2nd at Challenge Fuerteventura for Emma Bilham. Photo: James Mitchell Photography
Emma Bilham didn’t surprise me with her wonderful performance at Challenge Fuerteventura but I think she surprised herself in a small but top class field. 1 minute behind Anja Beranek, who was 3rd at the Ironman 70.3 World Champs last year in Zell Am See. She may have been thinking ‘out of my league’, but in my opinion this is where she belongs. Emma just needs to believe in Emma and we will have another Swiss terrorising podiums around the world. Good job!
The Champ raced a 6.1km run race in Beringen as we prepare to have our first triathlon next week. She was second in the men’s field in 20:30min on a hilly course and looked on track in her recovery. No pain in hand or shoulder for the first time.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
A big congratulations to Jane Loughnan and her team who last week successfully navigated the Cook Straight (the stretch of water between New Zealand’s North and South Islands) swimming as a relay. In idyllic conditions Jane’s team completed the swim (estimated at 26km) in the amazing time of 5 hours 42 mins.
In far less than idyllic conditions (i.e. freezing, wet, snow, hail!) Sandra Gisin took on the CityRun 10k which was part of the Zurich Marathon festival. The weather was bad, but the run was great, with Sandra holding her fastest ever pace over the distance and easily bettering her goal time. Another great race weekend for Sandra!
Coming off a recent bike crash, Ingrid Kidd showed true grit with a very impressive category win at the Scottish Olympic Time Trial Championships ,’The Tour of the Meldons’. We will continue to use some Bike racing (Ingrid’s first love!) in her program as we build towards her first Ironman in June.
Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:
Ana Berenguel (together with her race partner) recently competed in a Swim-Run race. For those not familiar with this format of racing here are few interesting facts:
- A long-distance event with multiple transitions from swimming into running into swimming.
- You race in teams of 2. Both competitors run and swim together.
- Competitors swim in their shoes.
- There are no race-specific wetsuits and since the races often take place in cold water – competitors swim and run in adapted wetsuits.
- The first major swim-run race was organised in Sweden, where competitors were swimming between islands and were running across them (OTILLO)
We had to adapt Ana’s training to incorporate swim-run specific sessions to prepare her for the demands of the race and in particular multiple transitions. Here is a brief summary from Ana:
We did it!! It was hard but we completed it in a good position! We finished 2nd women-pair and we were in the first half of the finishers, so very happy with the result! The surprising nice thing is that I was strong on the swim; I was almost at the same level of my partner while last year she always had to wait for me! As for the distance, it was 52kms race: a total of 6km swim and 46km run with total of 23 transitions.
A great effort.
Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:
A win for Oriana Heer at the Rheintal Duathlon. To compete in that race was more of a spontaneous idea to break up the training monotony and get a fun workout in, despite the dramatic change of weather to snow and cold. Indeed, she had to empty her helmet of snow first after the first run split! Oriana stayed safe in the wet and slippery conditions and did what she likes best: Racing hard!
Paracyclist Thomas Schäfer made a podium at his home MTB marathon race in Bad Harzburg, only bettered by 2 non-disabled athletes. The race was a good test of his fitness and clearly shows that you can overcome almost any handicaps if the will is there. If you want it, you have to work for it. It’s really that simple.
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
Kendell Pritchard did a fantastic job at the hilly Calgary Police Half Marathon this weekend. Kendell regained a lot of confidence in her first race in 8 months & even managed to set a PB on the course!!! She came 6th in the 40-49 AG, less than 2 min off the podium for Kendell:-) I’m very very happy with the result- awesome job Kendell!!!
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
I had 3 of my athletes running the 20 kms of Lausanne yesterday, Tolga Alpagot, Maurice Inzirillo and Melanie Baumann.
Maurice placed himself in a wrong group from the start, time wise, he thought that he was going to run close to 1.40. He ended up having to pass more than 100 people! Also the “balloon” man with the 1.30 flag! Maurice came 5th in his age group and he ran 1:22. This was off another 9 km run race on Wednesday!
Tolga was aiming for a sub 1.30 and he ran 1.29.20 which was perfect! And this was after a 4 week blog of hard and solid training as he just had those weeks off from work.
Melanie ran just under 1.26, a new PB. The course is known to be a very hard one, with lots of ups and downs!
Last run of this winter season and it was probably the hardest I’ve done, very hilly! Still, I managed to run a new half marathon PB pace. Really proud having consistently improved my half marathon pace (by 25sec/km) during the last 12 months. Well coached, I’d say! Thank you very much, coach Lisbeth!!!
Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:
This weekend was the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships in Clemson, South Carolina. Sean Harrington had the racing weekend of his life to lead the team. Big Sean Harry ran through the field with the fastest run of the day to claim 2nd in the Olympic distance classic on the second day of racing. He came in 12th the day before, in the draft-legal event, which was his highest rank to that point. Sean’s 2nd is the best Nationals finish of any athlete in the history of the UCSB Triathlon Team.
Sophia Steffens led the women’s team with a 12th place finish in the Olympic distance classic with an inspired performance across the disciplines. The entire team rocked nationals with personal bests from nearly every racer. Training for next year has already begun. It’s a young team, and I look forward to building on this year’s gains to rock nationals even harder next year!
Race Recap from Coach Andrew Wright:
Pleased with the consistent training and strong result from Mark Teriele who came in 3rd at Challenge Fuerteventura this weekend. Most of Mark’s training was done indoors in London and this was his first race of the year. We are building up to Ironman Frankfurt.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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