Comeback win for Corinne Abraham at Ironman Cozumel.

Sometimes races can be won by athletes who are not at their best.

The ingredients necessary to make this happen:

  • Courage – being brave enough to put it all on the line.
  • Cunning – finding a way to make the course work for you, while your opponents battle it and themselves.
  • Patience – choosing the correct moment to pull the trigger when you only have one bullet.
  • Toughness – winning an Ironman not in peak fitness requires a hell of a lot of it.

Corinne Abraham showed all the above skills to improvise and overcome a very, very difficult season. Few performances this season will match the guile and courage she displayed at Ironman Cozumel.

Couldn’t be happier for her.

Race Recap from Coach Dan McIntosh:

Dan_Erin SpitlerTop 10 for Erin Spitler. Here with Corinne Abraham & Coach Dan McIntosh.

Consistent Training and a Good Plan Lead to Success

What happens when the plan goes haywire? All that’s left is the training. For Erin Spitler that’s what happened at IM Cozumel and when all bets were off, she believed in herself and her fitness and raced herself from nearly last place to a Top 10.

When an athlete isn’t strong across all 3 disciplines, insecurity can take hold. In these situations we do the best we can to remove the weakness through training and mitigate the damage of it during the race. Erin has come a long way with all three, but her swim has come up the most in the past year. Yet we still had to be realistic and set goals that would allow her to use her new swim fitness but avoid creating anxiety.

Despite great swim fitness and preparation leading into the race it was quickly undone after she chose the wrong feet and lacked experience and confidence to change her decision until it was too late. This lesson was learned by the time she reached T1, but she still had 8 more hours of racing. No time to focus on the mistake.

This is where Erin showed her professionalism and trust in herself. She didn’t fret or make bad decisions. She listened to some quick words on a revised race plan and went after it. By the time she got to T2, the deficit had come down on most of the field, but Erin didn’t over ride to get there. We knew it’d be a long day and that the race didn’t actually start until midway on the marathon. Staying fed, hydrated and cool was just as important as keeping a solid moderate effort.

Erin Spitler running4th fastest run split for Erin.

Despite the warning, she still went out too quick as everyone does, but pulled back the effort within first two miles and over the next 25km raced through the field while still holding together a respectable final 10k, which at IM Cozumel, can secure a Top 10.

Could Erin have raced into the top 5 with her current swim potential? Without question. Could she have reached the podium if other dynamics in the race played out in her favor? Of course. While it’s easy to ponder these questions, the only thing we will take forward are the lessons in attacking the swim early and often and look back fondly on the rest of the race and a perfect example of how when racing Ironman, training and a cool head prevail where even the best plan can not.

Both Erin and I have tremendous respect for Brett and Corrine for coming through a well executed training block after her surgery. She trained well, raced bravely and got the award to show for it.

Thank to you Brett and all my Trisutto athletes.

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Mariana Challenge Florianopolis FinishMariana Andrade 2nd at Challenge Florianopolis.

Some great racing this weekend.

A busy weekend for Jane Loughnan with two second place finishes in Mt Maunganui. First up Saturday she raced the New Zealand Aquathon Championships, and backed up on Sunday with the Tri Tinman Sprint.

Congrats Jane – Vice National Champion!

Mariana Andrade closed out a big season finishing 2nd Pro Woman at Challenge Florianopolis in front of her hometown supporters. Super effort Mariana; it’s been a great year working with you 🙂

On a shortened preparation Anne Basso persevered at Ironman Cozumel finishing 13th in a cracker Pro woman’s field. Well done Anne.

Jane 2nd NZ Aquathon ChampsJane Loughnan Vice National Champion!

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Melanie_run raceAnother PB for Melanie Baumann.

I’ve got of lot my athletes doing run races off season to keep them motivated and to get them running faster!

Yesterday, the yearly X-mas run was on in Basel, 5.5 km’s, I watched it on the television and I was looking for Melanie. Suddenly her name popped up – she came 4th (out of 260) in her age group and she ran 21.17!

Thank you very much for your message and for watching the race! Mostly thank you for that awesome first year!!! It was an awesome race today, almost 2 minutes faster than last year, a PB of course, 3:52 pace and 4th place in my age group out of 260! And I was faster than some girls that used to be MUCH faster than me! I’m really really happy!!! It was a hard race though and it really hurt 🙂

Very happy for her.

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

DaleWhiteAndJohnnyDangerousDale & Johnny Dangerous.

Henry Batievsky had a super race in Ironman Cozumel. A summer of heat and humidity at home in Florida prepared him well for the conditions, but I’m so happy to see him rewarded for his consistency in training; and balancing that with a demanding role as co-founder and COO of his own investment management company.

ChiinElfTriathlonChiin-Hooi Tan was up to mischief at The Elf Triathlon in Denmark.

The highlight this week for me is my athlete Dale White guiding his good mate Johnny Domandl  through a solid race at 70.3 Western Sydney. An excellent effort by both as I hear not only did Johnny have a very nasty bike crash only 3 weeks before race day, but was dragging Dale around the course. 🙂  (Johnny is visually impaired and tethered to Dale during the swim and run).

Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend. online triathlon coaches are available to help improve your performance here.


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