Another Top 5 for Mauro Baertsch at Ironman Barcelona.


While everybody is shifting their attention to the last days leading up to the race in Kona, we at have already started the road to next year’s Hawaii with a series of great results this weekend at Ironman Barcelona.


Iris Race Report
Congratulations Ironman Barcelona AG winner: Iris Tiedeken


Iris Tiedeken won her age group by a huge margin. The ocean swim suited her well, she exited the water in 2nd. She played her strength on the bike with a 5:06 bike split and ran away even more from her competition with a 3:39hr marathon. That gave her a total time of 9:47h, an age group win by about 20min and an overall 12th position as well. After missing the podium at the 70.3 World Champs in Zell am See a few weeks ago, I’m very happy Iris could pull such a good race off last Sunday. Iris’s preparation had some ups and downs, but as often with experienced athletes, it all came together exactly to the point. Very well done and a huge congrats. Now bring on Hawaii 2016!

Mauro Ranking2
Another fantastic performance was the race of Mauro Bartsch in the pro category. Only 5 weeks after his win at Ironman Vichy and only 3 weeks after a Top-5 race at IM 70.3 Rügen he clearly showed that he’s not a nine-day-wonder by placing again in the Top-5 (4th) in a very competitive pro men’s field. We are working on his swim a lot and he again could improve a bit in the first discipline. He missed, however, the first group. His girlfriend told him straight away that this cost him a podium finish – and she is spot on. A coach can call himself happy to have some strong support! Mauro pushed hard on the bike to close the gap to the leaders but kept enough in the tank for a 2:49 marathon, which earned him a great 4th place in a fantastic overall time of 8:10h. His performances over the past 5 weeks earned him enough points to lead the 2016 Kona Pro Ranking – at least for 6 days. But if that ranking as of now was the result of next years Hawaii – nothing agains that! Rock on, Mauro!


Dave Race Report
Dave Connor training ahead of the National Duathlon Champs.
Dave Connor raced the English National Duathlon Championships and placed Top-10 in his age group. As a person, who continuously strives for his absolute best – he is not exactly happy with that result. However, I can tell you he did extremely well, as I gave him a 4hr bike ride the day before the race. Funny he wondered that he had tired legs during the race. I take full responsibility for costing him a Top-5 result. But as we are preparing for the ITU World Champs in Adelaide the long term view didn’t allow for an extended taper. As a coach, my job is to make decisions and prioritise things. Desperate goals need desperate actions. This weekend’s effort will serve Dave very well in his long term development and the ITU Champs in Adelaide. You can bet on that.


Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:


Mariana Andrade Rio
Mariana Andrade winning Ironman 70.3 Rio de Janeiro: @Sandra Guedes/MundoTRI


Fantastic two weeks of racing by Mariana Andrade. She backed up her win at Powerman Brazil from last weekend with an impressive win at 70.3 Rio today. Mariana had a great swim and then moved to the front with another very strong showing on the bike, reaching T2 with a 10 minute lead. A controlled run saw her finish a clear winner.
At Silverman 70.3 in Las Vegas Anne Basso ran strongly to finish in 9th position. Anne will now head back to her second home to train in beautiful Cozumel.


Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:


John Stapleton
John Stapleton in action at IM Barcelona.


John Stapleton raced Ironman Barcelona this weekend finishing in 10:37:06  A PB by 26 minutes.
I was actually worried about John because on the Tuesday before the race he hurt his back and was not able to move very much! But with lots of massage and then light training before the race he was able to move again.  And with a very determined min and a fit body he got to the finish line in his best time ever.  Well done John! A great way to finish your 2015 triathlon season!


 Well done, Esther!


Esther Rodríguez came 4th in the competitive Lanzarote to La Graciosa open water swim at the weekend.  Esther is training well and ready for a good triathlon race soon!


Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:


Jordan Bryden
 Jordan Bryden 2nd at Ironman 70.3 Gurye.


To finish off our quiet weekend of racing ahead of the Big Dance next weekend: I was very impressed to see Jordan Bryden convert his excellent block of training at Jeju into the Runner’s Up position at Ironman 70.3 Gurye, Korea. For good measure he took the fastest run split with him. If we can keep him training consistently this guy is going to be the squad’s biggest improver.


Eimear Result


Also very happy with Eimear’s comeback performance following injury to the full Ironman distance. Concerns that the run legs wouldn’t be there towards the back end of the race proved unwarranted as she ran herself into a sub-9 Ironman at Barcelona taking the new Irish record along the way.


Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend and best mechanical luck to our Kona crew. online professional coaches are available to help improve your performance here.

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