Unconventional approach to dealing with the cold. Nicola wearing Marigold cleaning gloves on the bike. Video recap here.
The weekend saw our stars end up with some mixed results. The outcome of poor judgement in interpreting governing rules around wetsuit swims at Frankfurt, but also of personal decision making. The Angry Bird (Daniela Ryf) at the same event last year suffered severe sunburn from how hot it was. I’m sure that experience influenced her decisions surrounding race-wear in 2016.
Hypothermia takes no prisoners no matter the willpower. It is a lesson offered and I hope will be learned from. The Bird will fix her wings and be back flying higher than ever. This year is a transitional year learning to adapt to new circumstances.
The Champ Nicola Spirig ventured to Ironman Norway for what is a truly great race experience. Preparing for the Olympics by doing Ironman 70.3 for a WTS racer is traditionally considered sacrilege. However, the Champ is no ordinary WTS wet runner – as her performances showed here and in her two other 70.3 races this year that riding solo for any distance is not a bother for her.
IM 70.3 Norway Podium. Photo: Paul Kaye
It was cold early morning start. The swim was shortened 400m as the water temp had dropped 4C from earlier measurements earlier in the week. Where I was sitting the themometer said 8C outside temperature, so we were hoping it would warm up, which it mercifully did by the run.
After a strong swim Nicola lead the bike until she was joined by Camilla Pedersen and Susie Cheetham. The girls worked very hard through the last 30km. If it was an attempt to dislodge the short-course star in the hope of gaining time for the run it was the right plan for the wrong athlete.
The Champ hit the ground running on good legs and proceeded to do herself proud for the win. Many thanks to the race organisation. A race that holds all the tough Viking traditions of the past mixed with the friendliness of the locals of today.
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
What an unbelievable last 2 weeks of racing for my squad. I’m pretty blown away.
I must start with Sascha Held and I’m am so proud but at the same time not the least bit surprised that he just went 9:53 on his 2nd Ironman in Frankfurt over the weekend. This is a 57min improvement from the last time he raced there! It all started with a long email before my camp in Scottsdale in Feb. In short, he hopped on a plane to Arizona from Germany- started the week in the slow lane and finished in the fast lane. We have been through broken ribs, a car accident (car ran into Sascha while he was riding) and an infected elbow, not to mention the previous years full of injuries. Sascha just gets on with the training and has been INCREDIBLY consistant- I couldn’t be more proud and can’t wait to continue to watch him improve even more…Seriously well done Sascha!
Gary Mullen’s also raced this weekend at the Great White North Triathlon. This was done right at the end of a massive week with no time to think and came away with 2nd AG and 6th overall!! This was awesome!
Last weekend power couple Tony & Lorraine Baker took on the hilly Exmoor 70.3 and both came out with solid top 10, 7th for Tony and 5th for Lorraine!
Lorraine improved my 28 min from the last time she raced there which is pretty incredible.
Very impressive for both as this is a very hard hilly course and Tony towers well over 6 feet! Tony has improved his run off the bike significantly from the year before after pushing the same bike with a new strategy that appears to be working wonders!
Doug Johannson also raced last weekend at CDA 70.3 and after a solid swim and very impressive bike, ran his way to a HUGE 70.3 run PB!
John Burroughs raced Saskatoon 5150 also last weekend and ended up on top of the podium for the 2nd week in a row. All the big gear is paying off as the point to point race had a headwind start to finish.
Theresa wins again- this time non wetsuit, this was big! Photo: James Mitchell Photography
No surprises Theresa Abbott collected another win this time at a 1.2 NON WETSUIT open water swim- amazing.
Colin Raymond also raced CDA 70.3 but unfortunately was a bit ill in race week but still decided he would be OK to race- he absolutely toughed it out to the finish and now had earned a little rest before we build to the main one in Maryland in Sept! Always proud of the work Colin is able to do with a busy work and family life:-)
Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:
Laura Fidler Raced Outlaw Half Holkham this w/e and we see this race a really good chance to back up her performance a number of weeks ago at Staffs 70.3 where she won her AG.
The swim isn’t Laura’s strength but it’s one that she is getting stronger at slowly but surely. She had a solid swim but exited the water down on the top females by around 5mins, out of T1 and onto the bike where Laura is getting stronger and stronger pushing the pace picking the girls off 1 by 1 moving up the field on what was a fairly tough bike course. Coming into T2 2nd with one of the fastest bikes of the day in 2hr 30min, out of T2 onto the run Laura looked strong after that bike so worked into it but after the 1st lap on what wasn’t the easiest of run courses started to take its toll so a lot of mental strength to hold on in there was needed, but it paid off crossing the line 2nd overall, 1st in her AG and for me a breakthrough performance going under 5hrs in a time of 4hr55min.
This athlete is progressing very nicely and although we still have a lot of work to do the future looks exciting, very happy coach.
Seb Garry’s season just keeps getting better after the success of European Titles and a National title we decided to have some fun and try an Olympic Distance race for what would be Seb’s first ever.
He only has just turned 17 but nothing got in the way of this hilly challenge at the Peak District Tri organised by Great Triathlons. He had a good swim and exited the water in fine form to push on the bike as hard as he could coming into T2 after 40k with the 2nd fastest bike split, out on the run and he just kept pulling away to eventually cross the line in 1st Overall and 4mins ahead of 2nd position. A great result for this young athlete.
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
We had 2 stellar performances in Frankfurt!
Maurice Inzirillo managed to go under 10 hours! With a PB in the swim (1:16), PB on the bike (5:11) and a PB on the run, he ran: 3:19! A magnificent run! Maurice raced in age group 55-59. Only 9 mins separated number 1 from number 5! Maurice finished just off the podium in 4th place! Very tough racing! Maurice had a total time of 9:56. Amazing to get Maurice under the 10 hour mark!
Arnaud Margot raced in age group 25-29. He raced his first IM! His goal was to go under 10 hours! Arnaud had a great swim, 1:02, he has turned into a warrior now and knows how to fight at the start! Arnaud had the 3rd fastest bike split in his age group, 4:43 and then a final 3:22 marathon. Arnaud finished in 9:13! He finished in 10th place and what an amazing effort in his first IM! There should be so much more to come once we get his nutrition right and his legs get stronger to go longer running in training!
One of my athletes is a runner by heart and she accomplished the Zermatt Ultra marathon! The run starts in a Swiss village called St. Niklaus at 1116 m of altitude and it finishes at Gornergrat at 3089 m of altitude! It’s a 45.595 km run!
Well done to all.
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
This past weekend at the Outlaw Half Ironman in Holkham, UK, British athlete Marc Atkinson was in action again, only 7 days after a strong performance at the UK 70.3 in Wimbleball.
This time around, using the Trisutto principles of back-to-back racing, he managed to win his age group, the 50-54, all the while breaking the 5 hour barrier for the first time in his career, with a total time of 4h55:06.
All this comes after a few years of struggling with achilles injury’s, of which required surgery and spending significant time away from training/racing.
Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:
Ana competed in 70.3 Norway. Only 2 weeks after swim-run Isles of Scilly where she finished 4th in her AG, she smashed her 70.3 PB by 30min finishing 9th in Haugesund. We are very happy with her swim – although ca 200m short it was still a massive improvement compare with ca 40min she swum before. However, her greatest improvement was her bike. When we start working together her bike was one of the slowest in her AG and now she was very competitive and even moved from 13th to 12th place. Her run is usually very strong and it was strong this time although the swim-run with 37k of running was still in her legs.
I felt strong on the bike, at some stage I was going at 35k/h, I thought it was going to fast because I was overtaking to many women, in the past I was overtaking nobody. I even remember one in particular, she was on a very expensive bike on a hill and I was overtaking her thinking: “you have a very good bike bike and I have very good legs now” 🙂
Overall a very happy coach and athlete.
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I’m also very happy with performance of one of my guys from work, Scott. 6 months ago he could not run 1km under 4min. Last week he raced in a relay 4×3.75k. Since one of the team members got sick the day before he stepped in and run 2 legs (1st and 3rd) averaging 3:49 on 1rst run and 3:55 on 2nd. He was very happy when he finished 1st leg but then he could not believe when he finished the 2nd run and he wasn’t much slower.
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:
Another excellent week of racing from my team.
IM Frankfurt: Elena De Preto 12.35.08, 20. F50-54
70.3 Haugesund: Martina Dogana, 4:43.10, 5. pro women
Italian Championship Olympic Distance Recco (Italy):
- Emanuele Mutti, 2:29.36, 22. M25-29
- Gustavo Lodi, 2:53.56, 58. M30-34
- Sara Platini, 3:00.11, 8. F30-34
- Patrizia Dorsi, 2:44.00, 3. F40-45
10km run race: David Galafassi, 40:37
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Gisela Reichmuth was 1st female overall at the Oberpfalz sprint triathlon. Another super result, on a swim off mainly a swim and run training plan, as she prepares for a team relay at Challenge Roth in a couple of weeks 🙂
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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