Emma Bilham on top of the winner’s dais at Challenge Galway.
This week we read one of the best articles I’ve seen written by the Little Cabbage (Emma Bilham) on her trials and tribulations since joining the Trisutto.com squad. At first offended by having her intelligence questioned and coming to grips with the reality that book education doesn’t count when you’re down in the trenches fighting for your competitive life.
Let me clear up one thing – she is not called Little Cabbage because of her size, but because the Cabbage nickname was already taken by another athlete. One who was also offended at the start of her career that her IQ held little respect when it comes to learning how to be a champion.
That person’s name was Chrissie Wellington.
While Little Cabbage has a long way to go to be even considered good enough to carry the Smiley One’s bags, her blog brought a smile as to the brilliance of the writing reminded me of the prose Chrissie could hash out at a moment’s notice. In that field the she loses nothing in comparison.
It gives me great pleasure to say she did it again backing up from IM France carrying the soreness of that race to lead from the swim for a 5 minute wire-to-wire win at Challenge Galway.
Tremendous effort. Well done!
This weekend happy to see Flora Colledge was 5th in a competitive elite division at Powerman St. Wendel. This was Flora’s first longer duathlon and an excellent and very solid overtraining day.
Yannis Theodoropoulos successfully completed the Celtman triathlon. This one is tough! A 3.8km swim in a loch, a 202km bike on Scottish country roads, and a 42km run mainly off road that has 3000 feet of ascent! An amazing full day of racing supported by his parents and brother making it truly a family occasion to be remembered. Great job.
Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:
Seb Garry as had an amazing couple of months winning 2 European Gold medals in his age group in Duathlon and Triathlon, but still hungry for more he lined up at the English National Champs at Leeds Castle Tri.
The swim was very technical with a zigzag route so we weren’t expecting lightning speeds on the swim. He came out of the water around 11th after putting in a good solid swim. Out of T1 and onto the bike, which was a very tough and challenging 24k, making it very hard to keep things comfortable. Seb worked hard and pulled back a lot of places and time on the leaders coming in 7th with just the run to go. From T2 Seb put the after burners on just picking one athlete off at a time working hard all the time, Seb crossed the line 1st in his AG and 2nd overall claiming the English Title. Very well done Seb showing lots of promise.
Kiera Tippett – Coming into some good form, Kiera’s been really working hard in training getting her swim and run right, and after recently just becoming National Aquathlon Champion in her AG, made her way to the European Aquathlon Champs in France.
They set off on the swim with the girls really trying to push the pace, so sitting on the toes of some of the stronger girls knowing that her running form was in good shape proved to be a great choice for Kiera. She came into transition knowing she needed to put in a really strong run to even get on the podium, so she set out and just put everything on the line. Pushing hard all the time picking off some of the girls and not really knowing the positions but still maintained her form to cross the line 3rd picking up the European Bronze medal and getting one of the fastest run splits of the day, Well done Kiera fantastic result.
IronTarsh took on Ironman Austria. She wasn’t coming into this competition with great fitness and after only coming on board a number of weeks ago, it’s been a massive transformation for her adapting to all our methods. However keeping the consistency we have had many breakthroughs leading into this competition, and Tarsh continued to show promise by putting together a PB swim and a PB bike split on the day with a good solid run performance. So very well done. I’m excited to watch this athlete’s progress over the next 12 months.
Race Recap from Coach Dan McIntosh:
Pro athlete Erin Spitler is continuing her progression this season and finding a new level of effort across all three disciplines. We took a different approach with her swim today and just focused on controlling effort and managing the details rather than getting sucked into others’ races. She trusted this approach and went out on her own and found a 2 min improvement over previous race but more importantly setting her up for a strong bike. Still needs to find another 2.5 minutes on the swim but she will at her next race with one more swim block before her Ironman build. She’s been steadily chipping away on her bike and raced an aggressive plan to perfection, riding herself into striking distance of the podium. Unfortunately shes had a nagging hip injury past few months and has been handicapped in the type of training she can do for the run. Still ran well and while she might say it was slow, she hit above her weight by chasing after a solid run on legs that still need a little more seasoning. She’s capable of winning this kind of race, but until then a 10th place with some great efforts is a good day.
After a tough day a few weeks ago in St. George it was time for the power couple Paul and Leigh Stiekema to have good races. Paul swam well, rode great but was derailed by a strained hamstring within the first 5k of the run. It’s never an easy decision but he exercised great wisdom in pulling the pin after lap one. He will be able to come back stronger soon. We’ve got eyes set on top performances at the end of the seaon and he’ll be ready.
Although Paul was gutted not to put in a great finish, he was quick to switch to supportive role for his wife, Leigh. After a disappointing start of season at St George she was nervous the cold water and cooler temps would bring on a repeat scenario this weekend. She was also coming off a hectic May schedule of travel, tabling her training to set up her two college bound boys for success. WIth St. George and college tours behind her, she promised to step up in June and she delivered in training which then fed confidence in the race and despite shivering herself through T1 she pushed past the first hour of cold bike and let the training carry her into the later stages of the races, going stronger and stronger, a promising trend as she targets bigger races later this season.
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
Some great results from my athletes racing this weekend:
Fran Bungay raced Exmoor 70.3. It was a bit of a last minute decision. Fran has to undergo surgery in a couple of weeks due to consistent problems with her ankle. She can’t really push 100% on the bike nor can she run properly! She still did very well! She came second in her age group 40-44! Now we’re keeping her as fit as we can until she goes under the doctor’s knife!
Aleks Nedelkovski raced IM Austria and raced in 10.15, getting closer and closer to go under the sub 10! He finished off with a 3.36 marathon. He’s a great runner and there should be much more to come!
Tolga Algapot raced one of the toughest IM’s out there! He’s now a SwissMan! SwissMan is an extreme IM and everyone who gets to the finish line is a star!
Maurice Inzirillo and Jacqueline Gründler were supposed to race too in Spieztriathlon in Switzerland, Olympic distance, but the organisers decided to cancel the race due to heavy rain.
Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:
On Saturday here in Bauru we had our 10km TV TEM Running Championship with 1000 runners competing.
In the men’s Category Gabriel Abrao was Champion Overall, while in the Female Category Karina was Vice Champion overall.
Our Trisutto team are so proud about their performance!
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
After some illness that stopped him racing Lanzarote and his last 2 races being a little frustrating at South Africa and Hawaii 2015, Richard Newey put a great race together at Ironman Austria. He came 7th in his age group and he got himself to Hawaii for the 3rd year in a row! Congratulations, Richard.
For the 3rd year in a row, Vinny Vinness raced 70.3 UK and did his fastest time ever this weekend! It was a tough week with 70.3 Luxemburg 7 days before, but that did not worry Vinny.
Anne Jenson came 4th at Challenge Galway, Anne did not have her best day and not helped by confusion on where to go on the bike, but got the race finished. Well done to all.
Matthew Evans finished Ironman Austria, busy race organiser and business man finished the tough challenge with the training he can fit in, He also added a big bike crash to make the day even more challenging for himself!!
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
This past weekend at the Ironman 70.3 Exmoor in the UK, British athlete Marc Atkinson was in action, doing his first race as a Trisutto coached athlete. He manage to finish a strong 5th place in the 50-54 age group on a challenging course that had many athletes post slow-ish times. Marc was happy to be able to pass quite a few people on the run, which has traditionally been his weak point.
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:
A big weekend of results with Ironman Austria similar to a ‘home race’ for my squad and races all around Italy.
At IM Austria:
- Tanja Starl, 6th F35-39 and 2nd Austrian Championship 10:49.36
- Mary Torre, 2nd F55-59 12:49.17
- MarcoBonetti, finisher M40-44 12.40.36
- Andrea Cattabiani, finisher M40-44 12:25.12
- Stefano Pavan, finisher M45-49 10:00.42
All athletes achieved their personal goals, so we are very happy with this 100% checked boxes 🙂
At the extreme LUT Lavarede Ultra Trail 119km 5850+:
- Francesca Billi, she stopped after 95km due to a very strong thunderstorm and dangerous conditions
Olympic distance triathlon Sirmione (Lake Garda Italy):
- Emanuele Mutti, 6th M25-29 2:07.32
Open water swim 1800m Lake Garda:
- Sara Platini, 9th F26-35 44:49
Middle distance Triathlon Idro (Italy):
- Gustavo Lodi, 10th M30-34 7:45.23
Olympic distance Triathlon Idro (Italy):
- Patrizia Dorsi, 5. overall 3:08.03
- Marzia Panizza 9th overall and 2nd F25-29 3:16.47
- Paola Bonfreschi 10th overall and 2nd F45-49 3:17.58
Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:
Mike Hill executed his race plan to perfection and came away with an 8 minute PR in the Olympic distance at the Breath of Life Ventura Triathlon. His instructions were simple: “When the gun goes off, you bring the fire and keep blasting it until you’ve crossed the finish line.” His response: “Now that’s a race plan.” Mike came away with an division win and fifth overall in his last tune-up event before Ironman Vineman in just over a month.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Sandra Gisin raced at the Spiezathlon on Saturday morning in Spiez, despite the cold wet weather, using a spare bike, and unplanned dental treatment at 9pm the night before! Sandra loves to race, so we use this to build her fitness and as one our her hard workouts for the week.
Ingrid Kidd raced in her first Ironman in Austria on Sunday. After a super swim Ingrid led her age group out of the water, and being the bike monster that she is, she continued to extend the lead on the bike. The run was tough; made even tougher with the re-immergence of an old knee injury. With the onset of acute pain in her knee early in the marathon, I am proud of the way Ingrid was able to persevere and guts it out to the finish line and complete her first ever Ironman in the fantastic time of 10 hours 30 mins, for 7th in her category. Amazingly only 11 minutes separated the first seven place getters in this age-group. Ingrid, you are an Ironman 😉 Congratulations!
Race Recap from Coach Annie Emmerson:
Glenda Goscomb finished 2nd (55-59) in her age-group on Sunday in 70.3 Wimbleball and in doing so has qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Champs in Mooloolaba. Well done.
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Chiin-Hooi Tan was back in action at her local sprint Triathlon, the Dania Bikes Triatlon Rødekro in Denmark. A slower swim than usual, but fastest bike and fastest run of the day, saw her take the overall female. Well done Chiin. A special mention to Chiin’s partner Jesper who completed his first triathlon today 🙂
Gisela Reichmuth was second female overall at the Rothsee Sprint Triathlon on Saturday, held around the corner from the famous Challenge Roth race. Another excellent all round performance by Gisela. The result of consistent training, which she continued with a long run on Sunday while husband Walti raced in the Olympic distance event.
Melanie Benson raced in Challenge Galway, in cold and windy conditions, quite different from her current home in Dubai! A 1st place in her age group, 2nd amateur female, and 6th overall on a course not suiting her strengths was a good training day for Melanie as we focus on 70.3 Worlds in Mooloolaba.
Mark Richardson, started Ironman Austria knowing he wouldn’t be running, after injuring his foot while attempting some DIY car repairs recently. However, was a good opportunity to swim, ride and then cheer for his wife Alison in her first Ironman race – congratulations Alison.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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