but slightly extending the sessions and adding 30 min jogs where it fit well into the overall plan.
The result – a massive half marathon PB in Bydgoszcz on Sunday: Overall 37th place, 21st in M30-39 category, finishing time: 01:25:47 and over 6 minutes improvement on 1:32 he run before we started working together. Congratulations on a very well paced and executed race.
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
This weekend, I had Fernando Palhares racing the Long Distance Brazilian Champs. It was a bit of a bizarre race with lots of changes within the last minute! Even the the medal ceremony got rescheduled without telling the athletes! It was a tough day, a non wetsuit swim with lots of waves and a hot bike and run!
Fernando toughed it out and came 3rd in his age group and he’s now qualified for 2017 ITU Long Distance World Champs to be held in Penticton – Canada in August.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Just an island hopper for Mirjam Weerd to travel over and race the inaugural Challenge Aruba. Somewhat a ‘home’ race for Mirjam, it was pleasing to see her pace herself well and push through strongly at the end of the run to finish in 3rd place. A really solid performance, well done Mirjam 🙂
Big Congratulations to Ferdi Rust who raced the World Xterra Champs in Maui on Sunday. Ferdi’s preparation for the race was disrupted with a nasty cold a couple of weeks out, which unfortunately resurfaced again in race week. However race morning Ferdi felt good and ready to start. Racing slightly within himself, he reported back that overall it was a good experience from which he leant a lot; as for the bike course, Ferdi described much of it as ‘a mud mountain hike with my bike on my back’!
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Jason Ramdeen raced in his first Ironman at North Carolina. A great 53 minute swim set him up for a super day. The bike was cut short to 80km *** , and Jason backed it up with a solid 3 hour 25 minute marathon to take 7th place in his category and 42nd overall. A super way to debut at this distance. Once again sharing the experience with his two greatest supporters, wife Efua and young son Blaise, who participated in the Iron Kids event the day before, and is set to follow in his fathers footsteps!
*** due to devastating local flooding in the area during the previous weeks, that saw many local residents lose their homes. While disappointing for some, the impact on competitors minimal in comparison.
Andrea Rudin raced in the Muttenzer Herbstlauf 10km road race near Basel, Switzerland. Recording her best time ever on this course, and right on her PR for 10km, Andrea did super as she enjoys some fun events while we prepare for 2017 triathlon season. As per usual, to make sure we had a good training day out of a fun even, Andrea did a 5km warm up and 5km cool down, to make a nice good run day, and followed up with an easy bike turbo later in the day to loosen the run muscles. Fun off season training with purpose 🙂
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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