7-minute PB for Moritz Bachmann.
We never rest. We’re storming from success to success. And if we don’t win, we try our best. Last weekend again saw excellent performances from my athletes.
Race Recap with Coach Bella Bayliss:
This past weekend was Ocean Lava Triathlon on Lanzarote with Sprint, Olympic and Half Distance races on offer. Unfortunately in the days leading up to the race there was very wet stormy weather which made the race highly likely to be cancelled, but the organisers managed to run the race taking the swim out making it a duathlon for all distances.
I had 3 juniors race the sprint distance, Mia Leadbeater, 14 years-old, who did a very brave and strong race coming 2nd female.
Marcos Knight, 14 years’-old, put a very strong race just 1 week after a throat infection and sore ankle. He was in 2nd place in the men’s race when unfortunately his 2nd place official on the bike took him the wrong way on the 2nd run so he ended up being disqualified.
Adrián Rodríguez Hernández, 16 years-old, also did a strong race and came 4th overall in the sprint race.
Simon Leadbeater did the half distance but was not so excited that the race was made a duathlon, especially as he had just got running again after a little problem in his calf. So now the 5km run the shortened bike of 43km and the run of 21km was quite a tough ask. However Simon excelled! He had one of his best races yet and came 7th overall!
Jason Wilkes was just got home after his great race in Hawaii but he didn’t want to watch one of his favourite races, so he raced! Again the duathlon was quite a tough ask just 2 weeks after Hawaii. Jason also excelled, he raced strong, won his age group and 14th place overall.
Esther Rodríguez was looking forward to using her swim strength in a swim bike run race, but Esther took the new challenge by the scruff of the neck. Esther came 2nd in the women’s half distance race. Brooke Brown put together a strong run, bike, run to win. Esther lost some time on the bike that she couldn’t get back on the run.
On the Sunday there was meant to be a kids Aquathon race but it was cancelled with the bad weather. The kids were really disappointed as they train hard and were motivated after watching the races on the Saturday.
So Stephen and I decided to put on a last minute race at Sands Beach for our TriActiv kids. Although we were also unlucky with bad weather, we had torrential rain for the hour before which made getting here difficult for many parents. Some kids managed to get here, we decided we better shorten our planned super double sprint triathlon to just swim races as the weather was so bad, but the kids said “no please don’t change it, we want to run and ride in the rain” so they did! And they had a great time.
Finally, John Stapleton ran Dublin Marathon on Monday. He was aiming for 3 hours 20. but had problems at 37kms and ended up running 3.35. It was a good effort after a busy year of racing. Well done John.
Race Recap with Coach Michelle Barnes:
Barlas Kanzanci made me very proud this weekend with his 5th at Antalya 70.3 in very competitive M35-39 category. He made me proud not because of the performance but what he was able to accomplish leading in while dealing with his unwell father which included daily trips to the hospital. Barlas had a lot of stress leading in which zapped a lot of his energy but he got it together and swam (22.50) not much slower than the first make pro Fred Van Leirde, struggled a bit on the treacherous hilly, bumpy, windy roads, which he described should have been a mountain bike course, and was still able to run his way to top 5 with a 1:26 run on a slow course. Barlas did the BEST he could on the day BUT I can assure you, with more time- the BEST is yet to come!
Race Recap with Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
I had 4 athletes doing the half in Lausanne on the weekend.
Maurice Inzirillo with a great result, a 1:25 just one day after his 56th birthday! A PB for a birthday present and just shows how you can always keep improving!
Melanie Baumann got some severe stomach cramps, but she held on tough and finished in 1.33.
Christine raced in 1:58, so just under 2 hours which was a great race for her!
Finally, some feedback from Gregory:
Even since Berlin I never had incredible feelings while training (especially whn running hard) I felt confident today to follow the 1:40 pace runner. I even passed him after 9km as I felt really on a good day. Because of the course, I didn’t focused at all about the negative split, but tried to run with my feeling. I’m really happy of this one, as it become my PB on the distance. Thanks for all the training!
So a good day for our team!
Race Recap with Coach Robbie Haywood:
Melanie Benson raced in the Dubai Sprint Aquathlon and was 1st place woman overall! Another super training day for Melanie as she prepares for 70.3 Bahrain.
Jason Ramdeen and Henry Batievsky both raced in 70.3 Miami. It turned out to be a day of tough conditions, with jelly fish, heat and winds, where smart race strategy (pace, fuel, hydration) once again paid dividends. Congratulations to Jason with 16th out of 420, and Henry with 41st out of 250 in their respective categories.
Race Recap with Coach Brett Sutton:
The pro squad continue to wind down at the end of a hard season, but we had Ritchie (Nicholls) and Carina (Brecthers) lining up at Challenge Sardinia last weekend. Carina off a good block of training was ready, but had to call off starting because of a stomach flu. It happens. Ritchie feeling a bit flat at the end of his season didn’t race as he expected, but will now recover before lining for some solid training ahead of 2016.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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