Biggest performance of the week was arguably Emma Bilham’s Runner’s Up Ironman debut in France.
The weekend was something unique. Even when one athlete does well, usually someone within the group will have had a not so good race and so instead of reflecting on the success one is focusing on what went wrong! This week to have all starters racing exceptionally was a great experience.
It kicked off with Nicola Spirig running the 3000m track meet in Rapperswil. Nicola had competed in a 3000m track meet two weeks before and while she ran a PB there, the desired result was not what was needed and so we decided to do it again. This time the race was nailed. 9:07 on the third session of the day. It shows Nicola back on track from her accident and we will now do an Ironman 70.3 next week.
Next door we had the Ironman 70.3 Switzerland championship and the Angry Bird’s first race back from a break. Still early in her build up, it was a suprise for her how well she went executing everything. The fastest swim, bike and run splits.
‘What could she have done better?’ Well, she was very awkward putting the socks on in transition and took forever to put the arm warmers on! Apart from that, right on track.
The biggest performance of the week, and I’ll follow with a blog because her performance deserves so much credit, was Emma Bilham’s 2nd at one of the toughest courses in the world at IM France in her first Ironman race. Outstanding. One of the best debut performances I have seen. Those who saw her in Gran Canaria hobbling around at the start of the year are truly amazed at her transformation. In Ironman France we saw the birth of a true professional. Congratulations, Emma.
Finally, Flora Colledge had an excellent day improving significantly over last year (13 minutes) with 3rd in her category at Rapperswil. The early morning cooler weather also suited much better than last years heat – tough people excel in tough conditions.
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
At the Rapperswil Ironman 70.3 in Switzerland, Martin Barner and Ralf Battenfeld were both in action. Martin, doing his first triathlon of the year, continued his streak of PR’s and managed to cut almost 10 min off his previous best with a time of 4h31. This was made possible by throwing down one of the fastest run splits in his age group, passing quite a few competitors in the 2nd half of the run, to finish 12th in the ever so competitive 35-39 age group. To make the weekend sweeter, his son William, managed to win his age group during the Ironkids!
Not too far behind, Ralf, who was doing his 2nd only ever triathlon, with the humble goal of going under 6 hours, almost broke 5 hours by finishing in 5h07 with a very well balanced and executed effort! Not bad for somebody who did his first triathlon last weekend, at the tender age of 52.
Then, Gregie Pamakid of Team Tri Bu Caltex Delo was in action at the SarBay Olympic Distance triathlon near General Santos in The Southern Philippines, as part of a tune up for Challenge Roth. While having a strong race, during the bike leg, he saw that his son Karl had an accident on the very hilly bike course. He stopped and assisted him with his bike. After ridding together for a bit, Gregie would go on to make the podium in his age group, with a 3rd place in the 40-44 age group. While Karl, would persevere to the finish line in 4th place finish in his age group.
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
What a weekend for my athletes!
First Melonie took on Honu for her 3rd year in a row and did absolutely phenomenal- 2 min PB in the swim and 10 min PB on the bike! Melonie just keeps improving every race and most importantly we have rekindled her spark for racing again after a year of burn out and injury!
Alison Maher also took on Hawaii 70.3 and absolutely smashed it. She ended up 3rd overall female with the fastest female run of the day! Ali has been responding very well to our methods of training and so excited for the rest of her season!
Sascha did not disappoint at Karichgau 70.3 on the weekend. Sascha was incredibly strong accross all 3 disciplines despite a mechanical issue near the end of the bike – he still managed to pull off a 1:31 half marathon off the bike! He is showing fantastic form for Frankfurt at the start of July:-)
Race Recap from Jo Spindler:
With 4 of my professional athletes and 10 of my age group athletes all competing this weekend it was a hectic time trying to keep up! Some outstanding results to report including victory for Diana at the Keszthely Triathlon in 4:18 and also a brilliantly fought Top 5 for Andrej Vistica overcoming a flat tire and producing a very fast run split. View the full recap here.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Nina Derron raced at 70.3 Switzerland for the second year in a row, but importantly this was her first event in the Professional category. She laid it all out there in her Pro debut and was super to be on hand to see her finish in 5th place. Great work Nina and look forward to seeing you in St.Moritz very soon!
Mirjam Weerd finished a very credible 4th place at the Dutch National Olympic Distance Champs on Sunday, racing against the short course specialists. It was a nice surprise for Mirjam to finish the race off with her best ever 10k run!
Sandra Gisin raced the 11.2km Zumikerlauf on Saturday. Although she felt her run was a little off, Sandra still finished a whopping 11 minutes quicker than the same race this time last year, such have been her improvements over the past 12 months. We keep chipping away every race.
Ferdi Rust loves a new challenge, most recently this past weekend at an aquathon in Cologne where he raced the half distance event of 2k swim/14k run. Another great race weekend for Ferdi after his first half ironman 2 weeks ago.
Finally, Ingrid Kidd enjoyed another hard fast bike race, this time at the Tour de Gladhouse which makes up part of the Scottish National Road Race series. Held over 89km Ingrid was a workhorse all day and finished with another great training day in the legs. Well done to all.
Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:
Gill Fullen recently won the European Long Distance Duathlon AG title a number of weeks ago and this weekend added the World Middle Distance Title to her collection! Gill has had a slight leg injury so we have been managing the training the best we can. A number of weeks no running with a big race coming up was a big mental test for an athlete like Gill. She kept to the plan and we only incorporated running just a week before the race.
Gill delivered a good solid run and coming into T1 ahead of some real strong athletes in the field, she jumped on the bike got her head down and pushed hard and started to gain some lead on the rest. T2 and Gill finally started to gain on the overall lead where eventually she crossed the line 1st in her AG and 2nd overall, to take the AG title.
Gill is a very experienced athlete and has proved with hard work can achieve some pretty amazing things, very proud of you Gill!
In the last couple of weeks Kiera Tippett has become British AG Sprint Champion and recently placed 5th in the European Champs. She could have had a rest, but she wanted to push on and take advantage of some real good form.
She lined up at Dartford Triathlon and had a solid swim came in to T1 in the lead, jumped on the bike and her chain came off, but keeping her head dealt with the issue and got on with it. She lost a number of places, but in and out of T2 she ran hard and gained back the lead crossing the line 1st U20 female and 1st female overall. Great effort and continuing to show progress.
Natarsha Tremayne raced in the Trisutto relay team at Rapperswil 70.3 along with Sarah Keller and Gisela Reichmouth. Natarsha decided to take on the Run section which was a brave move as for the last 2 weeks consistency hasn’t been great for a number of reasons. As we all know sometimes life gets in the way of things. So we decided to take this challenge as a training exercise for the up and coming races Natarsha has. We put together a bit of a run plan for her to follow and executing almost to the plan came through with a solid run, showing good progress. Great job.
Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:
Lauren Capone (LC) had a great race at 70.3 Raleigh finishing fifth in a solid field of professional athletes. The non-wetsuit swim played to her strength and LC exited the water in third position with a minute gap to the chasers. LC found her rhythm in the second half of the bike and came into T2 in sixth place. Now on the run and in her element, LC embraced the heat and humidity that Raleigh had to offer. LC ran down one more competitor to claim fifth for her first pro finish of the year. Well done LC! Next stop 70.3 Eagleman.
Bex Fink started her back to back campaign with a personal best for the distance at 70.3 Honu. Bex gave me a number of challenges when she came on board just nine weeks ago, with Ironman Cairns (this weekend) as her goal event. Balancing an incredibly demanding work and travel schedule, Bex has been totally committed, coachable, and consistent, and the results have spoken for themselves. Bex used 70.3 Honu as a prep-run for her IM pacing and plan, and she’s right on target to set another personal best for herself next weekend in Cairns. Fantastic effort Bex, congratulations on a great race!
Race Recap from Coach Keegan Williams:
Michael Poole raced the Pineapple man, a sprint race with a mixture of local pros lining up. After a solid week training he grabbed the win on the run! Full story here.
Nathan Masters also had solid day at the Bristol Olympic triathlon, having a good hit out before the Cotswold Half Ironman next weekend. (photo attached is off Nathan)
Finally, Candice Hammond ran the Christchurch marathon and grabbed a 3rd spot overall in what was a solid training day!
Race Recap from Coach Mathias Hecht:
A very big weekend of racing for my squad. First up, Patrick Thierney took on the Sprint Triathlon England and was 3rd Overall out of 2068 competitors! He was also 1st in his Age Group 35-39.
In addition, had a very large race contingent at the Swiss 70.3 Championships:
Simone Weber was 4th in her Age Group in a time of 4:55:47, Dani Schaller 22nd in Age Group with a time 4:39:43, Domenico Finocchiaro 23rd in the Age Group with time of 4:40:16, Belinda Bobst was 13th in her Age Group 50-54, time of 6:22:18 and finally Markus Fehr was tough on the run to finish in a time of 6:16:08.
Well done to all.
This weekend Ed Rechnitzer also raced at 70.3 Raleigh, Canada placing 25th in his age group 45-49 with 5:15:12 and finally Mario Radevic was 7th overall at the Harsewinkel Middle Distance, and 3rd in his age group.
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:
Challenge Venice: Martina Dogana, 2nd place behind Erika Csomor in 9:04.42. Marty lost this race by only 40seconds, but with 9:04 she realized a new PB. We are very happy with her race!
Alina Losurdo did her first Ironman distance (Challenge Venice) and was a happy finisher in 11:39.33!
Mery Bernasconi, 14th W40-44 in 5:41.01
Michele Silvan, 21st M30-35 in 4:37.40
Both are preparing IM Austria and didi a very good last test race at Rapperswill.
Triathlon half distance at Nibbiano (Italy):
Patrizia Dorsi won her age group F40-44 in 6:29.17 and her husband Gustavo Lodi finished for the first time a half in 7:40.15, placing 3rd in his age group M30-34.
Sara Platini did a swimrun race (1km swim + 5km run) and in 38:53 she won her age group.
Nadia Incerto participated at the famous Granfondo Cipollini, 5th place in her age Group W50-54 in 4:31.00.
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
A big weekend of racing for my group.
Maurice Inzirillo raced in Rapperswil, he came 2nd and did very well! We need to work more on his swim but he rode very and ran very well! Securing his World Championship qualification at the 70.3 Mooloolaba.
Arnaud Margot got in the Top 5, with an ok swim, ok bike and a good run! He was 5 mins off the podium.
And then I had Raymond Hofmann racing the IM in Nice. He had a great day! He was more than 1 hour faster than last year, with a solid swim and bike and a 3.37 marathon!
Melanie only decided to race on Friday, 2 weeks after IM Lanzarote! She had a good swim but mechanical problems on the bike as her pedal came off and she lost a lot of time, she still finished the run and with a PB and came 7th!
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
I’m very proud of Andrea Rudin’s first triathlon in 5 years. Her prior race being Rapperswil in 2011, prior to back surgery. Her dedication, patience and early morning workouts through winter were rewarded with a super 4th place in her category this year. Looking forward to Andrea training at camp in St Moritz later this month. This is just the start for Andrea – welcome back.
Jason Ramdeen had a solid race at 70.3 Raleigh – by most athletes standards. As an excellent pure runner and short course triathlete, we continue to work on the endurance component with Jason’s first full iron distance towards the end of this year, where Jason’s dedication and patience will no doubt be rewarded.
Sarah Keller, Gisela Reichmuth and Iron Tarsh formed the Trisutto Dream Team for Rapperswil 70.3. Sarah with a last swim before heading off to race Escape From Alcatraz in San Francisco, Gisela and Tarsh as fun training. Well done, an excellent day – and great to have you all attending camp again this summer in St Moritz.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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