2015 Ironman Vichy Champion: Mauro Baertsch.
This weekend I’ve been inundated with inquiries about Daniela Ryf’s performance at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships and it’s implications for Kona and beyond. I’ll do my best to respond to these in a follow up article.
For now I don’t want our team’s combined coaching efforts to be overshadowed by an individual performance, especially on a weekend that featured a maiden Ironman win for Mauro Bartsch and a series of great results across the the board. I take as much pride in the success of our Trisutto.com coaches performances as I do my own.
Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:
This weekend we saw fantastic racing again from my athletes! It also featured a new coaching experience, as I found myself quickly coaching from the desk, checking splits and times, giving advice and instructions to athlete’s supporters at the run course by phone and text. Not how I normally go about my coaching business, but results prove it worked alright!
Mauro Baertsch celebrating post race.
First of all, professional athlete Mauro Baertsch won Ironman Vichy! It is his first Ironman win. Very happy that we chose the right tactics for the race and also made some sound decisions during the last 4 weeks in St. Moritz leading up to the race that paid off when it counted. Mauro manged to improve his swim further over the past 4 weeks and he only had a 3:18 deficit to Bertrand Billard of France after the swim. He then rode strong and put the hammer down approaching the end of loop 2, as instructed. He stayed incredibly controlled for the first 10km of the run and took over the lead from Frenchman Billard at the half marathon mark. From there onwards, there was nothing that could stop him and he won the race with a time of 8:23hr. Very happy with Mauro’s performance, especially as it keeps on our good momentum in Vichy, having won the race for the 3rd year in a row with my athletes!
Viola Frey finished her first Ironman, supported by husband Oli Klaus.
Also at Vichy, congratulations to Viola Frey finished her first Ironman. Not only de she finish, but placed 7th in her age group! Very happy with her swim and bike. She really had a hard time on the run and showed everybody what can be achieved with pure willpower and character. She made her supporting husband, Oli Klaus, who did the 70.3 race the day before as part of his Hawaii preparation, really proud! Well done to both of you!
Finally we go to Austria, for the World Ironman 70.3 Championships. Here we had two Top-5 results. Carmen Grosse and Iris Tiedeken both came in 4th in their respective age group and both missed the podium by just a few seconds. Our Duracell bunny Doro Karbach battled herself to the finish only 7 days after what was a fantastic performance at Ironman Copenhagen. Philipp Gubler gave it his all with a good swim and bike, which kept him within striking distance heading onto the run. Unfortunately the course bit him quickly after. He showed character however and did the job nevertheless. Great performances from all on a hard course and hot day! You all sharpened the knife for your upcoming A races. Way to go!
Race Recap from Coach Andres Castillo:
After two months in the mountains with the Trisutto.com squad, Alan had his final exam in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship with an impressive 8th place on his age group, 3rd Mexican and 73th overall! However if you just look at just the results you’ll miss the whole picture. For us this is a big win, a huge learning experience and a path for his triathlon career. Learning how to train in a completely new training environment culture is not a easy thing, but he did us proud.
This weekend Rob Straznitskas was 4th in his age group and 25th overall with a 4:29 in the Challenge Maine Half. Congratulations to all.
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
This weekend Aya Stevens came 6th in a competitive, wet and muddy European Xterra Championships in the UK. Aya is really beginning to see some solid results from the work she has been putting in. I am very happy with her continued progressions and excited for her upcoming races.
Richard Newey and Callum Hughs gave their best at the World 70.3 Championships. Richard would have liked to have found a bit more from his race, but he did his best and did nothing wrong. There were some very fast guys in his age category! Now Richard will continue to get ready for Hawaii.
Callum has been recovering from illness so tried to enjoy the whole experience and did well to get to the finish line. Well done team.
Race Recap from Coach Luis Villavicencio:
Jose Jorge Iturbide: From a non-athlete to 70.3 World Championship racer and Boston Marathon qualifier within 3 years! Jose had a good outing on his first crack at the World’s. For a family man, engineer, and a 3x national race car driving champ just the fact that he was able to qualify is incredible!
At the same time commiserations for our other 3 athletes who qualified but were not able to race this year:
Sofia Arenales qualified at the Miami 70.3 Ironman this year, but was not able to go because of work commitments. Giacomo Dalponte also qualified at a highly competitive 70.3 race this year in Boulder, Colorado. He is commited to his preparation for Ironman Cozumel 140.6 so we decided to skip Zell this time. Finally, Sara Larios could have qualified via the Roll down at the Monterrey 70.3 this year, she was near the top at her age group but didn’t even get the chance to go to the awards ceremony because of work. She’ll be back for a run at the Big Show next year.
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
I had 2 athletes take on the Challenge Penticton Half in Canada this weekend and I’m very proud of how they performed. Susan Rubutka came to Camp in July not have ridden or swam all year and only had run 10km but wanted to take on the Challenge of two Half Ironman’s by the end of Canadian summer. Susie well surpassed my expectations and just finished Challenge Penticton Half 4 weeks after Calgary 70.3 and felt amazing & strong all day!
Lesley Tozer is a Super Mother of 7, Personal Trainer & Aerobics Instructor who also wanted to take on Challenge Penticton Half – just one week after completing a 50 km Hike in the Canadian Rockies. Lesley swim really well, rode “the wall” strong and still had enough the run her way the to finish line! Lesley proves she has what it takes to be successful in this sport. She’s as tough as they come! Way to go ladies!
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Well done to my athletes racing this weekend, with Larry & Rocket Thompson, and Chiin-Hooi competing in the 70.3 World Champs at Zell am See, Austria.
Today I was a triathlete taking risks, the way you taught me to be. Not just a fast runner coming from the back. I improvised and overcame. I am happy. – Chiin
Gisela Reichmuth, was 4th overall and 2nd in her category at the Uster Triathlon, Switzerland – yet again a solid day for Gisela.
Beck Preston lined up at the Sunshine Coast 10km road race, and finished a respectable 3rd place female.
Jordan Bryden competed at Challenge Penticton Half on a cool and damp day. A training day for Jordan as he continues to build momentum and fitness.
Race Recap from The Boss:
Little Trisutto.com car got a workout this week.
With the dust settling on the Ironman 70.3 World Championships some very good performances from our squad that should not go unnoticed. The Captain (Matt Trautman) racing with a recovering collarbone was, as expected, to swim alone and to race from the bike transition in a bid to enhance his Kona readiness in just under 6 weeks time. While the course made it near impossible for him to make any significant headway on the bike, a quick read through the run splits tells a very telling tale of why we like the Captain so much. Despite being out of the Top 30 places at the beginning of the bike, by the end of the day he had worked his way into the Top 15 with one of the fastest run splits again. Just a super effort.
Jane Hansom did herself proud and won a bronze medal with an excellent race. Ritchie (Nicholls) didn’t have a good day and will now race Gerardman next weekend. The Medaks (Rafal and Alicja) used the race as a final hit out before Ironman Wales in two weeks.
Finally, a shout out to my old mate Robbie Pickard, who pulled out a great 3rd after leading most of the way. The old bugger fights on.
Congratulations to all athletes competing this weekend.
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