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

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Coaching Blog

Am I missing out?

Coach, if I can’t go to camp or train in a group am I missing out? Every off season stories permeate through the Triathlon media about how great camps are, or the need to train in a group to push to even greater heights? Their objective to create buzz and to sell...

A New Years Resolution for all!

As we head into a new year some of our athletes ask 'coach, what would be a good resolution for me to start the new year with?’ This starts me thinking on how many people have the same dilemma? Why a dilemma? Let’s not delve into it too deep, however deep enough for...

Exceptional performance craves repetition

In 2018 I have returned to coaching a group of age group athletes as well as a team of new pros. The last 4 years had seen me back off and run some educational camps, and a group of predominantly Swiss athletes. However now I’m immersed again in squad training, one...

Finishing the year on top

Finishing the year in style with an overall Cyclocross win - well done Rebecca! Over the last two weekends a large number of my athletes did local runs as a little form check after the first few weeks of training for the new season. Rebecca Fondermann joined me in...

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