1st and 3rd for Nicola Spirig and Carina Brechters at Ironman 70.3 Italy this weekend.
This weekend saw the Captain Matt Trautman bounce back to his best. No taper this weekend saw him have his best swim of the season, followed by a strong bike and a run that suited his strengths on a strong course. Made him very tough to beat. Well done.
Meanwhile, Nicola (Spirig) and Boo Hoo (Carina Brechters) went on a Thelma and Louise girls weekend to compete at the IM 70.3 Pescara in Italy. Both had different ambitions for the race: Nicola to practice a beach start and produce a podium split run. While Boo was asked to keep control on the run and bring it home rather than falling apart. Both achieved their missions taking 1st and 3rd. With a 1:14:54 Nicola missing the fastest run split overall by only 40 seconds to a very good runner in Ruedi Wild. It was a terrific effort.
We also had Jane Hansom have a cracking race at IM 70.3 Staffordshire. Her swimming has just taken off and she not only won her age group, but was the fastest overall female outside the pro field. Excellent performance.
Race Recap from Coach Cam Watt:
Sarah Crowely 3rd place at the Ironman Asia Pacific Championships. Photo: Korupt Vision
The Asia Pacific Championships at Ironman Cairns was a great day out for all Trisutto athletes. All overcame a tough day out with very choppy seas, brutal wind and intermittent tropical showers all day.
Sarah Crowely showed again she is on an upward trajectory finishing 3rd at a major Championship. With a lot of work still to do, take this result as a small warning shot. The next one will be fired out of a cannon…
Hayley Stevenson, a mum with a very busy/successful professional work life PB’d by 40min on a one session a day program that yielded her a 11:48. John Auriac fell sick the week of the race, but held it together for an under the weather solid 6th in his 55-59 year age group.
In the Ironman 70.3 Cairns (held at same time as the Ironman) we had Erin Reid who we set a goal of gaining confidence and having fun above all performance goals after recovering from a horrific bike crash that smashed not only her body, but the mental challenges that face every rider after such a fall. She not only achieved this in the race with a big smile on her face but also in a very handy time.
Finally, Bronwyn Lock, a working mother of 5 again inspired all by chopping off another good chunk of time off her PB from Port Macquarie which was only 6 weeks ago! Well done team.
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
Kate Bevilaqua came 2nd at 70.3 Japan. Kate had a good race in challenging conditions, a non-wetsuit swim, a lapped bike route with many athletes racing at the same time, and a run course with steps, corners, bridges, hills, ramps which breaks the rhythm. Annabel Luxford put on a magnificent race to win. Now Kate will back this race up with 70.3 Korea next weekend.
Anne Jenson had one of her best races yet at Challenge Denmark, using the fitness she gained through the winter and her recent 7th placing at Ironman Lanzarote. Winner Mirjam Weerd put on a very good race, but the ever improving Anne also had a good race to come 2nd. This motivated and determined lady will continue to work away for better faster results.
Graeme Stewart came 6th at Challenge Denmark, once again having bad luck with punctures. This time he was prepared for the situation, but still it is just bad luck to suffer from flat tires. Keep up the good work so you can have your day soon Graeme!
Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:
Lauren Capone (LC), had another top professional finish this weekend, this time claiming 3rd at 70.3 Eagleman. After coming in 5th at 70.3 Raleigh last weekend, LC is on a hot streak and embraced the heat and humidity in her home state of on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland. Once again, LC asserted herself from the gun, exiting the water in the second pack of swimmers and wasting no time in transition. LC rode a solid effort that was good enough to keep her in striking distance on the run. Once onto the run, LC went on the attack clocking the fastest run of the day by over five minutes and blasting through the field to claim 3rd and climb onto her first pro podium. Her smile at the finish says it all!
Bex Fink had an outstanding performance at Ironman Cairns! In my opinion, this was her best IM performance in very challenging conditions. Bex raced 70.3 Honu last weekend as a run-through for IM Cairns. She had an excellent race there, and was confident, ready, and prepared to follow up with another personal best performance. She dove into that high surf and rolling sea and came out with a personal best swim, and continued through the bike and run with consistency, strength, and grit. Bex and I have been working together for just nine weeks, and we’re onto something great. This is the start of a new chapter in Bex’s training and racing. For now though, it’s a little well-earned relaxation and fun in Australia. Well done Bex!
Oliver Saxon toed the line at the ITU Leeds event in his home country. Ollie charged through the swim setting a personal best in the water. Ollie’s took advantage of his strength on the bike and positioned himself for a solid run. Looking forward to some more great races this summer as Ollie continues to push the boundaries and set new benchmarks and personal bests. Congrats Ollie!
My newest athlete, Dj Hanback, got to put his newfound Trisutto fitness and skills to the test with a local sprint, the Ideal Beach Triathlon. Dj won his age group and took 3rd overall for the day. Fantastic racing Dj. Can’t wait to see how you go at 70.3 Steelhead!
Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:
Carmen Grosse won her age group at Ironman 70.3 Pescara. Due to the strong wind and waves, the swim was cancelled for the age groupers, but Carmen was one of the few athletes who still were sent into the water. Then only during the start procedure the decision was made, to cancel the swim. So Carmen and an few other athletes, had to complete their swim and the other athletes had to wait for them. Then race started again with the bike and the swim was annulled. Despite Carmen had the fastest bike and run splits and a sovereign win.
Taiwanese superstar Shiao-Yu was in a close battle all day with the girls at 70.3 Japan and finished 4th in the pro field, very close to the podium. A great race after winning Challenge Taiwan a few weeks ago and a great preparation for 70.3 South-Korea this week.
Mauro Baertsch had a strong race at 70.3 Staffordshire. He finished 5th, with solid performances in all 3 disciplines, pushing hard on the run, making the move for top-5 only on the last km of the run. He earned himself some valid Kona points and a lot of confidence for the races ahead.
Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:
Kiera Tippet continued her great run of form this weekend as she travelled to the ITU World Series in Leeds and lined up at the National AG Aquathlon Champs. She had a great swim, improving all the time and showing her strength. Her 1st lap of the run was solid, but her training paid off for the second lap as she decided to push and go to cross the line first and add the Aquathlon title to her British Triathlon title won recently. This puts her in great position as she flys out to France in a couple of weeks for the European Champs. Great work Kiera!
Laura Fidler lined up this weekend at the Staffordshire 70.3. We set out our goals in October last year and aimed to 1) win her age group and 2) try and hit 5 hours or just under.
This was her first 70.3 under the Trisutto way of training so I was very excited to see what she could do as the improvements were there. On race day she put in a solid swim (not great but that’s not her strength yet) to come out 10th in her AG with a lot of work to do. She got her head down and started grinding those gears bringing herself all the way up to the front with one of the fastest female bike splits of the day! On the run again she worked hard increasing her lead all the time and crossing the finish line in 5.02 winning her AG and coming 8th female overall! More importantly smashing her time here last year by 21 minutes. So a massive improvement. Very well done.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Mirjam Weerd stepped back up to the full ironman distance racing this weekend at Challenge Denmark, her first race of this distance in nearly 3 years. It was a fantastic day and a memorable win for Mirjam. She raced strongly the whole day leading from start to finish (even leading all the men out of the water!) Really proud of this performance and looking forward to having Mirjam join the Trisutto squad in St.Moritz next week.
Beth Scholes lined up for her first Triathlon of the season in England at 70.3 Staffordshire. A good chance to blow away a few racing cobwebs and test out her new strong swim. In the tough wet conditions, Beth rounded out the day with a Top 10 age group finish. Good work Beth!
Sergio Silva lined up for his 4th Half Ironman at Eagleman 70.3 in the USA, a race that really turned on the heat this year! After a strong swim and bike, Sergio battled severe breathing issues and asthma on the run. I’m really proud of the way Sergio stayed calm, and with his never give up attitude he was able to manage himself to the finish line. Improvise and overcome – Sergio really earned his finishers medal at this race!
Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:
Ana Berenguel raced The Windsor Triathlon on Sunday. We treated it as a training race with no taper and straight after a solid session with Coach on Saturday, riding for 2 hours followed by a 30min run with few pick ups.
After checking the results I was very happy with her swim and run splits, which was one of the fastest in her Age Group, but somewhat disappointed about the bike split. Maybe we pushed too hard on the bike?! My disappointment turned into amusement when I have received her race report:
The race was great and felt strong, in particular on the bike. I was overtaking all the time (except one girl) 🙂 even those with TT bikes but I was so focused that I missed a turn and ended up doing 46kms!!:-((( I was soooo angry!! Looking at the times on my Garmin I think that getting lost meant loosing 11 minutes. Sooo disappointed!! So I think it would have been about 2h34min, which would have meant a PB, yeyyy!!!
Great job Ana and not a bad bike performance for someone who when we met for the first time said: ‘my legs are not built for cycling and everyone overtakes me in races, even girls on commuter and MTB bikes’. Great job and I’m looking forward to you next races (70.3 and then an IM).
Rodica Grigorescu is very new to triathlon and endurance training in general. She decided to take it on after years of completely inactive lifestyle. We are building up very slowly with an objective to complete first sprint race towards the end of the season. She is making very good progress and she made me proud this week when she completed a very challenging run session. To be honest I thought she may struggle but her determination is second to none and she keeps improving in all three disciplines with every session.
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
What a weekend of racing for my athletes!
I have to admit a podium result is excellent. But even more execellent is when I see an athlete racing injury free again – that was Lesley Tozer and Jacqui Saxon.
First Lesley came to me with a hamstring issue that we have been working with for most of this year and it’s been improving to the point that she took on Victoria 70.3 and raced consistantly with no pain. What’s even more impressive is Lesley has 7 kids and works as a personal trainer and an extremely hectic schedule, so I’m very impressed to be seeing even small improvements!
Jacqui Saxon came on board after a compete ACL reconstruction at the end of last year and just did her first race back at Leeds! Still have a ways to go but is certinaly on her way back to race form 🙂
Chris Oliphant also took on Victoria 70.3 and produced his best swim, had a very strong ride and held on for the run he was hoping for and as well as managing to crack 5:00! Good first race of the year and nice build up to Calgary 70.3 in just over a month!
Gary Mullen’s also took on Victoria 70.3 and although has just started with us- is showing to be quite consistant across all 3 disciples.
No surprises Theresa Abbott took the Age Group win in the treacherous Stafford 70.3 & did a fantastic job at controlling herself on the bike!
Kendell hopped into the Wasa Triathlon last minute and came away with an Age Group Win as well! This is extremely exciting for Kendell as last year she lost a lot of confidence and thought she was going to be done with the sport! So proud of Kendell!
Last but not least Susie also took on Wasa lake- Susie is tough as nails and as expected felt string on the bike and as a result, had a good run- just need to get in the pool more and the results will come!
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:
This weekend’s results are all very satisfying from my team:
At 70.3 Pescara – Italy: the swim was cancelled due to bad sea conditions (only for the age group athletes, the pros did the regular race! But we still saw some excellent results.
Irene Coletto, 4th place W30-34 4:28.48
Elena De Preto, 5th place W50-54 5:16.17. Elena got the slot for the 70.3 Worlds in Australia! So now I have 5 athletes qualified. 🙂
Stefano Matalucci, 53rd M40-44 4:31.31
Massimo Argiolas, 17th M 50-54 4:29.40
Federica Billi did a 50km Ultrarace in Genova (Italy) with 2660+ in 10hours. She is training for Tor de Geant in September.
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Sarah Keller traveled from Zurich to San Francisco, to compete in the famous Escape From Alcatraz. This has been Sarah’s dream race for some time, and was wonderful to share the journey with her. Mission accomplished, now to reflect, soak up the achievement, and consider the next goal 🙂
Also in San Francisco, Mark Watt had less travel to also race in the Escape From Alcatraz, a home town race for him. Treating it as a fun event following his recent Kona qualifying race at Ironman Texas, Mark had a nice training day, as we start to think ahead to Ironman Mt Tremblant and then Kona.
Neil Scholes raced in the cold and wet 70.3 Staffordshire. An improved swim and bike saw Neil moving up the field to 7th starting the run. A solid run maintained his position, and while not a podium to round out the day, he played the cards dealt, and the work he has done, showed in the first two legs. With a summer block of training, I wouldn’t bet against Neil being on a podium to round out his season.
Chiiin-Hooi Tan raced in Challenge Denmark Half, a local race for Chiin. Two weeks ago Chiin competed in a tough half iron distance race, which was just the training required to give her a boost for today’s race. The work on her swim was rewarded with second out of the water by only 1 second (and first out of T1), then she led all day. A slightly lowered cadence put to good work with a 5 minute lead off the bike, followed by the fastest run of her category for an 11 minute win, and 12th overall female. Almost the perfect race performance from Chiin, with a well implemented moderate, medium, mad race plan; and the instructions to ‘plan your race, and race your plan’. 10 out of 10.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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