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The Hills District Conquer Gundi

This weekend saw the traditional new year long course opener the Goondiwindi Hell of the West.

‘Short course’ Max on his way to victory in Gundi. Photo Credit: Melissa Gladman Photography

A few days out from this years Hell of the West, I told HillsDistrict 22yr old Max “Country C” Neumann, “let’s head west with the rest of the long course crew and do the race for training, it will be a good brick session for you, we’ll do some training before and after; will be a good weekend away…” well some training session it was, after limiting his losses to training partner Josh Amberger in the swim to only 16seconds, a sign that hard work and sometechnical changes are taking effect…. The ‘short course’ athlete was able to more then hold his own on the bike before delivering a controlled 69min run to secure the win, the course record and the run course record. Next up you’ll see Max in the short course which is what we are focusing on at present, but be warned, the old decrepit and swim challenged long course crew, you may well see Max at another long course race before the year is out…

Fifth Hell of the West title for Sarah. Photo Credit: Melissa Gladman Photography

Sarah Crowley headed west to what may be her favourite race of the year… After coming out of water with the leaders, Sarah put the race beyond doubt on the tuff bike with a 59flat first 40k and running to her fifth Hell of the West Title. You won’t see Sarah for a few months now, as we head into some heavy swim blocks.. Yes, Sarah came out in the main pack in Kona after some huge breakthroughs in her swim in 2017, but I can absolutely guarantee that same group will be 2min faster in 2018. Will they be with super fish Charles and Brandon? No, not in our lifetime, (unless they neglect it…)

Josh kicks off 2018 with 3rd place at Gundi. Photo Credit: Melissa Gladman Photography

Josh Amberger headed to Hell of the West for the first time, after a gentle start to the year after the Xmas break which will see him build up for a mid year Ironman. Josh cost himself some time with an uncharacteristic mistake after starting the bike with his swim speedsuit before realizing and heading back to T1 to take it off… he recovered, and finished with a solid 3rd to open the year up…

A great ride by Kerry. Photo Credit: Melissa Gladman Photography

Kerry Morris (Mullholland) with her husband Luke moved over to Brisbane after Xmas to train with HillsDistrict after an initial 6 week block in late 2017. Kerry has been going through some pretty drastic changes in all areas compared to what she’s used to, and these are starting to show some serious improvement which is making coach very happy…

Did you like it Holly? Photo Credit: Melissa Gladman Photography

22yr old Holly Grice was given the option a month ago, come out to Gundi and I’ll show you another side to our sport.. We’ll borrow your Dad’s TT bike, load you up with some lollies for the bike, and we’ll do an half ironman to see if you like it… Well after leading the swim out, Holly ticked the only objective on her list, 1) FINISH. Well 2 days later, Holly is still talking to me, so the question is now you know what it involves, do you want in?

Shannon crosses the line in Gundi. Photo Credit: Melissa Gladman Photography

Shannon Chapman came to me before Xmas and asked, can you give me a podium in an ironman one day?… I replied, can you give me 3yrs? she answered yes, and is quickly to work on my “Wongstar/Biscay” project. Shannon comes from a small country town, learnt to swim 2 yrs ago where the pool is only open 6months of the year too… well good news Shannon, the pools in QLD are open year round!! Shannon headed to Gundi for a hard hitout with the crew.

Recover well Damo!

Damo Collins had the unfortunate mishap of hitting a country sized pothole on the bike, which at 40+km/h on extensions caught him at the wrong moment, and took him down hard, resulting in a broken collarbone… Ironic that his partner Ash has only just recovered from her broken collarbone sustained in a race late last year too!!

Congrats Hayley on a great race this year! Photo Credit: Melissa Gladman Photography

Hayley Stevenson headed out to Gundi to redeem herself from last year, when while racing with a virus ended with a trip to the local hospital…Hayley with a full bill of health this year, had a great race, doing PB’s in the bike and run, picking up a silver medal in the state Champs and finishing strong before we fasttrack recovery in the 6 day turnaround before Tweed Coast Enduro.. Hayley loves a challenge!!

Kiwi Mark Bowstead came over to HillsDistrict was given the same option as Max a few days out… the groups headed west this weekend, you can do your brick session at home by yourself, or you can come out and do it at the Hell of the West…. So we all pitched in with suits, helmets, wheels and Mark headed out for a nice solid session, which incidentally was the first race he’s completed since June 2017 after recovering from knee surgery… The knee is healed and we put that one behind, as Mark has put his hand up, to become a real deal pro, not a duck and dodge one…

A Blockbuster Weekend!

Katey Gibb is the Sunshine Coast 70.3 Champion!

Katey Gibb took her 2nd Professional 70.3 victory of the year on Sunday winning the Sunshine Coast 70.3 in dominating fashion. Exiting the water in the front group Katey then went about riding solo to build a huge lead allowing herself a conservative approach on run to defend and come across line 3:43min in front. I couldn’t be prouder, as after her emotional home victory in Busselton in May this year, I suspected this race was the driving force that powered
Katey’s dreams, I may have been right, so some hard questions were asked and we went about changing up Katey’s outlook on Triathlon which then saw her settle into her new full time job. So happy to say, that Katey has now won her NEW home race, and the new approach and upcoming life events that put a big smile on Katey’s face make coach very happy.

Jacqui Thistleton headed up on a last minute trip to China for the Beijing International Triathlon. An invite only non-drafting Olympic Distance, Jacqui used it as a good hit-out over the shorter distance and for coach to prove to her after her recent race crash in Cebu 70.3 and subsequent wound infection that she’s more then recovered and ready to knuckle down to work ahead of the end of year70.3’s. Jacqui was 4th behind some quality Olympic Distance specialists.

Felicity Sheedy-Ryan raced the Czech Republic ITU World Cup in KaloVary. After some hectic travel back from North America after her Duathlon World Title which included a few cancelled flights etc (read trip from hell!!!) Flick settled into her home for the next few weeks in Girona Spain before heading off to Czech. Flick made some improvement on her usual deficit to the front in the swim, and despite riding same time as the first group solo, Flick ran though all but 3 girls (eventual winner Gillian Backhouse lead solo all day) only to be out sprinted in final 200m to take 6th. A solid race, and one that now settled for a few weeks we will continue to build on…

Stacey running relaxed and strongly through the half marathon at the Sunshine Coast 70.3,

Hayley Stevenson and Stacey Van Muelen also raced the Sunshine Coast 70.3, this was Hayley’s first race back after the Nice Ironman and some well deserved down time while holidaying through Europe. Hayley was given the goal of matching her first and last 5k run splits which she did!!! Stacey had a very solid race, coming 2nd in her age-group by only 4sec and PB’ing all legs, the great thing is, there is much to work on despite great race, so we will continue the push forward.

Racing in Chattanooga, the first of two Ironman World Champs events for Jess this year.

Jess Ripper raced the World 70.3 Championships after making the trip from his Japan home. After a solid swim and with the race plan to be quite conservative on the early climb on bike, which is quite hard to do on fresh legs amongst hundreds of pumped athletes in a championship event. Jess struggled compared to normal on the tough run course but no time to dwell, Jess is back home for the final lead-in to Kona in 5 weeks time.

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

With public interest and focus on Daniela Ryf’s 5th Ironman Word Title win this weekend, we should not forget our other warriors. Back in Switzerland Celine Schaerer rounded out her race preparations for Kona with a solid win in Seeland Triathlon in Murten.  No taper for Celine, just a solid swim, bike and run – well done Celine.

Fourth place finish for Andrej in Wales.

Andrej Vistica ventured to Ironman Wales. There is no doubt that this guy is tough, backing up from a great second place finish at Embrunman long distance race less than a month ago. Although he is not recovered, he produced a fantastic run to motor into 4th place on a very challenging course. Well done indeed.

Rei finished 17th in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. Photo Credit @wagner.araujo.via

As Reinaldo Colucci heads into his final preparation for Kona, he wanted to take on the 70.3 World Championships, as a test for next season, and where he needs to improve. Both this Championship and Kona are a ‘try before you buy’ experience as we look to put our heads down for 2018.

Race Recap from Coach Melanie Mitchell:

Superb effort by Laura in Chattanooga!

I have been working with Laura for the last 6 months with the focus on taking Laura to her first ever World Championship 70.3 Half Ironman event.Laura came to me after completing a Trisutto 16 week Half Ironman program, then entered her very first 70.3 event in Subic Bay. Laura surprised herself and won the 30-34 category and booked herself a ticket into the 70.3 World Championships, which was to be her second Half ironman event. With the gravity of being a new comer to the sport and having booked herself a place to a World championships event Laura decided to get herself a Trisutto coach.
Her and I are a perfect fit, from our very first conversation I knew there was something special about Laura, she was positive and VERY determined. I was excited and nervous to take her to her first ever World Championship event. I have lots of experience working with Mums and being a mum myself I understand the time restrictions to training and empathy if stuff happens! as it usually does with 2 small kids.
Under those circumstances, Laura who’s husband is in the Army and living on the Island of Guam managed with such determination to complete all the training. I am blown away by Laura’s dedication and the huge improvements she has made since beginning with me. I had no worries that Laura would race exceptionally well despite this being her second 70.3 event, because she applied herself in training to perfection; she was confident and like a race horse waiting for those gates to open so she could be let loose. Laura executed her race plan to perfection and the result showed, placing 15th overall in the 30-34 category.
Success isn’t just about a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal. Everything Laura did up until she crossed that finish line was GOLD! Congratulations Laura!

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Kona Qualifying at Ironman Wales – Congratulations Jappas!

Jappas Du Preez lined up for his big season finale at Ironman Wales this weekend. After a great season lined with top 5’s and 10’s at the British Military races and ETU Middle Distance Championship, we decided to give the full-distance a rip. The Wales weather showed up with rain/wind/hills and small roads to make it a proper race. Jappas came out of the water in a very solid 1 hour, stayed safe on the bike and making sure to eat his buffet. Then onto the run, he managed to produce the 19th fastest run split of the day, and earn his top-10 AG spot and his ticket to Kona was punched. Coach is extra pleased as Jappas and I have worked very well together for 2 solid years, chipping away, and he is the first Kona qualifier in my squad. Massive congratulations to you Jappas!

Sascha Moryson, fresh off a solid win, last weekend, was able to come away 2nd this past weekend at the P-Weg MTB Marathon, only being beaten to the line by the current Austrian Masters Marathon MTB Champion. It’s been great to see some late season fitness showing itself in the legs, and with a few weekends to go, we continue to ride the train! Keep it up Sascha.

Florian Staudt finished his season strongly at the German Police Olympic Distance Championships this past weekend, finishing in the top bit of the bunch. It was great to see the bike power and run legs show themselves at the best all season after only a couple weeks of TriSutto workouts in them. Ready to get back to work and see what is going to happen over the Fall/Winter months and into next season with a full batch of hard work.

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Proud as punch! Great work Oriana for turning things around; happy after the race!

This weekend I had Oriana and Marco racing at Chattanooga. Oriana Heer, F35-39, had an excellent race, considering a lot of issues going on the weeks before the IM 70.3 World Championship at Chattanooga. She paced herself in a remarkable way, focussing on the moment and on herself. This is quit new for Oriana and showed that it works 🙂 I’m really proud of her, because until a few days before the race predictions were not good. 5:17.19 is a remarkable time on this tough course, very well done Oriana! This was a great piece of growing!

Mariasole and Marco proudly displaying their finisher medals in Chattanooga 🙂

Marco De Leo, M35-39, is an athlete who prefers fast and flat courses, but I believe that this difficult course was worthy for a World Championship and we have to give our best and therefore we tried to do it 🙂 As always, Marco showed a strong bike, pacing himself well over the tough hills. The half marathon performance suffered a bit, but he fought till the finish line and finish in 5:28.06. Good job Marco, be proud of yourself, not everyone is qualifying year after year for the World Championship races, you are very consistent!

Best wishes to Jana Perrone, who suffered a bike accident last week. While Jana was cycling home from work she was hit by a car and finished in hospital with a lot of contusions and a broken collarbone. Last Friday she underwent surgery to fix the fracture. All the best Jana, heal well!

Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:

Never give up!

Last saturday Mariasole Ghidini raced at Ironman 70.3 World Championship at Chattanooga,Tennessee. Very tough race not only for the courses but for the Mariasole’s stomach problems during the swim. She never gave up and she finished in 7:06. We are really satisfied!! Congrats for your strong mind. Well done Mariasole!

Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:

Todd rolling through Madison Wisconsin.

I had two athletes racing this weekend, both finishing top ten in their respective AG. Jeremy Breach carved out an 8min PB at the San Diego Classic OD on Sat, placing 7th – a seven placing improvement from last year, while Todd Hawkins battled some stiff mid-West winds to finish 9th at IM Wisconsin on Sun in 10:27hrs. Solid performances gents. Well done.

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Closing out the season with a good race in Almere, congrats Stephan.

The European triathlon season is slowly coming to an end now. Over the last weekend some of my athletes finished their racing season, while some will still race some races abroad later this season.

Stephan Meinecke decided to do another full distance race after he struggled a lot on the run in Ironman Hamburg. From my point of view it is important to finish the season with a solid race to keep motivated during the off season. He raced Challenge Almere last weekend just 4 Weeks after IM Frankfurt. Once again Stephan showed his strength in the water with one of the fastest agegroup swims of the day. He also had a very good bikeride in very hard conditions. It was raining almost during the entire 180km. But nevertheless he could break the 5hr mark for the first time and leave the transition zone in first place in his agegroup. Compared to his 3:13 Marathon in Challenge Venice Stephan struggled a bit during the run, but still finished 3rd after 9hrs25min to claim the bronze medal in his agegroup in this ETU European Championship race. Now after three full Ironmans in three months Stephan will enjoy his well deserved rest to be even more dominant moving into the 50-55 agegroup next season.

Leonhard Wiedemann traveled to Wales this past weekend to race the Ironman Wales for the first time. Without any doubt this is one of the most challenging Ironmans worldwide. It is always a quite cold swim. The way to the first transition zone alone would leave most people breathless and the bike course is for sure one of the hardest you will find in the Ironman circuit. If this would not be enough of a challenge the run course provides 500m of altitude difference as well. Leonhard had his best swim of the season exiting the water after just over 60min. On the bike he was fighting both the elements and the hilly course to finish the 180km bikeride in just under 6hrs (exactly 1hr slower compared to Ironman Hamburg 4 Weeks ago). On the run it was a hard fight to get to the finishline. Leonhard finished the race just over 11hrs. Even though it was his 4th full distance race this year he could once again improve his agegroup placement from 24th (IM Hamburg) to 18th place in Wales in the 40-45 agegroup. Leonhard will enjoy a little break as well now.

Getting the job done in challenging conditions; good job Florian!

Florian Blumenthal is still not tired from all the races he recently did and took on the Murten middle distance race last Saturday. The weather conditions were really bad and the swim was shortened from 2000m to 500m. Still it was a challenge because of the very choppy water. Florian is a very good swimmer and still needed 11min for the 500m swim. After the swim he had his best bike and run of the season. He could ride 12W more compared to 70.3 Rapperswil and still run 10s per km faster on the half marathon. This is once again a great proof that you can improve throughout the season even if you do many races. We all love racing and that´s what we train for 😉 . Murten was still not Florians last race of the season because he was lucky and won a race entry for Challenge Davos next weekend. Florian can finish his season with another interesting experiment racing two middle distance races back to back.

Martin Kasten did the short course race in Murten last Saturday. On this distance the swim was completely canceled due to the weather conditions. The race was carried out as a duathlon with a 1,2km run before the bikeride instead. Martin was a bit surprised of his race. He had great runs and his watch showed a 3:xx km split for the first time. On the bike he could set a new personal record as well and finished the race strong during the final 5km run.

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Strong across all three disciplines – great work Madina!

On a very hot day Madina Umbetova took on a local middle distance race in Almaty as a preparation for her Ironman. After a very good block of training Madina put her bike strength into practice and delivered a strong swim – bike – run combination: 1st out of water, 1st after the bike and finished 2nd women overall.

A PB and third place for Rafal.

Rafal Herman and Piotr Gasiorowski went together on a road trip to Rugen to race Ironman 70.3. The venue and the course has been voted one of the best in Europe and it promised to be an exciting race, also for the reason that both were racing in the same age group! It proved to be the case. Both Rafal and Piotr executed the plan and delivered strong results.  Rafal finished 3rd in AG with PB of 4:25 with solid swim and bike and strong run. Piotr, after some bike dismantling issues on route to T2, followed very closely in 7th position only 5 min behind. It was great training day for each of them as we built towards key races of the season.  Well done both!

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Blaine, capping off a great season with another personal best.

Blaine Egan capped off his 2017 race season at 70.3 Santa Cruz and once again had massive time drops. Blaine saw a 15 minute improvement on the bike over the distance and an eight minute time drop on the run. The swim was cut short, but Blaine had his most competitive swim yet, emerging second from the water in his group. Blaine finished 7th in his group for the day. Excellent race, and an outstanding season. Well done Blaine.

Crossing the line at the World Champs – great effort Jamie!

Jamie Christy was determined to race at 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga despite having an emergency appendectomy this June. As usual, Jamie fired off a top swim and clocked the second fastest swim of the day in the amateur competition. The rest of the day was a demonstration of grit and perseverance as Jamie was determined to have a solid race at her first World Championships. Congratulations Jamie, it was your first WC, but it won’t be your last.

Bex Fink raced in her first World Championships this weekend as well. It was a solid race for Bex as she balanced it with participating in a friend’s wedding in Atlanta on the same day! Bex crossed the line, and just kept running — straight to the hotel, shower, pack the car, and make the drive back to Atlanta to preside as the wedding officiant! This was one for the record books!

Race Recap from Coach Matt Trautman:

David Hunt took on the 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga this past weekend. As we saw it was a real all rounders course with any weaknesses being exposed. David stuck to the game plan perfectly and managed to get the most out of himself on the day, finishing the bike and run legs strongly. He should proud of his performance.

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

Brad pretty excited at his first 70.3 World Champs!

I had 2 athletes race the challenging, honest course in Chattanooga at 70.3 Worlds
First was Brad Hale and I couldn’t be happier with his result. After having a great race in Whistler in July we took a nice break and went into the Chattanooga build a bit more relaxed with big focus on strength through lots of big gear & strength runs. The main goal was keeping a nice balance of doing enough to be ready for the course but not too much to take away from his busy life as a father of 3, husband and busy Rancher. Brad demonstrated exactly all the methodologies we use at Trisutto and why they work! Well he had one of his best swims and swam the uphill swim in Chattanooga with a blistering cadence of 84 strokes/minute, exactly the swim that suits his short arms and immobile shoulders. All the big gear training absolutely worked as he rode the highest watts I’ve seen out of him at 77 cadence and only 135 heart rate. Then he went on to run a faster 1/2 marathon than he did last year in Calgary which was a dead flat bike course. His running heart rate today was exactly 10 beats higher (avg 145) than his bike heart rate. We had a race plan, pre race fuelling everything laid out to get him his best result based on his current fitness & I would say it worked like a charm!!! Brad doesn’t question anything, doesn’t worry about trying to target watts in training he just gets the job done! This guy has so much more potential than I think he even realizes. If he were able to do more or even desired to he would have every potential to make to it The big island one day with the right race selection. For now it was a great day out and I’m so pleased with his performance.

Shawn pretty happy to feel strong enough to get through the tough course at Worlds in Chattanooga:-)

My next super dad racing was Shawn Russet. Like Brad, we had to take a relaxed approach through the summer with all his family & kid commitments and other more important priorities other than triathlon. Knowing the course, we just stuck to the important bits of the strength & aerobic aspects so he could still have a good experience at Worlds! This is exactly what happened! Shawn had a solid swim and was able to ride the challenging bike course with no issues, even faster than what I anticipated. Shawn lacked a little bit of volume leading in to have his best run off that course but he still hung on steady start to finish with a smile. I believe, as well, we have officially sorted out his past GI distress issues. We have now done 2 x 70.3’s together with no GI issues! Now that summer is over, looking forward to building Shawn up from here for his upcoming races!

Amy Ellet showing some skills at her first cross race of the year!

Our “jack of all trades” racer Amy Ellet took on her first Cross race of the season in Calgary and had a blast, as always! She ended up crossing the line in a close race for 9th overall female but was happier to win the beer prize for mid pack winner! Amy heads to Australia for a little work sabbatical and will get to try some of the races on that side of the world!

Nat 2nd female overall at the Rainbow Beach Double Sprint 🙂

Nat Kerr took on the double sprint at Rainbow beach, 2 days back to back of sprint distance races. Nat came away with 2nd female overall, AG winner and almost identical splits on day 2 from day 1! Nat earned a mini break before we build up to Hervey Bay 100 in Nov.

Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:

A little warm up for next week…, well done Wendy on second place.

This week my athletes took part in three different races,
Beginning with Wendy (Casterton), she took 2nd overall female in a Sprint distance race at the GB as preparation race for the World Champs in Rotterdam next week. For Wendy, this is a great achievement , since just last year after a surgery on her back she could not even walk!

Another World Champs – well done Andreas.

In Chattanooga I had Andreas (Goros) who through his very difficult professional and family program had his 6th participation in a World Championship 70.3.

Wouter enjoying his first World Champs in Chattanooga.

In his first world championship, Wouter (Delbaer),who in a year has been transformed by a new triathlete who played the most in the races on a triathlete who knows well what he wants to get from each race!

Back-to-back wins for Michalis!

Finally in Cyprus again we have another race of the cycling cup where Michalis (Theocharous) was again the winner of his category M30! So this back to back wins show his great performance in second part of the season!
Congrats to all !!

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

A great Pro debut for Matt in Wales.

Matt Leeman for me this w/e had a breakthrough performance at Ironman Wales in his 1st Pro outing in the full distance. Crossing the line 5th isn’t a podium but it’s a great result for this young developing athlete, as he was up against a stacked field. Matt had a good race, he exited the water in 46.38 with Harry Wiltshire as 1/2 and then hit the bike out of T1 in 2nd , the weather in Wales was brutal but Matt put in a very good account coming into T2 6th, onto the run and Matt eventually moved up to 5th and held on to cross the line with a 3.08 Mara time, well done showing great progress all the time.

Also Fiona Davidson took on the brutal course for the 3rd time , previously coming 2nd and 3rd in her AG Fiona was looking for that prime spot to go to Kona. The weather on the day for every athlete was bad and some dealt with it and some didn’t, for Fiona it was a very tough day indeed not coping with the cold very well This year just missing out on the podium coming 4th well done Fiona.

Dimos proudly representing Cyprus at the World Champs in Chattanooga.

This w/e see Lou Oherlihy  Khadiga Amin and Dimos Papa race the World 70.3 Champs. Dimos was representing Cyprus for the very first time and was a massive step forward for his country. He raced well considering he came into this race with a bad infection, onwards we go well done

Khadiga again representing Egypt was and is a massive achievement and one that she carried out very well. She’s progressing all the time and finding out more and more about herself every time she puts herself on the line, very well done K.

“That’s me!”

Lou’s had a mixed season representing GB and she was coming into this comp with mixed fitness, only being with me a short time now showing signs of good progress and especially in this race we have taken a lot of positives so very well done I’m encouraged by the future.

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Qualification for Hawaii 2018! In Wales, Boris Hueber did the IM! His main goal was to secure a slot for Hawaii next year. Boris had an ok swim, and then a really good bike on a very, very tough course! And then he finished off with a solid run! It got a bit exciting towards the end but Boris did great job and fished 8th in his age group which meant a slot for Hawaii 2018! So happy for you, Boris!

Not for the fainthearted!

On Saturday, Victor Manrique did his last race of the year and what a race! Victor lives in Villars in Switzerland and decided to race close to home in Chamonix, France, doing the Evergreen- Endurance. Victor choose to do the distance 118, which meant 2 kms swim, 95 kms on the bike and then a half marathon. Unfortunately, the weather turned out to be very bad. The swim took place in lake Montriond and then the athletes ride to Chamonix.
It was a bit hectic with a mass start but once people started to spread out, Victor felt much better and he came out of the water feeling very good, despite the water being less than 16°. Victor felt good all along on the bike, except for on the very slippery down hills! he overtook a lot of people both on the uphills and on the flatter sections. The air temperature was below 10° for the whole ride and with rain and fog! Onto the run! If you can call it a run…Rather a fast hike in the rain, hail and temperatures dropping from 10° to below 0! And then hell started!
Victor felt really good coming out of transitions and was running well until he hit a trail that was more like a wall and it became impossible to run! So Victor started climbing instead! There were massive tree roots all over the path, also massive rocks and it was extremely slippery and lots of people used poles! Plus the visibility was almost zero! And then it started hailing big time, almost snowing… Victor somehow made it to the top and then back down again without knowing how!  He was very pleased once he finished and could get a hot shower! And very happy to make it back down in one peace! As Victor said: WOW!! that race was an experience. Definitely one to never forget. Not sure I would want to repeat it. Crazy stuff! When Victor later on checked the times, he realised that he was 3rd in his age group, with a time of just below 9 hours! What a day for Victor!

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Vinny Vennes has got straight back into racing at a Championship race after a difficult achillies injury for the past 2 months.  But we kept Vinny fit on the swim and bike, and as the injury improved we built the running.  Vinny is still not super fit on the run, but still raced strong at 70.3 Championships with 5 hours 5 minutes.  Well done Vinny! I look forward to seeing the 2nd half of your season going from strength to strength.

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Mark gears up for another epic Ironman in Wales! Photo Credit: Getty Images via Ironman Wales Media

Mark Richardson raced in Ironman Wales, a tough course he knows from racing last year. The weather was again cool and wet (no surprises there) adding to an already tough course with hills, typically British narrow roads, and less than smooth road surface. Another sub hour swim for Mark keeps this as a standard of his races now. The bike again solid, although a granny gear for several of the 16% climbs would have been useful; but the choice of deep rear wheel instead of disk saving on the road vibration and fatigue. A best run of the season from Mark saw him cross the line in 7th place, and all round excellent performance. There were 6 Kona spots up for grabs, and all accepted, so no Kona spot for Mark this time around, however another super race and end of season result. Now for some well earned rest and relaxation, with some ‘unstructured training’.


You did it mate!.., well done Philippe 🙂

Philippe Blatter raced in the 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga, to round out another superb season. Congrats Philippe, and now for some rest and unstructured training, as we plan for 2018 🙂

Gisela Reichmuth traveled to Stockholm to run in the Half Marathon. A fun low key event, doubling up as a sightseeing and girls weekend trip away. Happy to say ‘all objectives’ were achieved 🙂

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Mirjam after her relay leg….’How’d that go mate?, let me get you a bucket….’

  • Mirjam Weerd raced at the Almere Sprint Relays with her team TTW Ladies. A good day all round with the team finishing up 4th, their best result of the season!
  • Tracey Horne jumped back on the horse for a local sprint event and enjoyed a good race.
  • Sandra Gisin ventured over to Stockholm with her good mate Gisela for a Half Marathon and splashed her way through the course on a wet day. Good job Sandra conquering the Half!


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8 days of Excellence!

Sarah Crowley winning the World ITU Long Course Title in Penticton. Photo Credit: ITU Media, Delly Carr

8 days, 2 x Professional World Titles, 1 x Professional Silver World Championship medal, 2 x 70.3 age group wins, 1 x Overall long course win and a Kona age group qualifier…

Flick taking home the World Duathlon Title last week. Photo Credit: ITU Media, Delly Carr

Felicity Sheedy-Ryan limped in the gate of our HillsDistrict Brisbane pool in March this year to begin work on turning her endless potential into more then just a talking point. We slowly got Flick back up and running while commencing a full reconstruction of her swim stroke, which is never an easy process to trust but also to accept the sheer amount of work needed to turn one of Australia’s fastest ITU runners in recent years into a a swimmer fast enough for her run weapon to fight for race wins. During this long process Flick had the goal to win the Duathlon World Championships in Penticton. After spending time in our Brisbane base, St Mortiz Switzerland and then a final build in Park City Utah, Flick dropped down to Penticton late with a mindset to own the title regardless of the non-conventional lead-up which included very little running due to a severely twisted ankle 5 weeks out. Flick withstood the savage 33:30min first 10km run which thinned the front group to only 3 then immediately on bike used the torturous climb out of transition to set up a catch me if you can race plan. Flick held off the chasers with a great solo bike and did what she needed to do to win a well deserved World Title in convincing fashion. Flick is now back in Europe to race the Czech Republic ITU World Cup before then heading to the non drafting Beijing International Olympic distance.

Sarah’s phenomenal season continues…, World Champion! Photo Credit: ITU Media, Delly Carr

Sarah Crowley can now add World Champion to her resume which this year has already crowned her European, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Australian national champion… A championship rampage of which she has no peer this year, men or women to this point. After her back to back sub 9hr Ironman victories in Cairns and Frankfurt Sarah headed to our US base in Park City Utah to continue training for Kona but above all progress her level so that we can keep fighting for the big championship titles in the  future. A devastating negative splited 1:55 final 30km run put the title beyond doubt with her final 10k putting quite a few of our Aussie ITU girls olympic distance splits to shame… Sarah is now back to Brisbane Australia to our HillsDistrict base to keep the build up to Kona going. Being satisfied with exceptional is the enemy of becoming sublime…the work continues, keep watching this space, we’re still building 😉

Josh on route to a fantastic second place in Penticton. Photo Credit: ITU Media, Delly Carr

Josh Amberger also on a winning streak after his Cairns Asia-Pacific title and back to back 70.3 titles in Sweden and Canada dropped into Penticton to the ITU Long Course Champs on his way towards his debut Kona. We’ve been making great improvements but specifically on the bike and what better competition to test it against the man of the moment Lionel Sanders.. Josh lead from the wire putting 4min into Lionel in the 3k swim and made it a pursuit that saw Josh caught only 5km from the line and in Lionel’s words taking him to the brink in the process… always tough to get caught so late, but also great confirmation of Josh’s progression to take silver at a world championship event in essentially a man o mano battle against the Sanders. It was also a loud statement to the couple of male pros at Kona that are capable of swimming with Josh, you may be capable, but are you willing? Sit back and you just gave the non swimmers a free roll of the dice….

Jess takes out the Hokkaido Triathlon last week.

Jess Ripper raced his home Island long course race the Hokkaido Triathlon in Japan last weekend. Using it as a lead-up race to the 2 upcoming 70.3 and Kona World Championships, Jess had a much improved swim due to his commitment to consistency in the pool which we began in the Japan winter. Over the hilly bike course Jess revelled and made his way to a commanding lead and won not only his age group but overall title.

Dean Bowen our British/Aussie athlete is on the comeback trail after struggling with a knee injury for a while after a bike crash earlier this year. After getting through the London Long course a few weeks ago we stretched him out to the half ironman distance in the Dublin 70.3. Dean took the win in his 30-34 age group and his 1:20 run split signalled the knee problem is a distant memory.

Kyle Mooney came to me after missing a Kona slot at Cairns by only 7min. Motivated to improve, race and chase his dream of a Kona slot, we got to work immediately lining up the Qujing 70.3 in China which as a bonus had Kona qualifying spots. Kyle executed a great race which posed quite a few unique considerations, one being it was held at 1700m altitude, quite a challenge for someone residing at sea level without the ability to prepare specifically to deal with this.. Kyle was consistent, and took on board the different methodology and doing his bike training exclusively on the turbo to maximise training/lifestyle mix being a father/husband to a working mother Kyle was rewarded with the victory in 30-34 agegroup booking his ticket to Kona!!!


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Guts and Determination

Guts and Determination

Overcoming all that was thrown at her; congratulations Jacqueline on 2nd place at Cebu 70.3. Photo Credit:

Jacqueline Thistleton was 2nd in the Cebu 70.3 and put on one hell of a display of guts and determination to recover from a heavy crash late in the bike leg, which saw her collide with a spectator who had strayed on to the course. To pick herself up and get to T2 dazed and with a broken bike, then run through for a podium leaves quite a clear message, this girl isn’t here just to collect passport stamps…..

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

Flying home on the run!

This weekend was another big weekend of racing. The Welsh Wizard Corinne Abraham taking a great second in her adventure to 70.3 Gydinya. Just when coach was getting worried, the wizard pulled out a super run split from her bag of tricks, to produce another great step forward on her road to kona. Well done Corinne!

All set in Cebu!

Nini Ruttanaporn lined up at Cebu 70.3 for her first race in the Trisutto colors, joining the team after our first summer Age Group Camp this year.  Nini finished 4th in her Age Group; a result coach was happy with as she adjusts to new training routines and learns that we approach races a little differently than most.


Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Jonathan during the run at 70.3 Gdynia.

Jonathan Ciavattella, after a period of resetting due to different things happening, raced 70.3 Gdynia as the first ‘comeback’ race. 7th place in 3:56.59, feeling well and finishing with a 1:14 half marathon was a positive surprise for the coach. Jonnie was just 3’ behind 3rd place and 5’ behind the winner Boris Stein from Germany. So…just one thing: welcome back Jonathan!
Emanuele Mutti participated in an open water swim race, 1 mile, just for fun and training. 29:44 his time. Well done Emanuele.

Race Recap from Coach Dirk Neumann:

Another Norseman Podium for Kristin.

Kristin Lie finished at 3rd place at THE NORSEMAN. After she wins the 70.3 IM Haugesund, she was one of the favourite. Hard conditions as usual at that race … cold and rain.. less wind this year.
She had a good swim in 14C cold water. Hammering on the bike to the lead at km 40 she got a mechanical problem with her aerobars. She had to ride the last 140k without using it. That reflected her running performance witch is normally her strength. This time she was not able to follow the two leaders an decided to safe energy and stabilised the 3rd place.. Great performance!!! And thank you to all supporters. We changed some small things on her swim technique in May this year. That helps her enormously. She is much faster than before and needs less energy. “.. last year I had the feeling I used 20 calories for the swim, now 1 calorie!” That’s Total Body Force. Looking very positive into the next race in Almere.

Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:

A blitzing run by Brent!

Brent Patteeuw took a 15th place at the Belgium Championships Middle distance in Eupen Sunday. Nailed the swim, fought hard on the bike and flew on the run (one of the fastest in the field with a 1.15 half marathon 😁). Best part was getting the nutrition right after a few struggles. We discussed it in the last couple of weeks and came up with a new plan. Stomach problems were gone, so really happy for him with such a solid race! Well done Brent!

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Fourth place for Rahel at IM Maastricht.

Rahel Bellinga took to the start at Ironman Maastricht this weekend after a very slow build up from some injuries over the winter and in the early season. She had a very solid half-distance win a few weeks ago and we were eager to see how she would show. She produced a very standard swim, and then went to work on the bike. We maybe held back a little too much on the bike, hoping for a solid run, but she still produced the 3rd fastest bike split of the day. Then onto the run, Rahel’s legs held up and she felt fit, coming across the line 4th on the day. A much better finish than in Ironman Western Austraila in December, which hopefully means we keeping going up from here. Nice job, Rahel!

A good training run race for Sean.

Sean Laude took part in the NYRR 5 Mile Team Championships this weekend with his club (North Brooklyn Runners) in Central Park. On the day, while prepping for Penticton ITU Duathlon Worlds, Sean ran a 30:13 for the 5 miles, finishing ahead of 83% of the runners in the field. Sean is getting healthier and healthier from a naggy injury, and the run splits are coming down! Great job Sean.

Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:

Greg savouring a well earned victory.

Big congrats to Greg Stevenson for winning his AG at Xterra Canmore! Greg emerged 4th out of the water, carved out an ~8min lead on the MTB and then carefully managed the run to hold on to 1st. Greg also used this race to measure some of the competition he will face at ITU Cross WC in Penticton later this month. On track mate!

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Melanie on the podium again! This time 2nd, racing the Olympic distance in Nyon.

This weekend, I had 2 of my athletes racing in Nyon in Switzerland. They both did a great job!
Melanie Baumann raced the olympic distance which is a lot shorter than what she’s used to! Melanie had a great race and especially a very strong bike and she came second in her age group!

Strong performance by Camille, 2nd place racing the sprint distance in Nyon.

Camille Nieto raced the sprint race. With 3 kms to go on the bike, Camille got a puncture and she was forced to slow down. Off the bike, she ran very well and she was leading the race until just the last few meters where she without knowing suddenly and unfortunately got passed! A great 2nd place for Camille in her age group!
Well done girls, very proud of you both!

Race Recap from Coach Mathias Hecht:

Daniel Schaller competed at the Olympic Distance race in Nyon and started with a very solid Swim 28.50 min. He exited the water on 31st position overall. Once more he showed how strong he is on the bike with a 1h08min split for the 40k on a hilly course and entered T2 on 15th position. He could make another 3 spots during his 10k to finish on a very good 12th position in a race I made him do completely out of training.

Georgina Gadient raced St.Moritz Triathlon and finished 3rd in the overall category. Despite of a so called “off day”. She choose the dark goggles for the swim and had to stop and find her way because of that. Then she couldn’t push the way she wanted on the bike as there were cars in her ways during the bike leg. at the end she is not the girl who complains. she knows this was just not her day and she already moved on and we concentrate on the next race coming up.

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Very happy to see Tracey Horne blow away a few race cobwebs over the past week – starting last Wednesday with a midweek evening 5k Trail Run, followed by a 3800 Open Water Race on Saturday morning. Tracey performed strongly in both events and is looking forward to more! 🙂

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

Lori collecting her hardware from the Canmore OD 🙂

It was a weekend up ups & down for my squad. First off Lori Russet set off to Canmore for her 3rd ever triathlon. This was hilly Olympic Distance race in the mountains around Canmore.
Lori was with her kids and husband in another province over for the last few weeks and just at the start of the week caught the flu from her kids. Lori is tough and not starting wasn’t an option as this was going to be a fun weekend away racing with her friends. As with all my athletes we had a race plan but had to modify it a bit so she could get through the race without too much pressure. As It’s ingrained in  my athletes to always be tough, Lori was able to showcase this on the day and walked away with 2nd in her Age!! Lori plans to step up to the Half Ironman Distance next year, can’t wait!

Nat Kerr had a plan for a Half Marathon in Brisbane last Sunday. She been blazing in training and racing this year so we were both pretty excited to see what she could do. Well without going into too much detail, Nat while leading her category had to run off course for some unfortunate business. Despite this she still managed a half marathon PB and 4th in her catagory! Hopefully another one in the cards soon but if not plenty of triathlons to crush in her near future 🙂

Alan Sweeney had plans for Ironman Maastricht over the weekend. I can honestly say he was more ready for this one that any other he’s done. It’s been a journey to get him from 12 hrs to the goal for a Kona qualification but we are definitely headed in the right direction. After posting a 6 min better swim than his last Ironman in April, 15 km into the bike, Al hit some debris and came off his bike. After this he was unable to continue- thankfully no major damage but we were both pretty devastated by the incident. The only thing we can do now is move forward, find another race and ride this new fitness. Onwards and upwards!!!

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Making good progress, well done Krzysztof at 70.3 Gdynia, Poland.

Few weeks after his debut in 70.3 distance Krzysztof was again on the start line again still remembering how hard the run felt in his first race.  We have made couple of changes in the raining approach, dialled in the nutrition and also slightly modified the race strategy. I was really curious to see the final result and I wasn’t disappointed.
After a very strong swim in the Baltic sea Krzysztof came out of the water looking very fresh. Despite his foot cramping in T1 he was quick through the transition and disappeared on the bike. He paced the bike to perfection and his average power and NP were within 1W of what we have agreed before the race. This gave him a massive confidence boost and he was surprised how well he felt starting the run. He started running at the target pace from the very beginning and he run like a metronome – each kilometre almost at an identical pace from the start through the finish. He surprised himself with the result: a run 15min faster than in his first race at this distance – half marathon off the bike in 1:29 and the overall PB of 4:47.
The objective in triathlon is the quickest overall time and not the fastest swim or bike split and his race is a perfect example that the best results come from a well executed race with a similar effort across all 3 disciplines.
I’m very happy with Krzysztof’s race and I’m proud of what we have achieved during last 12 months since we have started working together. On Sunday he run half marathon in the 70.3 race 3 minutes faster than his half marathon run PB from last year. Now his run PB is almost 10 minutes faster and the is just the beginning. Congratulations on a perfect race from the entire TriSutto Team. Proud Coach.

Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:

World Champs qualifier! Congratulations Bing!

This past Sunday, at the 9th edition of the highly popular Cobra Ironman 70.3, in the Philippine Islands, Manila based swim coach Bing Bernares managed a strong all around performance, under wavy, hot, and humid conditions. Her execution left her some minutes out of the podium, but good enough for a slot, to next years 70.3 Ironman World Championships, in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. Now back to training, towards her maiden full Ironman distance, in Florida in a few months!

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

A great result for Paula on her Road to Kona.

Paula Ponte raced in her home country of Brazil at 70.3 Las Alagoas. Paula raced personal best times in all three disciplines to set a new personal best at the 70.3 distance. With her Garmin out of order and racing on feel, Paula nailed the bike and also ran the very uncommon 70.3 negative split. Paula was third overall and first for women 18-24. Next stop… Kona!

Lauren Capone went into 70.3 Boulder on the back of a solid training block. Training is starting to click for LC as we look ahead to some full distance races in the fall. It was a tenth place finish for Lauren and an honest effort to build strength going forward.

Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:
This week Andreas Ghoros took part in the Ironman 70.3 in Philippines, part of preparing for the World Championship in Chattanooga. The difficult conditions did not allow him to achieve a good performance, it was more mental strength training! Only happy and proud can I feel for the mental strength shown by my athletes!

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

World Champs qualification secured; congratulations Pavel!

Pavel Blagikh did the 70.3 Otepää as another training race during his Ironman Kalmar preparation. The conditions in the swim were tough with very choppy water but he had an ok swim split compared to the last races. Even though he felt weak on the bike he could ride the 2nd fastest bike split of his agegroup. He started the run in 4th position but strictly executed the plan of a progressive run to save some energy for the Ironman in 2 weeks. He felt great on the run and just pushed a bit more during the last part of it. Despite a very demanding and hilly course he had one of the best run splits ever. After the race he has send me a picture of his 70.3 World championship qualification with the words: “Feedback later…But we already have a goal for 2018 ;)”. Pavels wife did qualify as well and they will travel to South Africa together next year!



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Records Fall at The Outlaw and Calgary

Josh continues his outstanding racing form with another win, this time in Calgary. Photo Credit: Wattie Ink

Josh Amberger made the trip across the Atlantic this week and dropped into the Calgary 70.3 in Canada. Josh built up a lead in the swim which he went about building upon further in the bike and run to win comfortably by 10min. This was his 4th win in a row, although Josh will now take a small break from racing and is now locked into a good block of training up in North America ahead of the ITU World Long Course Champs in Pentiction Canada as we build steadily into his debut in Kona.

What a day for Hayley in Nice – Congratulations!

Hayley Stevenson got to race bucketlist event the French Nice Ironman, after a great build up in Brisbane which included trying to get used to the “un-Australian” type bike course that is hallmark of the Nice Triathlon with it’s big climbs and equally challenging descents. Proud coaching moment when Hayley hit a rough patch early on run and was able to stay strong mentally, focus on what needed to be done or adapted rather then the negatives and pulled herself through for a solid finish which she can be proud of!!

A win for Stacey at the State Duathlon Champs.

Stacey Van Muelen raced the Qld State Duathlon Championships mostly as a hit out as we build towards end of year goals, so we took a conservative approach to the race especially condsidering it starts early in morning In middle of winter (cold) and with a run…triathletes coming back from injury or looking to avoids worst nightmare!!! Stacey built into all race, brought the final 5km run home hard and won her age-group which also placed her 5th overall.

Dean Bowen raced the London Tri, having caught a cold the week of the race we were wanting to play it safe and just build into the race and only push if he felt fine after the few days off. As it turned out he started to feel ok and took out 2nd overall in the Olympic Plus 1.5/80/10km event.

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Outlaw Champ and new Course Record – a super performance by Gill.

Gill Fullen also raced the Outlaw Full this weekend, she has already raced Outlaw Half where she won and came 3rd at Holkham and the aim was to have a good race for the Full and try to put yourself in the fight. Gill had a great Swim and exited the water in 1.05 which set her up nicely in 8th place overall going into the bike, slowly but sure Gill battled through the positions finding herself in 5th then making the final surge for the top 3, she came into T2 in 1st position with a good 10min lead, so just setting a good pace and holding on, crossing the line Outlaw Champ and breaking the Course record in 9.44.48 which is amazing considering Gills journey which will be covered soon so look out for that.

3rd place for Matt at The Outlaw.

Matt Leeman also took on The Outlaw Full. Last year he came 4th so was looking for improvement. After winning the Castle Series The Bastion just 2 weeks ago it was going to be a tough ask to back up, but we prepared for it in the best way we could and we knew Matt was in good shape. Matt had a great swim 46.38 breaking the course record previously held by Harry Wiltshire since 2012, he exited the water over 3min ahead of 2nd place, the plan was to take the 1st 40k easy, 2nd and 3rd caught Matt and then they worked together before Matt was left working on his own. Into T2 Matt coming in 3rd but then the Marathon, Matt went through some good and bad spells through the run but held it together to post a 3.08 Mara and to cross the line 3rd in 8.54, a fantastic couple of weeks racing for Matt well done.

A fantastic Iron distance debut by Kerry at The Outlaw!

Kerry Hickson took on the Outlaw Full after putting in a great performance at Outlaw Holkham, this would be her 1st ever Iron distance race. Kerry exited the water in 55min and 1st female, onto the bike and she lead for around 100k before being caught by YES you guessed it Gill Fullen, Kerry held her own and battled through on the bike out of T2 onto the Mara and Kerry needed to search a little for something within which she did and pulled through crossing the line in 4th postion and 2nd in her Age Group in 10hr 31min not bad at all for your 1st Iron distance well done

Seb returns to racing with a podium finish.

Seb Garry hasn’t raced since last year’s great Double European title double in Duathlon and Triathlon, we chose to back off and A levels became the priority, some niggles along the way but it’s been a long-time coming for Seb AKA Harry Coe to get out there and have what we call fun, He stepped up to do the Castle Howard race Oly distance and in true Seb fashion he gave it everything. Swim was solid and bike was strong and he went for it, but the run was tough but he hung on for 2nd place overall, a great return to the triathlon seen well done.

Showing great speed at the London Tri; well done Rob.

Rob Osborne who’s now preparing for the Sprint Worlds this summer in his Ag Cat is progressing all the time so this weekend at the London Tri was a good chance to find out how well his coming on. Rob recorded a 9.50 swim and a 32min bike split to set him up very nice for the run which he crossed the line in 17.50 and 1st Overall in the Ag Cat Sprint race, Rob is showing great form at this stage of the season.

Making great progress; well done Davina!

Davina Greenwell also took on the London triathlon but the Oly distance, Davina is still new to all this 3 sports in one stuff and she just can’t get enough, her progress at the moment just keeps rolling and it’s great to see, Davina had a solid race crossed the line in 2.18 5th female overall Age Group and 2nd in Age Cat.

Laura Fidler set out for the National Middle Distance Champs taking on the Owler, Laura had a solid race and she crossed the line in 2nd position it’s just a shame she got sent the wrong way on the bike but sometimes these things happen, still a very good result.

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Raring to go; a PB awaits! Well done Scott.

Scott McGrath raced in Ironman Lake Placid and achieved a superb 20 minute personal best time on a tough course not known for setting records.  Scott first came to me in early 2016 looking to reinvigorate his training and racing while still maintaining a busy lifetstyle. This year has been no less turbulent with relocating from NY City back to Canada, and a change of career direction. However Scott’s dedication and consistency shone through, capped off with a final training block at camp with Trisutto Coach Ed Rechnitzer at his camp in Mont Tremblant before then easing into race day. Well done Scott, now to enjoy the satisfaction that comes with knowing you did the work, and received the reward.

Singing in the Rain 😉

Gisela Reichmuth’s summer of racing continued with the Ägeriseelauf 7km road race, that was blessed with a mid race rain storm! This was another fun but hard workout, part of preparation for Zurich 5150 next weekend.

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Great, great swim Gerda and we’re very proud of you too!

This weekend I had Gerda Maria Dumitru doing the “Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race! A 6.5 kms swim race that makes you swim from Asia to Europe in Istanbul, and with more than 1600 competitors! This is Gerda’s experience:
It was VERY hot but not as strong currents as expected. I came 5th in my age group (30-34). I gave it my best and I was only 1 min from the podium! The last half was very challenging! Overall I’m happy and proud! This race is voted the most difficult one in the world!

Very well done Yves and you’re ready for the big one next weekend!

Yves Salzmann raced an Olympic distance in Freiburg, Germany, as a warm up for IM Switzerland next week. Yves had a great swim and also a great ride even though he lost his bottle right at the start and therefore rode the 40 kms without any nutrition! There was NO nutrition on the course! This also meant a very hard 10 kms run as Yves was very dehydrated! But Yves hung in there and raced very strong and ended up 3rd in his age group and 20th overall!

Race Recap from Coach Melanie Mitchell:

Congrats to both Laura (2nd) and Manami (1st); impressive racing at the Guam National Champs

As a lead up race to the 703 World Championships coming up in Chattanooga, Laura Nedeau raced the Guam National Championships. Laura came in 2nd behind fellow Trisutto athlete Manami. Laura achieved a 15 minute PB and had the fastest overall Bike and run split of the day. An incredible improvement by Laura in the short time we have been working together. Congratulations Laura!!

Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:

You’re a Viking Marco!

This weekend, I had Marco Corsaro racing the Challenge Iceland – Half distance. I started working with Marco a few months ago and he’s the dedicated guy. Marco raced very well on Sunday! He had a good swim (22:27) the second in his category! 6:16:13 his time over the 1,9-90-21km triathlon, which was 15th place M 40-44.The best motivation always came from within, you’re a Viking!!

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Logan Cunningham, New Jersey State Champion!

Logan Cunningham recently came back on board after a year hiatus. Logi was one of my university athletes and we were able to get right down to business in preparation for the New Jersey State Triathlon Championships. Logi set a new personal best for the Olympic distance by six minutes due in large part to launching a full-scale attack on the bike. She finished fourth overall in the women’s field and won the women 20-24 category. We’ve now got three weeks to US National Championships and 8 weeks to World Championships. Logan will be on a heavy diet of running strength and speed in that time. Well done Logi, great to have you back!

Ollie, savoring a personal triumph.

Oliver Saxon achieved a lifetime goal of breaking 2:20:– in an Olympic distance triathlon in the AJ Bell London Triathlon. As far as this coach is concerned, Ollie’s performance this weekend is just the tip of the iceberg. Ollie turned himself inside out on the bike setting a massive personal best for the distance. Ollie has set a new benchmark for himself. Next goal, sub-2:15:–!!!

Lauren, all smiles as she starts the run – perfect:)

Lauren Vallee is the newest athlete to join the stable. A major objective for Lauren is rediscovering the fun in training and racing. Earlier this week, Lauren asked if she could make a last minute addition of the Boulder Sprint Triathlon. This was just what the doctor ordered – a low-key triathlon, right in the backyard, with a grassroots feel – perfect. A powerful bike had Lauren arrive at T2 leading the women’s race. She finished the day with a win in the women 30-34 category and fourth woman overall. Great to have you on the team Lauren, IM Los Cabos is going to be a blast.

Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:

A great training race for Brent.

Brent Patteeuws raced at Maredsous half triathlon last Saturday. We didnt taper for it, so it was a hard workout for Brent. Swim went really well. Coming out of the water in fourth put him right up there with the front guys. The bike of 70km was over a challenging 1400 high meters and some rough roads. Brent lost some time there but he managed to make up for a big part of it with the fastest run of the day. He ended just of the podium coming in fourth. All in all a very good training day towards the half triathlon of Eupen in two weeks time. Well done Brent!

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Stefano Matalucci finished his 11th Ironman in Nice

Stefano Matalucci raced Ironman France. Hor him it was already the second long distance race this season, as he did also IM South Africa in April. Stefano again was able to put together a solid performance on one of the toughest Im courses, good swim, excellent bike and a courageous fight through the marathon. Nice is often a very hot race, and it was the same this year. 11: 44.53 his finish time and I’m very satisfied with this. Well done Stefano, 11th IM race finished – great job!

Diego in action: Challenge Rome 753

Diego Ludovici did his one race, the first edition of Challenge Rome 753. The distances were 1753m swim, 75,31km bike and 17,53km run and were chosen to celebrate Rome’s birthday in 753 BC. Hot day also in the Italian capital city and Diego had to slow down the last few km on the run course. Before it was full gas ahead: 28:35 swim and 1:50.13 bike which means 37,5km/h average, followed by 1:15.28 for the 17km run. Excellent job Diego and we are going to back up next weekend at Arona, a well known Italian half distance race.

Martina Dogana held a little camp for women only at Madonna di Campiglio, well known as a winter skiing place in northern Italy. So participating in the final race, a triathlon sprint, together with her camp ladies was a must for Marty. It was years ago that she raced such a short distance, so 5th place only little behind the younger speedy italian racers came a bit unexpected: 1:13.33 for her and a really good workout.

Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:

Top 10 for Kim in Palembang. Photo Credit: RaceDay Magazine

Kim Kilgroe raced on Friday at the ASTC Asian Triathlon Championships, in Palembang Indonesia, the site of the 2018 Asian Games Triathlon and managed a respectable, but very improvable 9th place finish in the Elite race.

Congratulations Andy, taking out the Bengkulu Olympic Triathlon.

On the same day, ~500 KM away in the city of Bengkulu, also on the West Coast of Sumatra in Indonesia, top Indonesia triathlete Andy Wibowo won the inaugural Bengkulu Olympic distance triathlon, in a blazing time of 2h01, winning the race by more than 10 mins, over 2nd place.

World Champs Qualifier for Joey in Calgary!

The next day, in Calgary, Alberta Canada, Joey Lynn Musselman was in action, for her 2nd race of the season. With the simple and challenging goal to score a slot for the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in beautiful South Africa. She managed to achieve it, all the while pushing through a few aches and pains.”


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