Capturing the moment…, Congrats Flora! Photo Credit: Heiko Rodde
I’ve been working with Flora Colledge for two years now, as she follows her dream of moving from top age group athlete to pro. Flora is one of my most hard working athletes, and really gives it everything. She also loves a tough race! Powerman Zofingen, Long Course Duathlon World Championships did not disappoint, with the 10km run, 150km bike and 30km run to finish, and to keep it honest the run was mainly up, or down hill! I’m very proud of Flora, not because she won her first World Title but because of her attitude, her consistency, and her persistence. I know she always gives it everything, and in this sport this is the secret to success. Congrats Flora, World Champion.
Also racing at Zofingen Powerman but in the short(er) 10km run, 50km bike and 5km run race, was Andrea Rudin. Again a brutal course, and again another excellent race by Andrea to finish 3rd in her category, and 6th female overall. To quote Andrea ‘I am happy with that race today. I enjoyed it although it was so hard. I could ignore the pain:) these are the races where you get strong‘. I couldn’t say it any better, well done.
Chiin-Hooi Tan was back in action at the Challenge Fredericia Olympic distance race which was also the Danish Championships. She again excelled as she continues her return to training (and racing). Seems the time away has done wonders with one of her best ever swims, and bikes on a technical course (maybe the MTB riding has been helping!), with a solid top 10 fastest run off ‘short easy runs’. A 7th in the unusual 19-39 category and 12th overall female. Super Chiin.
Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:
This weekend I saw some gutsy performances by my athletes which made me really proud. First of all Rebecca Joslin focussed all year to be on top of her game in the Livigno Extreme XL. A full ironman distance at altitude with an enormess amount of high meters, the famous Stelvio climb and a finish up on the mountain. The race itself is scary enough let alone with the weather that welcomed the brave athletes with rain, cold and even snow on the Stelvio. Due to the weather the organisation decided during the race to divert the course around the Stelvio. All these elements made the race even tougher. Rebecca didnt let herself be discouraged by all those things. Even though she had to overcome hyperventalation during the swim and breathing through a straw during the run. The bike felt really strong and her awesome support crew helped her to stay focussed. She ended up second woman and 17th athlete overall. Congrats Rebecca (and biggest supporter Andrew) for a gutsy performance!
Cecile Amstad drove up to Walchsee. A beautiful place in Austria where Challenge Walchsee starts of the september month with a gorgeous lake swim, challenging bike and beautiful run. But also in Austria the weather made it for hard conditions. Cecile loves to race in the heat so she needed to adjust her plans. In transition it took her 11 minutes to dress up in jackets and armwarmers with cleaning gloves and all, but in the end it payed of with a half marathon pb finish and the win in her agegroup! Well done Cecile! Cozumel in a couple of months will provide some different circumstances. We’re well on our way.
Race Recap from Coach Mathias Hecht:
Georgina Gadient started at the Half Distance in Locarno, Switzerland. her second last race for this season. And she showed, that there is still something left in her tank. A great Age Group (35-44) win and 2nd Women Overall behind former Olympic Champ Brigitte McMahon. We still need to work a lot on her swim and after Brett saw her at the Sursee Camp, we are trying out a few new things and hopefully it will pay out in 2018. Her bike was strong as always even with cramps starting around the 80km mark. She finished the day off with a solid 21k run. Of course I am super happy with this result as I know our season plan worked out well. if an athlete can race at such a consistent high level over several month, you know the athlete put in the effort during winter time when champions are made.
Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:
Pavel Blagikh asked me last week if he spontaneously could do a bike road race. Normally the answer to such a request is: “if you want a broken collarbone, then go ahead and race”. You often see serious crashes in road races and the risk of getting injured is quite high, especially if you are not a very skilled bike rider. It is a bit different with Pavel, since he has been racing both road and MTB races on national level before he started with triathlon. His skills on a bike are far beyond average. So I agreed also knowing that his season highlight, the Ironman Kalmar, was already done. Pavel was very surprised that he found himself in a breakaway of four riders after just 15min into the race. He thought he was lacking the speed after some months of Ironman training. That was clearly not the case. These four kept the pace high and could keep the main field away all the way to the finish line. Pavel finished the sprint in 3rd place overall and was very happy with this result. The other riders had way more race km in their legs but he still was competitive enough to finish the 71km race on the podium after 1hr43min. There will be another road race in two weeks and the Ironman 70.3 Turkey to finish his great season.
Deborah Bomstein did her third 70.3 race in her first triathlon season last Sunday in Portugal. I am very happy that she had a great experience and finished the race! There were many obstacles to overcome. She injured her shoulder just a couple of days before the race which bothered her a lot during the race. In addition the water was freezing cold compared to Dubai. Normally 16-17° water temperature is just fine, but if you have been training in Dubai all summer long these temperatures really feel very cold. The bike course was very difficult compared to the straight roads in Dubai as well and I am very proud that she mastered this course with the turns and descents without any issues! On the run her shoulder was hurting a lot and she had to dig deep to get to the finishline. That was her first triathlon season and when we started to work together last November it was hard for Deborah to swim more than 25m and run more than 1km without getting breathless. She has now successfully finished three 70.3 races and enjoys the sport of triathlon a lot! Well done Deborah!
Last but not least Marc Haller was part of a relay team doing the 30km run in the Powerman Zofingen. It was a very solid progressive training run in Marcs Frankfurt Marathon preparation on a very tough course.
Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:
I had some great racing of my athletes this week! Rowan had a simply perfect race and won his age group at Ironman Cascai 70.3. He is getting stronger from race to race and it’s great to see what a huge difference the new training approach makes and how quickly Rowan progresses. He’s done well, so he get’s an easy week to recover before we enter the final weeks of his Kona preparation.
Together with some of my other athletes, Adrian Glättli escaped the bad weather around the Zurich region when he raced the Locarno triathlon. Only 2 weeks after a good performance at Ironman Sweden he had another great race and another 11th place finish – very close to the Top-10 in his age group. Well done!
Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:
Ana Berenguel & Carolina Lanza (‘The Fun Team’) enjoyed the Pondathlon in London, I could call it a pool version of swim-run events. It was a short, sharp and fast training for both girls and as always a lot of smiles and fun with friends. Now we are all waiting what would be next team challenge.
Genevieve Jacques took on a local middle distance race last Saturday as part of her Ironman preparation. It was a challenging course with some hills on bike and run as one could expect from a region around Barcelona. Even with a flat tire and disappointment after, Gen did a great job and finished 4th overall in the women field. More importantly Gen took a lot of satisfaction and re-gained confidence after a period of set backs. It was a very solid effort across all three disciplines, especially very strong run which is encouraging for months ahead. Great job Gen!
After successful debut in middle distance triathlon in Gdynia a month ago, Krzysztof Machnicki is now preparing for his first marathon in a few weeks time. Last weekend he ran a night half marathon in Warsaw as part of this training. No taper, no time goals this time, just do the training – were the instructions. To his surprise it was a very strong run in time of 1:23 on tired legs. Good job and let’s keep the hard work going!
As a second run session of the day Piotr Gasiorowski ran a 5km night race in Warsaw and finished in 18:28 which was a very good session! We are building toward a main part of his triathlon season and we will see Piotr on the start line of Ironman 70.3 Rugen next weekend. Best mechanical luck!
Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:
Alex Luraschi raced an Olimpic distance Triathlon at Locarno, Switzerland. He did one of his favorite races placed near his home. He finished 9th in his category M 30-34 in 2:28.16 and 36th overall. He managed a solid performance and he continue’s to show great progress! Well done Alex! Proud coach!
Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:
Sascha Moryson completed in the Neumorschen Marathon MTB race in Germany this past weekend. Continuing to show some great results and numbers in training, Sascha continues to have a great late season run of fitness. He came away with the win by winning the final sprint with a few other guys! With a goal race this weekend, no better way to prep then a win before!
Lee Melling came to the squad roughly 2 months ago, frustrated at a standstill in his fitness and results. We went straight to work identifying some things to work on (namely, more swimming and big gear riding) He has since, seen the benefits and how the TriSutto system works with his fastest ever half-distance race this past weekend in Portugal. “Coming out of the water, I quickly was able to settle into a rhythm, and all those sessions with big gear, high power really paid off. And to get off the bike and the legs feel so good was a revelation”! We just barely missed an AG 70.3 World Champs spot, but what a way to end the season! Now Lee is ready and eager to keep improving and smash out some races in 2018! Well done, Lee!
Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:
After the rest of the summer continued the Cyprus cycling cup series with a TT race. Two of my athletes took part, Yiannos Savva in the 50+ category was the winner with an average of 43+ km/h, not bad for an athlete of this age category and second overall only 30 seconds slower than the 20 years younger winner!
The second cyclist Michalis Theocharous in the 30-39 category took the third place taking part in the race on the road bike. Not at all bad for these conditions. So only happy I can be for their effort and results.
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
Melanie Baumann had a cracker race! Last weekend, she raced the 70.3 Zell am See and came 2nd in her age group. And then she raced Challenge Walchsee this weekend! She crashed on her bike, then took time to fix everything and then she kept going with an injured calf, ran very strongly and won her age group!
In Locarno, Arnaud Margot raced a half distance. 3 weeks prior to this race, Arnaud had to do his annual military duties which meant 3 weeks in the army and far away from home! Luckily Arnaud was still able to train and he’s very good at fitting in sessions here and there! He was staying close to Locarno for those 3 weeks, and therefore we decided to finish of the army camp with a race! Arnaud raced very ok in all 3 disciplines and he ended up coming 8th in his age group and 11th over all. Now it’s back home again for Arnaud, to his proper bed and NO army food…
Camille Nieto finished off her season in style! She went to Yverdon les Bains in Switzerland to race. Here she did a double relay with good friends, first a sprint relay where Camille’s team nailed it and won by 14 mins! Then Camille and team mates decided, as a last minute decision, to race the Olympic distance relay as well! And again they smashed it and won, again, by 14 mins!
Nick Morrell raced in Yverdon too! And here’s quite an achievement! Nick has been racing back to back in the last 3 weeks! And it’s not over yet, as he’ll be racing again this upcoming weekend, doing the half distance in Murten in Switzerland! Nick started out with an olympic distance in Lausanne, 2 weeks ago, then 70.3 in Vichy one week later and then Yverdon (olympic distance) this last weekend! Nick has done a very good job in all 3 races! Now there’s one more to go before Nick’s race season comes to an end, making the most out of racing close to home! Very well done Nick! In Vichy, Nick got tested for motor doping! Great to see that this is actually done! And no wonder that they choose Nick as he’s a monster bike rider.
In Grasse in France, Arnaud Penel took part in the Trigames, 1.9 km swim, 100 kms on the bike with 2000 m of elevation. Arnaud swam very ok and then he had an awesome bike and finished off the race with a good run. Arnaud was 4th in his age group and 18th overall. Well done.
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
Last Saturday, Manila based Swiss age group athlete Roman Menz was in action at the Aboitiz Triathlon Olympic Distance in Pico De Loro Cove. Putting together a very solid all around performance over the swim-bike-run, Roman won the 40-44 age group, besting athletes who had beaten him earlier in the year.
Then on Sunday, Felipe “The Farmer” Sajulga competed in a tune up race for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, just 5 weeks away. At the 1st Mayor JJ Fiesta Olympic Triathlon on the beautiful Island of Camiguin, in the Mindanao region of the Philippines, he managed to grab 3rd place overall, and a small prize. But importantly, he tested out his leg speed between two Ironmans!
Also on Sunday, in the beautiful country of Armenia, Saudi based Russian Pavel Golikov was enjoying his vacation away from work, by racing the Savage of Sevan half Ironman @ 1900m elevation, and on a rented bike. After a strong swim, and spending some time in the lead on the bike, Pavel hung on to 3rd place overall, and very satisfied with his effort, with the circumstances.
Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:
Laura Fidler raced this w/e at 70.3 Portugal, Laura is improving all the time, knocking off almost 30mins over the course of 12 months and constantly now under 5hrs for a 70.3, she is showing signs of some great performances to come with the hard work and dedication she has. Laura raced her way into the Top 10 overall this w/e finishing in the pros and 2nd in her AG , Very well done Laura
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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