Happy coach and a relieved athlete.
This weekend, Diana successfully defended her title at Ironman Malaysia! It was an even tougher race than last year as it was extremely hot and many athletes had to pull out or couldn’t resist the temptation to stay in the air-conditioned T2 area!
Despite missing the swim exit, Diana had a good swim. She caught the leading group after 30km on the bike and made her move right away. The other girls tried hard to hang onto her wheel, but Diana’s surge made the group fall apart quickly with only Sarah Crowley hanging in tough and challenging Diana till about the 140km mark. Her 5:02 bike split was by far the fastest in the women’s field, and would have suited many of the male pros well! Although her lead was big and she looked comfortable on the run, she had to battle herself to the finish line thanks to the extreme conditions. Her 9:37hr overall time put Diana Top-15 in the men’s field.
I’m extremely proud of her as defending a title is much harder than winning it in the first place. To bounce back like this only 5 weeks after her disappointing Hawaii race shows the kind of class athlete she is. Winning 3 Ironman races, 1 Ironman 70.3 and 1 Challenge race in less than 13 months can truly be called a successful season! Big congratulations on a job very well done!
Bounce back win for Diana Riesler. Photo: AsiaTri.com
Also at Ironman Malaysia Mauro Baertsch performed to his best. After a 55 minute swim, which gave him a 6-minute disadvantage to the leading group of 7, he made up a lot of ground to his competitors with the 3rd best bike split (4hr 45). He paced his run well and finished strong in 6th place. I’m very happy with his race and think he really performed to his abilities in these extremely hot conditions. It was Mauro’s 7th Ironman event this year, which included a win at Ironman Vichy and I’m still impressed of how well he absorbed that incredible amount of racing! The platform is laid for a more targeted 2016.
On the other side of the world, Steven Brandes had a great race at Ironman Arizona, finishing Top-5 in his age group and only 5 minutes back from 2nd place. Steve had a slow swim but very solid bike and run, and improved his personal best to a 9:39hr. Congratulations to Steve on a great race.
Back home in Switzerland, Sandra Schöni did a local 5km run race. I told her that she will do well even if it was a short time after Hawaii. She didn’t believe, but proved Coach right with a personal best and Top-10 overall finish. Keep on the good work!
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Ingrid Kidd surprised herself at the Glen Cova Half Marathon in Scotland on Saturday finishing 6 mins quicker than last year! A hilly course combined with very cold conditions, Ingrid maintained an even pace finishing in an impressive time of 1hr 33min. Finishing 6th overall female, she had the added bonus of taking home the prize for 1st local!
Jane Loughnan kicked off the NZ tri season in fine style on the weekend. She had a category win and was second woman overall in the Sprint Triathlon at the season opener of the local Wellington Tri Series. Jane has been super consistent in her training and we are both looking forward to a great season 🙂
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Jason Ramdeen placed 2nd in his category and 12th overall at the Miami Man International in Florida. Jason has been focusing on the 70.3 distance this season and demonstrates that the strength endurance he has developed for the middle distance races is just as applicable in the shorter ones. A great way to end his 2015 race season.
Neil Scholes was 1st in the 50+ masters category in the first round of the 10km Skyline cross country series, in Bath, UK. Neil won by 7 minutes placing 15th overall in a solid field of 400+ competitors. Super running Neil, and we look forward to the other rounds in this winter series.
Frank Matthews continues his fine improvement. He had another solid top 5 in his category at the Dubai International, and now looks forward to Bahrain 70.3 in 3 weeks time. Super progress for Frank in only his second year in triathlon.
Melanie Benson was 1st overall female winning the Dubai International half Ironman (hot on the heels of a 2nd at the Dubai Olympic distance race just two weeks ago). In her Melanie’s own words:
The swim was pretty brutal with the waves tossing everyone around but I kept my cool, wasn’t scared or distracted and knew the waves would be a big advantage for me. Sighting was awful coming back and I had to regroup and get bearings a couple times but I stayed calm and swam on course. Got 40 seconds lead on the swim and “went after it” as you said.
On the bike I “rocked the big gear” and was surprised afterwards at how fast I rode considering the wind. I figured with all the big gear work I did I could take some time out of the smaller girls. If I was hurting they were really suffering!
I can’t believe it I won! They had the tape and everything; I raised the banner above my head and it was one my of the most glorious moment’s of my life, so sweet!
Thanks for your help coach!! I couldn’t do it without you.
P.S. I smashed my 70.3 pr by 24mins!
Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:
Jane is at work in Nevis Island and although on a little break training wise decided to compete at the picturesque race on the island using her holiday bike. It was enough to destroy the field, as Jane again put in an excellent performance and victory.
This is off the back of her incredible year, getting the podium at both the 70.3 and Kona World Championships. An unbelievable season. Of course I keep reminding her of it as all year I have been getting emails saying ‘I’m not doing enough!’
It’s my hope that with the success we will have a less time consuming work rate with her in 2016 by her just saying, ‘Yes, coach.’ But don’t worry her supporters, we won’t hold our breath on that.
Trent finished off his season with the US Long Course National Duathlon Championships in Texas.
This wasn’t on his agenda, but we had a problem with punctures at his end of season race in Austin. We couldn’t finish a great year on that sad note so he took the unfamiliar discipline and produced a great effort to finish 2nd in his Age Group (30-34).
Now for a break… Not. Swim stimulus starts today as winter is catch up time.
Finally, great to see Steve Pressman greet the judge in his last race of the year at Ironman Arizona. Steve has had a rough 18 months, coming to us with some chronic injury hold ups. He has diligently adhered to the Trisutto.com philosophy and has come back to racing and doing a good job in halves and shorter races this season. He has been thwarted by sickness in his first two attempts at the full Ironman but in his last attempt, he didn’t hit it out of the park but he got to second base and stole third.
Best swim of his career, huge bike improvement, then finished the race in a Survivor type effort on the run. Well done Steve and while you will be a bit disappointed about the run – two out of three personal bests is not bad at all. Keep mobile and next season I believe we will put it all together.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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