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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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

Pros have character changing moments too!

Celine Schaerer takes out Ironman Switzerland in emphatic fashion! This weekend made me a very proud coach. Each year I make the short pilgrimage to the race I believe is the best overall race on the Wanda Sports calendar, Ironman Zurich. The Saturday Sprint distance...

Perseverance, Patience and Performance

Martin Barner qualifies for the Ironman World Championships in Kona with a superb race in Zurich! This past Sunday at Ironman Zurich in Switzerland, Danish athlete, and Swiss resident Martin Barner was on the hunt for a Kona slot. By putting together a very balanced...

You Must Be Willing To Lose To Win!

Gill Fullen's 2017 season so far stands at: 1 British Duathlon Age Group Title Champion Outlaw Half 3rd Outlaw Holkham Champion Outlaw Full And let’s not forget the Outlaw Full course record 9.44.48! Gill is the first athlete in the UK to hit the Double for Outlaw...

Records Fall at The Outlaw and Calgary

Josh continues his outstanding racing form with another win, this time in Calgary. Photo Credit: Wattie Ink Josh Amberger made the trip across the Atlantic this week and dropped into the Calgary 70.3 in Canada. Josh built up a lead in the swim which he went about...

Why Trisutto Hell Camp?

With the success of our training camps over the last 4 years, many athletes have returned year on year. However a number of our family have asked if we can do a camp that is more about full on training in preparation for future races. At Trisutto we thought it was a...

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