Congratulations to Team Bayliss with Stephen winning Ocean Lava Lanzarote. Photo: James Mitchell Photography
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
Stephen Bayliss won Ocean Lava Lanzarote! It was really special to see him put a good race together, strong till the end, no problems, get a win and see him with a bounce in his stride today. He is desperate to succeed, so yesterday was special.
Hard, fast racing at Ocean Lava, and loving every moment of it. Photo: James Mitchell Photography
Lucy Biddlestone also raced Ocean Lava, Lucy was ready for a great battle and she did every thing she could on the day, out of the water in 3rd behind Esther Rodriguez and Nicole Woysch, but she made some good time to Esther on the bike and onto the run in 2nd, but Esther was also hungry for success. Esther then ran past Lucy, so Lucy finished 3rd.
Lucy is still as fuelled as ever to improve, and if she can improve like she has in the last 10 months in the next 10 months then she and I will continue to be very proud.
Busy mother and working Mum, Gemma Davies Haywood raced Ocean Lava Olympic. Gemma has come from non athlete to triathlete in under 12 months, yesterday racing her 2nd triathlon and came 3rd in her age category. Congratulations Gemma, Keep this going! You are on an exciting journey!
Another busy mother new to doing the sport, Sue Holdaway raced Ocean Lava Olympic, She enjoyed it, conquered the challenge and won her category!! Congratulations Sue!!
Coach Bella with her very successful Kids Team. Photo: James Mitchell Photography
Many of my TriActiv kids raced on Saturday. They dominated in their categories. We had wins, podiums and great personal achievements. I was very proud to continue to see their absolute love of the challenges and continuing to get the best from themselves.
Kate Bevilaqua won the Gnarly Bear 50km Trail race in Idaho, USA. This was great training and preparation for her late season race plans. Very well done on a great effort Kate.
Race Recap from Coach Cameron Watt:
Katey Gibb backed up her recent National Duathlon Championship win with another victory under heavy training load, this time in the “Race around Rotto” a long course triathlon on Rottnest Island. Rottnest Island is a small Island 18km west of the Fremantle which I know well as one of the last times I was there for a national cycling event my boys went 1st & 2nd.
This weekend also saw us conduct a Trisutto camp for the Goondiwindi Triathlon Club which concluded with the clubs weekly mini Tri’s held at the local pool. They have such a great club atmosphere and are unique in that they put on one of the oldest long course triathlons in the country, with this February Hell of the West being the 26th edition!!
Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:
Challenge Paguera was a great race for my athletes!
Viola Frey won her age group! Very happy for her. She struggled in the swim with the waves and almost wanted to leave the water already. But then she fought herself through. Her bike is a killer. And she run it home safely. Big congrats to Viola!
Also Jenny Schulz had a very good race at Challenge Paguera, finishing 4th. An improved swim, very good bike and super fast run brought her very close to the podium. Strong finish of the season and we will hard to storm som por podiums next year.
Of course, Kay Schindler had a stong race as well. He also struggled a bit with the challenging conditions. Waves and very slippery roads. But finally toughened it out on the run to finish Sub-5h! That on a tough day! Very well done!
Back in Switzerland, Daniela Manser ran a fantastic half marathon in Ascona. Not only did she win her age group in a time of 1:37h – she also improved her personal best by over 5min! Big congrats on that strong showing!
And finally Ebrahim Alromaihi finished 11th overall in a Short Distance race in Doha against a strong field, including some pros. He was 5th out of the water and battled hard on the bike and run to keep as good a position as possible.
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
This past weekend, at the inaugural Ironman Hefei 70.3 in the Peoples Republic of China, Bali-based Indonesian triathlete Andy Wibowo was in action, for his last international race of the season. After almost 8 months of consistent racing and traveling to many countries, Andy achieved his strongest triathlon performance ever.
After his usual strong swim, the former Olympic butter-flyer rode the majority of the wide open 90 KM bike leg in “no man’s land”, between the pro’s and other age groupers. Once off the bike, he ran strongly and consistently. Across the line, he was 2nd in the 35-39 age group, in a PR time of 4h12, which also happens to be the fastest half ironman performance ever by a South East Asian.
This strong performance also earned him a prestigious slot, to the 2017 Ironman World Championships on the big island of Kona, Hawaii. Which was his major objective to accomplish when he started triathlon. This makes him as well the first Indonesian male to achieve this qualification. He will also be joined by his coach, Mat, who also qualified for Kona himself, at the same event!
Race Recap from Coach Andrew Wright:
Congrats to Olaf for winning the 40-44 AG in Heifei. After a year off racing he is ready for Kona next year.
Race Recap from Coach Dan McIntosh:
Power couple Paul and Leigh Stiekema raced Ironman 70.3 Tempe on Sunday in preparation for Ironman Cozumel. They enjoyed a short taper the week before and were ready to race after several weeks of consistent training. The race plan was largely centered around navigating scenarios they will encounter in Cozumel such as heat and large packs of athletes on the relatively flat bike course. It’s always difficult to hold back, especially on flatter courses but with temps over 90 there are few opportunities to regain momentum if its lost too soon. Both Paul and Leigh worked the conservative plan and closed out the 3rd loop of the bike and the 2nd half of the 21k run very strong earning a 2nd and 12th place respectively. This bodes well for where their fitness is and what they can do in Cozumel.
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
Only had one athlete racing this weekend & it was the one & only Melonie MacDonald. Melonie is someone who inspires me as a coach daily. She runs a busy dental clinic which is no doubt taxing mentally taking care of people all day- cuz really…who LOVES going to the Dentist?!?
She just optimizes positivity in everything she does & just puts her little cabbage on and gets the training done. Last year she had a horrible year in Triathlon, wanted to quit the sport, felt burnt out, not happy and was told she shouldn’t be running any more with the condition her hips were in. Instead of throwing in the towel, she came to mine & Brett’s camp in Calgary & hired me as a coach.
This weekend on her road to Ironman Cozumel, she had Ironman Arizona 70.3 in the schedule, and for the first time ever, she was excited to race!!
All was going well, she came out of the water in top 20 in her category, which is outstanding for a non swimmer, then plowed through the field (alone!) with her best bike split & came off the bike in 5th! Unfortunately 4 miles into the run, thing went very south, her stomach locked up and she was projectile vomiting for the rest of the race! Unbelievably despite all this she kept plugging along and crossed the finishline in 9th where she was given 2 bags of IV from severe dehydration from all the vomiting. Her fitness and strength were all there but a few “new” things were added to her breakfast that morning as well as the night before that we figured out after were just too hard to digest in 35 degree heat! Also, you never know in a place like Tempe what was lurking in the water as apparently it was hard seeing an arm length in front. Either way we are both glad this got sorted before the next race in Cozumel in 6 weeks! I couldn’t be more proud of her toughness shown not only in her daily grind but during this race! No doubt she is made for Ironman racing and will shine bright in Cozumel!
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Gisela Reichmuth raced in Challenge Mallorca finishing in an excellent 4th place in her category. The course was challenging with some surf, a hilly and technical bike course, and a run course that managed to include some rolling terrain also. This was an excellent milestone in Gisela’s preparation for Ironman Cozumel in 6 weeks.
Minsok Pak raced in the inaugural 70.3 Hefei in China. Finishing in a very creditable 7th place in his category, Minsok gave it everything he had on the day, but missed Kona qualifying by 23 seconds.
Also at 70.3 Hefei, Philippe Blatter duelled it out with friend and colleague Andrew Messick, crossing the finish line with a new Personal Best by a massive 16 minutes, to come in ahead of our Ironman CEO.
Minsok, Philippe and Andrew have incredibly busy schedules; all three in senior corporate roles, with weekly international travel part of their routine. They demonstrate what is possible, and that triathlon is training for life, and I applaud their tenacity and spirit. Well done.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Nina Derron’s tri season finished prematurely when she took a tumble off her bike in training in Jeju last month. Rather than call it quits on the season, we decided to recover from the crash, and push on and try and finish the season on a better note…, with a run race. The Amsterdam Half Marathon fitted the bill perfectly, so after 3 weeks of specific run training, Nina lined up to see what she could accomplish over a 21k flat run. The result, 7th place overall finish, averaging the 4 min km’s we set as a goal. Well done Nina, mission accomplished 🙂
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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