Diana Rielser defends her Ironman 70.3 Poland title! Photo: www.sportografia.pl
This weekend was really a breakthrough for my athletes and myself as a coach. If all things go to plan, everything looks and feels easy. But if something’s not to plan, that’s when the rubber hits the road. Athlete and coach have to deal with it and overcome the obstacles. For some of our athletes the first half of the season was not easy, but they didn’t lose confidence in their abilities nor my abilities as a coach. This weekend we finally overcome. Pick and stick – this is how you improve over the long haul.
First of all, it was great to see Diana (Riesler) back on top of the podium, winning 70.3 Gdynia in a fantastic time of 4:18h with a domintating bike split and fast run. Very happy for her to get over the Frankfurt disaster in champion style!
Next, Sabrina won her Age group at the Olympic triathlon on Nyon. She has also improved heaps on the bike over the past 2 months. She is a dedicated worker and can bring it a long way with her passion and dedication. The only place that suits her is a podium spot. So very happy, we achieved that!
Alicja Medak raced a nice, scenic and very hilly Olympic distance race in Italy – also winning her age group! With little tapering, this was a great race result and will do a great job in adding some speed to her long distance racing. Well done on that.
Her husband and fellow Trisutto coach Rafal Medak also competed, and gave some good insight to this special race:
The Olympic distance triathlon Bellagio-Ghisallo (Madonna del Ghisallo is the patroness of cyclists and there is a cycling museum on the top of the climb/the race finish line, a special place for cyclists); It was by far the toughest Olympic distance race we ever did – the bike included almost 1,300m altitude gain over 41k (a 13k non stop climb from 200m to 1124m averaging 7% was a highlight of the day). The run was even tougher, mostly on off road trials with 300m gain over 10k. No surprise the course record is just short of 2:30! It was a great fun racing hard on roads not mentioning the views of the lake from the climbs and the finish line.
Back on Mallorca, Joan Toni won his Age group at the Portocolom Cross Triathlon. He also had some tough races earlier this season. But is picking up now for a great 2nd half of racing this year. Happy for him to see his continued hard work paying off!
One of the best performances and a real break through race came from Peter Seidel this weekend. He was struggling with his racing for more than 12 months now. He always suffered stomach problems or run out of energy half way into a race. This is why he joined me in the first place. However, even with this change in coaching and despite he was going very well in training, his racing in the first half of this season was not very successful when it came to half and full distances. Over the past 6 months, we worked on everything, we took his pre-race and race nutrition apart, we worked on pacing, we changed his bike, we really worked on everything which possibly could cause this problems.
After another DNF at Challenge Poznan, we met and did some tremendous changes to his bike position. While everybody wants to be low and aero, we did the opposite, raised his front end, lowered his saddle, changed him to midfoot. We gave him COMFORT and guess what? Suddenly he can race and is able to address his potential! At Challenge Frederica, he had his first great half distance race since a long time, finishing Top 10 in a very competitive field with good splits in all 3 disciplines. No energy lows, no stomach problems. Power on the bike. Good run. It’s not a podium finish, but it’s probably one of the most outstanding results of this weekend! Happy to finally have a base to skyrocket from!
2 more good results came from Remo Ratschob and Nicholas Baddour at the Nyon Olympic distance triathlon. Remo missed a podium spot just by a tiny bit, finishing 4th. Only 2 weeks after solid performances at Ironman Zürich, they were able to pull out some good performances over the short distances. It’s the consistency of their training, that enables them to recover quickly from their race efforts! Well done to both of them!
Steffi Jansen had another strong race at the Belgium Middle Distance Championship, finishing in the Top 10 overall in a competitive field with many pros. Solid performances in all 3 disciplines. Just recovering from an injury, we decided only on Thursday, that she will do the race. Happy she could hold things together both mentally and physically!
And last but not least, I had 4 athletes racing the St. Moritz Sprint Triathlon. Andrej finishing 2nd overall and showing a glimpse of his form for Embrunman already. Gerhard de Bruin, Roberto Cagnati and Oli Klaus also had a fantastic race at this fantastic event on a very sunny day!
Race Recap from Coach Cam Watt:
Sarah Crowley: 3rd in the Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championships. Photo credit: AsiaTRI.com
Sarah Crowley after a heavy altitude camp and travel schedule had a solid race. After a dissapointing swim, she got to work limiting losses to the front two and finished with the fastest run split podiuming Asia/Pacific 70.3 champs, actually only Australia to podium the Asia Pacific champs in IM and 70.3 this year! If she continues on this path, which isn’t easy, you’ll see her take down some so called big names in 12-18months.
Clayton Fettell has done some preliminary work while allowing a pesky back to heal. This weekend he had a hit out in Yeppoon 1500m open water swim race where he dispatched a sub 16min swimmer for the win in rough conditions, then cleaned up the Olympic Distance Tri on Sunday.
Dean Bowen won his age group and the overall in the UK London Tri in the Olympic Plus distance (1.5/80/10) as a hit out leading into World 70.3 champs. Hayley Stevenson raced the Yeppoon Olympic distance inbetween her goals of IM Cairns ’16 / IM France ’17 which is a long long time. Age group athletes – if you like racing because it’s fun, race often, incorporate it into your program! Not every race has to cost $1000 and a week’s accommodation. There are still some cool little races around. Hayley was 4th in her age and she again smashed minutes off her previous best effort over the distance! Great progress with no signs of plateau.
Race Recap from Coach Mathias Hecht:
One of my athletes (Georgina Gadient) started at the St.Moritz Triathlon and won the Overall Age Group category. It was a remarkable result for her as she just came back from a stress fracture in her foot and she was only back running since 14 days. She is currently preparing Ironman Sweden where she will try to qualify for Kona. I am super happy to see how fit she is and how well she dealt with the injury.
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
Melanie Baumann raced in Denmark, the Challenge Fredericia, half distance and she had a great day! She was the fastest age grouper and she raced in 4:47 with a PB in the swim! Since last year, Melanie has done 3 half’s in Denmark and she has won all of them! That’s how to beat the Vikings! You hire a Viking coach!
I also had 3 athletes racing the Olympic distance in Nyon. Arnaud was using this race as a good hit out before he goes to Australia for World’s 70.3. He placed 20th in his age group and had a great day of hard training!
Greg Chanez raced in Nyon as well. With less hours of training within the last few months, he had no expectations but to enjoy the race! He had an OK swim, then an awesome bike and run and actually ended up being 4 mins faster than in 2012. Greg will now start to prepare for Vichy 70.3.
Maurice Inzirillo raced in Nyon as well but today it wasn’t Maurice’s day. After the swim, Maurice ran out of the water and cut his foot quite badly on a rock. All the adrenaline must have made it possible for Maurice to keep going on the bike, but once Maurice started the run, the pain from the cut in his foot was just unbearable. Fingers crossed that this cut will heel very soon!
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
This past weekend Danish athlete Martin Barner was in action at the St Moritz sprint triathlon, to test out his leg speed after Challenge Roth. He used the weekend as a big training block, doing a long ride the day before and a long run in the afternoon after the race. He managed to get 2nd place his his age group and finish 11th overall, to cap off a great weekend with his family and friends.
Then in Asia, more specifically at the IM 70.3 Asia Pacific Champs in the Philippines, Jason Wong, of the 3rd Move Triathlon shop in Hong Hong, managed to score 3rd place in the competitive 40-44 age group. This was accomplished with no taper and following some missed training due to travels in July. Jason looks to carry this momentum and “up the ante” in his training towards Ironman Taiwan in a couple months time.
Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:
This week I took our team in Pirassununga for Olímpic distance Triathlon Ninho Das Águias, it was so nice because a lot of people around São Paulo and Brasil come to this race. One of the reason many triathletes come is because the England Triathlon Team were there (travelling from St. Moritz!) and the Great Britain coach Ben Bright who was trained with Brett Sutton in the past was there and gave a speech in briefing and the day of the race all triathletes from England were the start line to see the event!
Our results there:
- Diana Castilho Champion Overal
- Gabriel Abrao Vice Champion Overal
- Luiz Navas Champion 35/39 age group.
Another good result from our team happened in Manaus with our 18 years-old getting first place in Short Triathlon Sesc Manaus.
Congratulations to all others triathlete who went to Pirassununga and represented so well our Team!
Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:
Lauren Capone continued her European summer campaign at 70.3 Gdynia in the far north of Poland on the Baltic Sea. Two weeks after taking advantage of the swim, bike, and half the run at IM Zurich as a training race, LC was ready to test herself again in the heat of competition. LC got the day started with a strong swim and exited the water in second position. Having succumbed to the cold at St. George earlier this year, LC took some extra time in T1 to put on socks, gloves, and a vest to keep warm.
This summer we’ve been hard at work developing LC’s bike. We’re still deconstructing the bike and her performance at Gdynia reflected it. Once on the run though, LC was back in her element. LC clocked the fastest run of the day by nearly 5 minutes and set a new personal record for herself at 1:19:28! LC is back at training with the squad at the Trisutto base in St. Moritz, and will be capping off her European summer at Ironman Vichy in just under three weeks.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
It was a glorious day for a fun sprint distance race here at our training base in St.Moritz. Mirjam Weerd and Nina Derron both had the honour of sharing the podium with Nicola Spirig in her last triathlon before the Rio Olympics. 🙂
Sandra Gisin was astonished with her result at the Nyon Sprint triathlon where she finished 4th in a large field…, a real jump up the rankings for Sandra and reward for her dedication to consistent training. We keep working towards a podium!
Race Recap from Coach Andrew Wright:
Hasan Itani did an excellent job in Noresman and reached his goal of winning a black jersey! He is the first Arab athlete to do so!
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
Most of my athletes had a break from racing except hubby (Gary) who took on the oldest triathlon in Western Canada- Frank Dunn Triathlon. This was an odd distance of 1.5/62/13. I want to talk about Gary to give some people confidence that you don’t have to do high volume to improve. Gary knows all the ins & outs of Trisutto, actually introduced me to Brett’s methods in 2009.
He managed to knock 7 mins off his time from last year and finished the race 3rd overall, 2nd in his AG. Improvements were seen across all 3 disciplines. This was fantastic to back after a successful 1/2 Ironman the previous weekend!
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
After several weeks without a race, Chiin-Hooi Tan lined up at Challenge Fredericia ready for a Red Hot go. A ‘so so’ swim with some jelly fish and dolphin encounters, followed by a hilly bike course made for some fun, however a second fastest female age group run saw Chiin comfortably into second place in her category and 6th female overall, just behind fellow Trisutto athlete Melanie Baumann.
Sarah Keller had another good race at St Moritz ‘Top Of The World Triathlon’. Super way to round out a couple of weeks here, and close out her season. Now to think ahead to 2017 and the next dream goal.
Flora also raced at St Moritz Triathlon. Not the usual way to start a 3 week camp, after arriving at altitude only the day before. However the fresher cooler air suited, with a well deserved 3rd place in her category for Flora. Now to get to work on some refinements while in camp.
Jason Ramdeen, raced in his alma mater race at Loggerhead Tri in Florida. Off the back of the first pack in the swim, a solid bike saw him in 12th in his wave starting the run, then a moderate medium mad run say him run into 2nd in the wave, 1st in category, and 6th overall. ‘bike for show, run for dough’ ‘)
Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:
We had a great weekend at the Nicola Spirig Kids Cup and the St Moritz – Top of the World Duathlon and Triathlon races.
We decided to give Nicola (Spirig) a busy day and so started her in both the duathlon and triathlon. 4 years ago she won an Ironman 70.3 13 days before the Olympics. Why make it any easier now? She finished the duathlon in front of 2nd placed Emma Bilham, who is also preparing for an epic race – the 2016 Embrunman. One of the toughest Iron distance races or all. In the triathlon Nicola again finished first with a great race from Coach Susie’s athletes. It was a big day.
Not to be outdone Julie Derron got a a great 4th in the University Games being held in Nyon super effort.
Finally, we had Boo (Carina Brecthers) cross the line in 3rd position in a sprint non-drafting race in Germany only to be penalised for an infringement when she was leading the other women by 2 minutes on the bike. The scourge of the women’s event these day as men come charging through and the women have to sit up and not ride. It’s insane, but for another time…
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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