Kate Bevilaqua was 3rd at Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya.
This past weekend has been a busy one!
For me it kicked off with Kate Bevilaqua getting the best from herself in 70.3 Putrajaya. In hot and humid conditions she held it together mentally and physically to earn herself a place on the podium. 3rd place professional woman. The 70.3 in Taiwan 7 days earlier set her up very well! Congratulations Kate.
Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:
Every weekend, my athletes take important steps towards their long-term goals, be it in training or more publicly in racing. This weekend was no difference: I had a group of athletes completing their training camp with me on Mallorca much fitter and stronger than they had shown-up 2 weeks ago. Some athletes enjoyed first longer outside rides back in their home towns. Some finished their key sessions for next week’s racing at Ironman South Africa and Triathlon Protocolom. And of, course, there was some strong racing going on as well:
Guy Evans had a fantastic race at XTERRA Malta. His goal was to qualify for the 2016 XTERRA World Champs on Maui. He not only achieved this goal easily, but won his age group by a 20min lead over his next competitor! It was a superb delivery of performance on the day that counts and I was very happy with Guy’s race. He told me after: “You have certainly made me stronger, in all three disciplines, so I am very grateful. I look forward to seeing how we progress from here!“
Mauro Baertsch decided to race a very strong professional men’s field at Ironman 70.3 California as an early season test. Goal was a top-10 result, which he slightly missed by finishing 13th. However, he had a very solid race in all disciplines. His swim was better than I expected and it is great to see that the work over the winter on his stroke and overall swim fitness is paying off. Bike was usually strong and run was fast again. Almost exactly the same run time as on the stand-alone half marathon on Mallorca 2 weeks before. Catching and pulling guys like Kienle on the bike is not a bad thing. We hoped for more Kona points, but better than that, Mauro can take a bag full of self-confidence and motivation home from this race.
And finally, we got the official news, that paracyclist Thomas Schäfer
Thomas Schäfer will be suggested by Germany’s national coach for a nomination to compete in the German national team at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio! This is his big dream come true and the result of not just dreaming, but putting down the work and effort required to make great things happen. With incredible dedication and consistency, for the past 1,5 years Thomas has worked to qualify and stepped up at least 2 levels in performance and professionalism. I feel very privileged to have been allowed to guide him on his way towards his big goal. Right now, Thomas is on a fitness peak resulting form racing Paracycling World Champs 2 weeks earlier and we will use this to his advantage for a few local races in Germany, before we shift all our focus on the preparations for Rio.
Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:
Boo Hoo (Carina Brechters) raced Ironman Putrajaya this weekend and made more progress in her ‘learning to be a pro athlete’ trip.
Overconfidence from a fantastic race the week before had her getting a very painful lesson – you don’t push through the heat and ignore the conditions. In Ironman mother nature is the fiercest competitor of them all.
MBE (Mary Beth Ellis) opened her season with a training race to evaluate where her early season training is at present. While the very competitive Honey Badger is not happy if not on a podium, coach was quite pleased with most aspects of her early season training. Unlike others MBE has done most of her winter in the snow climate in Boulder. So I’m pleased with the progress.
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
I couldn’t be happier for Colin Raymond at his effort at Oceanside 70.3 on the weekend. Colin came to me just after recovery from a very traumatic illness & explained how he also often experiences a lot of pain when running off the bike in races. 5 months later Colin finishes one of his best half Ironmans with a run PB and no pain!
“Best I have ever felt at the end of the bike…I was really pushing the last 10 miles. And then a PR on the run…no back cramps…I just focused on posture we worked on at camp and fast turnover with the heels…super super happy. Thank you!”
Colin also entered the Corporate Challenge and was able to get a spot to 70.3 World’s in Mooloolaba!
Great great start to the year Colin!
On the other end of the globe Theresa Abbott took on the Tri 122 Lanzarote (1km swim, 50km bike with a monster 10km climb in it & 10km run). This is known for one of the toughest Olympic type distance races around and no surprises Theresa finishes with another age group win! Theresa is tough as nails, well done to you again Theresa!
Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:
Great job by Ana Berenguel this weekend, continuing to improve after a solid block of treadmill training. After being frustrated that a sprint triathlon she entered was canceled due to stormy weather in London last weekend, we agreed to change plans and allow her to race a Half Marathon in Wimbledon this Sunday.
Here’s how it went:
Just did the half. 1h38min-6th woman and super happy! I had not felt that good in a race in such a long time. Maybe I could have done closer to 1h36-37 if there were not 2 long hills that slowed me down. I also felt that the sprint and hill-treadmill sessions helped a lot.
So thank you so much for the training. Even with only 5 weeks, having missed the run session this week, and I am 10mins faster than the last half I did last November! 🙂
Race Recap from Coach Andrew Wright:
Herman Holst was 2nd in the 45-49 AG at Malaysia 70.3 today. Herman is based in Luxembourg, but trains with me from Hong Kong. Very happy to see him take the podium here.
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
Andy Wibowo had a great race at Ironman Putrajaya. Photo: AsiaTri.com
This past weekend at the Ironman Putrajaya 70.3 in beautiful Malaysia, swimming coach Andy Wibowo of Team Home based in Bali, Indonesia, put together a well balanced effort across all 3 legs to win the 35-39 age group, finish 3rd age grouper overall and 17th out of almost 900 racers! Andy also improved on his time from last year at this event, under hot and tough conditions.
Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:
Some updates from Trisutto.com Brazil!
Last weekend happened in Pirassununga SP The Short Triathlon Cia de Eventos e AFA (Academia das Forças Armadas). Karina one more time went to the podium! She got the second place in her category Age Group 35-39 and second in all amateurs and Luis Navas, who is going to 70.3 Palmas next week got the first place in his age group 35/39 and a Top 5 position including all professionals.
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Well done again this week to my athletes.
Congratulations to Chiin-Hooi Tan for her new PB at Jels Duathlon in Denmark, finishing 5.5 minutes quicker than last year, and 5th place female. Chiin with a running background, needed work on her bike (and swim), and has embraced the big gear (and paddles, buoy) in training.
In her own words,
Certainly a different athlete to what I was 2 years ago. New techniques, new tools, new regime (treadmill runs were out of question in my mind when we started!) and also some good tips from Brett during camp have all contributed to it. Very pleased and looking forward to the new season.
Gisela Reichmuth on a training vacation ran into 4th place female at a 5km in Pollenca, Spain. Nice way to round out a 10 day block of training in the sun.
Jason Ramdeen finished 4th place in his category and 10th age group athlete at the Lifetime Triathlon at South Beach, Florida. A morning of adapting and overcoming for Jason, with bike shoes left at home, and Jasons wife Efua making an emergency drive down to the race.
Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:
Lauren Capone stepped up to the pro ranks at Oceanside 70.3 this past weekend. In the week leading into the race, she developed a glut issue that only got worse as the week progressed. Rather than lose the race, I put her on the start line with a plan get one under the belt and to gain some experience on the swim in a field of this caliber. The high quality work that LC’s been putting into training this winter showed as she lead the second pack out of the water. We’re looking forward to seeing what she can do on the bike and run in her next race!
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
Melanie Baumann competed at a half marathon in Freiburg, Germany this weekend and had another fantastic result. A half marathon PB by 3 minutes, 16th out of 1660 overall and 4th in her age group! Melanie described it as probably the most consistent run she’s ever done, running a steady pace throughout the 21km:
Couldn’t be happier on a day that I didn’t expect myself to run that well, after not feeling all to well in the lead up to this race. Really happy where things are going! Thanks Coach Lisbeth, for having the recipe to constantly making me faster!!!
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:
Slowly the race season here in Italy is starting, especially with some duathlon races. A few of my athletes also did Granfondo cycling races or marathons as training for upcoming long distance triathlons:
This past weekend:
Italian Age Group Championship Duathlon no draft (olympic distance):
Patrizia Dorsi, 3.place 2:19.37
Emanuele Mutti, 15.place 2:12.12
Gustavo Lodi, 48.place 2:28.02 (unfortunately Gustavo suffered severe cramping)
Stefano Matalucci, 3:24.26 new PB
Sara Platini, relay team 10km 49.39
Trail run 18km Ticino-Switzerland:
Valeria Airaldi 1:56
Granfondo Selle Italia 150km:
Mauro Fiorini 6:05
Stefano grossi 5:30
Granfondo La Spezia 103km:
Graffando Cagliari – Sardegna 117km:
Massimo Argiolas 2.place 3:33
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Mirjam Weerd and Kim Kilgroe both took advantage of local grassroots races this weekend as part of their training as they prepare for bigger events in the coming weeks.
In the Netherlands Mirjam competed in the 25th Edition of the Amersfoort Aquathon where she blasted out a quick 1k swim in the pool followed by a fast 10k run to take the win. A nice confirmation that all is on track!
Kim laid it on the line Saturday morning to finish off her final 5km Park Run here on the Sunshine Coast with a big PB. She was a woman on a mission and one very happy athlete at the finish 🙂
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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