Embracing the battle; a rewarding weekend for Jane at the World Masters Games.
Jane Loughnan enjoyed a fabulous weekend of sport and camaraderie at the World Masters Games in Auckland. Representing her country New Zealand, Jane completed a double header, firstly lining up for the Sprint Triathlon, followed by the 2.5k Open Water Swim the next day. Conditions were testing for the Triathlon with some last minute course changes and a shortened swim…, however good news for Jane is she was able to enjoy the full swim course in the Open Water swim event.
There is no doubt it has been a tough year for Jane. She has overcome many obstacles (including Cancer, Radiotherapy and Carpal Tunnel surgery) and keeps soldiering on true to the sport she loves. Well done Jane, we are all proud of your perseverance through the tough times. Onwards and Upwards!
Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:
Big congrats to Dianne Woodward for a solid performance at the Calgary Police Half Marathon this past Sun. Dianne ran a really well paced and measured race carving out almost a 7min lead to win her AG. Dianne is a true warrior. Shortly after placing 2nd in Kona in 2015 her husband was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma. She dedicated the better part of a year to channel her attention and energy whole heartedly to help him ringside as he fought this cursed illness. Pronounced in remission this past fall, we resumed the plan for another Kona bid. No sooner had we started spooling up the bell for round two maliciously struck again. Back to ringside she went to support her husband. Despite the taxing emotional and physical toll this took, Dianne kept a laser focus on this race and vowed to make good on it. She delivered beautifully. Her strength of character and stoicism in these trying times have been truly inspirational. On behalf of the entire Trisutto family I would like to extend to Dianne and her husband Robert our collective best wishes for a speedy and lasting recovery. Certa bonum certamen Dianne.
Same day in Washington State, David Pokluda competed at the Mt Rainier Short Course Duathlon finishing 4th in his AG. David is another one of those AG athletes who, like many (of you) I read about in these weekly posts, manages to effectively juggle a young family in parallel with an onerous job (as the Principal Software Developer for Microsoft! ) and still uphold the Trisutto holy triad of consistency, consistency and consistency within his limited training time. Well done Dave! Onto the next project we go.
Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:
Sunday gave Matt Leeman Daz Parker Laura Fidler and Khadiga Amin another chance to test themselves and how training was going. It was more on the side of a brutal course, very hilly bike and run, suppose you could liken it to Ironman Wales . So we travelled to North Cyprus 70.3 to take on what they nickname the Joke triathlonAll four athletes raced very well with Matt Leeman picking up another win after the Pafos Triathlon last weekend.
Daz Parker backing up her 4th also last w/e in Xterra winning the female race with an excellent display on the hills. Laura Fidler produced a great result to come in 3rd on a course that’s not really suited for her, however an excellent show of grit. Khadiga Amin crossed the line 4th overall female which is a fantastic result for her, showing great courage and progress .Very pleased and proud of all these athletes progress.
Race Recap from Coach Mary Beth Ellis:
Marvin Morales had a great race in Costa Rica last weekend improving his swim ~4 mins, came up with a very strong bike, his best split, and solid run to finish in 4th place in his AG and 11th overall. Both coach and athlete are very satisfied and will apply the learnings to his A race 70.3 Costa Rica this June.
Scott Wright had a solid training race at St. Anthony’s Triathlon. After a big week of work and training, Scott delivered a solid swim and bike but suffered and had to push through heavy legs on the run. The race wasn’t his best outing but will help as he builds up his strength heading into 70.3 Eagleman and Ironman AZ.
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
Kate Bevilaqua raced Challenge Taiwan, although the swim and bike were good, Kate did not hold the run together as well as she or I wanted however she dug deep on a tough day to finish 5th overall.
Tri-Active Team Action from the Volcano Triathlon. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography
On Lanzarote many of our Team raced Volcano Olympic distance Triathlon:
- Lucy Biddlestone raced for the team, 1 week after Challenge Gran Canaria. Lucy had a good race and finished 10th place as she continues her final 10 days of training into Ironman Lanzarote.
- Paul Lavander got his race kit on after some time away from racing, Paul had a strong race throughout and finished 4th over all in his category.
- Juan Carlos Albuixech had a good swim and bike at Volcano, although suffered on the run but finished best he could.
- Junior Marcos Knight completed the challenge, but also suffered on the run. With continued hard work he can turn this around.
- Brian Timmons was excited and ready for the challenge, after a good swim and a good start on the bike he unfortunately punctured. Feeling deflated himself after the puncture he finished the race best he could, Well done Brian.
We had 2 TriActiv mixed teams racing,
- Junior Tiffany, swam 22.31, Jason Wilkes rode 1.05 and our 13 year old, Jorge Wilkes ran 36.54 for the 10km!
- 2nd place mixed Team was: Mia, swimming 22.42, Lee Holdaway riding 1.09 and Thomas race 40.57
Corinne Abraham also joined the Tri-Active team members for a hard Olympic Distance hitout in Lanzarote. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography
Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:
Kati Pusey loves racing, if she could she could probably race every day instead of training!Last weekend an Aquathlon, this weekend a Sprint Triathlon, next weekend a Duathlon, who know what comes next 🙂 The Tonbridge Sprint was not a typical one with a very hard bike leg that played well into Kati’s strengths and I’m not surprised she had the fastest bike split in Veteran Female category, it was the fastest female split overall. On top of it she swum 20sec faster than last week and also had a very strong run which she works on very diligently. The final result – a win in V40 category and 2nd Female overall.Congratulations on a very good race. The patience and consistency are paying off!
Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:
This past weekend I had 5 athletes racing. Florian Blumenthal did the Rheintal Duathlon in Switzerland. It was his first Duathlon and he finished strong with a solid overall performance. It was another brick on the way back from injury. The first big goal is 70.3 Rapperswil in the beginning of June.
Borris Jung had the tough task of a double race weekend with a 12km uphill run with 600m of elevation, the “Sturm auf den Vulkan”, on Saturday. He could improve a lot on his last year performance. Then on Sunday he did his first triathlon of the season, the Kinzigtal Sprint Triathlon where he could back up his solid run with an age group victory. Borris is currently in his second triathlon season since he started the sport of triathlon not even 2 years ago.
Andre Möller spontaneously decided to participate in a 24hr relay swim. He had a lot of speed before he started with me, but his main issue was the ability to swim fast for a long time. Since he has worked a lot on his endurance and efficiency and could swim 3950m in 1hrs as part of this 24hr relay team. I am sure he will have some very good swim splits and exit the water more relaxed as soon as his triathlon season starts.
Jan Erik Wilhelmsen from Norway had a tough time during the past few months with many hours at work. Nevertheless he managed to put in some good training when it was possible and he did the first test of the season on Saturday at the 10km sentrumslöpet in Oslo. With a finishing time of 43:57min he had a good result and even felt better during the 2nd half of the run, which is a good sign for his next race. Also for Jan-Erik Ironman 70.3 Rapperswil will be the first big goal of the season.
Last but not least Distel Pipe used the Chäsitzer Louf 12km run in Switzerland for a specific brick session in his 70.3 Aix en Provence preparation. He could run the 12km in 50min. This was as fast as the solo runs in March but this time after a tough bike ride. The first triathlon of the season is just 10 days away now and the preparation was very good so far.
I am very happy that the European Triathlon season gets into full swing now and see the training my athletes have put in pay off now.
Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:
This past week, Jappas Du Preez took part in the Army Duathlon National Championships in the UK. The running injury seems to be behind us, and through the Trisutto training methods, we actually have increased his running speed through more swim and bike. His first 5k leg was fastest 5k he’s ever run! And then put together a strong bike and good 2nd run, coming in 5th place and improving his time by 3min, and 31 spots from last year! Amazing to see the hard work paying off, Jappas!
Coming off a good training camp in Italy, but then back to real life stress of work, Markko Glassner and I decided it would be a good time to test his fitness and do a cross-triathlon this weekend in Germany. Markko came out of the water first, had a good time developing his skills on the bike, and produced a solid run coming in 3rd place in his age group and 9th overall. This was a good first race to blow out the cobwebs before the draft-legal league racing begins in a couple weeks! Keep up the good work Markko!
This weekend, Christian Pleul and I thought it’d be fun to try a road cycling race here in Germany. A good week of swim, bike, run training and riding too and from definitely didn’t leave Christian with a lot of “rest”, but he withstood the challenge and produced some great power and speed for the race! And most importantly, he avoided 4-5 very nasty crashes that left others going to the hospital, coming across the line in 2nd place Age Group! Way to put in a fun and big training day, Christian, ahead of some solid swim, bike, run goals in the next couple months!
Sean Laude went to North Carolina this weekend in hopes of qualifying for the Duathlon Long Course World Championships in Zofingen. We have had a bit of set back from running, but with some good swimming training and riding when we could, the fitness was good enough for a 5th place finish and a qualification without any more damage done. Now we focus on getting fully healthy, and having a great rest of the season. Congrats Sean!
This weekend at the Sundern Hagen 105k Marathon was a first good test goal for Sascha Morison after a good training camp at Riva Ligura in the past couple weeks. At the end of the race, even with some cramps, Sascha came in 6th overall, and improved his time from a couple years ago by 3min! Congrats Sascha.
Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:
XTerra – Greece took place this week in Athens – Vouliagmeni, just at the point where Athens Olympic route was.
Nadia Sintzanaki qualified for World Championship in Maui by the winning F40 category
Also Zarina Kopina in sprint dist. ranked 1st in F35. Congratulation both for excellent results.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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