Steve takes the win at Tri122 after leading from gun to tape. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography
It gives me great satisfaction to see one of the nicest men in the sport again on top of the podium after an awful run of health issues. Stephen produced a catch me if you can performance in the Tri122 triathlon in Costa Teguis surprising even himself with his dominant swim. He backed it up by not only holding off the small bike pack but adding to his swim break. We will check Stephen’s health over the next two days and should he recover well, we will set our sights on IM Lanzarote. Well done Stephen.
Waiting for the gun at Tri122. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography.
Race Recap from Coach Keegan Williams:
The inaugural New Zealand swim-bike championships where held over the weekend in conjunction with the Auckland Half Ironman. Three of my athletes where in action, Graham O’grady got the overall win after creating a gap on the swim and holding off a fast charging Stephen Sheldrake. Nicola McCormick was 2nd in her agegroup and 4th overall backing up from IMNZ only a few weeks back. A great job from both in the swim-bike event.
A highlight for me was Olivia Ritchie, in her first half ironman and fourth triathlon after coach convinced her it would be a great strength builder for her olympic distance aspirations. She placed 3rd overall in a super debut to get a podium cheque. She has been riding around on her mum’s bike from the 90’s which is two sizes too big, so she is on her away to earning an upgrade!
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
3 Aussie athletes raced- 3 podiums!
First up was the humble achiever Nat Kerr who took on Kingscliff Olympic Distance, a popular race on the Gold Coast of Australia. We tried something a little different for this race with a bit less taper thinking of the key race Cairns 70.3 in June. Well Nat certainly didn’t feel fresh or great on the day but still ended up with one of the fastest swims in her Age, fastest bike split in her Age (3 min faster than last year) and still ran the same as the previous year even feeling like she had nothing to give. She ended up 3rd – only 1 min behind 1st and 2nd. Nat has been making massive gains with her swim and bike this year and with a bit more time the run she has been demonstrating in training will show up. Like we say at Trisutto we “Hurry Slowly” 🙂 Well done again Nat!!!
Superstar Craig McQuigan took on the same Olympic distance race along with his lovely wife & son as a little hit out before the big one in Port Macquarie in 5 weeks. Despite a pretty heavy training week, Craig still smashed it will a 2:02 to come second place in the M 45-49 category, only 45 sec behind first. Craig has been putting on some serious hard yards and can’t wait to see him show up and crush it at Ironman Australia in May.
Alison Maher asked me a week before if it was a good idea to do a 16 km trail race on the weekend. I thought it was a great idea and predicted a win! We have cut back Ali’s training significantly but still keeping some strength so her body stays in tact & healthy! Ali crushed the race with an overall female win and almost a course record! I’m so happy to see someone who had spent so many years underperforming due to injuries get the results she deserves!
Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:
Coming back from a solid training block during our camp in Gran Canaria last week Krzysztof decided to run a half marathon this weekend. He improved his PB by almost 3 minutes running 1:22:36 in a perfectly executed race, well, maybe except being 2 minutes late for the start! He was somewhat concerned that after his weekly ‘training volume PB’ in Maspalomas of some 20 hours he will be too tired to run well. I have to admit it was a risky strategy but we have approached it as a training day and incorporated the race into training plan, no resting, no taper, just anther training session and it worked really well.
One of the reasons why he was able to run well is the fact that he is one of only few athletes I know who is so disciplined when it comes to executing training and following instructions. When he is asked to go hard he would go very hard and when the training is supposed to be easy he goes really, really easy. This allows him to train in a consistent way and continue improving. I was very pleased when he sent me a picture of his Garmin showing how slowly he ran his last 90min session before the race. Coach’s instructions: ‘not faster than 6min effort’, athlete’s execution: 6.01 pace. In this case Garmin proves to be a very useful training tool restricting the athlete from going too hard! He is also a great example of someone who incorporates the sport into his family life. He always gets support from his kids and wife during races, his kids run and he does his easier sessions running with his wife. A great example to follow. I’m very happy we are working so well as a team and I’m sure there are more improvements to come not only on the run but also in triathlon. Congratulations!
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
This past weekend, Damien Leonardi competed at the French master’s short course swimming championships in Dunkerque. Damien managed to make the finals in the 400m and 800m freestyle events, clocking 4:33 and 9:27 respectively. His 800m performance earned him a spot on the podium, and a bronze medal to bring back home, for his two sons! While these are quick times in the triathlon world, the former national level breaststroker, maintains a realistic perspective, all the while sneaking in run workouts during and right after the swim meet. Now it’s all about making his engine more efficient, and extend the efforts over longer durations, as the focus shifts towards the triathlon season.”
This recent Friday, in the growing endurance community in Bahrain, of the UAE region, 16-year-old Mohammed “Mamad” Abdulsalam competed in a 30 km Mountain Bike race. He managed to finish 5th in his age group, with very little specific training. Beyond the fun and healthy event, his father Abdulla, joined the event as well, making it a fantastic father and son bonding day. This right here, is one of the many powers of sport, beyond performance!
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
Just Jason and the volcanoes at the Tri122 in Costa Teguis. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography
From our Team we had 12 adults racing Tri122, all enjoying the day and looking strong.
Busy working and family man, Jason Wilkes had a smooth strong race finishing in a time of 04:42:37 and 4th in his category. Jason will use this race as a stepping stone to his next race in 1 months time. 16 year old Marcos Knight used the day as great long training for his upcoming shorter events. Marcos raced the 1km, 60km, 10km race.
On the same day as Tri122 John Stapleton was having a great race at the Westport Duathlon in Ireland. John raced in a pb time of 1.11. Finishing 4th in his age category and 4th in the series (a series of 5 Duathlon races throughout the winter)
Mountain Bike action for the kids. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography
On Sunday we had TriActiv kids racing in a mountain bike race close to home, A great opportunity for 5-16 year olds to get out and ride in new surroundings, in sand, dirt and rocks. Great for bike handling skills! We had podiums, wins and great personal achievements. Well done kids!
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Jane enjoying a great day out at the NZ Aqua Bike Champs. Photo Credit: ScottieT Photography
Well done to Jane Loughnan who took on the NZ Aqua-Bike Championships in Auckland on Saturday, It was almost perfect conditions for the 2km-90km bike and both Jane and I were very happy with her second place finish.
Finn McDonald rounded out his season at his Club Championships with another top place finish. It was a rocky start to the day for Finn, but he stayed cool and came good in the afternoon and in time for another strong performance. Great job Finn!
Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:
Ayia Naper Half gave the Cyprus squad the chance to put down a marker by having a good hit out for the start of the season, rare to have so many in one race so just a brief overview.
- Daz Parker got her first podium finish of the season coming in 3rd
- Laura Fidler came in 4th after putting in a solid days work
- Khadiga Amin slashing 5min off of her PB 70.3 time.
- Matt Leeman finished 5th and having a good day
- Martin Palmer finished 9th coming back from a slight injury so this was very positve
Everyone had solid performances, and putting in some really good times, but there is still alot of work to be done but the progress is good.
Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:
We had several athletes from our team competing this weekend in two different events on the same island; Cyprus!
The first was a cycling race UCI Gran Fondo, held over three days race and distinguishing who took the qualification for the final race in France this summer. From our group we had qualifications in different categories from Costas Rialas, Harris Haritou and Michael Theocharous.
The second event was the Ayia Napa triathlon, a half distance IM triathlon. In the womens category Nantia Syntzanaki was 2nd overall and 1st in her AG cat with 4:48. Despite a heavy schedule of training, she fared very well as she sets her sights on the main goal for this year, is the Worlds 70.3 champs in Chattanooga.
Takis Petrou took second place in the his AG category with 5:37 in his first attempt at the distance.There was also a sprint distance race in which Paschalis Frangou participated. He was the first Cypriot athlete; Cyprus champ!
Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:
It was Fabio Vassena’s first experience at Triathlon Sprint in Barzanò (Secco-Italy). He placed 14. in his category M40-44 in 1:25:32, joyful finisher! Fabio proved that this is only a beginning of his triathlon journey and there are a few happy races ahead of him. Excellent first race Fabio!
Race Recap from Coach Edith Neiderfriniger:
Emanuela Redaelli did the triathlon sprint at Barzanò (Lecco – Italy) and with 1:58.12 she placed 3rd W45-49. It was her first race of this year and we are happy with the outcome. Emanuela is preparing for her first ironman race later in the year, so we focus on this big goal, looking for constant improvements throughout the season. Well done Manu!
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Chiin Hooi-Tan raced in the DGI Sydvest Crossløbs-serie 10km race, the final in the series. After a fall ski’ing the week before, was intending spectate and cheer for her husband Jesper, but at the last minute ran anyway. After enjoying a more relaxed approach to the event, her reward another first place female! Now back to hurrying slowly Chiin!
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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