James Cunnama breaks the tape at 70.3 Weymouth bringing home yet another win in his superb season!
Big weekend of racing !
Great to see Nicola racing at the WTS Grand Final in Rotterdam. Photo Credit: Swiss Triathlon
This weekend was a special weekend as it saw the return to racing of Nicola Spirig just 4 months after the birth of her daughter Malea. While most will be amazed at her effort to finish in 13th place at the WTS Grand Final race, unfortunately a ridiculous choice of race course, and a bike accident that unfolded in front of her on the first lap curtailed a possible higher finish for the Swiss mum. It is still quite an extraordinary performance, however for those who may have forgotten, we are dealing with a great champion who sent out a little reminder to all, that 2020 will see the Swiss flag near the front of the Olympic field again.
Congratulations Julie on a fantastic race – 5th at the World Champs! Photo Credit: Swiss Triathlon
Following in the footsteps of the master was her own apprentice. Julie Derron came into mind blowing conditions, and had the race of her life so far. Taking a great 5th in the U23 World Champs. This too was a stunning technical display and one could do worse than put her name in the little black book to make the step up to World Series level racing.
Mariana Solorzano had a harrowing week of food poisoning, however decided to follow the courageous effort of her two squad partners, and blasted a top 10 with her best ever performance. Always a great effort to do that at the biggest of races.
We then moved on to Sunday which saw James Cunnama rounding off his Kona race preparations with another scintillating bike ride to set up and take out the 70.3 Weymouth title. I’m really pleased to see James progress in this area, great work.
Corinne Abraham was also having her final hit out at Weymouth, but coming from Lanzarote got a large dose of frost bite which culminated in her crashing into a hedge! However after bravely re-mounting within just a few seconds, The wizard realized stinging nettles also come in a hedge. Soldiering on scratching and freezing at the same time, Corinne, still managed to do coach proud with a big run, and still gain the training needed for Kona. While no prize money for Corinne, plenty of km in the legs for Kona for the Welsh Wizard.
Jane Hansom was however not so lucky, as Jane too flew in from an exotic location for one last race and was hit by the freeze. She to hit the pavement in a not too nice a fashion, and had to pull out. Hopefully a hot bath to ease the aches and pains will see Jane bounce back, and take her place at Kona.
Nini Ruttanaporn avoided any such awful weather, racing at the Pattana Triathlon Festival Olympic distance in Thailand. Nini has made good progress, however we are still working on the need to quieten her mind, that will allow her to unleash her potential in races that is currently held back by expectation and a focus on the things that do not matter.
Race Recap from Coach Mary Beth Ellis:
Lisa Roberts battled the elements as much as the competition finishing in 3rd at Challenge Davos this weekend. Snow and frigid temps turned the race into a unique format. First a 10k bike race up Fluela pass followed by a neutralized downhill and finishing with a 21k run. Lisa, a native of desert in AZ, is not a fan of frigid temps but showed her mental and physical strength with a second fastest bike and run on the day. She is heading to race Challenge Madrid in what will be far more appealing weather conditions this weekend.
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
Melanie Baumann raced the 70.3 Weymouth. Melanie had quite a terrible swim and T1, but then she dropped the hammer on the bike with the 2nd fastest bike split of the day (incl. Pros) and finished with a run PB and also one of the fastest overall runs! 2nd age grouper overall and 1st in her age group, 9th incl. Pros! Only 17 mins down on Pro winner and 3rd fastest overall from bike mount line to finish.
I also had Fran Bungay racing in Weymouth. Fran has been struggling with some ankle issues and she’s not at her very best yet but she was cleared to race! Fran toughed it out which she’s very good at and ended up being 2nd in her age group (40-44).
In Romania, Gerda Maria raced on home soil! Gerda is Romanian but she lives and work in Doha which can make it a bit of a challenge to train well due to the crazy heat and humidity! Gerda raced the ETU olympic distance in Mamaia. The swim was very rough but Gerda likes this as she’s a great swimmer! She was 2nd female out of the water. Then she had a solid bike and run. Gerda won her age group (35-39), in a time of 2:31 and she was 3rd fastest female overall.
Congratulations to all these strong women! Very proud of you all!
Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:
Jen Wood had a fantastic race at Ironman 70.3 Weymouth, winning her age group! When we started working together, Jen was still recovering from injury. We put a lot of thinking and discipline into her training, to get her back to health and keep her injury free. Not only did we achieve that, but Jen did some fantastic racing during this time. From doing her first 70.3 ever to her first AG-win in less than 4 months. We had a very detailed race plan. As we knew, that the race in Weymouth would be a challenging cold and rainy one, a very important part of Jen’s success was preparing the right equipment for that conditions. We decided that she will not hurry her transition after the swim, but take the time to dress up for a chilly ride. Winter underwear, gloves, arm warmers, plastic bag, everything was ready and proved to be very helpful. Jen executed to perfection, struggled a bit on the swim, made her way through the ranks on the bike already and put out a fantastic fast run to win her age group with almost a 10 minute margin to 2nd. Congrats again Jen! Very well done!
Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:
When Lauren “Lolo” Vallee came on 2.5 months ago, her goals were to get faster on the run, have a great Ironman, and to rediscover motivation and joy in her training and racing. By the time Lolo raced the Harvest Moon half-IM distance race in her home town of Boulder, Colorado this weekend, she was stronger, faster, happier, and more motivated than ever in the sport. Lolo raced with a fire from the start. She set a personal best for the distance by over 19 minutes and smashed the five hour barrier in a time of 4:50:30. Most importantly, in this race, Lolo got a sense of what is possible. We’re both looking forward to Lolo’s race at Ironman Los Cabos in eight weeks. Go get it Lolo!
Bex Fink, raced the Malibu Triathlon Olympic on Saturday, and anchored a relay in their weekend event with a four mile run on Sunday. Bex also went a personal best for the distance on Saturday despite being on the side of the road with a puncture for over 11 minutes. After the race, Bex became a minor celebrity with friends and strangers alike when she recounted the details of how she fixed the gash in her tire with a “boot”. This is a trick that I explained to Bex over the phone, just in case, in the days before IM Whistler earlier this summer. Getting back to a more grass-roots kind of racing, as Bex wrote; “outside the crazy hyper-focused IM world” was a perfect way for Bex to wrap up the 2017 triathlon season. Next big goal for Bex is California International Marathon in December.
Ollie Saxon was the third athlete this weekend to set a massive personal best. He raced the Sundowner Triathlon half-IM distance in East Yorkshire in the cold and rain of Northern England. This year’s event proved just as soggy as last. Like a true Yorkshireman, Ollie suited up in fluro pink kitchen gloves for the bike and got on with it. Ollie has made huge gains this year. Consistency and grit have made the difference. Ollie went a 10 minute personal best on the course, and a seven minute personal best for the distance. It was a triumphant way to finish his triathlon season, and like Bex, Ollie’s got a marathon on schedule in early December. We’re already looking ahead to 2018, and it’s gonna be a cracker.
Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:
“This race threw up a few new challenges and some old ones, so it meant there was lots to talk about on the way home with my number one supporter!”
These were first words David Nicholson used in his race report. While following the David progress on the tracker and getting very timely updated from David’s ‘Number One Supporter’ – his wife Clare (Thank you Clare!), I could tell the day was a challenging endeavour testing athletes mental and physical preparation. Low temperatures of water and air required warm clothing too! David was prepared and ready. He managed the swim very well. It was a very solid effort considering the conditions. On the bike leg David got a puncture but he stayed focused and after the repair carried on as normal riding strong toward T2. When he set onto the run the enjoyment of running his target pace and feeling under control was definitely there. Clare also noticed a running form improvements following a week at Lanzarote Trisutto camp. David got stronger and faster as the run went on and finished as happy as always.
“Not my finest race, but actually one of the most enjoyable!” – was David’s comment in the report. It was not the race for a PB or other records. I’m very happy to see how well David managed adversity during the race, stayed focused to get the job done. This is a very valuable experience for David as we build toward a full Ironman later this year. Great job David! I’m very proud of your day!
Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:
This weekend Claire Weller took on Weymouth 70.3 and only her 3rd ever middle distance race. Weymouth isn’t the easiest of course’s so when the UK weather decides to play life can be tough and I think all athletes struggled this w/e because of that. Claire had a solid race and gave a very good account of herself and where she is at the moment crossing the line 16th overall and 3rd in her AG. Continuing to show good progress this athletes had a great First season in the sport, well done
Rob Osborne took on the World Champs this w/e like many other Age Groupers. He was in the sprint draft legal race that gave up some different challenges for Rob, also in his wave and AG was former World Aquathlon Champ British elite Richard Stannard so stiff competition. Rob had a good race but was up against great performances on the day, finishing outside the top 10 wasn’t what he wanted but he gave it all he had , and to wear your nations badge and with pride you done well and never gave up, so much respect.
Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:
With the ITU World Championship in Rotterdam, Wendy closed a difficult period of preparation after her injury problems she had in past year. She competes for first time in a World Championship in Sprint dst. representing team GB finished 8th in F35-39. After this race we are optimistic for even better results in the future!
In Cyprus we have another cup series race, this was an uphill race. The Victories continued for my athletes for third consecutive weekend, Michalis Theocharous was the winner of the K30-39 and Yiannos Savva in the K50+
I am so proud for everyone for all effort they do!
Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:
The European race season has almost come to an end now and many of my athletes enjoy their break to recover for the next season.
Borris Jung did the Alzenau sprint triathlon as his first training after a two week vacation and break from triathlon training. He was as fast as last year, just with the difference that he did the race last year before his season break. So definitely a good start into the training for the next season! Borris finished the race in 2nd place in his agegroup.
Martin Kasten ran the 10km Greifensee Lauf as a good training run. His finishing time of 39:41 was just 1min slower than his personal best over that distance and a great training for the last races of his season in Phuket in November where Martins season will end.
Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:
Sean Laude finished his multisport season with the Toughman NY Championship. After slowly coming back from some nagging run injuries and short coure races this summer, Sean ended his year with a solid 3rd Place AG and 16th Overall. After a good year, and making some solid improvements in the swim and bike disciplines, I am looking forward to next year, and seeing how much stronger Sean can get over the winter!
Juergen Braun ran his first ever open half-marathon his weekend in Germany. After having run a half-marathon at the end of a middle distance race this summer, we were looking forward to seeing how fast he could run on fresh legs! Juergen didn’t disappoint and produced an extremely steady and strong race, finishing in 1:45 for a 16min overall personal-best! With another solid winter of training, and some time at camp next Spring, I’m looking forward to seeing even more improvements across the board! Congrats Juergen!
Jan Pascal Tschudy completed in the Challenge Davos Fluela Pass Hill Climb this past weekend. With a bit off a naggy heel issue coming off the Inferno Triathlon, we decided against he half-distance race, choosing to only ride. It turned out to be straight winter in Davos, and Jan toughed out the race to place 3rd Overall and 3rd in his AG! Way to take lemons you were given and turn them into lemonade, Jan!
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Yannis Theodoropoulos has a habit of finding some of the toughest, not to mention coldest races to enter! This weekend didn’t disappoint with the Ring of Steall Mountain ‘Sky Race’ in Scotland. consisting of uncompromising mountain running, scrambling along mountain ridges with steep ascents, traverses and descents on technical and challenging terrain! It was quite an adventure including typical Scottish mountain weather of rain, and snow up the mountain summits. In Yannis own words,
The course didn’t have a relaxed moment at least for a city boy, with not much sky running experience. The course could be split in 4 parts two uphills followed by two descents. The descents were so much more technical and tough than the ascents. Mud till about the middle of the calf and hidden rocks under grass. Whichever way you choose was at your own peril. Had about 4-5 falls at the first descent. The ridge running was the most spectacular part of the course. Running among the clouds literally.
Magic Yannis, and living proof that there is more adventure out there than the M-dot.
Congratulations to all athletes competing this weekend.
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