Matt Trautman

Matt Trautman is an Ironman winning athlete, and current record holder of both Ironman 70.3 races on home shores. Having been coached by Brett Sutton for his entire pro racing career means that Matt understands the Trisutto principles very well. Matt will be running his coaching program from Stellenbosch South Africa and speaks English and Afrikaans.

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As a late starter to the sport of triathlon, I understand the struggle of coming into the sport with no previous experience. And as a top performing professional I have a firm grasp of what it takes to compete at a high level.

As I have learnt over the years, whether it’s in sailing, kayaking or triathlon; the formula for success is very similar, it comes down to the practicality of getting the job done. It’s no coincidence then that my beliefs align very well with the Trisutto coaching methodologies. As a coach I aim to help get the most out of yourself as an athlete no matter your goals or ambitions.

Matt Trautman

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I didn’t take the usual path to being a professional Ironman athlete. At a school level I competed as a junior for South Africa in Kayaking but after leaving school I took up sailing, and for the next 10 years immersed myself in the world of competitive yacht racing. I became the first South African to complete the Solo Mini Transatlantic yacht race. I also skippered numerous high performance yachts, to victories in races such as the Cape to Rio, Round Britain and Ireland and Cowes Week.

At the end of 2012 I headed home and took up the sport of triathlon. Whilst completing my studies in exercise science, I went on to win my age group at Ironman South Africa and finish 2nd in my age group and 30th overall at the Ironman World Champs in 2013. I then turned pro and joined Brett Sutton and the Trisutto squad in 2014. I went on to win Ironman Wales that same year and have since notched up multiple 70.3 race victories around the globe.

“I look forward to helping others achieve their goals and dreams, whilst passing on the knowledge I have learnt from training under Brett Sutton; completing the Trisutto coaching course and from racing as a pro triathlete.”

In January 2017 Matt was hit by a car whilst out training for the defence of his 70.3 South Africa title. He suffered a compression fracture of his lumbar vertebra and had to undergo a multiple level spinal fusion as a result. Having been involved in coaching for a number of years already, Matt will be furthering his career as a coach by joining the Trisutto coaching team.

Training under Matt is one of the most calculated decisions I made in my triathlon career. The most prominent characteristic of Matt’s coaching style (as in his racing) is his ability to get the job done. Consider carefully your objective; I am a very goal oriented athlete, and having discussed my goals with Matt, he designed programmes to match ambition. Matt is himself a meticulous and dedicated athlete, and assumes the same level of commitment and tenacity in his athletes. His genuine interest in the scientific underpinnings of the sport and his intimate knowledge of triathlon give him a great base to draw on in the problem-solving elements of this sport – a rare attribute in a coach and one that nipped many issues in the bud for me. If you’re willing to match his intensity, you will expand your frontiers dramatically.

Paula Armstrong

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Professional Triathlon Victories

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Coaching Plans

Personal Coaching

$249/Month
  • Weekly fully personalised training plan
  • Unlimited email communication with your coach
  • Unlimited adjustments to your program based on post-workout and e-mail feedback
  • Advice on race planning, tapering & race execution
  • 10% discount on all Trisutto.com training camps
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Platinum Coaching

$749/month
  • Weekly fully personalised training plan
  • Unlimited email communication with your coach
  • Weekly Skype meeting to discuss training
  • Program reviewed fortnightly by Senior Trisutto.com coaches
  • Unlimited adjustments to your program based on post-workout and e-mail feedback
  • Advice on race planning, tapering & race execution
  • 50% discount to all Trisutto.com training camps
  • 20% discount on Trisutto.com bike fittings
  • Minimum commitment 3 months
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Coaching Blog

Dealing with the Unexpected

On route to becoming a Swissman Finisher! Flora Colledge had an adventure in the Swissman Xtreme Triathlon. An Iron Distance point to point race starting in the southern part of Switzerland, leading over three mountain passes (2436m / 8000ft) to the central part of...

Challenge Roth: For The Record

As we get closer to Challenge Roth we'd like to pass on to our followers and Daniela Ryf fans some inside knowledge of our preparation and a common sense reflection on the hype now being generated around a supposed 'World Record' attempt. Can Daniela Ryf break the...

Swim Benches for Triathlon

After our blog on the humble turbo trainer, we received requests for my thoughts on swim benches, and other swim tools used out of the water. As we have quite a few online athletes who work not only  shift work but in remote places, I thought we could pass on a little...

Time to Shine

Congratulations Melanie - 70.3 European Champion! This weekend, I had 5 of my athletes racing and they all did a great job. Melanie Baumann and Jona Dahlqvist both raced the 70.3 European Champs in Elsinore and what a day they both had! Melanie took the gold in her...

Results from Boulder, Kraichgau and Switzerland

Peter Seidel race Harsewinkel Triathlon and finished 4th, just off the podium. During the swim he lost his swim cap and his googles were flooded. Then Peter said on the bike he was killed by the wind and just finished the run in a solid style. Shiao-Yu Li took part in...

Contact Matt

If you are interested in training with Matt, feel free to contact us at anytime via the Live Chat button (envelope bottom right).