The open women away in a clean start at Mooloolaba.
This weekend was the ITU World Cup, Open and Age Group race at Mooloolaba, Australia. For anyone who raced the 70.3 Worlds at Mooloolaba, the Open and Age Group course is a shorter version, with the bike course using only the out and back on the motorway to make a 40km bike. Being a non Olympic year the ITU World Cup was a smaller less international field with some up and coming younger athletes. The Open field was hotly contested by local athletes the next morning.
In the age group race Andrea Rudin from Bern, Switzerland, won her age group, placing a very creditable 14th female overall in what was a super effort from Andrea. The last five weeks Andrea has been training in the Aussie summer heat, and very dedicated and disciplined in her training. Her race showed good swim and bike improvements, with her run still being her weapon. The big breakthrough also was ‘taking a chance’ and going hard from the gun. Well done Andrea.
Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:
Reinaldo Colucci backed up his win in his home race with a 4th at the 70.3 in Argentina. He was dropped on the swim, and then had a tough day on the bike. His result was saved with a strong run. He continues his preparation for IM Brazil.
Race Recap from Coach Mary Beth Ellis:
Coach was very pleased with Scott Wright’s kickoff to the 2017 season blowing out the cobwebs! I look forward to working together this year building towards Ironman AZ. Race report from Scott:-
It was great to get out and race today. First time I’ve put all three sports together in a race since June 2015, and first sprint in more than 2 years. Several of the fast boys in Central Florida showed up today, but they all did the Olympic. Lucky me. The result was 3rd Overall (2nd AG).
Lisa Roberts competed in a pair of cycling races, with a road race and TT. Lisa dominated winning the TT with a big margin. In the road race Lisa said “we had a few surprise Scots show up for the RR to mix it up and make it a legit 81 miles of pain. Created some and responded to all attacks, but as is a triathletes fate in bike racing…outsprinted at the line. 🙂 4th place.”
The coaches are very pleased with Lisa’s early season racing and excited to watch her kick off her triathlon racing later this spring.
Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:
On Saturday, Carlos Martinez took part in a 18km Trail Run as we continue to prep for the Mexican Duathlon season! Carlos placed 2nd Overall in the 18km race which included an 8.5km uphill, turn around and go back down! During the final descent and final 1.5km flat, he was able to catch and pass 10 other athletes before the finish. He is showing great running form and tactics, but mostly having fun before the real season begins! Awesome work, Carlos!
In Scottsdale, Mark Miller is using some good fitness as he took part in the 3 Day Cactus Cup Stage Race, taking 3rd Overall. Mark was in 4th place going into the final day, but was able to leave the brakes at home during the downhill race and made up enough ground to end up in 2nd place on the day, while moving up to the podium for the weekend! Great finish, Mark!
El Gardner flew home to the US from Germany to take part in the DC Rock and Roll Half Marathon over the weekend. In cold conditions, El did very well and just barely missed 2 hours, running 2 hours, 23 seconds. His goal at the beginning was to run sub 2:15, so this was quite the beating of that! While gearing up for Mallorca 70.3, this was El’s first half-marathon and we wanted to see how the training had been paying off! This also gave us the ability to run 13.1 miles at race pace, and work on nutrition and testing out a little pesky hamstring niggle the past month or so. Things went smoothly and it shows we are in a good spot. Way to make it happen El!
Cycling season is starting in Germany, and although his goals are the MTB Bundesliga and German Championships later in the year, Maxi Spahn started his season with some road racing down by Lake Constanz. Maxi ended up 4th on Saturday, and 3rd on Sunday on some flat/power courses. A good sign that our fitness is in a great spot, we just need to find some hills to use his very light frame! Great start Maxi!
Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:
Three new personal bests over 10km!
Last week two of my female athletes ran 10km races as test runs to see how much the run has improved over the past weeks. Hjordis Olavsdottir ran the Powerade-Vetrarhlaupi 10k run in Reykjavik last Thursday and could improve her personal best to 41:14 on a hilly course and quite cold conditions. We are working hard on breaking the 40min mark soon. This is what she wrote to me after the run:
“As you know this course is very hilly and that’s why I´m super happy about my time of 41:08 and that´s my PB for 10km so far. A flat course would have given me sub 40 I´m sure of that! I ended being third female and in front of girls that I´d dreamed of winning in a running race..”
I am excited to see her race when the Icelandic triathlon season starts as I am sure there is so much more improvement to come this season.
Cornelia Stähli ran the Schaffhausen 10k in Switzerland this Sunday and improved her 10km personal best by over a minute to 42:32, after less than 2 months of Trisutto coaching. I am sure she will improve her half marathon pb in Berlin in the beginning of April as well.
Distel Pipe improved his 10km personal best to 40:25 two weeks ago when he ran the Payerne 10km run. He backed up his run improvement with another strong performance at the Reusslauf Bremgarten last week, where he was almost as fast under very windy conditions. He will race his first Ironman this year in Zürich and is very excited about the improvements in all three disciplines.
From a coaches perspective it is really fun to see great improvements already early in the season.
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:
Marco De Leo was trying to qualify for the 70.3 Worlds 2017, which will take place at Chattanooga (USA) in September. And he did it! at the 70.3 Subic Bay Philippines he placed 9th M35-39 in a total time of 5:20.12. The conditions were really tough because of high humidity, temperature and strong winds, especially for the athletes coming from European winter it was impossible to adapt in such a short time. So, very well done Marco!
Martina Dogana raced a fast and furious duathlon sprint at Manerba, Garda Lake – Italy: 1:05.24 her time over the 5-20-2,5km duathlon, which was 4th place female overall. It was a very good training effort for the best Italian long distance female athlete!
Giovanni Marion competed in his home race: Roma – Ostia half marathon and took home the finisher medal in 1:41.08! Good first start in the race season for him!
Unfortunately a DNF for Mirco Pulici at Barcelona Marathon. Indigestion problems the night before the race made it impossible for him to finish. He tried, but halfway through the race he had to stop. Let’s recover and move on!
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
The first of a double header in Asia for Kate. Photo Credit: AsiaTri.com
Kate Bevilaqua raced 70.3 Subic Bay in the Philippines. Kate’s first international race since winning Ultraman World Championships Hawaii in November 2016. This race was just what she needed to start her 2017 season. The race was not the result she was looking for but it will have helped her for her next races, race number 2 next weekend. Kate is making her trip to Asia worth while with 70.3 Taiwan on Sunday. Kate will be ready for it.
John Stapleton raced the National Irish Duathlon Championships which incorporated the 4th Duathlon of the Irish West winter series. John had a great race and is sitting 2nd overall in his category going into his last race in the series in 2 weeks time.
Race Recap from Coach Dirk Neumann:
On the weekend Brian McGrath completed the Frankfurt Half Marathon. I am very please with his performance and a 5 minute PB – all part of his preparation for a May marathon. Brian’s summary below:-
Hi Dirk, first of all I would like to thank you and the Trisutto team for your coaching and for your professional support. Thanks to you I was able to improve my personal best by almost 5 minutes. I have never been fitter or was able to run faster than I can now. And that after only 6 weeks of training with you as my coach. Thank you.
It was a good race, the running conditions were perfect. Sunshine and 12 °C here and there a bit of wind to cool the body. The first km’s were good. My legs felt good and strong. The first 10km went by in a flash (45:44 min) without any problems. You told me I might have a small low around km 13. Well I did. It wasn´t that small of a low. It lasted until km 15. But after taking an energy gel it got better. I was astonished how ‘easily’ I could run the remaining race. I finished in 1:38:14. I never thought I could hold that pace over such a long distance. But I guess I can!.After the race I felt good. I was tired but not ‘dead’. Today I feel good. My legs know that they ran 21 km but they don’t hurt. No pain in the knee, hip or back.
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
This past Sunday, at the Altritude off-road triathlon in mountains of Bukidnon, in the Mindanao region of the Philippines. Local resident Jong Sajulga was in action for his first race in 5 months. After a very solid early block of training, which was run and off-road focused, Jong managed a respectable 3rd place overall, behind 2 very talented local athletes. Now Jong’s training takes a focus towards the Boston Marathon this coming April.
On the same day, and also in the Philippines, Jakarta-based athlete James “Joi” Iskandar was competing at the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 in Subic. One of the most popular venues for triathlon events in Asia. James actually came to Malaysia for a few days, two weeks before the race, to see coach Mat and sharpen up. He managed to dip under the 6-hour barrier, in his first ever half Ironman, by putting together a very consistent effort across all three disciplines and finishing strongly in the 2nd half of the run.
Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:
For Mariasole Ghidini it was the first experience at a Half Ironman distance, she choose a difficult one: 70.3 Subic Bay Philippines! She was able to conduct a progressive race without any hesitation and crossed the finish line in 6:33.29, which meant 5th place W 30-34! For sure the future will bring great satisfactions for her. Good job Mariasole, you’re ambitious and determined.
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
One of my athletes Victor Manrique raced the Ocean Lava triathlon in Tenerife, a half ironman distance, on the weekend. He had a great race and sent through the following report:
I am super happy with the race. My time of 4:25 was very good but what makes me the happiest is how I felt during the entire race. I was well in control, I never felt tired or out of breath and I never lost concentration. Nutrition was great too, given I always have stomach issues but this time around I manage to eat without any issues. I am super happy with the outcome. I still think I need to be able to pull out a better run on race day. But I am sure we will get there 🙂
Here are Victor’s splits:
swim (1.9km): 24min
bike (82km): 2:12:00
run (21km): 1:43:00
Overall time: 4:25:00
Congratulations to Victor on a great kick off to his 2017 triathlon season!
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Back on the Triathlon starting line in Wellington…, go Jane! Photo Credit: ATPhoto/Triathlon NZ
Wet and windy made for tough conditions this weekend in Wellington, and whilst most stayed away, nothing was going to stop Jane in her return to Tri racing. Racing the Scorching Events Standard Distance, Jane persevered finishing with a second place in her category. Onwards and upwards!
This weekend saw the running of the Engadine Ski Marathon, an event Nina Derron has had her eye on for a while now. The Ski Marathon had also captured the interest of Trisutto CEO, Tom Sutton. Therefore Nina’s instructions for the day were to go out and enjoy the event and of course make sure you finish in a quicker time than Tom! The Engadine turned on a super day and the event made for quite the spectacle. Nina finished in the very impressive time of 2:06 for the full marathon, fulfilling both goals in the process. 😉
Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:
Blaine Egan came on board this winter and has already made major gains across the disciplines. This past weekend, Blaine got to test his new strength and speed at the Go Green St. Patrick’s Day 10K.
Blaine had a race plan and showed his flexibility and real potential as an athlete when he made the call on the course to modify the plan in order to accommodate the hilly profile of the race. He raced on feel, just like we train, and the results showed. Blaine ran a personal best by over six minutes and did so with the precision of a metronome. Awesome hit-out Blaine. Tip of the iceberg mate!
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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