Kate Bevilaqua on top of the podium at Ironman 70.3 Bintan. Photo: Ironman Bintan
Kate Bevilaqua won 70.3 Bintan! I was so happy to see her take this win. After a disappointing Vineman at the end of July she could have been sad about it but we didn’t let that happen. She picked herself up, dusted herself down and got straight back to work. With a win at an Olympic distance in the US two weeks ago, she then flew to Asia and gave Bintan her best shot. The hot and humid conditions didn’t give her any problems. A special win for Kate and for me.
4th overall for Mia Leadbeater at Puerto Naos: Photo: James Mitchell Photography
I was also very proud of Mia Leadbeater, one of the juniors from our TeamTriActiv who travelled from Lanzarote to La Palma to race a sprint distance triathlon. Similar to Kate, Mia had a disappointing race 2 weeks ago at Arrecife but I told her to find another race straight away to get the best from her fitness. And she did, she found Triatlon Puerto Naos in La Palma and she got a great race out. She learnt from her mistakes 2 weeks ago and came 1st cadete and 4th overall in the women’s race. I am very proud of the way Mia is going. Mia joined our Team as an 11 year-old who didnt know much about triathlon, but having put the training in over the last 3 years is showing great improvement. Another of our juniors, Marcos Knight travelled to the UK to get some more race experience, he raced as a team in the National Relay Championships!
Finally, Richard Newey continues his great training for Kona with his 1st session on Saturday morning being a TT where Richard rode a PB on for 10 miles: 20:18.
Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:
Julie and Michelle Derron on the bike. Photo: Triatlon nás baví
The weekend saw Julie and Michelle Derron race in ETU Premium Cup in the Czech Republic. It was a mixed result for the sisters. Michelle had a good swim only to be hampered by mechanicals. If that wasn’t frustrating enough she was stung by a bee during the race, however she finished her first international race and it’s only up from here.
Julie on the other hand had a great race to finish Top 10 and moving to 7th after the run. I was happier with the result than Julie, but not being satisfied is part of learning how to win.
Trent Simmons had one of the best races of his career in the Old College Tri in Denton. A solid swim and excellent bike saw him out of T2 in 2nd before running away with a great win. Well done indeed.
Young Reiny Brown took part in a non-drafting race at Uster. He competed in the Open Division and as the season ends he seems to be finding his form. 3rd overall marks a big improvement. I’d like to publicly thank him for his time with Nicola over the summer. While I’m sure he learned more than the Champ did, he was a constant companion in the hurt box and to celebrate I’m sending him to his first Half Iron this season in Locarno!
Wire to wire victory for Carina Brechters. Photo: V-Card-Triathlon-Viernheim
Finally, Boo (Carina Brechters) racing back in her homeland of Germany in the V-Card Triathlon saw her lead from gun to tape for an all-the-way win. Boo will now head to South Korea to finish her season with 2 longer races. Best wishes to all.
Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:
This was a total roller coaster weekend for me as a coach and it leaves me emotionally exhausted. For a good coach the overall number of athletes you can support is not so much limited by time available for working out schedules, rather by the coach’s emotional capacity. Ups and downs, luck and missfortune are so close in every athlete’s career. And as a coach you go through all what your athlete enjoys or suffers to a certain degree. And you only can bear so much.
I’m very happy for Sabrina Stadelmann to win her age group at Ironman 70.3 Vichy and coming 3rd overall! She did very well in all 3 disciplines and improved heaps, especially on the bike. It’s a fantastic result and confirms the hard and consistent work she put in over the past months. A big result. The only thing what was missing was her winning smile for the photographers when crossing the finish line. However, I’m sure that over her next races she will will get more practice and quickly figure out how to make hard work look easy and charm the media at the finish line.
I’m also very happy for Peter Rudolph, who placed 7th overall by winning his age group at the Olympic Distance race in Beilngries. Not fully tapered a super preparation day for his next big race the BerlinMan in 2 weeks. Really looks like he is on fire!
Moritz Bachmann and Nicholas Badour also did very well. They both raced the 70.3 in Vichy and they are my penalty guys this weekend. Nicholas raced well. Since we started, he finished every race strong and his racing improved from event to event. At Vichy he got a penalty on the bike and did his 5min service at the penalty tent. With so many athletes on race course its hard to avoid riding in groups even if you try as hard as possible. Plus he gave himself another penalty, as he forgot his nutrition in T2 and run back to pick it up. Without these 2 mishaps he easily would have beaten the 5 hour mark. Moritz on the other side also served a penalty at the penalty tent and only figured out after the race that he was not given a penalty at all. Maybe weather condition are race atmosphere were just too nice and both just wanted to spend a little bit more time on race course.
Kay Schindler just missed the podium by a tiny margin at the Viernheim Triathlon in Germany. He placed 5th with only a 2 min gap to the winner. Kay posted the fasted bike split in his age group which might have cost him a bit too much energy for the run. However, very well done, I like agressive racing an athletes who can hurt!
Back in Switzerland, Pascal Trümpy again missed the podium by 1 spot and only 13s. She got a 4th place at the Tägi Triathlon Sprint race. She also had the fastest bike split of her age group. Next week we do another podium attempt. As an athlete you have to be stubborn and run into the wall until it breaks.
Joachim Reiter raced Zell am See on Sunday and he is the bike bunny of this weekend. First he had a flat tire. He could fix that and carry on, but after a few kilometers another ride crashed in front of him and to avoid crashing into him, Joachim pulled his rear brake cable apart and went into a freshly raised haystack at the side of the road. Luckily he wasn’t injured. So he completed the bike on a suicide mission (those who know the course will understand) with only one brake working. He backed all up with a solid run. Well done on being a role model on how to deal with setbacks in a race and hope he get’s his bike sorted out till Ironman Weymouth.
Back in France again Alicja Medak raced Ironman Vichy. It was a solid race. The non-wetsuit swim cost her a lot of energy. Therefore she could not push as hard on the bike as she wanted. She finished all up with a good run – especially since she recovered from an injury lately and only had a 7 week build-up for this race. We got a lot of insight on what to improve till her next race.
Also at Ironman Vichy Stefan Tudose did not have the race we hoped and trained for. I’m very sorry for that but I’m still happy that he did get the job done despite the race did not evolve to his expectations. When it comes to racing, managing and controlling expectations is a key factor for success. And very often, those races which go not as planned are those that teach you the most. Setbacks are an essential ingredient of success. By finishing the race, Stafan already proved that the lessons learned on Sunday will make him a better athlete.
Also Diana had another setback in a year full of setbacks. Being one of the favourites for the win in this race, she got disqualified because she wore a sleeveless race suit under her speedsuit. Yes, she was dressed 100% in accordance with the latest Ironman Vichy Swim Ruling Update sent to the athletes after the race briefing. She got disqualified despite. Very sad and very frustrating.
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
Brilliant weekend of racing for my crew- I’m stoked!
First I’ll start out with my power couple from the UK- Tony & Lorraine Baker. After placing 2nd at Budapest last month Lorraine missed Qualifying by margins so had one more crack for it this weekend at Zell Am 70.3 in Austria! Well after a 7 min quicker bike from last year (in the same race) and 9 min quicker run, Lorraine got what she deserved and placed 3rd and stamped her ticket to Chattanooga for Worlds 70.3 next year, where she will be racing along side her hubby Tony who snagged the spot in Budapest last month.
Tony also raced Zell Am and rode a very similar bike but managed to run 11 min quicker than the year before- on an “off” day for him! Tony’s new improved bike strength is shining through with a year of PB runs! This is quite fantastic for a guy who towers well over 6 feet tall and has raced 2 of the hottest races around Europe and still managed PB’s. Outstanding guys!!!
Shannon Jones who had been following a Trisutto plan since she attended our Calgary camp last November decided to come on full tilt for coaching for some tweaking the last couple months before her main race of Challenge Penticton, which also happens to be the Canadian Long Course Championships this year. We have been very meticulous sorting out not only her training & racing nutrition but getting all her body working well as she has spent many years out with injury. She rarely would ever finish a race without an injury! Well Shannon completely blew me away when she crossed the finishline in 3rd!!! So she goes away with a bronze medal, no niggles or injuries and stamped her ticket to World Long Course Championships in Penticton next year!!! Her ongoing consistancy with her training & doing THE RIGHT training has completely paid off for her!!!
At the same race- the little pocket rocket and super mom Sara Pearce, on quite low training volume was able to walk away with 4th and also qualified for Worlds next year – if she decides to race it! Sarah is a fantastic athlete with a big history of great results but had taken some time off for a bit so it great to see her back doing what she’s great at- I look forward to seeing what she can do with even more strength & fitness!!!
Joan Heisey headed to Billings Montana on the weekend for her 2nd Olympic distance and she just started into the triathlon world, but has spent years as a runner. Joan had a quick toilet stop and missed the gun but still managed to walk away with 2nd in her age group! So much more to come for Joan as we are still in the learning phase!!!
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
This past Saturday, French athlete Damien Leonardi was in action at the Vichy Ironman 70.3 in the historic province of Bourbonnais, of Central France. Using the race as a prep for Ironman Langkawi later this year, the father of 2, managed a 5 min PR, by finishing in 4h37, with a strong swim/bike combo, but with a run that sill has room for improvement. He battled through a few leg cramps under the searing sun, which is great simulation for Langakwi. There is surely more improvements to come, as Damien gets older and stronger!
The following day, Swiss based, Danish athlete Martin Barner, was in the beautiful town of Zell Am See in Austria, competing in the local Ironman 70.3, site of last years 70.3 World Championships. Just like Damien, he was using this race as a preparation for a later Ironman, in Wales this September. Also a father of two, he crossed the line in 4h43, on a day that saw few fast times, especially in the pros. The good news is that he put together an excellent all around performance over the swim/bike/run, with a strong finish. This, in spite of recent business travels to Germany.
Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:
Breaking 10 hours in an Ironman was always Dwight Senduk’s long term objective, he was close 2 or 3 times but it was always a ‘10 something’. He has followed my advice on bike training, we modified his position on the bike, improved the running form and dialled his race nutrition. Result – almost a perfect race in Vichy smashing his target by a massive margin. Great job!
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Short fast racing and warm conditions were the go in Europe this weekend and proud to see all the crew on the attack and racing hard from the gun!
At the Uster Triathlon in Switzerland Sandra Gisin raced the Sprint Distance and Nina Derron raced the Olympic Distance. An all out effort for both with Sandra once again cracking the top 10 in her Category, and Nina coming home with the overall Olympic Distance win.
Mirjam Weerd had a great speed workout also at the Dutch National Sprint Distance Championships, taking on the short course athletes and finishing with a pleasing 6th place.
Finally back over in Scotland, another week, another bike race for Ingrid Kidd – this time a hilly 79k Road Race which doubled as Ingrid’s final long ride before the European Middle Distance Champs next week in Austria.
Fast and positive racing from everyone! Great work and great attitudes 🙂
Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:
Sarah Keller had 2 solid performances this weekend. She started off with a 1.8k swim race and with it being a non-wetsuit because of the temperature, it made things a little harder but she came throught strong and swam well. Then Sarah hit a 20k bike ride and came 5th in her AG, a faster and higher place finish than last year! Well done, Sarah.
Rob Hume had a good hit out this weekend in the Scottish Champs. Rob is preparing for Ironman Wales so wasn’t expecting a very fast performance but a good one, and that’s exactly what happened. He came home in 4th position which he can be more than satisfied with only weeks away now to Wales.
Kiera Tippett competed in Worthing Tri Oly Dist, which was a Euro Qualifier for 2017. In what were terrible conditions in a real rough sea swim Kiera pulled off a PB for her 1500m swim in 22min, then with a hard, windy bike and run she really needed to push and dig deep. Kiera crossed the line in 1st position U20 and qualified for next year’s European Championships. Great job, Kiera.
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
This weekend Chiin-Hooi Tan returned to racing, with a super overall female win at Silkeborg 1/4 distance triathlon in Denmark. Coming 5th out of the water, Chiin had the 3rd fastest bike despite some gear mechanical issues which saw her off the bike at one point, then proceeded to have the fastest run, to take the win. A race that shows how far Chiin has come, not panicking in the swim, or when having mechanical issues on the bike; before getting to work on the run. Well done.
Top 3 result for Jordan Bryden at Challenge Penticton.
Over in Canada, Jordan Bryden put the fitness he built training at St Moritz summer camp to good use. A solid 3rd place for Jordan at Challenge Penticton and 2nd in the ITU Canadian Long Course Championships. The race format was the much loved but rarely seen these days 3 / 130 / 30km format, on the course that will welcome the ITU Long Course World Champs in 2017. Now Jordan gets ready for September Trisutto training camp in JeJu.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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