Mauro winning the half marathon in Mallorca: 1:14. Photo: Daniel Mascaro

Mauro Baertsch used a quick stopover on Mallorca this weekend to test his running legs at the XXIV Caixabank Mitja Half-Maraton in Palma. Eager to start into his racing season he crushed the competition with a nice time of 1:14 on a windy day. As he’s in full training for his first 70.3 in this season we didn’t taper for this run, but warmed-up for this speedy run with a 5h bike ride and one of our tough swims. The goal was to make the race feel like the last leg in an half-iron triathlon race. Very pleased that Mauro could pull out a fast run and win with such preparation. Well done!

Thomas Schäfer RecapThe versatile Thomas Schäfer surprising the track specialists this weekend.

Thomas Schäfer showed superb performances at the Paracycling Track Racing World Championchips in Italy. It was 4 days of racing, stuffed with multiple races and qualification runs. Thomas competed in as much as 4 different disciplines: the 4km Pursuit, the 1000m Time Trial, the Scratch Race and also the Team Sprint. So very different and at the same time specific skills needed. Both on the 1000m TT and the 4km Pursuit he rode himself to personal best times (4:59min at the 4km Pursuit!)! And even exceeded set expectations of German National Team in the Scratch Race where they marched straight into finals. As a well rounded rider, he is not a designated track specialist and could not win a medal. But he showed a superb performance, posting personal bests on the days that count. Well done on another important step taken towards his qualification for the Olympics in Rio.

Sandra_RecapWell done to the ever improving Sandra Schöni.

Sandra Schöni had a Top 20 overal finish at the Swiss Kerzerslauf, a short but tough run race over 4,3km. She did that race as a part of her triple run day. She is hunting for new personal bests in every race. This time it didn’t work out due to more difficult conditions than last time. But it was still a strong showing as she did better in relation to her competitors. Well done!

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Marc StettlerMarc Stettler continues to inspire!

I am very proud to tell you about Marc Stettler and his attempt at the Hour record for his Age Category (standard track bike, no aero bars) in Switzerland during the week. The record was 41.342km, Marc gave a great effort but narrowly missed it with 40.037km.

Marc does not come from an athletic background, but 18 months ago decided to get fit! He has determination by the bucket load and is loving training for triathlon.

During the cold and snowy winter in Switzerland Marc has been diligently training his swimming, his running and lots of riding on the velodrome. To finish his winter season this was a great goal for him. His attempt does not go to waste as the hours and effort he has put in will help him to beat the record next year and help his fitness for his year of exciting triathlon challenges ahead.

Dean_Edwards_recap21:21 training half marathon for Dean Edwards.

Dean Edwards from England finished another tough week of training with a local half marathon but including warm up and cool down of 35+ kms. Dean completed the half marathon race in 1.21 and is focused for Ironman Texas which is 8 weeks away.

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

JasonRamdeenUSAT_FloridaRegionalChampion_Clermont_IntimidatorHalfIronDistanceJason Ramdeen: Florida Regional Half Ironman Champion!

Congratulations to my athletes, who once again shined at the races this weekend.

Jason Ramdeen is Florida Regional Half Ironman Champion after a win in his category and 6th place overall at the Intimidator Half Iron distance race in Clermont, Florida. Held on the now extinct ‘Great Floridian’ course that was known for it’s tough undulating terrain, it is an excellent result for Jason as we look to improve on the half distance and qualify for 70.3 World’s later this year.

FrankMathews1stInAgeGroup2XUOlympicDubaiMarch2016_Frank_Melanie_PauloFrank top of the podium at the 2XU Olympic Distance Triathlon in Dubai!

Frank Mathews was 4th overall, winning his category at the 2XU Olympic Distance Triathlon in Dubai. Frank has chiselled away and now gets the rewards. In his own words:

Very happy. Not a PB today, but to get 3 podiums in the 3 race series is a real achievement for me. Two firsts and a second. Also a first without gadgets and must admit the mental stress is less without having to look at numbers and then worry about if you are on track or not – way more in the moment.

MelanieBenson1stFemale2XUOlympicDubaiMarch2016Melanie Benson continues to fly. 1st female and 5th overall.

Also in the same Dubai race, Melanie Benson was 1st female (and 5th overall male and female!) with a 4 minute Personal Best time for the Olympic Distance. This rounds out a successful period of racing for Melanie, who now has a short rest period before heading to Trisutto training camp in St Moritz this European summer and 70.3 Worlds in Mooloolaba Australia in September.

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Mateo_Team_RecapUCSB Team 3rd at the West Coast Collegiate Triathlon Conference Championships.

This weekend’s March Triathlon Series Olympic Distance Triathlon at Lopez Lake in Arroyo Grande, California was a chance for all of my local athletes to get out for an early season reality check. For my collegiate team this race was the West Coast Collegiate Triathlon Conference Championships. The UCSB Triathlon Team put in several personal best performances to claim 3rd in both the women’s and combined team competitions against some of the best collegiate teams in the country. For now, it’s back to work as we look ahead toward Collegiate National Championships in five weeks time.

Mike Hill_RecapHard work on the bike paying off for Mike. 3rd place in his category.

Trisutto athlete Mike Hill has been putting in consistent hard work to build his bike through the winter. His efforts paid off with a 3rd place finish in his age group and fourth overall! Mike started the day by taking advantage of his strength with a solid swim, he kept himself in the fight with a massively improved bike, and finished with a personal best 10K on a hilly and demanding run course. His gains on the bike have improved his run! He’s well on his way to an breakthrough Ironman at Vineman in July. Well done Mike!

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Kim BribieKim Kilgroe 2nd at the Bribie Island Sprint, Sunshine Coast, Australia.

Two of my athletes had double headers at the races this weekend!

Here on the Sunshine Coast, Kim Kilgroe started the weekend with a short 5km Park Run Warm Up on Saturday (comprehensively beating some of the staff in the process) following up with the Bribie Island Sprint Triathlon on Sunday. A short fast hitout to finish in 2nd place.

Jane GisborneThe Age Group women are away in Gisborne, NZ.

Over in New Zealand Jane Loughnan spent a busy weekend at the Gisborne OTU Oceania Championships. Saturday was a long day working as a Technical Official for the Elite and U/23 OTU Championship. On Sunday it was Jane’s turn to race, capping off the day with a 2nd place in her category in the Age Group Sprint race.

Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:

Jong_RecapGreat work by Ultra Marathoner: Jong Sajulga.

This past weekend, Felipe “Jong” Sajulga of Team Caltex Delo from Bukidnon was competing at the 360 degree 64 KM ultra-marathon event held on the beautiful Island of Camiguin in the province of Mindano. He was part of the winning relay with teammate Razel Ledres, where each member completed 32 KM, for a total time of 5h39, where Jong’s split was a formidable 2h23 over hilly terrain, the day after a 5 hours swim/bike workout, that included an ocean swim.

The event made the athletes/teams complete a full lap of the island. With the added challenge of a mid-might start, Jong stuck his plan of forgetting about his speed and focusing on attacking the uphill’s and downhill’s in preparation for the Boston Marathon in 4 weeks. Well done, Jong!

Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:

Cali_Karina_Raf1st for Karina and 3rd for Rafael.

Today in the 1st race in our Bauru Tennis Club headquarters of our training, Karina was champion of the female and Rafael was with the 3rd placing on the male. Well done athletes!

Isadora_RecapIsadora Ruiz Milani won the Aquathlon in Piratininga.

Very happy also with the race of Isadora Ruiz! In her own words:

“Yesterday was a day of swimming and running! First place in the Aquathlon in Piratininga!!!! Thank you coach Cali Amaral for all the encouragement and dedication! Come on the next competition!”

Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend. online triathlon coaches are available to help improve your performance here.

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