The big fella, James Cunnama, taking out the inaugural Ironman Hamburg in fine style!
It was another big weekend of racing for the squad with podiums across the board.
Julie Derron kicked off the weekend winning the Schaffhauser Triathlon short course. After leading out the swim, the usual problem of girls caught up in mens packs was once again evident. However Julie put the hammer down on the run to take the victory. She is now fit to race her first World Cup of the season in two weeks time.
Barb Riveros had her first race with us advising her and she didn’t disappoint. A great second in the French Grand Prix at Embrun with out any rest / taper. It was an excellent effort.
Racing her way back to fitness, Jane forces down some calories at Challenge Finland. Photo Credit: Challenge Finland
Jane Hansom was back in the naughty corner after a great camp and Challenge Roth race. However as she let her training slip, it is back to back races for Jane to pull her back into gear. First stop was Challenge Finland with a category win, and now she will be off to 70.3 Dublin next week. Following that it is Kona lead in program for Jane.
Leaving the best to last….., James Cunnama had a brilliant day at Ironman Hamburg. It was a new course for everyone, and a departure from prior James build ups, as one usually sees him in Embrun this time of year. It was our hope to continue his new bike technique experiment, and the flatter course of Hamburg provided a great opportunity. After his excellent 4th in Ironman Frankfurt we knew he would be fitter later in the season and so he proved it to be. With a controlled first 90k on the bike, before a crushing last 90k I’m sure he liked to be riding more like Kienle than James. To then pop off a 2 hour 40 minute run, one must think James is heading back to where he belongs. In the top 10 Ironmen in the world. Well done James.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
It was a winning weekend all round. 🙂 First up Nina Derron joined sister Julie on the winners list at the Schaffhauser Triathlon; dominating the Long Course event at Switzerland’s oldest Triathlon! A top effort across each swim, bike and run.
Mirjam Weerd also enjoyed a win and the opportunity to go full gas for an hour at the weekends Subways Vlakte Race – a 30km mountain bike extravaganza in Curacao!
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
Kate Bevilaqua won the 16th Annual Emmett’s Most Excellent Triathlon in Idaho, USA, after a good block of training. This was Kate’s first win since getting married to Guy Crawford. Now Kate travels over to Singapore for her next race 70.3 Bintan
Race Recap from Coach Cam Watt:
This past weekend Damien Collins and Sarah Crowley took the oppotunity to race the Lake Jordanelle Olympic Distance Triathlon which was a short 20min drive from our training camp base in Park City Utah. It was a really well run race set amongst the high mountains and provided a great hitout leading into the next block of big races…They both took out the overall wins too!!
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
Sometimes sending an athlete off to a race last minute is a great way to show an athlete what they are capable of, without any time to over think the race! This is what went down in Calgary when I sent Amy Ellet to the Lake Chaparral Olympic Distance in Calgary on Sunday with only a few days notice. As I’ve mentioned in other blogs, Amy is talented, especially time trailing on the bike. She still only swims 1 /week and runs minimally as the goal for now is to just keep training “fun” to balance out her fairly stressful job. Well Amy proved that even with still very low volume she can improve & get results! She ended up 3rd in the race with the fastest female bike split of the day and a new Olympic Distance PB! This made me incredibly happy, way to go Amy!!!
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
On Sunday, one of my athletes, Bettina Strehl raced IM Hamburg. She had a great race and got what she came for! A slot to Hawaii! By getting this slot, Bettina had to win her age group 40-44 which she did! Bettina raced very well and hard, with a swim of 1:03, a bike of 5:20 and a 3:50 run. Well done Tina, so happy for you!
Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:
Lauren Vallee raced a grassroots swim, run event with friends in Chicago this weekend which she describes as the most fun event of the year. In her own words: “The race covers over 18 miles of running and over 3 miles of swimming from the north end of the Chicago Lakeshore bike path to south of Promontory Point…. We ran down Michigan Ave in our speedos.” We’ve been working together about a month and in that time we’ve made serious headway in all three disciplines. Lauren’s run is really starting to come along, and it showed in the Chicago Swim Run. Most importantly, Lauren is rediscovering the fun in training and racing. Coach is psyched to see how she does at IM Los Cabos! Well done Lauren.
Logan Cunningham, raced at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Omaha, Nebraska this past weekend. Continuing to make gains, Logi dropped ten minutes from her time on the course last year. Aging up to the 20-24 category, Logi came in 12th in the group. We’re looking forward to a big fall racing campaign for Logan with ITU World Championships in Rotterdam as well as collegiate racing here in the US.
Bex Fink loves racing. With IM Whistler just two weeks past, Bex asked if she could get out and enjoy an off-road triathlon. Bex did the Xterra PDX outside of Portland, Oregon. It was a fun and beautiful weekend for Bex as she decides what race will be next on her calendar!
Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:
Congratulations Diana, a wonderful performance in Regensburg. Photos: Credit: Ingo Kutsche
Diana Riesler did her last Sub-9 finish at Challenge Vichy in 2013. From then on she raced courses like IM Lanzarote and Malaysia where such times are impossible. She started doubting that she’ll ever be able again to do a Sub-9. But at the press conference of Challenge Regensburg last Saturday the men were talking of a Sub-8 finish and Diana said: ‘Well, if the men will stay under 8 hours, I will stay under 9 hours!’ She is a very logic and straight forward thinker. And indeed did she produce one of her best races ever. She exited the water as 1st lady in 54mins – only 4mins behind the men leader. The first two hours on the bike it was not her weather: heavy rain and freezing cold. But she fought through it. But then the wind was picking up and dried the roads. She was really hammering the bike and entered T2 with a bike split of 4:38h (!). This meant that she could have a coffe break on the run and would still finish Sub-9 – a 3:20h marathon would be good enough. At the end she ran 3:13h (still easy pace), got a new PB with 8:51:02hrs and a new PB on the bike as well. And finished 12th over all;-) Just great to see her in such a fantastic shape just 4 weeks after one of the toughest races: IM Bolton, UK. And BTW: If you are looking for a fast race, then Regensburg is your choice: Incredibly well organized, a fast course, almost flat, smooth roads and a scenic run in one of Germany’s most lovely cities.
Peter Rudolph gave his Long Distance debut at Challenge Regensburg. He had an incredible race. His weakest part is the swim but with a 1:07h everything was still possible. On the rainy and windy bike course he made up a lot of time and after 4:40h he entered T2. On the run he looked pretty well and gave the other competitors a hard time as well. With a 3:13h marathon and an over all time of 9:06h he crossed the finish line as 2nd man in his AG (German Vice Long Distance Champ) and became 12 over all, including the Pro athletes and two Age Groupers. Really happy to see him smashing his first long distance race in such a great manner!
Barbara Tettenborn raced IM Hamburg. She had a fantastic swim with the fastest split in her Age Group. Unfortunately Barbara had a puncture on the bike and lost her rhythm and a lot of time to fix it. Despite this puncture she felt well on the bike and still cycled the 5th fastest bike split of her AG. The final marathon was her biggest enemy on the day and a few other ladies of her AG passed her on this section. But at the end she became 5th lady and without her puncture she had a podium spot. I’m very happy with her race. She had super consitent training leading up and told me that she never felt as good during and after an Ironman. We will now work on her run, select the right course and then a Kona slot will be just a matter of a puncture-free race.
Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:
Last weekend I had 4 athletes racing the inaugural Ironman Hamburg. I stood up half past 4 to drive to Hamburg. I did not want to miss the opportunity to see my athletes race there and give them some support along the course. Stephan Meinecke, Martin Kasten, Daniel Schollmayer and Leonhard Wiedemann were all not new to the distance but everyone was racing with slightly different goals.
Stephan Meinecke was there to be a top contender in his agegroup. The training leading into the race went almost perfect and Stephan felt great during raceweek. He once again had one of the fastest swims of the day with the 16th place overall (first in the 45-49 AG) out of the water. Just four minutes behind the leading pros. On the bike he could hold his first place for a very long time since it was the first time that he actually could perform to his potential on the bike. In addition Stephan felt comfortable for the entire bikeride. He started the marathon in 2nd place in his agegroup and still felt good on the pace we had discussed beforehand. But when I saw Stephan on the beginning of the second loop it was clear that something was wrong with him. He was pale as chalk and told me that he suddenly started to feel terrible. I first thought it was an energetic problem, but nothing seemed to help. It was just his mental strength that got him to the finishline after 9hrs and 43min. A run like in Venice 2 months ago would have meant the clear agegroup win. Stephan is already looking for the next race to show he can win his agegroup in an Ironman.
Leonhard started to work with me after he was a bit disappointed with his race in Roth 5 weeks ago. 5 weeks are not much to achieve big changes, but he was able to swim 4 minutes faster, ride 2 minutes faster on a harder course and run 4 minutes faster compared to Roth. Leonhard reached the finish line after 9hrs and 44min with a 24th place in his agegroup. We have to fix his run off the bike until next season and he will be able to achieve his goal of qualifying for Hawaii.
Daniel had a very difficult preparation with many hours at work and very limited time for the training. He is also father of three kids and had to find the right balance between work, family and training. Nevertheless he had a very good race in Hamburg. Especially the run was a lot better compared to the Ironmans he had done before. A 3:43 Marathon let him cross the finishline after 10hrs and 37min which was even a personal best of 13min despite the very limited training ;-).
Martin Kasten had a very rough last 10km of the run. The goal was to beat his personal best of 10hrs28min. It looked very good until km 30 on the run where he went into massive problems. Running was no longer possible and he had to walk the last part of the marathon to the finishline. A very aggressive pacing on the bike seemed to be the issue this time. Martin finished the race after 11hrs11min. Martin already looks for the next race to show what he is capable of.
Christian Karlberg did an Olympic distance triathlon in Sweden last Saturday. He could finish the race in 6th place overall and win his agegroup. His last race of the season will be a middle distance triathlon in Sala next weekend.
Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:
Rebecca Joslin did a last hitout at a local 32km trailrun last weekend. Rebecca has been preparing for the Icon Livigno Extreme in two weeks and she shows a good form. Not only did she have a lot of fun and felt great running for over 3 hours, she also nailed a 190 cadence average and took 2nd place at the finishline! So far Rebecca has found herself on the podium in her agegroup at all races she entered. Season already a succes with cherry on the cake still to come.
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Yannis Theodoropoulos raced in the 6th annual Midnight Man, the first night time triathlon in the world, featuring the only 100% closed road bike course in the Uk. A 2 lap swim, 9 lap bike and 4 lap run starting at 5pm for the half distance race, meant nightfall during the final 2 laps of the bike with front and rear lights of other bikes showing the way! The 4 lap run was well supported with the addition of salted crackers to Yannis run nutrition plan on lap 3 🙂 A wonderful experience, and event. With the 5pm start it also afforded the opportunity for a warm up in the morning with a 45 minute swim, 30 minute bike and 20 minute easy run 🙂 Well done Yannis for not only a bike PB and a run PB – but also for showing us not every race has to be one of the major brands.
Gisela Reichmuth raced in a 2 person team at Challenge Regensburg in a unique format where each team mate did the swim one after the other, then the bike one after the other, then the run one after the other. Was a fun day, and excellent training.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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