Back to back Ironman 70.3 South Africa titles for Matt Trautman.
While we are very happy to see The Captain bounce back to his true form after a crash interrupted season in the build up to Kona last year, the most pleasing thing as a coach has been to see his continued progress in each discipline.
While swimming is not his strong suit because he is a late starter, we completed his stroke conversion last season in Jeju while recovering from the broken clavicle. Time and training will see its continued improvement.
His run technique, which we have adapted to be more upright with his upper body so that he is over rather than forward of his centre of gravity has enabled him to run much better over the second half of his races.
Finally, while he was always strong on the bike, it was my judgement that this discipline was not world class. Discussions led to asking him to change his riding technique. While I could see he was hesitant to do so, being The Captain he said ‘you’re the boss, if you think it will help then I will give it a try.’
We decided on a trial time within his training once back from the season break. Ironman 70.3 South Africa would be our road test after 10-12 weeks of training.
It made me proud to see him not only leading, but going on the attack and breaking away from the first group of world class athletes on the bike.
When you are the defending champion in your home race and it is being billed as a real South African Championship shoot out, to have the guts to experiment in your first race of the season just shows what character he has.
This, not the 4-minute win, is what made me proud. Well done to The Captain.
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
This past weekend in the mountains of Bukidnon on the Island of Mindano (Philippines), Gregie Pamakid and Jong Sajulga of Team Caltex Delo were in action at the Altritude Off Road triathlon held in beautiful Lake Apo.
They both won their respective age groups, with Jong in the 35-39 and 5th overall, then Gregie in the 40-44, which served as preparation for Gregie towards X-Terra Philippines in Albay Legazpi in just 3 weeks’ time. Well done guys.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Triathlon Racing in the heart of Winter for Ferdi Rust who competed at the ETU Winter Triathlon in Otepää, Estonia where Run/Bike/Ski is the format. Due to arctic conditions (-23 C) the run and bike were halved in distance. Despite a couple of mechanicals on the bike and ski poles (!), very happy to see Ferdi cross the line. A great experience and lots learned before the the World Champs in 3 weeks time in Austria.
After a great block of training over Christmas and New Year, Jane Loughnan is back and at ’em at the races, starting off 2016 with an Overall win in the Scorching Events Sprint Distance race in Wellington. Impressive racing Jane 🙂
Nina and Julie Derron are currently in Training Camp here on the Sunshine Coast in Australia, and had their first hit out at the Noosa Tri Club sprint race this weekend. Both are enjoying the hot Australian Summer and are looking forward to more great training and racing over the next few months.
Kim Kilgroe has been backing up 5k races week after week over the Dec-Jan period in Los Angeles and very happy to see she keeps getting faster and faster. Two more events over the past 2 weeks have seen another win and another PR.
More running races in cold, wet Europe for the Cross Country season. Both Beth Scholes and Mirjam Weerd have recently included 10k events all as part of their triathlon programs.
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Julie Derron raced in a local club sprint race at Noosa, over part of the Noosa Triathlon course. 1,2 for the Derron girls – 6am start, and all done by 7am for a sausage sizzle followed by ride home brekkie, then an afternoon swim.
Finally congratulations to Chiin, voted athlete of the year at your club in Denmark. A year that saw PR’s, podiums, challenges and good times.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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