Daniela Ryf won Ironman 70.3 Bahrain, the Triple Crown and $1 million.
What a weekend for coaches and athletes at Trisutto.com! While we celebrate success and we strive to be the best that we can be, we also remember the importance of having fun. ‘Live the life’ as a my first coach Oscar demonstrates by example, closely followed up by ‘we are not here for a practice’.
With that in mind, congratulations to Melanie Benson and Frank Mathews, both currently residing in Dubai who also raced in the Bahrain 70.3. Both qualified for Mooloolaba 70.3 World Championships next year and I look forward to overseeing their final race preparations in Australia. Both have raced frequently this season, gaining in strength and race fitness. I’m very pleased not just of their hard work, but of their race day execution. Both are excellent swimmers, yet didn’t let the race becoming a bike / run affect their performance – they still went out and gave it a Red Hot Go (RHG). Frank placing 10th in his category, and Melanie winning her category with the 7th fastest female time of the day. Truly outstanding.
I can’t believe it!!!! We have achieved what we set out to accomplish when we started together 10 months ago. Thank you so much! We did it!!!! I could not imagine this happening without your encouragement and direction.
In cooler weather, Neil and Beth Scholes raced in the second round of the Skyline 10km Cross Country championships series, based in the area around Bath, England. Neil won the opening round, and this weekend both secured second place finishes in a competitive field. This is part of the plan for some fun winter racing post triathlon season and back to his roots for Neil for a couple of months.
Jason Ramdeen and Jason Richter both raced in the Palm Beach half marathon. Good friends, and frequent training partners, they went head to head today with Jason Richter gaining a slight edge finishing 7th overall (and 1st in category), and Jason Ramdeen right on his heals in 11th place overall (and 3rd in Category). An easier week now for both, with Jason Ramdeen setting his sights now on 2016, while Jason Richter continues his preparations for an early January marathon.
Sarah Keller raced in the Weihnachstlauf Lachen 5km run close to her home on the outskirts of Zurich, placing 3rd in her category. While a surprise for Sarah, she has been quietly doing the work, and is starting to reap the rewards for that. Super Sarah 🙂
Philippe Blatter won 50m sprint race for parents at his son Loris’ swim meet. He took the win with a scorching 30.12, with second right on his heels in 30.25. Philippe is an example for all us who think we don’t have time to train, as he travels internationally 3 out of 4 weeks per year, often with multiple stop overs for meetings en-route. It’s quite normal to touch down at a destination at 5am, go straight to the pool to train, then on to a full day of meetings and business. Chapeau Philippe!
Finally Gisela Reichmuth loves a race, including the annual Bier Athlon in Zurich. With her team mate, took 2nd place in the female teams event, a 5 x 1.5 km loop with one beer on each loop. Party on Gisela.
Satisfying rewards for hard work and consistency!
Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:
Georgie Rutherford finished her first pro season with her first Ironman at IM Busselton. Georgie was first out of the water with a three minute lead on the women’s field. Going the distance was the goal for Georgie as she was dealing with a cold during race week. I’m looking forward to a massive time drop when Georgie crosses the line in her next Ironman.
Mike Hill lead the swim at the HITS Palm Springs Olympic Distance Triathlon to win the 30-34 age group and finish fourth overall.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Kim Kilgroe and Jane Loughnan are both super consistent in their training and it was nice to see them both bring home personally satisfying results on the weekend.
Kim integrated a 5km race into her long run (5k warm up / 5k fast race /5k cool down) and was rewarded with a new PR and a win.
Jane won a gold medal at the Club Championships in Wellington over the sprint distance and also finished 4th overall.
Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:
Roberto Cagnati had a fantastic race at Ironman 70.3 Bahrain, beating some fast fellow athletes, with a very good bike and run performance. Roberto had a great preparation leading up to the race and toed the starting line in peak fitness. He finished Top-10 in his age group and qualified right away for the 70.3. World Champs next year. Well done Roberto!
Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:
Daniela Ryf capped off a spectacular season in style with her win at Bahrain. I will look to publish more on the significance of her Triple Crown victory in the next couple of days.
The Bird was joined in Bahrain by training partner Boo Hoo (Carina Brechters), who was there to learn and support with swim training in the lead up. Unfortunately Carina wasn’t able to put her strongest discipline to use with the cancelled swim, but still got a lot of experience out of the week.
Mary Beth Ellis also competed this weekend in an off road 50 Mile Ultra Marathon Event. Honey Badger likes a challenge and you can read about the motivations behind the decision to race in her article When Adventure Calls.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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