This weekend saw trisutto.com athlete Ritchie Nicholls compete at the Challenge Forte Village Sardinia Half Iron distance where he placed second behind Italian athlete Domenico Passuello. This result represents a gutsy comeback for Ritchie, who after being in good form had to pull out of Challenge Paguera last week due to illness. With such a short turnaround it was always going to be difficult to bounce back quickly here, which makes his performance all the more impressive. I’ll also mention the 1:12:58 half marathon split because he’s going to put a lot of hurt on a lot of serious people with that run next year.
This Sunday also saw our TriCozumel pro Ruthless (Ruth Nivon) take on a very hot, very humid and very hilly course at the REV3 Half Iron distance in Ixtapa Mexico. After starting 5 minutes behind the men Ruth swam into 6th place overall, maintained a lead over the bike and ran away from her opposition to be the first woman home and place 4th overall. Ruth will be taking on her maiden Ironman in Cozumel in 5 weeks so the solid hit-out in tough conditions is just what the doctor ordered. Well done, Ruth.
Finally, it was a tough day at the office for fellow TriCozumel pro Andres Castillo at the Miami 70.3. For the first time in his long distance career Andres had a DNF after a fall just out of the transition. Unfortunately, crashes are a reality of our sport and there is nothing you can do but pick yourself up, dust yourself off and focus your energies on the next one. For Andres that will also be the Cozumel Ironman, which is shaping up as a big race for the Sutto squad. Great job guys.
Andres will be nursing some scrapes and bruises