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

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Coaching Blog

Why Low Cadence for Triathlon?

Strength training - low cadence, big gear hill reps for Trisutto camp athletes in Cyprus. Even after all these years, and all the results I'm still asked by athletes about bike cadence. How come I'm such a proponent for 'non-biker' trained athletes to use low cadence?...

Fearless Racing

Melanie overcomes the tough conditions at Ironman Western Australia with a smile. This weekend, I had Melanie Baumann racing in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Western Australia. After racing Hawaii in October, Melanie was still keen to race and...

Welcoming Coach Declan Doyle

As our Trisutto family continues to grow, I am very pleased to welcome coach Declan Doyle. I have known Declan for more than 10 years, and during that time I have been able to observe his outstanding exploits as an athlete, while he continued his career in...

Bike for Show, Run for Dough!

A superb come from behind win for Lisa Roberts in Cozumel. Photo Credit @TalbotCox Lisa Roberts continued her amazing season capturing her 3rd Ironman title in Cozumel. This fall Lisa has been on fire nabbing a title in September, October, and now November. Lisa...

Bahrain Brilliance

Daniela lays it on the line at Bahrain 70.3. Photo Credit: TrimaxMag Now the dust has settled from last weekends race, we can make a clear analysis of both the race, and of the season. Firstly, hats off to an absolute brilliant return to top level racing for The...

Coaching: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

The holiday season is almost upon us and I’m beginning to see athletes posting on social media about the newest tri equipment or gadgets that they have received, or would like to receive as gifts. They’ve read in the tri mags, or observed the top age group or elite...

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