Melanie finished off her season at Ironman WA with a 2nd place, a big PB and and secures another Kona qualification.
Two of my athletes finished off their season in style this weekend!
Melanie Baumann raced IM Western Australia. Melanie didn’t have the race that she was hoping for in Hawaii so therefore we decided that she should give it another go at an IM before end of season! Melanie has an amazing training etiquette so it wasn’t too difficult for her, after a little break, to get stuck back into training again after racing in Hawaii and all of this hard work paid off on Sunday!
After not having the very best swim, Melanie started cranking on the bike! She rode the 180 km in 5:07 which put her into 2nd place. And for the first 90 kms, she broke the 2:30 hour mark! A very solid run, 3:36 maintained her 2nd place and an over all time of 10:10 plus next year’s qualification for Hawaii! Now it’s time for a nice little break!
My other athlete Maurice Inzirillo raced in Hawaii as well, and after this race we decided that Maurice should still keep the training going but with less hours for a while. But then Maurice decided to sign up for a 72 km run race by night! Maurice’s goal was to run the 72 km under 9 hours which he did! It took him 8:31.
The warm up for this race was a 23.9 km run race the week before! What a great performance! Maurice did it all in true “Sutto style”! What an inspiration, Maurice, you are one of a kind! Now it’s time for a little and well deserved break!
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
Vinny lays down the power in Lanzarote earlier this year; another strong showing in WA this past weekend.
Photo: James Mitchell Photography
Vinny Veness raced Ironman Western Australia coming 10th in his category 45-49 years. Vinny had a great swim 56 minutes, rode 5 hours and ran the first 21km under 3.40 marathon pace, which would have been a breakthrough, but in the 2nd half of the run Vinny faded and finished in 3.48. Still giving him a total time of 9.54, 10th in the category and 1 hour 12 minutes faster than last years IM Western Australia.
With huge lessons learnt this year and huge gains made, todays result was still good, being only 10 minutes off his best result ever, which was Ironman Copenhagen in August. Recover well Vinny, who flies back to the UK today and back to his 12+ hour days at work on the roads of the UK!
Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:
IronTarsh (Pinky) come to Trisutto in May and has experienced ups and downs, yet through constant dedication and persistence, she has progressed little by little. This weekend that persistence, patience and consistency was rewarded. A 6 min PB in the swim and a 7 min PB on the bike showing fantastic progression.
Tarsh came out the water in 1:14 full of smiles and ready to hit the bike. A puncture did not deter her, and after a quick change she put her head down and dug deep. On to the run, she maintained her pace; a solid performance to cross the line in 13:29. This weekend at Ironman Western Australia was a fantastic performance and Trisutto are very proud of you and what you have achieved. Very well done; keep up the hard work!
Race Recap from Coach Dan McIntosh:
This weekend Sandrine Benz raced in the Christmas Run in Gossau, Switzerland. A local race can be a great way to break up the grind from winter training but for Sandy it was also a nice surprise to see her current fitness when she found herself running onto the podium. In her words, “Nice finish to the 2016 season: 2nd place and a new PB (24.27 min) on the 6.5km course of the Christmas Run in Gossau Really happy with the current development of my shape.”
Matt Tatum finished his rookie Trisutto year with his first Overall win at the HITS Full Distance Championship in Palm Spring California. After battling illness the week going into the race he and coach Dan were debating whether to even start but the day before it was decided to at least begin the race and see how things progressed. Out of the swim and then again at mile 6 of the run Matt looked great and it was clear he was going to finish well. Crossing the line first is one of the best experiences in sport and even better that Matt could share it with his supportive family.
Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:
Last Weekend in Porto Ferreira in Brazil, Renato Luca race the Circuit Dias Triathlon, finishing as the overall winner! Renato started training with our team two months ago and his focus is 70.3 and IM. His dream is to qualify IM Kona next year.
“I’m very happy to get this podium in short race because all my training is long but I could see I’m fast too. I could swim very well and came out of the water in second place. I had some dificulties in transition area starting the bike in 5th place. As soon as I could I caught the front pack and felt I was ready to run well, I was right with my thoughts and remember the instrutions from my coach to build up. So happy to get my first place with Coach Cali Amaral.’
Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:
Bex Fink raced the 21 kilometer Xterra Kualoa on Oahu this past weekend. The run took place on the Kualoa Ranch which is a working cattle ranch and served as the filming location for Jurassic Park. Bex described it as “a mix of pure mud, grass, and hard-packed dirt” with 1700 feet of gain.
This winter, like a number of my athletes, Bex is on a run stimulus. She’s running a variety of races to keep sharp, stay motivated, and have fun. Having racked up a massive amount of frequent flyer miles for work, Bex took this opportunity to get away from the cold and wet weather of Seattle, spend some time in the warmth of Hawaii, and get in an epic race while she was there.
If you look close you’ll see that the finisher medal actually says “survivor” on it! Well done Bex – you lived to race again! Keep up the great work.
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
It’s not cold when you run fast! Congrats Chiin on a solid off season win.
Photo credit Michael Stockholm Nielsen of Actionfoto.dk
Despite a mountain bike accident the week before and a temporary cast on her wrist, Chiin-Hooi Tan raced in the DGI Sydvest Crosslobs-series in Denmark, a great way to get a quality run during the offseason. #RunDayFunDay
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Well done to Jane Loughnan racing the Sprint distance at her local Wellington Tri Series event on Sunday, finishing with a 3rd place in her category. Citius, Altius, Fortius.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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