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.

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

Matt Trautman Coach

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

Ironman athlete

Years in Professional Sport

Professional Triathlon Victories

Coaching Years

Course Records

Coaching Plans

Coaching Blog

The Blame Game

“If you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life, you must accept the terms it offers you.” T.S. Eliot If you’ve ever listened to athletes talk about their performances after an event or write about them in their “race reports” posted on social media,...

Who had the best Triathlon series and why?

Sutto Squad enjoying Alpe d'Huez (Sylvain, Luke, Marc, Ben and Chippy). Photo Credit: 220 Magazine Every athlete asks me at some stage should I do the Ironman races or Challenge? What about the newer ones such as Outlaw, the older independent races, or the ITU series...

Should I do the Birthday Set?

The posting of Nicola and Celine’s birthday party set brought a number of enquiries from members of our trisutto family? Coach why didn’t we join the swim party? How come I had my birthday set and you gave me 48x100s?  I wanted to do The Birthday Set! So let’s look at...

The Hills District Conquer Gundi

This weekend saw the traditional new year long course opener the Goondiwindi Hell of the West. 'Short course' Max on his way to victory in Gundi. Photo Credit: Melissa Gladman Photography A few days out from this years Hell of the West, I told HillsDistrict 22yr old...

Know your Sport!

After our last blog, Am I missing out, I have received feedback from several people who have been around Trisutto for a long time  asking....,why the change?  I would like to pass on the answer in more detail to not just them, but all of our regular readers. Why the...

Contact Matt

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