I’m running out of adjectives.
We suspected the Angry Bird (Daniela Ryf) would be up for a big performance on her home turf, and she delivered for the fourth time this season with a dominating performance in front of family and friends at Rapperswil.
First out of the water by 4 minutes followed up with the fastest bike split by 11 minutes. Race over.
As per pre-race instructions Stella did a great job turning it off once the effort was there and race secured.
An 18 minute annihilation of a field that included a 3-time Ironman winner. Wonderful job, now we move into our full distance training.
Our other athlete competing this weekend in the German Tri Bundesliga was emerging pro, Carina Brechters, who took a Top 10 result at Triathlon Kraichgau. A power swim-rider, Carina worked hard, but the ITU sprint format discriminates agains those whose run is the weakest leg. We’ll work on improving this as she returns to camp in St Moritz.
This weekend also saw Trisutto.com coached athletes line up across Europe and the US:
Dan McIntosh took out the win at the Crescent Moon triathlon this weekend.
Jo Spindler lead the charge with another round of impressive results.
Diana Riesler won Irontrimallorca Half Olimpico today only 2 weeks after her dominating performance at Ironman Lanzarote. Iris Tiedeken wins her age group at 70.3 Rapperswil. Also in Rapperswil, Lisa Stucki is 2nd out of the water, 3rd of the bike and finishes 5th in her Age Group. Very proud of Joan Toni Fullana Mestre who wins his age group at IRONTRI and with a superb effort places 4th overall! Christian Nitschke has a solid come back race and grabs the 2nd place at Vierlanden Triathlon. Thomas, Oliver Klaus, Rico Giovanoli, Viola Frey and of course Carmen Taper all had solid performances at Kraichgau resp. Rapperswil! Thomas Schäfer set the bar yesterday with his 2nd place at the paracycling world cup TT in Italy. Well done to all competing this weekend!
Lisbeth Kristensen trained athlete Kitty Perle also competed in Rapperswil, placing 10th in her age group and with the roll down earning her spot for Ironman 70.3 World Championship’s in Austria. She had her best swim ever, awesome bike (2.44) but then she ended up with stomach problems on the run which is typically her best discipline. She’s been training really hard this winter and the hard training is starting to pay off. Well done on your qualification. Melanie Baumann, who also competed, struggled throughout the whole race after swallowing a lot of water in the swim. She battled through bravely (even being physically sick at one point) to get through and place 7th in her age group. Well done Melanie, you’ll be back racing again in 2 weeks in Heilbronn in Germany.
Edith Niederfriniger had seven athletes competing across Europe this weekend also: Well done to Anna (5:55:57), Davide (5:24:52), Mirco (5:42:00) and Mery (6:23:35) on your performances at Rapperswil this weekend. In addition to the Swiss 70.3 Champs, Edith’s squad had several athletes completing ‘training’ races with Sara racing the Nike 10km run in Milan, with a solid effort in very hot conditions, and Francesca starting at the Eddy Merckx Gran Fondo bicycle race. An impressive 14 minute improvement on last year, finishing in 2:57.
Finally, special mention to age group triathletes, Terrence Hines, who completed a local Olympic Distance triathlon in Denmark this weekend. Hurrying slowly and surprising himself with a better than expected result. And to Larry Thompson, who was competing in the iconic Escape from Alcatraz triathlon and placed 5th in his age group.
Congratulations to all those competing this weekend.