Finishing the year on top

Finishing the year on top

Finishing the year in style with an overall Cyclocross win – well done Rebecca!

Over the last two weekends a large number of my athletes did local runs as a little form check after the first few weeks of training for the new season.

Rebecca Fondermann joined me in October after a long forced rest due to a severe surgery in summer. After some months of recovery we started the training again in October. We are still very carefull with the volume she is doing. She is a top agegroup athlete with some overall top 10 results in Ironman and 70.3 racing over the past few years. The goal is to built back her performance carefully and step by step now. The 10km run in Bonn was just a first test how far we have got in the past 9 weeks. She exceeded our expectations by far with a 42min 10km run and an overall podium (3rd place) in the first serious test! That is in fact just 3min away from her personal best after just 9 weeks of carefull training. I am very excited to see her further improvement in the months to come!

After last weeks success, this weekend Rebecca surprised again and took the overall win in the last race of the NRW Cyclocross Series in Pulheim! Rebecca is getting back in big steps and this is just the beginning ;-).

Nora Koss also joined me in the beginning of October. She did a local 10km run in Berlin as well and finished the race in 6th place overall just 2min behind the leader. It was a very muddy trail run and she just had run specialists in front of her. With the extreme difficult surface her 44min finish was really surprisingly strong!

Hardy Wiedemann did the last 10km run of a local 10km run series last sunday and once again had a great run improving his pb on that course by 20s! This time he finished 2nd in his agegroup but since he won all the other races the series win in his agegroup could not be taken away from him! He finished after 38:25min in the 10,4km ‘Lauf’am Lech’

In addition I had six athletes running the ‘Züricher Silvesterlauf’ a week last Sunday. The conditions were very special with a lot of snow in the morning and rain just before the race start. It was cold, slippery and wet with nearly knee deep puddles on the course. Nevertheless it was a great training for Cornelia Stähli (9th in the F30 AG), Cornelia Dürrer (41st in the F30 AG), Marco Schönmann (93rd in the M30AG), Florian Blumenthal (69th in the M30 AG), Marc Haller (309th in the M40 AG) and Christoph Zech (44th in the M40 AG)! All did very well without risking anything and the finishing times really do not matter very much under these conditions.

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

National Champion! Congratulations Gustavo.

Gustavo Beathyate has been slowly getting back to swim/bike/run after a season break, but decided to head into the open water and race the Peru Open Water Championships a go as a solid training day. After it was all said and done, we now have a Masters Open Water National Champion in the squad! Congrats on a very solid effort and setting the tone towards a great 2018, Gustavo! Proud Coach!

Victory for Mark’s team in Arizona.

Mark Miller took part in a 12 Hour Team MTB race in Arizona this past weekend. The team produced some better than thought laps and put together a great race, coming away with the victory! Special props to Mark for setting some all time best power outputs in this race! This is showing the training is moving forward and we have lots to look to in 2018! Great work Mark, and team!

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Ashton Prejean raced the Dallas Half-Marathon claiming 7th in his age group, 47th overall, and running his best time for the distance since we began working together. Ashton followed his pacing plan, descended his effort, and outran a group of about 15 athletes that he had marked, stalked, and summarily dispatched over the final 5K. Ashton clocked a 1:26:34 and is right on track for the Houston Marathon in 5 weeks. Keep it up Ashton!

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

Congratulations Nini!

I am very please with Nini Ruttanaporn’s final race of the year; another terrific all round performance at home in Thailand. It has been a great 3 months for Nini with the training and racing all coming together…, after she started to believe in the program. A trip Downunder awaits…

Race Recap from Coach Harald Fritz:

Sebastian was only beaten by a pro on the bike…

It is a real pleasure working together with athletes like Sebastian. 100% dedication, 100% sticking to the plan. 2 weeks after qualifying for the 70.3 WC in South africa, now 2nd place with new PBs and the second fastest bike split!.


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Records Fall at The Outlaw and Calgary

Records Fall at The Outlaw and Calgary

Josh continues his outstanding racing form with another win, this time in Calgary. Photo Credit: Wattie Ink

Josh Amberger made the trip across the Atlantic this week and dropped into the Calgary 70.3 in Canada. Josh built up a lead in the swim which he went about building upon further in the bike and run to win comfortably by 10min. This was his 4th win in a row, although Josh will now take a small break from racing and is now locked into a good block of training up in North America ahead of the ITU World Long Course Champs in Pentiction Canada as we build steadily into his debut in Kona.

What a day for Hayley in Nice – Congratulations!

Hayley Stevenson got to race bucketlist event the French Nice Ironman, after a great build up in Brisbane which included trying to get used to the “un-Australian” type bike course that is hallmark of the Nice Triathlon with it’s big climbs and equally challenging descents. Proud coaching moment when Hayley hit a rough patch early on run and was able to stay strong mentally, focus on what needed to be done or adapted rather then the negatives and pulled herself through for a solid finish which she can be proud of!!

A win for Stacey at the State Duathlon Champs.

Stacey Van Muelen raced the Qld State Duathlon Championships mostly as a hit out as we build towards end of year goals, so we took a conservative approach to the race especially condsidering it starts early in morning In middle of winter (cold) and with a run…triathletes coming back from injury or looking to avoids worst nightmare!!! Stacey built into all race, brought the final 5km run home hard and won her age-group which also placed her 5th overall.

Dean Bowen raced the London Tri, having caught a cold the week of the race we were wanting to play it safe and just build into the race and only push if he felt fine after the few days off. As it turned out he started to feel ok and took out 2nd overall in the Olympic Plus 1.5/80/10km event.

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Outlaw Champ and new Course Record – a super performance by Gill.

Gill Fullen also raced the Outlaw Full this weekend, she has already raced Outlaw Half where she won and came 3rd at Holkham and the aim was to have a good race for the Full and try to put yourself in the fight. Gill had a great Swim and exited the water in 1.05 which set her up nicely in 8th place overall going into the bike, slowly but sure Gill battled through the positions finding herself in 5th then making the final surge for the top 3, she came into T2 in 1st position with a good 10min lead, so just setting a good pace and holding on, crossing the line Outlaw Champ and breaking the Course record in 9.44.48 which is amazing considering Gills journey which will be covered soon so look out for that.

3rd place for Matt at The Outlaw.

Matt Leeman also took on The Outlaw Full. Last year he came 4th so was looking for improvement. After winning the Castle Series The Bastion just 2 weeks ago it was going to be a tough ask to back up, but we prepared for it in the best way we could and we knew Matt was in good shape. Matt had a great swim 46.38 breaking the course record previously held by Harry Wiltshire since 2012, he exited the water over 3min ahead of 2nd place, the plan was to take the 1st 40k easy, 2nd and 3rd caught Matt and then they worked together before Matt was left working on his own. Into T2 Matt coming in 3rd but then the Marathon, Matt went through some good and bad spells through the run but held it together to post a 3.08 Mara and to cross the line 3rd in 8.54, a fantastic couple of weeks racing for Matt well done.

A fantastic Iron distance debut by Kerry at The Outlaw!

Kerry Hickson took on the Outlaw Full after putting in a great performance at Outlaw Holkham, this would be her 1st ever Iron distance race. Kerry exited the water in 55min and 1st female, onto the bike and she lead for around 100k before being caught by YES you guessed it Gill Fullen, Kerry held her own and battled through on the bike out of T2 onto the Mara and Kerry needed to search a little for something within which she did and pulled through crossing the line in 4th postion and 2nd in her Age Group in 10hr 31min not bad at all for your 1st Iron distance well done

Seb returns to racing with a podium finish.

Seb Garry hasn’t raced since last year’s great Double European title double in Duathlon and Triathlon, we chose to back off and A levels became the priority, some niggles along the way but it’s been a long-time coming for Seb AKA Harry Coe to get out there and have what we call fun, He stepped up to do the Castle Howard race Oly distance and in true Seb fashion he gave it everything. Swim was solid and bike was strong and he went for it, but the run was tough but he hung on for 2nd place overall, a great return to the triathlon seen well done.

Showing great speed at the London Tri; well done Rob.

Rob Osborne who’s now preparing for the Sprint Worlds this summer in his Ag Cat is progressing all the time so this weekend at the London Tri was a good chance to find out how well his coming on. Rob recorded a 9.50 swim and a 32min bike split to set him up very nice for the run which he crossed the line in 17.50 and 1st Overall in the Ag Cat Sprint race, Rob is showing great form at this stage of the season.

Making great progress; well done Davina!

Davina Greenwell also took on the London triathlon but the Oly distance, Davina is still new to all this 3 sports in one stuff and she just can’t get enough, her progress at the moment just keeps rolling and it’s great to see, Davina had a solid race crossed the line in 2.18 5th female overall Age Group and 2nd in Age Cat.

Laura Fidler set out for the National Middle Distance Champs taking on the Owler, Laura had a solid race and she crossed the line in 2nd position it’s just a shame she got sent the wrong way on the bike but sometimes these things happen, still a very good result.

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Raring to go; a PB awaits! Well done Scott.

Scott McGrath raced in Ironman Lake Placid and achieved a superb 20 minute personal best time on a tough course not known for setting records.  Scott first came to me in early 2016 looking to reinvigorate his training and racing while still maintaining a busy lifetstyle. This year has been no less turbulent with relocating from NY City back to Canada, and a change of career direction. However Scott’s dedication and consistency shone through, capped off with a final training block at camp with Trisutto Coach Ed Rechnitzer at his camp in Mont Tremblant before then easing into race day. Well done Scott, now to enjoy the satisfaction that comes with knowing you did the work, and received the reward.

Singing in the Rain 😉

Gisela Reichmuth’s summer of racing continued with the Ägeriseelauf 7km road race, that was blessed with a mid race rain storm! This was another fun but hard workout, part of preparation for Zurich 5150 next weekend.

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Great, great swim Gerda and we’re very proud of you too!

This weekend I had Gerda Maria Dumitru doing the “Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race! A 6.5 kms swim race that makes you swim from Asia to Europe in Istanbul, and with more than 1600 competitors! This is Gerda’s experience:
It was VERY hot but not as strong currents as expected. I came 5th in my age group (30-34). I gave it my best and I was only 1 min from the podium! The last half was very challenging! Overall I’m happy and proud! This race is voted the most difficult one in the world!

Very well done Yves and you’re ready for the big one next weekend!

Yves Salzmann raced an Olympic distance in Freiburg, Germany, as a warm up for IM Switzerland next week. Yves had a great swim and also a great ride even though he lost his bottle right at the start and therefore rode the 40 kms without any nutrition! There was NO nutrition on the course! This also meant a very hard 10 kms run as Yves was very dehydrated! But Yves hung in there and raced very strong and ended up 3rd in his age group and 20th overall!

Race Recap from Coach Melanie Mitchell:

Congrats to both Laura (2nd) and Manami (1st); impressive racing at the Guam National Champs

As a lead up race to the 703 World Championships coming up in Chattanooga, Laura Nedeau raced the Guam National Championships. Laura came in 2nd behind fellow Trisutto athlete Manami. Laura achieved a 15 minute PB and had the fastest overall Bike and run split of the day. An incredible improvement by Laura in the short time we have been working together. Congratulations Laura!!

Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:

You’re a Viking Marco!

This weekend, I had Marco Corsaro racing the Challenge Iceland – Half distance. I started working with Marco a few months ago and he’s the dedicated guy. Marco raced very well on Sunday! He had a good swim (22:27) the second in his category! 6:16:13 his time over the 1,9-90-21km triathlon, which was 15th place M 40-44.The best motivation always came from within, you’re a Viking!!

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Logan Cunningham, New Jersey State Champion!

Logan Cunningham recently came back on board after a year hiatus. Logi was one of my university athletes and we were able to get right down to business in preparation for the New Jersey State Triathlon Championships. Logi set a new personal best for the Olympic distance by six minutes due in large part to launching a full-scale attack on the bike. She finished fourth overall in the women’s field and won the women 20-24 category. We’ve now got three weeks to US National Championships and 8 weeks to World Championships. Logan will be on a heavy diet of running strength and speed in that time. Well done Logi, great to have you back!

Ollie, savoring a personal triumph.

Oliver Saxon achieved a lifetime goal of breaking 2:20:– in an Olympic distance triathlon in the AJ Bell London Triathlon. As far as this coach is concerned, Ollie’s performance this weekend is just the tip of the iceberg. Ollie turned himself inside out on the bike setting a massive personal best for the distance. Ollie has set a new benchmark for himself. Next goal, sub-2:15:–!!!

Lauren, all smiles as she starts the run – perfect:)

Lauren Vallee is the newest athlete to join the stable. A major objective for Lauren is rediscovering the fun in training and racing. Earlier this week, Lauren asked if she could make a last minute addition of the Boulder Sprint Triathlon. This was just what the doctor ordered – a low-key triathlon, right in the backyard, with a grassroots feel – perfect. A powerful bike had Lauren arrive at T2 leading the women’s race. She finished the day with a win in the women 30-34 category and fourth woman overall. Great to have you on the team Lauren, IM Los Cabos is going to be a blast.

Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:

A great training race for Brent.

Brent Patteeuws raced at Maredsous half triathlon last Saturday. We didnt taper for it, so it was a hard workout for Brent. Swim went really well. Coming out of the water in fourth put him right up there with the front guys. The bike of 70km was over a challenging 1400 high meters and some rough roads. Brent lost some time there but he managed to make up for a big part of it with the fastest run of the day. He ended just of the podium coming in fourth. All in all a very good training day towards the half triathlon of Eupen in two weeks time. Well done Brent!

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Stefano Matalucci finished his 11th Ironman in Nice

Stefano Matalucci raced Ironman France. Hor him it was already the second long distance race this season, as he did also IM South Africa in April. Stefano again was able to put together a solid performance on one of the toughest Im courses, good swim, excellent bike and a courageous fight through the marathon. Nice is often a very hot race, and it was the same this year. 11: 44.53 his finish time and I’m very satisfied with this. Well done Stefano, 11th IM race finished – great job!

Diego in action: Challenge Rome 753

Diego Ludovici did his one race, the first edition of Challenge Rome 753. The distances were 1753m swim, 75,31km bike and 17,53km run and were chosen to celebrate Rome’s birthday in 753 BC. Hot day also in the Italian capital city and Diego had to slow down the last few km on the run course. Before it was full gas ahead: 28:35 swim and 1:50.13 bike which means 37,5km/h average, followed by 1:15.28 for the 17km run. Excellent job Diego and we are going to back up next weekend at Arona, a well known Italian half distance race.

Martina Dogana held a little camp for women only at Madonna di Campiglio, well known as a winter skiing place in northern Italy. So participating in the final race, a triathlon sprint, together with her camp ladies was a must for Marty. It was years ago that she raced such a short distance, so 5th place only little behind the younger speedy italian racers came a bit unexpected: 1:13.33 for her and a really good workout.

Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:

Top 10 for Kim in Palembang. Photo Credit: RaceDay Magazine

Kim Kilgroe raced on Friday at the ASTC Asian Triathlon Championships, in Palembang Indonesia, the site of the 2018 Asian Games Triathlon and managed a respectable, but very improvable 9th place finish in the Elite race.

Congratulations Andy, taking out the Bengkulu Olympic Triathlon.

On the same day, ~500 KM away in the city of Bengkulu, also on the West Coast of Sumatra in Indonesia, top Indonesia triathlete Andy Wibowo won the inaugural Bengkulu Olympic distance triathlon, in a blazing time of 2h01, winning the race by more than 10 mins, over 2nd place.

World Champs Qualifier for Joey in Calgary!

The next day, in Calgary, Alberta Canada, Joey Lynn Musselman was in action, for her 2nd race of the season. With the simple and challenging goal to score a slot for the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in beautiful South Africa. She managed to achieve it, all the while pushing through a few aches and pains.”


Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend. online triathlon coaches are available to help improve your performance here.

Consistency is Key

Consistency is Key

A dominating performance by Rahel at Half Distance Klazienaveen.

Rahel Bellinga took the victory in a local half-distance triathlon this weekend 3 weeks before IM Maastricht, used as a fitness and confidence check! Rahel went straight to work on the bike and produced a great bike split that rivaled some of the top men! At the line, she did what we hoped, and finished with a 10min gap to 2nd place! We did exactly what we wanted to with this race, and are eager to produce a solid result in Maastricht! Congrats Rahel, your hard work and perseverance is paying off!

Cory Giesselman flew home to Omaha, USA from Curacao and took part in a home race at the Omaha Olympic Triathlon. We started working together after the Mallorca Camp in April, and Cory has been making steady progression in the last couple months! His swim as improved the most, and also has strong results in the bike and run. Cory made the trip worthwhile and came in 5th in his age-group, and and 20th overall on a hot and non-wetsuit race day! We continue to learn new things that will make the next race better and better! Awesome job, Cory!

Bill Knoedel took part in two TT bike races this past week. A strong 2nd place in his Elkhart TT Series at home in Iowa, and a 3min PR over the 40km distance at the Cordova 40K TT in Illinois, USA. The past few months have produced some new race bests and confidence, which only leads to more in the future! Super, Bill!

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

Podium for Michelle in Geneva.

Michelle Derron raced at the Genève Triathlon in her preparation for Ironman Switzerland at the end of this month. Her effort while in full Ironman training was commendable, and with a 2nd place in the women’s race.

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

Congratulations Diana! Photo Credit: Top left and bottom Jo Spindler Top right: Huw Fairclough

This weekend, I had 3 athletes racing and all 3 finished on the podium! The Jo Spindler squad is going stronger and stronger.

Diana had a strong race at Ironman UK and finished 2nd after a thrilling battle with Lucy Gossage for the whole marathon. That Diana again had to drop out of Ironman Frankfurt was a big disappointment. She again suffered from hypothermia due to the non-wetsuit swim for the pros. So we decided for a back-up race at Ironman UK, to at least secure Diana’s ticket for Hawaii. There is no course in the whole Ironman racing that suits Diana less than this race at Bolton. It’s a complete ‘anti-Diana’ course. A cold and rainy bastard, with lots of cornering and steep descends and climbing. That she still finished 2nd on a rainy day just shows how well she did and how mentally strong she is! No, she does not fear the cold. As long as she can wear a wetsuit, cold water temperatures are not a porblem. She did her swim training for IM UK in a 12 degree cold river. Her body is just not made for nen wetsuit swims in less than 24.5 degree water.
The water in Bolton was 19 degrees and wetsuits allowed. Diana had a good swim, was 2nd out of the water and took over the lead very quickly at km 36 already. She led the bike until the 160k mark. Roads were wet for almost the entire bike leg and especially the first hour was very cold. Many pro male athletes crashed. Not so Diana. She roade super carfully. Too carefully. She really climbed the hills faster than she decended it. Lucy, who knows the course well took over the lead and quickly worked herself into a 2min lead in T2. Knowing that Lucy is a super-strog runner, I thought the race for 1st was over and it was only to secure a 2nd place that would earn Diana enough points for her Kona slot. Not so Diana. She run incredibly strong and step by step, second by second she gained time back from Lucy. She came closer and closer. With 5k to go, she was as close as 80 seconds. But the course was only downhill from there, so hard to make up more time on that decending section. With Lucy in sight down the road she finished 2nd. A time of 3:08 on that hilly marathon is her strongest performance ever. She missed the win, but her 2nd place felt like a win after the setback in Frankfurt. Kona slot secured with a big show and a real confidence building effort. Diana never believed she can run well. No matter what coach said. Now she proved herself wrong with an outstanding performance!

Well done Peter on second place in Berlin.

Another outstanding performance came from Peter Rudolph who finished 2nd overall at the Berlin XL distance race. He had a strong race in all 3 legs, but especially on the bike. We seem to have really built a big bike engine into his body over the past 2 years of training. Peter then finished off with a super quick 1:21h run. Watching Peters progression over the years makes me happy and humble. And it’s so statisfying to see the work and effort we put into his training paying off.

A strong race by Rowan in Hamburg, backing up after a 70.3 the weekend before.

And the final podium came from Rowan Vorster. Only 7 days after winning the slot for the Ironman 70.3 World Champs, he finished 3rd in his age group at the ITU Olympic Distance race in Hamburg. Very solid performance in all three disciplines and happy that he could back up his strong race in Sweden with an equally strong race in Hamburg. Well done Rowan and looking forward to your race in Kona already.

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Very well done Arnaud, very happy for you and very proud of you!

This weekend, I had Arnaud racing the IM Bolton in the UK. The goal was to secure a slot for Hawaii…
I started working with Arnaud almost 2 years ago, and he’s the most dedicated and talented guy and then he never, ever misses a session! Last year, he got a top 8 in Frankfurt in his first IM. This year, he raced in IM Lanzarote and he was 6th. Then we had to look for another IM as he was still not qualified for Hawaii. We choose IM Bolton as I thought that the bike course would suit him well.
Arnaud raced very well on Sunday! He had a good swim (1:05) and then a FANTASTIC bike! The top 3 pro’s rode: 4:52, 5:01 and 4:52 Arnaud rode 5:12!This got him into the 1st place position in his age group 25-29 after the bike.
And then it was like: will the mice win or will the cats get him! He had 2 cats after him and they both went under 3 hours for the marathon! Arnaud was still holding until the lead 2/3 into the run but then he was caught from the 2 fast runners from behind! Arnaud still ran a 3:17 marathon, his best one until this date. Arnaud still held unto a very amazing and brave 3rd place and he got his slot for Hawaii!

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Hard as nails! Congratulations Kat! You did excellent!  You should be proud of your performance!

Four of my athletes were racing this weekend and they all delivered a stellar performance.  Hard work and dedication was rewarded with very good results.  I could not be happier as a coach.
Katherine Renouf raced Ironman UK in Bolton.  It was her first Ironman ever and she have chosen one of the hardest courses on the circuit.  The preparation was far from perfect with her demanding job often requiring running for hours in the hospital or working at nights. She is a a very dedicated and hard working athlete. We worked around her commitments, often improvising and adjusting the plan to make the most of the available time.
She executed the plan perfectly while overcoming challenges that her body and the race course thrown at her. One of the strongest swims in the women field (overall) – 56min, followed by 6:23 bike on a course with over 2,000m altitude gain and on a technical course and a 3:44 run on a very challenging and hilly roads.  She came 2nd in her AG only to a former Pro and an ITU National Team Member athlete whom she gave a real fight to the last kilometre on the run.

Backing up successfully – a great race by Carolina in New York.

Only one week after finishing 70.3 Sweden with a massive PB Carolina Lanza was on the way to NY to race NYC Triathlon.  You would think she should be recovering from the 70.3 but she was desperate to give it a go!  It was a risky strategy but we at Trisutto don’t always follow usual paths and racing back to back is often on the table. Carolina was more surprised as the Coach with her performance – a 16min swim (well the current might have helped a bit) followed by a very strong bike and equally impressive run and she finished 6th in her AG out of 138 competitors. Another week, another PB! The way she described the performance in her race report said it all: ‘The Spaniard Smashed It!’ Congratulations on the race and the ability to take the risk and trusting the coaching approach!

Great job Marko! You were patient and trained diligently and the results are showing now!

Marko Vaisanen was racing a Finnish championships in Half Distance in Joroinen. It is a historic race and it has been organised since 1983 – the most iconic Tri-race in Finland. Following Marko’s last race we put more focused on the run while maintaining the bike and swim training.  The result was a perfectly balanced, very strong performance across all 3 disciplines. In his report Marko summarised it as follows: “Pretty good day… In the end I was placed at 38/190 in my age group and out of all participants 175/1197. Even if the ranks don’t matter, best thing was of course new PB and a very well executed race.”

Congratulations to Rafal!  A very good race and a step forward!

We continue with re-building Rafal from a diesel engine into a racing car.  Until 2 weeks ago the shortest distance he ever raced was 70.3 and then quite a few Ironmans including 2 times in Kona (and now 3rd qualification). 2 weeks ago he finished 4th in an Olympic distance race.  This weekend it went even better – he won his AG in a distance which is a Polish speciality (Ironman should take note 🙂 a 1/4 Ironman (950m swim, 45km bike and 10.5km run). His preparation for the race was far from conventional as we are working on his engine but this did not affect his race at all. The opposite, he biked faster than ever! A short summary of his report: “This time I warmed up properly and it made the difference from the start. A very strong swim, 18th overall, quick T1 and on to the bike. I felt really strong and pushed hard overtaking faster swimmers, I kept pushing and building the effort, last 20k was a total TT effort (after the race the Garmin shown a new FTP!) The run was also better than 2 weeks ago. The training really works, lets keep pushing!”

Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:

Winners smile! Congrats Brent 🙂

Brent Pattheeuw from Belgium tested his run speed in a 8km run race on the beach near his hometown. Defending last years title Brent did really well after a hard week of training. He ran away from all the competition to finish in first place with a 2 minute gap on number 2. The progress Brent is showing is significant and we’re happy to see this over all three disciplines. Congrats Brent!

Race Recap from Coach Mary Beth Ellis:

Congratulations Miriam – a great win in Racine 🙂

Miriam Cole dominated her age group in 70.3 Racine crushing the nearest competitor by 12 minutes. Due to cold water temps, the race was a duathlon but that didn’t upset Miriam. She raced her way to the fastest bike split and second fastest run to win her age group.

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Jonathan (on the left) with his teammate Davide after the Senigallia Olympic Distance.

Jonathan Ciavattella (pro athlete) raced the olympic distance of Senigallia (Italy), just for fun to mix up a little bit the training routine. Johnnie placed 5th in 2:01.37 right behind the italian olympic distance national team members Uccellari, Facchinetti, Azzano and the strong athlete Kurochin from Ukraine. A good test and fast, intense workout!

Very good 3rd place at the triathlon sprint italian championships for firefighters for Emanuele!

Emanuele Mutti raced at Chiusi (Italy), he did a triathlon sprint valid as Italian Championship for the Firefighter, won his category M25-29 and took excellent 3rd place overall! Manu is not only a passionate triathlete, but also a very passionate firefighter and I’m very proud of his podium. It was the first time he could place top3 overall. Very well done Emanuele!

New experience and excellent pacing job for his sister-in-law: happy Stefano!

Stefano Pavan, a multiple Ironman finisher, for the first time participated in a trail run, the Transcivetta trail (Italy) with 1500+ and 23,5km. Together with his sister-in-law (it’s a couple-race) they finished in 4:06.35 and Stefano contributed to a 30minute improvement for he (she raced also last year).  Excellent job ‘pace-maker’ Stefano 😉

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Gisela showing a great turn of speed in Genève!

Gisela Reichmuth keeps up her summer of racing, this time at the Sprint Triathlon in Genève. Another podium for Gisela finishing 3rd, and with it being a Saturday race, was able to follow up with a 2 hour long run along the river Rhone the next morning.

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Well done Mirjam (right) and team!

Mirjam Weerd ventured out for one final lung busting sprint race on Saturday, before heading back to her island home the next day. It was a strong fourth place finish in the teams race for Mirjam’s team TTW Ladies at the Eredivisie Triathlon Series held near Rotterdam. The race was turned into a duathlon due to water quality issues.., but Mirjam took it all in her stride and will be able to make up for this with lots of beautiful ocean swim in Curacau this week when she returns. Happy to see Mirjam returning home with renewed vigour!

Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:

Improving day-by-day, well done Fabio

Fabio Vassena raced a fast Sprint distance Triathlon at Lecco – Italy. 1h 10’ 31’’his time, which was 36th M40-44 of 99 competitor. This guy is improving day by day. I’m proud of you because you’re doing everything with love and smile. Great race Fabio!!

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Always good to win a training race 😉 Well done Stephan.

Stephan Meinecke did the Genf Triathlon as a training race in his Ironman Hamburg preparation. He could show a very even performance in all three disciplines and could not only once again win the 45-54 agegroup, he also placed 7th overall. With his time he would have won the 35-44 agegroup as well. Just athletes who were at least 14 years younger than Stephan were in front of him. We have worked on several points since Challenge Venice to enable Stephan to show his strength on the bike in an Ironman as well. So far this season Stephan won his agegroup in three out of four races. 4 weeks to go to Ironman Hamburg where he will be stronger then ever before!

Making great progress all round resulted in a 10 min improvement for Borris!

Borris Jung was racing the Churfranken Triathlon Olympic distance, a race where he has been last year as well. He could improve in all three disciplines compared to last year and move up the ranks. Unfortunately he ended up in 4th position in his agegroup at the end. But I think looking at a 10min improvement compared to last year is something to be proud of.

Andre Möller did a 2,5km open water swim last Sunday. It was the northern German championships and he had a very good performance placing 2nd overall. We now need to translate his very good swim fitness into triathlon were he still struggles a bit with the fast mass start.

Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend. online triathlon coaches are available to help improve your performance here.

Daniela Defends in Roth!

Daniela Defends in Roth!

Daniela breaks the tape to defend her Challenge Roth Title – Wonderful performance by The Angry Bird! Photo Credit: Asia Tri

In a big weekend of races my first kudos is not for an athlete but for a coach. It’s been an exceptional month for Trisutto coach Cam Watt. After coaching the male and female winners (Sarah Crowley and Josh Amberger) at the Ironman Asia Pacific Championships in Cairns, his athletes have come to Europe with their coach for a block of training and racing. Sarah won the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt with a terrific performance. Josh led from the starters gun to the finish tape, to take the win at 70.3 Jönköping in Sweden. A phenomenal performance from both coach and athletes.

James returning to form in Frankfurt.

James Cunnama raced his first Ironman back in the Trisutto colours, and he did us proud with a very good 4th place in Frankfurt. While many are raving about his performance, I can pass on to our followers that yes this was a huge performance from the big fella from South Africa, however it is one he can and will build on during the rest of the season.

The Angry Bird is back!

Over at Challenge Roth, The Bird arrived, and with all the talk of a record, transformed into the Angry Bird. The run course was not like the old one, and is now an extreme challenge of a runners legs – as it should be! So Dani went about building the bike leg to a massive advantage and then controlled all variables on the run. It was a very professional performance that made coach happy.

A spectacular performance by Jane!

Jane Hanson got a start with the pro wave in Roth, and went on to show why she has been so dominant in the age group ranks. A supa performance indeed to finish 6th female overall.

Another victory for Rei, this time in the Campeão do UFF Rio Triathlon. Photo Credit: TriSportMag

Over in Brazil, Reinaldo Colucci took the win, and the first leg of a new race series. Working very hard on his long course training, Rei found that while his legs are tired, they are getting stronger  each month. A powerful biking performance saw him dismantle a field of Brazil’s best.

Well done to all our family of athletes racing last weekend and stay tuned for more weekend results.

Cheers Sutto