Dutch National Championship for Mirjam. Photo: Evert Woutersen
Was very pleased to see Mirjam Weerd finish with a podium position at Challenge Almere (full IM distance) after a hard fought battle on the run. Once again a great swim/bike combo, Mirjam battled through some dark moments on the run to then finish strongly and proudly in 2nd place. Improvise and overcome – congrats Mirjam!
The race also doubled as the Dutch National Long Distance Champs with Mirjam taking home the title. 🙂
Along with her teammates Michelle and Carina, Nina Derron headed over to China for the Weihai ITU Long Course Triathlon, held over the 2 x Olympic Distance distance – 3k swim/80k bike/20k run. A strong ride saw her catch most of the fast swimmers ahead and then pacing the run well, Nina crossed the line in 3rd place in the Elite women’s field. A great confidence boosting race by Nina who now heads back to Camp in Jeju to rejoin the Trisutto squad.
Claire Hawkins ventured out to Nha Trang for the inaugural Challenge Vietnam (Half IM distance) for her first race of the season and to test out her fitness. Thankfully temperatures were not as hot as first anticipated! Claire finished the race as first overall amateur – her reward… A free entry to Challenge Roth next year! Nice one Claire 😉
Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:
Super weekend again for my athletes. Really happy with the performances this week!
Simply fantastic is that Neil McLoughlin podiumed at Ironman Weymouth and got his Kona slot. Again! After so many years striving for this goal, he now get’s the slot 2nd time in a row. After a great race in Roth earlier this year, Neil again had an incredibly consistent and disciplined buildup. This was instantly rewarded in Weymouth. Neil was 9th out of the water (yes, he improved there as well!), 4th off the bike and then 3rd at the finish. To get Neil for a 2nd time to the Big Island means really a lot to me. Thank you Neil. Very well done!
Also a fantastic race had Peter Rudolph at the BerlinMan half distance triathlon. He also finished 3rd in his age group. Same result as 2 years ago – but he improved his time by a whopping 11minutes ofer the same course. Especially his bike was fantastic. Very well done and a nice end to a incredibly successful season!
Then of course I’m super-happy with Peter Seidel’s race at Challenge Almere-Amsterdam! After we struggled with his racing for almost 6 months, our persistency and stubbornness paid off and he’s now finally able to perform to his potential. Challenge Almere was his first solid long distance race after a long series of disappointing races. Peter not only placed 6th overall, but also improved his personal best time over the iron distance to 8:32h! I’m especially happy with his 2:58h marathon. It’s just fantastic to see all the hard work of this year pay off. Pick and stick is our motto at Trisutto and Peter is just a perfect showcase on how good that simple principle works!
Andrej Vistica had another preparation race for the big show on Hawaii. I’m quite happy with his performance at Triathlon International de la Côte de Beauté in France. Only 6 days after his Top 10 finish at the ETU Champs Challenge Walchsee he had a solid swim, followed by very good bike. He even got off the bike in 3rd. However, we knew that 6 days obviously will not be enough recovery for a super-fast run. So Andrej had to settle with fifth place at the end. He’s already back in a hard training block. Very well done and looking forward to your Kona race!
And finally I want to mention Joachim Reiter’s performance at Ironman Weymouth. He had not the smoothest arrival, as his car was attacked by a huge badger. That clash didn’t end well for both, the badger and the car. So Joachim had to wait 4 hours for the towing service. He still pulled off a very solid race. Improving through the field all day and finally finishing Top-20 in his age group. Strong performance and definitively one to build on on a tough day. Chapeau!
Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:
Little Cabbage’s (Emma Bilham) stellar season continues with a dominant 10+ minute win on the Swiss Circuit at Yverdon-les-Bains. A great training race as we move to finish off the season in style.
In China Pistol (Michelle Derron) continued on her comeback from injury with an excellent Top 5 result, while unfortunately team-mate Boo (Carina Brecthers)’s large lead and good work on the swim and bike were undone by a broken chain riding up the hill.
In Weymouth, Yannis had hypothermia on bike and stressful week leading into it but did well to still place higher in the rankings than prior races, but with better planning will avoid some of his issues.
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
Richard Newey won his age category at 70.3 Weymouth! Richard went to Weymouth for 1 last good hit-out before Hawaii in 4 weeks time. I have been really happy with the way Richard has been training, in the past we have worked through injuries and very busy hours at work, but the last months we have been on a roll and it is great to see Richard taking off. Richard works a full time job and has 2 young children, but he diligently gets his training in while keeping a balance in his life. He sticks to the plan, never doubts it and always calmly works through the difficult moments. Congratulations on a great race on Sunday Richard!
Graeme Stewart raced Challenge Almere. After some disappointing races over the last few months with problems and mechanical problems we were excited going into Almere to really try to show where his fitness is at. Almere being his last race for a while, as Jen and Graeme are expecting their first child any time now!
Graeme had a good swim and a good bike going into T2 in second position, but running off the bike with a mixture of not as fresh legs as others and some stomach issues he did not run to his potential and finished 7th. However this race did finally show Graeme going in the direction of where his potential is, I hope he can get to another race soon and put on a race we both know he can do.
Owen Bird raced Ironman Weymouth, his second Ironman in his debut year. Owen came 2nd in the 18-24 category. A great effort on a tough day out. More work to be done if he wants better and faster but he is happy and enjoying this journey.
Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:
Matt Leeman raced 70.3 Weymouth this weekend. His training is going from strength to strength, progressing all the time so we were keen to get back out there and see how that translated in a race. The Tuesday before he picked up a cold and struggled through the week but we decided to give it a go with the view of ‘nothing to lose.’
On the swim Matt was about 1min down on his normal time, so we knew things weren’t great. Onto the bike though he held 5th for some time and he seemed comfortable, however once things caught up with him they caught quickly. He came in T2 11th and didn’t look great, so we waited to see his reaction on the start of the run, and after 4 miles I decided to pull him out. A hard decision to make as Matt felt he could have picked up some places would have never dropped out, but we are mindful as he has another race in 4 weeks. This is a race we see as more a benefit, so there was no point Matt draining his energy. It’s better he now gets his health back and prepares for his next race.
Kerry Hickson also competed at Weymouth in the 70.3 she was looking to back up her PB performance at the Cotswolds 113 a number of weeks ago. Weymouth gave Kerry some different challenges, but one she wanted to face up to with the course being just a little harder.
The swim being in the sea didn’t bother Kerry one bit. Kerry loves swimming as she showed exiting the water 6th in her AG and with a happy face. Onto the bike, which is her weakness but one that she’s getting stronger in, she worked hard and on this course it wasn’t easy. However the progress started to show when she came in 18th in her AG and in 3hrs 21min. Onto the run and Kerry felt stronger than before to pushed on pulling back places to cross the line in 12th in her AG. And showing great consistency going under 6hrs again. Very well done Kerry going from strength to strength!
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Chiin-Hooi Tan raced the final race for her season at Challenge Almere. With less than ideal preparation – ‘the flu’ ten days before; starting was a last minute decision – start the swim and see how you feel! Swam on feet, one of her best bike splits, and a gutsy run, passing 3 girls in the last 4k. A top 10 in her large age group of 24-39, with 90 on the start list, an excellent result.
“This was the race this year that I felt did me justice. I have learnt a lot this year, and I was finally able to put it all into action, under less than ideal circumstances.”
Well done Chiin 🙂
Scott McGrath raced in Madison triathlon, in Connecticut, finishing a super 2nd in his category – off of Ironman training having finished Ironman Canada just three weeks ago. Now to switch our attention to marathon preparation, with a goal race a little over six weeks away. Preparation started with a 10km run after crossing the triathlon finish line 🙂
* a special mention also to Ryan Monaghan who is a training buddy of Scott’s, who also raced Ironman Canada, and followed our Trisutto Ironman training plan. Ryan won his age group, in his hometown race. Well done Ryan.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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