Congratulations Paolo completing his first 70.3 race.
This weekend three of my athletes were racing at Ironman 70.3 Dubai.
Paolo Mangilnan completed his very first 70.3 race and did a superb job. He was a little disappointed with the shortened (600m) swim, as he is an excellent swimmer, but didn’t allow it to affect his day. A recent foot injury also not affecting his race as we modified his preparation to include additional swim and bike work, with easy short runs to keep the feel.
Frank Mathews brought his 2015 diligence into 2016 and continues to climb the results sheet at each race. He finished 4th, just one step off the podium. A reward not only for consistency and dedication, but also his ability to follow the plan. We reduced Franks training between 70.3 Bahrain at the start of December and 70.3 Dubai. Some easier days sprinkled into the program helping with a little more recovery just the trick.
Melanie Benson once again found her way onto the podium with a gutsy second place in her category on a tough day for her. Vomiting much of the bike, Melanie settled into survivor mode on the run, holding down her position, putting into practice ‘you don’t have to feel good to go fast’.
Finally, Gisela Reichmuth was 1st age group female and 6th overall at the Prellsteinrennen 12km cross country alpine run in Neutras, Bayern, Germany!
Wonderful work by all four, in both their training and racing.
Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:
My athletes are training well, all building towards their ambitious goals with great consistency. Some are already preparing for a early season race with some competitions.
Andrej Vistica placed 9th at 70.3 Dubai. He came into this race handicapped by a knee injury and the plan was to go hard on swim and bike as we didn’t know if he would be able to run. So he rode very hard, leading the big chasing group. He came off the bike in 5th position and started the run. Limping the whole time, the plan was to take him out of the race once he falls out of Top-10. But that never happened. He finished 9th, earned some money and points for Hawaii. Very happy with his toughness.
Also in Dubai, Ebrahim Alromaihi, had a Top-15 finish in his age group. Maybe the race was not the toughest part, but surviving a 10 day training camp here on Mallorca, leading up to the race. Both, in camp and race, Ebrahim learned a lot about training, racing and being a better athlete. As 70.3 Dubai was one of his first races, he paid a bit of an apprentice’s premium. But it was woth every drop of sweat. I’m very confident to build up Ebrahim to a strong and successful athlete.
On the other side of the globe, Akhil Viz won his age group at a local duathlon race, and placed 2nd overall, beaten only by 40s. It was a great showing of Akhil and a fun race. Only 1 week after returning from a trip to India, this race showed his improved run and bike skills and proved that he is on his way to a great season.
I’m also very excited, that Thomas Schäfer qualified and was officially nominated by the German Cycling Federation to the Paracycling Track World Championships in March this year. Thomas qualified at the German Champs earlier this year, posting a time of 5:04min for the 4000m individual pursuit (47,5 km/h average).
Well done to all! Keep on the good work!
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Starting off Saturday at the TriNZ Champs in Wellington, Jane Loughnan stepped up to the Olympic Distance. Leading on to the run she was able to hold on to a podium finish and a well deserved Bronze Medal.
On Sunday, Nina Derron took part in her first long course race in Australia at the famous Hell of West Triathlon in Goondiwindi, celebrating its 25th Year. After a fast swim in the Mcintyre River Nina was first Age grouper to the bike, where she was then able to show her biking strength pulling away to a substantial lead. Her run was equally impressive and Nina finished the race not only as an Age Group winner, but with the fastest overall female time! A very strong performance showing a lot of determination and discipline.
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:
Martina Dogana, my professional athlete, today did the 113 Israman, half distance at Eilat in Israel.
She got second in very hard conditions, freezing cold and windy, just 1 C !!!
We are very happy with this result, because Marty felt good the whole time and we start to build up from this for hopefully great season 2016.
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
Very very proud of Erin Reid’s efforts at Hell of the West this past Sunday! We’ve been building back fitness since a terrible bike crash last year and the goal was to to just go for it on the bike and hang on in the run! She did exactly that on a scorching day!!!HUGE improvements from her bike in Mooloolaba just 4 months ago & looking forward to seeing where we go leading into Cairns 70.3 in June!!!
Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:
Daniela will now take a two-month holiday break as we make sure that she finishes her university semester with with a minimum of stress. Corinne (Abraham) didn’t have the race we had hoped for in finishing 7th. Unfortunately it’s always a bit of a crapshoot when you’re not 100% fit and have to travel.
At Dubai Dannie drew the diamond day and Corinne drew the stone. She is already hard at work to turn it around.
At the Camtri Triathlon in Merida, Lukas (Verzbicas) found himself in the unusual situation of orchestrating a break and unfortunately got one with the fastest bike split. The hard 30km in a small group early in the season took its toll on the run legs. Lukas is slowly building back up to strength, so very pleased to see non-wetsuit swim coming along and the bike legs developing. The rest will follow. Of that I have no doubt.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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