Ironman Taiwan podium – Shiao-Yu Li celebrating a great 2nd place finish.
Shiao-Yu and Gerhard de Bruin raced Ironman Taiwan this weekend and both had very good races.
Shiao-Yu added finished 2nd in the women’s race. She paced her race very well, worked herself through the ranks after the swim and stayed patient and confident until km16 at the marathon when she made the surge for 2nd place. The she pushed hard to keep her place against a fighting Katharina Grohmann. Very happy that she could defend her place till the finish.
Gerhard pulled out his best race so far! He had a good swim, then decided not to go with the first group on the bike. He also kept effort under control as the main competitor in this race was the heat and humidity. He came off the bike around 10th place and worked himself up to 4th place on the marathon. Only at the last 10km he faded a bit and lost 1 place again. But he still finished fith. A well earned top result! Well done Gerhard, all the hard work in Jeju paid off!
Race Recap from Coach Cam Watt:
Katey Gibb – Australian Duathlon Champion. Photo Credit: Cassia Boglio
Katey Gibb took out the Australian National Duathlon championship crown over weekend, as part of her build up to a few of the Australian Half Ironmans. Coach Cam has been in Jeju spending time with Head Coach Brett Sutton and Age Group camps along with finalising the last few weeks of lead up to Kona.
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
This past weekend, at the Ironman Taiwan in Penghu of the Pescadores Islands, 36-year-old farmer, Felipe “Jong” Sajulga realized his dream of qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
He was fresh off a 2-week training camp on Jeju island with the Trisutto group, improving on all aspects and getting in more recovery between workouts.
Despite delayed flights and a crash in first quarter of the bike leg. The popular triathlete who hails from the small city of Malaybalay, in the mountainous province of Bukidnon, of central Mindanao Island in the Philippines, pressed on in tedious conditions for a strong finish.
When it was all said and done, he was 13th overall and 1st age grouper across the line. Up next, once Jong has recovered, he will gradually re-build the load and tackle Ironman Malaysia to build on racing experience
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
I had only 1 athlete who raced last weekend; Mr Consistent, Super dad, Colin Raymond took on his 2nd Ironman this time Maryland. Due to flooding the swim was cancelled and the bike was cut short, which is a shame due to how far Colin has come with his swimming, but can’t control the weather. Just like he did after the drama in Texas, he went in with a super positive attitude and stuck to the race plan on the bike to a tee so to no surprise had much stronger bike than the previous year. The run was soaked with ankle deep water which did a number on his hip flexors but he carried on in the heat & flooded run course to finish the run stronger than the last Ironman in Texas in May. Colin had a tough year last year with illness and back cramping on races so I was very excited to hear his back was fine all day. Colin has really come a long way- especially with his bike and I do believe the best is still yet to come. So happy to see him healthy improving every race!
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:
Very happy with this weekend results 🙂
IM Barcelona: Mirco Pulici, first Ironman race also for him: 10:24.30 (M35-39). He paced himself very well through the whole race and we are very happy with this performance. More to come for him!
IM Cambridge: Anna Pasquini did her first IM, well due to strong flooding the swim was cancelled and the bike course shortened to 160km, so Anna gave her best to finish in 10:27.40. Right after the race she said: ‘This was not a full IM, we have to do another one!’
Stefano Pavan, 10:04.51 (M45-49), which is very close to his PB. Stefano pushed really hard on the bike (4:53) which cost him a bit of marathon time, but he managed to build back from some problems around half way of run.
Italian triathlon sprint Championship (Riccione-Italy): David Galafassi, finished in 1:11.17, 21st M40-44. The day after this race he competed also in the relay together with his team mates (Canotriathlon).
Patrizia Dorsi raced together with her team (Piacenza Tri Vivo) and their time over the triathlon sprint distance was 1:27.00 (all the 3 team members must cross the finish line together).
Gustavo Lodi, Patrizia’s husband, also raced for his team (Piacenza Tri Vivo) finishing in 1:19.01.
Half marathon Lisbona (Portugal): Nadia Incerto, 4th place F 50-54 in 1:43.18, which means new PB for her.
Congrats to all, very good
Race Recap from Coach Mathias Hecht:
Darek from Poland joined Brett and I for a camp in Gran Canaria in winter. He was new to the sport and there was definately a lot of things he had to learn. Already during the camp he improved a lot and soon he made a decision to race an Ironman.
It was a big challenge as his time capacity was very limited as he works in Macedonia and flys around Europe a lot, plus he spends time at home in Poland over the weekend most of time where he hasn’t got a bike. So the main goal was just to finish and call himself an Ironman. Things didn’t look good when he got sick just 7-8 days before race day… so I am super happy he made it to the finish line. Well done Darek!! This was definately a big achievement, physically and mentally!!! Congratulations!!
Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:
Krzysztof Machinicki, the runner wearing black glasses, joined Trisutto less than 2 months ago. One of his first objectives was to improve his running PBs over 5k and 10k. He did a solid block of running speed stimulus sessions. He was going very well in training but it was interrupted by a cold and a long business trip, however, this did not slow him down. He exceeded not only his own but also coaches’ expectations. Last week a massive PB over 5k running 18:06 (old PB 19:28 from February) and this weekend he run 10k in 38:14 (old PB 40:48 from June 2016).
A very dedicated and talented athlete, there will be more PBs in months to come,
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Followed up last weeks 5th at 70.3 Gurye with Ironman Taiwan. A number of athletes traveling to the race were held up by a Typhoon en-route, and airport sleep overs; but all made it in the end. Jordan was in the lead group in the swim, and again in the bike – leading into T2 first off the bike. Holding down 3rd on the run for 18km before succumbing to the heat and humidity, but dug deep for a 10th place finish. A tough day all round, with one third of male pros DNF’ing. Proud of how Jordan battled on such a tough day.
Chiin-Hooi Tan continues her off-season with a half marathon this weekend, in Denmark, the Hans Christian Andersen Half Marathon for Women Deviating from our regular race plan of moderate, medium then mad, Chiin decided to go hard from the gun and hang on. The race was excellent, and with a womens only field the race dynamic was different. Finishing 15th out of nearly 900 in the field was a good day, although the go hard and hang on strategy is going to be a once off!
Henry Batievsky trained through the heat of summer in Miami, en-route to Ironman Barcelona. He had a balanced race, but more important than the result is the journey, with Henry managing his training around a busy career in investment management. Well done Henry.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
Trisutto.com online triathlon coaches are available to help improve your performance here.