Matt Trautman and Mary Beth Ellis winning Ironman 70.3 Incheon this weekend.

What we work hard on every day at is in creating an environment where success becomes inevitable. A culture where team-mates are inspired to emulate the successes of their training partners every time they toe the start line. When you watch your peers win big races using the same training holding the same times as you can – it gives you great confidence in your ability to win these races yourself.

This weekend saw two of our Kona bound pros lining up at Ironman 70.3 Incheon. A tough, hot course and a perfect race intensity hit-out before they leave for the Big Show in 10 days time. Still on the comeback from a broken clavicle two months ago, Matt Trautman again showed an improved swim and was able to control this race from the bike and run. Holding it back before scooting away for a 2-minute victory in a very professional performance.

The Honey Badger (Mary Beth Ellis) on the other hand just simply destroyed them. Smashed them on the swim. Smashed them on the bike. Smashed them on the run. Already a wonderful season with an ITU World Championship and Ironman Mt. Tremblant victory, coach is very happy with where her preparation is at ahead of Kona.

Top 30: Lukas Verzbicas speaking with Bob Babbitt.

This weekend we saw Lucky V (Lukas Verzbicas) lining up at the World Championship’s in his home town of Chicago. This race was significant for a few reasons. It was was his first Championships since 2011. After not being able to finish a lower-level Chicago race due to physical problems just a year ago, it also represents the first time he’s been able to train injury free for 12 months since his accident.

So the result here is very positive even if it’s not what we want or expect going forward. There will continue to be ups and downs, but if we can get another 12 months of consistent strength and training in then results won’t be an issue. They’ll be there if Lucky V can be patient enough to wait for them.

Mariana_CozumelMariana Solorzano 2nd in her age group at Ironman 70.3 Cozumel.

Well done this weekend to new AG recruit Mariana (Solorzano), who overcame a rough swim start and a black eye to work her way up to 2nd in her age group and qualify for the World 70.3 Championships in Australia next year. Very impressive performance in a field with over 60 participants.

Flora ColledgeFlora Colledge 3rd in her AG at the Seeland Medium Course triathlon, Switzerland.

Also a good first up effort from Flora, who attended training camp this summer in St. Moritz. Her journey is just beginning with the team and we look forward to what she can do in the races ahead.

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

SandyBenzSwissFlagCongratulations Sandy Benz! ITU Olympic Distance World Champion in female 30-34 at Chicago. 

This weekend my athletes were in action in Honk Kong, Lanzarote and Chicago – making me one proud coach once again! Sandy Benz became ITU Olympic Distance World Champion in female 30-34 at Chicago.   This is Sandy’s second World Championship training with me, winning the sprint title last year.  Despite some last minute nerves, Sandy showed the eye of the tiger, pulling off a sensational performance. Well done.

Jason_GiselaOutstanding performances from Jason and Gisela this weekend.

Jason Wong took a terrific 2nd place in his category in the Garden Sisisic Hong Kong Super Challenge race this weekend.  Jason had the 4th fastest run of the day – evident in his beautiful running style.

Gisela Reichmuth also with a 2nd place in her category at Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote. This rounds out a super season of racing for Gisela, who now heads to Kona with her husband Walti to support him in his race!

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Perry_Seb_KieraSeb Garry and Kiera Tippett competing at their first World Championships.

As a coach all you can ask is the best from each athlete on the day. At Chicago our two athletes, Seb Garry and Kiera Tippett, did exactly that. Competing in the 16-19 category in their first Triathlon World Champs is a lot to take in, so to perform under those circumstances can be tough. However, they both can be very proud of what they have achieved this season.

Seb executed almost the perfect race on the day coming home in 5th and 1st Brit. What’s most impressive is there was only 28 seconds between him and first and the four in front were 2-3 years older!

Kiera unfortunately didn’t race exactly how she would of liked. She’s been fighting a bad chest infection coming into this race and I believe this affected her overall performance. However, in true fashion she fought to the end and did herself proud as well as all her support.

This season has gone from strength to strength and they have made so much progression. Well done to them both. Very proud coach.

Race Recap from Coach Andres Castillo:

Alan Carillo_70.3From Junior to Pro: Alan Carrillo 13th in his first race as a pro.

A full week of racing for my athletes: From Wednesday to Saturday John Flynn and Cesar Lopez raced at the ITU World Championship with a 9th place for Cesar in the Aquathlon and 17th at the Sprint distance. John was 21st at the Aquathlon, so great results from both of them. César didn’t stop there and came back to Cozumel to race the Ironman 70.3 where he was 4th in his AG after struggling in the run, while Alan Carrillo debuted as a professional with a 13th place in a deep field. Juan Sanchez also raced in Cozumel with a 25th place in his age group and Rob Straznistkas was 15th overall and 1st in his age group in The Pumpkinman In a busy week, Jenny Avila made her return back to triathlon at the Escape of Miami.

Finally, Juan Rubio is back at training camp in Cozumel to join Brian Moya in his training for the upcoming Cozumel World Cup and Cartagena Continental Cup.

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

Jo_DaveSome frustration and success for Dave Connor. 3rd place at the Revolve 24h.

After a good stretch of training in the Swiss mountains around St. Moritz and a great race at the duathlon champs in Zofingen, it was time for Dave Connor to pull some races off on home ground, UK. We prepared for a local 11mile TT race on Saturady. Now you have to know that Dave is not one who is afraid of hurting himself. Therefore, he planned to back up this little effort with a 24-hour race staring later on the same day.

I had Dave do a few of the same sessions, which earned my German Paracycling Champ Thomas Schäfer some World Cup podiums this year. We took good care of Dave’s aero position. All was going well and therefore race start was anticipated very much! Off the gun went, and Dave got his bike going like a maniac – only to see a tractor turning into his road a few hundred meters away. The road was narrow and the tractor too big – no chance for Dave to go around. He only could coast behind the big monster. So after a mile of useless riding behind the tractor he turned and went home. A tiny bit frustrated of course. But that was not the end of the day!

Dave didn’t lose any time moaning, changed, jumped into his car, rode 4hr to the Revolve 24h Race where he competed with a team of 4. As it turned out, he preserved his anger and frustration well hitting it very hard and fast on his segments, propelling his team to a fantastic 3rd place, proving that he’s finally hitting a decent form on the bike. Well done Dave and team!

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Lucy BiddlestoneLucy Biddlestone first in her AG at Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote. Photo: James Mitchell Photography.

Lucy Biddlestone continues to win! Lucy won her age group and was 13th overall at Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote this weekend. She has been working really hard with me the past 12 months and was excited to test herself at this race. Her fitness showed with her best performance yet: A 33 minute swim,  3:10 bike and a 1:40 run.

Congratulations Lucy. There’s more to come when you work at this like you do.

Marc Stettler had his best race yet at Murten Olympic distance in Switzerland. Marc is going from strength to strength. Two weeks ago breezing through Zofingen and now his best Olympic distance race. He ends his season feeling happy he has got the best from himself this year and looking forward to 2016.

Finally, Caroline Young ignored her demons and battled her way to the finish line at 70.3 Lanzarote.   Another challenging race ticked, even though she says it is a bit short for her 🙂 .

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


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