Andrej celebrating his win at Porec Triathlon.
While most of the triathlon world is either still celebrating or in it’s post-Kona blues with the off season time, my athletes keep storming from race to race. Season is never over, folks. Keep pushing when everybody is backing off. This will gain you a big advantage. Dream big and chase your goals early.
Andrej Vistica had a great season: Starting early with IM South Africa, racing Roth, ITU World Champs, winning Embrunman (the toughest race on the planet!), then backing it up with a fantastic 2nd place at possibly the 2nd hardest race on the calendar, IM Wales. This weekend, he finished off his season in true champion’s style winning his home race, the Proec Triathlon in Croatia. It was not a walk in the park for Andrej, as his closest competitor, Jaroslav Kovacic, wasn’t paralyzed by Andrej’s success at all and tried hard to beat him. But with a strong run, Andrej excelled and showed of how tough stock he is.
After moving from the States to Germany and training like a workhorse for 5 months, Carson Cristen made the podium in his age group at Challenge Paguera on beautiful Mallorca! In a sprint finish he won 3rd place and came in 12th overall. The main goal of our coaching relationship was to improve Carson’s run. With a sub-1:30 half marathon on a tough and hot course and still able to pull out a sprint to the finish line, this goal was well accomplished.
At Trisutto.com you have to earn your off season. If you are not on the level where you should be, you better keep training. But when you do well, I consider to give you a few weeks of unstructured time. Andrej and Carson earned that honour. Don’t worry: They won’t get lazy. They just rearrange and will be back stronger than ever. Rest hard boys!
Carol Fuchs had a good race at the Thai Tri Leage Olympic distance race in Thailand. She finished top-5, earned herself a bit of prize money and the podium was not so far away. The swim course was not easy and Carole took a wrong turn, which cost her a lot of time. She battled herself through and through the ranks on the bike, which left her a bit tired for the run so that she could’t decide the sprint finish in her favour. No off-season for Carole, as she is in the midst of her preparations for Ironman Langkawi in 4 weeks time.
Dave Connor had a great showing at the ITU World Champs in Adelaide. He finished 3rd Brit and 16th in his age group in really strong competition. Dave is racing a lot and doing very well. With the patience and determination he has, he will improve a lot over the next 6 months. No off season for him, he would call me crazy if I give him a week off. His journey has just started and he uses every single day to get better.
Well done to all. It’s a pleasure to work with you!
Race Recap with Coach Bella Bayliss:
Just a quick recap post-Kona with Esther Rodríguez coming 2nd female in a 3.5km open water swim race “Impresionante la XVII Travesía Isla de Lobos”. All good preparation for this weekend’s Ocean Lava half distance Triathlon! Well done Esther!
Race Recap with Coach Robbie Haywood:
This week, two of my Dubai based athletes raced in their local JLL Sprint Triathlon.
Melanie Benson with 3rd place, and Frank Mathews with 6th in their respective categories. This was a training race, with both Mel and Frank in full training for 70.3 Bahrain in early December.
Gisela Reichmuth while extending her travels in Hawaii placed 5th female and 1st in her age category at the Gunstock Ranch 5km in Laie, Oahu.
Congratulations to Larry Thompson, first in his category in the US Open Sprint triathlon in Rockwall, Texas. A little speed work for Austin 70.3 in 3 weeks time.
Finally, a shout out to Efua Ramdeen came third overall at the devil dog 5k! 21:47. First time overall. To quote her husband, Jason – ‘she crushed it!’.
Race Recap with Coach Brett Sutton:
Very happy and proud for one of our hard working pros this weekend. Trent Simmons winning the US Open Triathlon. Trent showed enormous commitment in moving his young family to Switzerland for the summer and put in the hard yards at training with the squad. There he got a sense of how the best do it week-in, week-out and has since gone home to Texas and notched up a string of great results. Well done.
“This weekend was the US Open Triathlon. The swim didn’t go as well as I thought. The lead pack quickly swam away from me and I was left swimming by myself. My bike legs were ready and I quickly caught up to everyone except one. The rest of the bike I couldn’t find him. The run was 4 laps and I still didn’t know where 1st place was but figured I would race hard and stay in 2nd place. It wasn’t till the last lap that I finally caught sight of 1st place. I decided I would go at a mad pace to till I caught him and out sprinted him the final 100 meters to the finish line. As the great Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over till its over!”
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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