At our age group athletes train by the exact same principles like our professionals. If there is a proof needed that those principles works equally well then just have a look as this weekend’s result. Both, Carmen Grosse and Iris Tiedeken won their respective age groups at the Ironman 70.3 European Championships in Wiesbaden. Same result, two different approaches.

Camen came straight off a 3 weeks training block with lot’s of aerobic foundation for her later season goals. She got no tapering, she got no race wheels, had to cycle on her heavy low profile training wheels. I didn’t even expect her to win, just was looking for a decent finish of her training block. That she still won and performed so well on tired legs shows the class of an athlete she is. We got everything out of that weekend what we wanted, and a little bit more. Very well done!

Iris_JoIris was 1st in her category and 2nd fastest AG overall!

Iris also had a huge training block before the race, but went into a full taper before the race. She entered the race fresh and on fast legs. That good tapering routine can make a big difference, showed her result: She not only won her age group by a huge margin (AK 50 – hope I’m allowed to share) – but was 2nd fastest age grouper of the day! Very well done and looking forward to a strong finish of the season at the big dance.

Kay_JoKay Schindler also putting in a good performance!

Kay Schindler had a good race at the European Champs, finishing Top-50 in his AK with solid splits in all 3 sports. We just started our cooperation and will work hard to move him up the ranks.

Andrej_Jo recapAndrej Vistica 2nd at Embrunman! Photo credit: TriMax Magazine

But also my pros stood nothing short to my age group champs:

Andrej finished 2nd at Embrunman, the hardest iron distance race on the planet. Unfortunately, he could not defend his title and win again, but he still showed a great race and fully performed to his potential at that specific and very hot day. After missing some training early in the year due to a nasty bike crash, he is now getting better and better from race to race and I’m looking forward to a strong finish of the season.

Gerhard_DublinTop 5 for Gerhard de Bruin at IM 70.3 Dublin.

At Ironman 70.3 Dublin, Gerhard de Bruin had his best race so far. A 1:18 run served him well to place Top-5 professional. Solid performances on swim and run, backed off with a fast run. The puzzle is coming together step by step.

Pascale_TrumpyEdging towards a podium: Pascale Trümpy

Finally Pascale Trümpy got finally close to her first podium. She finished 4th at the Urner Triathlon. She entered the race immediately after coming back from a nice training camp here in St. Moritz. Seems like the work and training at altitude paid off immediately. She played her bike strength (and the strength of Nic’s bike) dragging her fellow athletes allong the course. Once we fixed her run, she will be up on the podium.

Jo_camp_weekSquad at Training Camp in St. Moritz last week.

And, as mentioned already, we had a great training camp last week up here in St. Moritz. Lot’s of talks and good insights into the way we train and how to achieve more with less. At some point, at some place, the work for all this success has to be done. There are no short-cuts. But hard work works!

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Maurice_LisbethMaurice Inzirillo had a PB in all 3 disciplines!

Giacomo Giovenali raced the 70.3 European Champs in Wiesbaden. Giocomo’s in the army and he was hoping to be able to get one of the 10 slots that were available for the military to go to Hawaii! Giacomo has been training very hard and in very hot conditions as he was for a few months based in Lebanon! Unfortunately, Giacomo didn’t have the bike legs that we were hoping for and even though he ran very well and just under 1:30, this just wasn’t enough!

Maurice Inzirillo raced Dublin 70.3 and he had another great race! He finished 2nd in his age group 55-59. Another podium to Maurice! Maurice had an OK swim (38 mins), a great bike (2:28) and another awesome run! (1:30:12) and was only 2 1/2 mins from the first spot! Maurice also qualified for 70.3 World Champs next year! Congratulations Maurice, I’m very proud of you! Maurice will now start to prepare for Hawaii.

Race Recap from Coach Cam Watt:

Sarah_Chungju1st place for Sarah Crowley at Ironman 70.3 Chungju.

After Sarah Crowley’s Asia Pacific podium last week we took the opportunity to get another weeks training done in Korea’s Kona like heat and humidity and cap the week off with 70.3 Changhu. Sarah took out the limited field comfortably coming over the line 3rd overall with the quickest run of the day. This was Sarah’s 3rd 70.3 victory. Sarah heads back to Australia now to finish off prep ahead of Sunshine Coast 70.3 worlds!

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Paula Ponte continues to make great strides toward her race at the Ironman World Championships. This weekend she mixed it up at the 70.3 European Championships despite a recent foot injury that would keep her from getting out on the run. Undeterred, Paula was first in her group out of the water, and second off the bike. Next stop is Kona. Fit and healthy, Paula will be in the fight.

Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:

Andy - Photo Credit Didit SantosoAndy setting a quick pace on the run. Photo Credit: Didit Santoso

Last Sunday, Bali based triathlete Andy Wibowo competed at his home race, the Herbalife Bali Olympic Distance triathlon. He started the day with a bellow average swim, which is the effect of a big bike/run focus during his recent training camp in Jeju. Once on dry land, he threw down a negative split bike and put together a solid run, to win the overall race in a respectable time of 2h03.

This race served as his final training race before the upcoming 70.3 world championships in Australia, in 3 weeks time. Needless to say, he took very little rest prior to this event and will be back into his training regime very soon!

Paolo Mt MayonBounce back performance from Paolo.

On the same day, but in the beautiful city of Legazpi in the Philippine Islands Dubai based OFW, Paolo Magnilinan, was in action at the MT Mayon Olympic Distance triathlon. He was hungry for redemption after a poor showing at the recent Cobra Ironman 70.3, one week ago in Cebu, which after a strong swim, he suffered some leg cramps in the later stages of the bike and on the run.

After another strong swim, Paolo experienced a bit of mechanical issues on the bike, but overcame it quickly and then focused to get back into his rhythm, before capping it off with a strong 10 KM run off the bike. He managed to score 2nd place his the fast and youthful 25-29 age group!

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Kiera_Tippet_PerryKiera has had a wonderful season.

Kiera Tippett raced in the British AG Champs Standard distance at the weekend in Liverpool. Kiera has been showing some good progress recently in her races and is adding some national medals to back these performances up is great to see. Kiera put in a solid swim and exited the water in 23min which put her in a great position going into the bike. She then worked hard to hold her position losing a couple of spaces but then picking them up again just coming into T2, out on the run and Kiera had work to do if she was going to pick up a medal, so she dug deep and pushed hard to cross the line in 2.31 and finishing 3rd. Very well done Kiera!

Kerry Hickson decided to have a go at a 10km Swim YES swim this weekend. I’ve recently nicknamed her the mermaid, she’s been putting in some good hard training and couldn’t wait to get going. Having never done the distance before she wasn’t sure on the pace, but we decided warm into it and build progress as the time ticked away. She did exactly that and worked into it, built a lot of confidence as the race went on and started to pull away from the major packs, eventually crossing the line in 2hrs 50min! An awesome time for someone who’s never done this distance before and finishing 10th overall and 4th female was a great result. Well done Kerry!

Race Recap from Coach Mathias Hecht:

So impressed with Bettina Steiger. After just starting with triathlon a few months ago (when we started working together) she has shown she is a massive talent. A former top athlete in orienteering and mountain running she is now strong in triathlon too. After her first triathlon a few weeks ago, now she finished 4th in her age group at the 70.3 European Championships in Wiesbaden!

Very happy!!! Hey I finished 4th in my age group.! missed 3rd by just 22secs… Thank you.

At the UK Olympic distance championship Patrick Thierney despite suffering from gastroenteritis prior to the race put in a very gutsy performance. He achieved 2 of the 3 targets that were set earlier on this year, with a sub 1 HR bike (59 mins) and a sub 40 min run (38)! Well done.

Finally, Adam Miller won his age groupe in a race in the UK. He is currently preparing for 70.3 Worlds and is right on track. We used this race as a good last hit out and to work on the speed. Great job by the team.

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Nina running to the tape in WiesbadenNina running to the tape in Wiesbaden.

A big challenge and a deep Professional field greeted Nina Derron this weekend as she lined up at the 70.3 European Champs in Wiesbaden. Fighting hard all day, Nina picked up several places on the hilly bike course and finished off with her best run split, crossing the line with a creditable 13th place finish. A valuable race experience to build upon.

Ingrid powering though the Time TrialIngrid powering though the Time Trial.

Bike racing is Ingrid Kidd’s first love and we use the races to compliment her Triathlon program wherever possible. This last weekend Ingrid had a very busy race schedule with 3 events – first up Saturday was the Scottish Team Time Trial Champs where Ingrid’s team picked up a solid 3rd place.

Next day it was the Sharon Argue Memorial Trophy comprising of both a short Individual Time Trial followed by a 50km road race. Ingrid was really pleased with her results and finished as the fastest overall veteran for the day.  Congratulations Ingrid. 🙂

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Gisela Reichmouth 5km run race August 2016Gisela Reichmouth 3rd in Allgäu.

Thiss weekend Sarah Keller raced in Fuller Dorf-Triathlon on Saturday, with a very pleasing 3rd best bike split, and the Walensee Cher 1.7km open water swim race on Sunday, placing a super 4th.

Gisela Reichmuth ran in a 5km road race in Allgäu, placing 3rd female. Was excellent to see both in summer camp recently in St Moritz!

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

Great run by MarianaGreat run by Mariana.

Our journey to Embrunman with Little Cabbage (Emma Bilham) hit a few unexpected snags with a tyre puncture providing over a 10min handicap only to get back into the race and have her asthma affected by a freshly cut paddock just before the famous climb of Col de l’Izoard. However she composed herself on finishing the bike and did what real Iron people do, conquered to marathon and the race. I love courageous failures more than wins so old coach is very proud.

Then on to Mariana Solorzano who at short notice was asked by coach not do a short race in Switzerland but to go to Wiesbaden and do a long one to get ready for the World 70.3 Championships. And what a good hit out it was, a great swim and super run to finish 6th should help her be ready for anything Australia can throw at her.

Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend. online triathlon coaches are available to help improve your performance here.

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