Redemption Weekend for Squad

Redemption Weekend for Squad

Brilliant comeback performance by Eimear Mullan: 2015 Ironman 70.3 Budapest Champion.

It gave me great pleasure to see Eimear Mullan not only back competing in the races she loves so much, but to see her storm to victory in characteristic Emu fashion at Ironman 70.3 Budapest this weekend.

We all know the frustrations of having to spend most of the season on the sidelines through injury. Eimear was so proud this year to break through with a team sponsorship with Alemeda On, only to have her first year of excitement cut down by injury, leading to doubt and pressure (self-applied) in trying to please the team.

This is not a comment on Eimear’s team, who have been very supportive, but a reality for all professional sportspeople. Athletes with the best intentions can make decisions based on factors around helping a new team or sponsor, which they previously wouldn’t have considered and it affects their racing patterns. A minor niggle turns into something bigger and if you’re not careful there goes the season.

It’s all part of the learning curve of being a professional athlete. It’s now our hope and my belief that Eimear will rebuild her season from here and rack up more wins for herself and her new team. Great job.

Matt_Trautman1Remarkable turnaround from Matty Trautman. Broken clavicle to Ironman podium inside 6 weeks.

At the same race The Captain (Matt Trautman) just showed us again why we respect him so much and why every team in the sport should be chasing him. A broken clavicle 5 weeks ago and the doctors only technically passed him to begin training again last Tuesday.

Well he got some training in outrunning some of the big names in the sport with a 69 minute half marathon split and a terrific 3rd place. As expected the swim and bike are still a bit rusty following the accident, but contrary to initial fears Matty will be on the plane to our Kona camp in Jeju and will be ready to compete on the Big Island. Just a fantastic demonstration of using improvisation to overcome.

This weekend we also had Nicola Spirig returning to WTS racing in Stockholm following her win at the European Champs in Geneva. A short break and while back swimming and biking following an extended rest on the run legs to finish Top 5 was an excellent effort and one that will give her much confidence to keep racing short course up to the Olympics.

Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Bella RR1Photo credits: Athlete photography by James MitchellTriActiv Lanzarote

Another great week from my squad. Aya Stevens came a solid 5th in the professional division at 70.3 Budapest. Aya is training and racing herself into the best shape of her life, and there is no stopping her as she will finish her season off with a few more races yet 🙂   Xterra UK next weekend,

Lucy Biddlestone tried a different kind of race for her and ended up winning it! A 28km trail race on Lanzarote, Lucy is also training and racing herself into the best shape of her life and there is also no stopping her!  She has no fear!

Marc Stettler was back racing today after lots and lots of training. Dedicating his recent 2 weeks holiday to do some mega training in preparation for his big goal of the year, Zofingen long distance Duathlon.  Unfortunately Marc fell off his bike on the last day of this training block and injuring his elbow, but the past 2 weeks building back again and today did a 6 minute PB at the Lausanne Olympic distance coming 41st out of 110 guys in his age group. Well done Marc!

Finally, Andy Hamilton smashed another 25mile TT after smashing his local ParkRun the day before, Nothing is stopping Andy from being the best he can be.

Recap from Coach Andres Castillo:

Andres_CWinners are grinners: Cesar Lopez, Coach Andres, Brian Moya and Joh Flynn.

After 4 years on the island Mr. Sancho’s Triathlon did wonderful work to say goodbye in its last edition, with perfect organization and bigger prize money for the Olympic and Sprint distance races. My athlete Brian Moya in his preparation for the Cozumel World Cup won the sprint race with a 16 minutes run and Cesar was second in the Olympic distance after a hard battle. John Flynn and Tedi Quintero won their age groups and Diego placed 5th in the juniors race. Diego and Cesar are part of the Tres Hermanos Foundation and TriCozumel program and just two of the many athletes that participated in this edition from the program.

A huge thank you to the Ortega’s Family in Cozumel who for 4 years used their own resources to create an event that was competitive, but also made a whole family of many triathletes on the island and surrounding areas.

Finally, congratulations to my athletes Rodrigo Gabriel, who raced at a half marathon as training for his Ironman in October with a 1:19 split, and to Juan Sanchez who raced well in the Veracruz triathlon.

Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Melanie_BMelanie Baumann: Age group winner at Challenge Walchsee this weekend!

Congratulations to Melanie Baumann who this weekend raced the Challenge Walchsee Half and won her age group F35-39 and was 3rd fastest (fastest run) of all age group athletes. Fantastic!

Here are Melanie’s thoughts on the race:

Had a great race at Challenge Walchsee today and for the very first time I did well in all 3 legs!!! Already 11th in my age group after the swim, even though or maybe because of changing quite a lot in my swim in the last couple of weeks. On the bike I was feeling very well and I’m really happy with the 4th fastest bike split of all age groups on a really hard course. And didn’t even lose that much on the pros as well! Coming off the bike 4th in my age group, I started running down the remaining competitors to win my age group by 8 minutes with the fastest run split of all age group athletes. I even ended up finishing in 4:59:59h, so happy having done a sub 5 for the very first time, on a course I didn’t think I could do it 🙂 3rd of all age groups and 13th overall, I’m just really happy!!! Thanks, coach Lisbeth!!!

Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Martina_DOnly real champions know how to turn a bad day into a success! Congratulations Martina, proud of you!

Today we had the Italian Championship over the Middle Distance in Lovere with some great results for our team:

Martina, 2. place overall 4.47.30 – we are very satisfied with this because Marty is training for Ironman Barcelona.

Irene, cat S2  5:09.46 – first middle distance race for her (she comes from duathlon), our St. Moritz camp was very good for her 🙂

Francesca, cat. M2 5:18.57. Barbara, cat M1 5:22.04.

So all women on the podiums with Martina 2nd overall. Our man, Emanuelel placed 15. in his cat S2 4:59.03. Solid performance and well done!

Finally, my other 2 athletes were racing Challenge Walchsee where Alex did a new PB 4:44.2 and Emanuela, finished in 7:54.19.

Congratulations to all my athletes competing.

Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Mariana_AMariana Andrade on the way to a podium at Challenge Maceió.

Another exciting result this week for Mariana Andrade finishing third at the inaugural Challenge Maceió in Brazil. Mariana spent 4 weeks in St.Moritz over the summer training with the team and it is great to see her being rewarded for all her hard work.

Finally, all coaches and athletes extend their best wishes to Jessie Donavan who was unfortunately hit by a truck whilst out on a training ride near Cape Cod last Friday.  Jessie sustained various injuries but is expected her to make a full recovery.  She will have surgery this week to repair a broken collar bone.  We wish you well in your recovery Jessie and we know you will be back.  Hurry slowly.

Congratulations to all athletes competing this weekend. online professional coaches are available to help improve your performance here.

Inspiring Weekend of Results

Inspiring Weekend of Results

Diana Riesler winning Ironman 70.3 Gdynia this weekend.

This weekend saw the squad throw their full support behind the Home of Triathlon initiative here in St. Moritz. It was also a spectacular demonstration to our young pros about what it takes to be a true all round professional and champion.

On Saturday Nicola Spirig spent all day shaking hands, giving high-fives and signing autographs for the 119  competitors at the Kids Cup series that holds her name. This year they doubled the number of competitors in what turned out to be a terrific event. After starting the race, being on the finish line to watch every competitor finish and then presenting the awards ceremony – who do you think Coach spots on the bike at 6pm, swim bag over the shoulder preparing for the next day’s race?

NS-KidsCup17Nicola Spirig Kids Cup presentation ceremony.

The Top of the World Triathlon

On what is now home turf the squad were out in full force for the adult’s race on the Sunday. One of the reasons we have the success we do within our squad is because of the mutual respect our athletes have for each other. Respect in that while everyone remains friends off the course, all know when the starter gun goes off no-one takes any prisoners. So there was no walkover in this race with our Honey Badger (Mary Beth Ellis) sticking it to the short course champs on the swim and bike. swept the podium with Ritchie doing a good job to run away with it, chased home by the impressive up-and-comers Alan Carillo and Reiny Brown. The latter being given a little lesson is aggressive race riding by the female World Long Course and Olympic Champ.

In the women’s race, Nicola, weathered the early onslaught to take out the inaugral Home of Triathlon race and was followed in by Eimear Mullan and MBE.

Well done to all.

Race Recap - HoTThe squad in action at the HoT Triathlon this weekend: Ritchie Nicholls (1st), Alan Carillo (2nd), Reiny Brown (3rd), Mary Beth Ellis (3rd), Eimear Mullan (2nd) and Nicola Spirig (1st).

Elsewhere, congratulations to Julie Derron who took out the Swiss Junior Championship in Nyon this weekend riding down the top girls and proving to strong on the run. Trent Simmons also did a great job with a solid performance to take the 2nd fastest run split in the men’s race.

Finally, very happy for age group athlete Alicja Medak, who won Ironman 70.3 Gdynia this weekend taking her age group in her home country of Poland.

Alicja RRVictory in colours for Alicja Medak this weekend.

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

Diana RRSecond time within two weeks Dian Riesler has found herself on top of the podium.

It really looks like Diana likes racing in Poland, as she has now won the 2 most prestigiuos races there within only 2 weeks! This weekend, she backed-up her performance at Challenge Poznan with a win at Ironman 70.3 Gdynia. Diana exited the water in 2nd position, only 45 seconds back to first. Thanks to her traditional super-strong bike performance, she took over the lead at 10km on the bike course and extended her margin to second place to 5 minutes when hopping off the bike. She continued to gain time on the run course and won the race with a superior lead of 13 minutes. At the finish line, Diana was very happy:

“Finally I could win my first Ironman 70.3 title! That is fantastic! We worked very hard to get my speed up so that I am not only competitive at long distance races but also over shorter distances. I’m glad that the hard training of the past months paid off today.”

Coach Jo was also pleased with Diana’s performance:

“In Poznan she won the race with a strong run, but she almost lost the race on the swim. Today she won the race with strong swim and bike performances. Since Posnan we adjusted some things in the pool and found the ‘missing link’. I’m happy that today her swim is back to what it should be.”

Well done Diana!

Oliver RROliver Klaus blazing away at the Top of the World Triathlon this weekend.

Oliver Klaus was the athlete who stood up for my squad at St. Moritz Top of the World Triathlon in St. Moritz. He hit the podium in 3rd place – despite coach gave him a 5hr bike ride the day before to tire his legs for the race. The tiredness of that ride should protect him from going to hard on this sprint distance triathlon. However, it looks like Oli outraced his legs. 😉 Oli enjoyd the race very much. It’s just a fantastic landscape up there! Great job, Oli. Nice way to start the training road to Kona!

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Kitty RR1st place and onto the World Champs for Kitty Perle.

I’m a very happy coach this weekend! Kitty finished Dublin 70.3 and won her age group, 30-34, in 4.59.03!! It seemed as if it was a tough course. She was a bit back on the swim but then she hammered on the bike and she had the fastest run and bike split. She qualified for World Champs in Australia next year! She’s been working so hard and I’m very proud of her!

Fran Bungay also just became the European Champion in her age group, 40-44! She’s just brilliant on the bike. She had a good swim too and the run is come nicely along too!

Here is Fran’s take on the race:

After a great bit of training in the Alpes and the short course Alpe D’Huez triathlon race, (winning my age group, top 10 finish and posting the third fastest bike split up the mountain), I headed over to Germany to race in the European 70.3 Championships in Wiesbaden. I was disappointed to learn that the swim start was changed to a rolling start, turning the race into a time-trial, and resulting in a horrible messy swim, worst I have experienced in a long time in terms of being pulled at the ankles, swum over, hit, etc. However, was pleased to hit the hilly bike course and put some time between me and my fellow competitors! 10 minutes faster on the bike than last year, (which must have something to do with those mountain hill reps!) the key was to keep the legs moving on the run! With still a fair bit of work to do on the run due to a few years of injury, I have to really focus on being positive, and Coach Lisbeth has given me a few aspects to focus on which were working really well… Until on lap 3 I fell on a manhole cover, twisting and damaging my ankle. With only a lap and a bit to go, I obviously carried on, and on finishing headed to First Aid!  Really pleased to have finished as European Champion in my age group! So heading to physio tomorrow to assess the damage. With under three weeks to go until the World Championships I’m hoping for a quick fix!!

Fran RRFran at the awards ceremony.

Race Recap from Coach Andres Castillo:

Brian Moya RRHe’s back. Great return to racing for Brian Moya!

This was a good weekend for my athletes, starting with Alan Carrillo with a second place at the St. Moritz triathlon in his preparation for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in 3 weeks. In Bogota, Brian Moya returned to triathlon world after a broken collarbone 2 months ago with a win in the Colombian National cup and just 2 weeks after his 2nd place in the duathlon Pan American Championship. In the same race Juan Herrera was second in his age group. For my US athletes, Rob Straznitskas was 3rd overall at the Maine State Triathlon and Walter Rhee did a good training race in Texas in his preparation for Ironman 70.3 Texas.

Well done squad. Keep up the good work.

Race Recap from Coach Luis Villavicencio:

Very proud of my athlete Daniel Barrundia competing in the Collegiate Nationals this weekend. Daniel is an incredible kid, he attends a very prestigious university in the US (Georgia Tech), has a computer science major plus an internship with IBM!

Today he placed 30th from over 410 males beat 90% of the field! This is his recap:

This weekend, my teammates of the Georgia Tech Triathlon and I competed in the Olympic-Distance National Championships in Milwaukee, Wis. This was for all an A-Race and a great way to finish up some really hard training we put over the summer.

Less than a year ago when I started training with you my mind set was completely different. I was just starting with triathlon and I was trying just to finish up races. Hard to believe that this weekend I had a plan set in mind and goals that I wanted to achieve!

Like my coach always says: ‘trust your training and race smart’. Thanks to your advice and training I was able to accomplish these goals and have a new PR.

I can’t wait for the upcoming races of the season and specially my first Ironman 70.3 in Miami at the end of October.

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

MelanieBensonAndNicolaPool RRMelanie and the champ at St. Moritz.

A super weekend again with my athletes racing in Ireland, Germany and Switzerland.

Melanie Benson after a 12 day visit to train with us in St Moritz headed into 70.3 Weisbaden. I can’t be happier with Mel’s attitude and progress this year.  Despite a race morning stumble, resulting in a suspected broken toe, she had the fastest swim in her category, and a solid ride before calling it a day early in the run. We can do a lot with Mels ‘improvise and overcome’ attitude 🙂

Sarah Keller returned to St Moritz (after attending camp two weeks ago) to race in the Top Of The World Triathlon, in St Moritz.  Sarah was first female out of the swim in her wave, and did a super job all day. Sarah improves ever week, as she builds back to full fitness after some time away from the sport.

Neil S RR

Neil Scholes secured a 5th place finish in 70.3 Dublin. Coming from a background of 30 years marathon running Neil has worked diligently on his swim, and was in good company today right from the gun. Still work to be done, but we are on our way.

Gisela Reichmuth, her brother and her husband raced Flumserei Duathlon, placing 2nd overall team. A ‘fun in the sun’ race day, and a reminder that there are some super local races out there to enjoy 🙂

SarahKellerLeadFemaleWave2TopOfTheWorldTriathlon2015 RRSarah Keller exiting the water this weekend.

Congratulations to all athletes competing this weekend.


Training in Colombia

Training in Colombia

I recently spent 10 days in Colombia coaching my elite squad and working with my age group athletes. The age groupers were able to enjoy a more relaxed schedule; speaking about triathlon, planning their season, going through the approach to training and joining some sessions in the pool. I wish I had more time to do a couple of sessions with them, but it was a short trip with a tight schedule and included a road trip to Calima.

For my elite athletes; Juan Rubio and Brian Moya, it was more like a training camp. I say ‘like’ because Brian is recovering from a broken collarbone, which he injured two weeks ago in Peru.

I worked with Brian in his physiotherapy and we are working on building his fitness up on the turbo. He’ll be able to start doing aqua running soon and and maybe some single arm swimming depending on his recovery.

Andres12With the squad: Training with Juan and Mauricio. Rehab for Brian.

For Juan it was another story. He is healthy but for different reasons hasn’t had good results in his last couple of races. So we worked on his confidence through training and even though he had a National Cup on Sunday, we trained hard all week:

Tuesday morning a solid 25x400m on the track (leaving on 2 minutes), a swim at lunchtime and running again in the afternoon. Wednesday a 3-hour ride in the mountains followed by a 5km swim. Thursday he did a tempo set, 30x100m on 1:25 in a 50m pool. We finished the day with a ride in the afternoon.

We then travelled to Calima on Friday. Juan by plane and the coach doing it the hard way – 11 hours in the car! But he was able to take advantage of the early flight to do some light training, 20 minutes each discipline, before taking on the National Cup Triathlon. He did an excellent job finishing a close second (4-seconds back) and leading until 7km on the run.

Maybe you think this was not the ideal kind of race week preparation, but we’re looking for the big picture. You don’t have to be fresh and tuned up for every race, especially if you are coming into a big block of races. Maintaining the miles and the intensity during the block of non-target races is very important, as the next time you race fresh you will see the big improvements from having a solid foundation.

Andres13The squad racing over the past couple of weeks: 2nd for Juan at the National Cup, Alan 6th (Elite) and John 2nd at the Ciudad de Carmen duathlon. Can’t keep John off the podiums!

Back in Bogota, we worked on Juan’s swim technique and held meetings for all the federations and multidisciplinary groups that Colombia has for athletes. Informing them of Juan’s plans and explaining to them our training approach. Sometimes it can be frustrating as in Colombia we have the the talent and the training locations for our athletes to become strong at triathlon at the international level, but a lack of organisation at the sport’s grass roots holds us back from reaching our potential.

However, overall it was great trip and very nice to visit my athletes and family. A good chance to share stories with them and to see them race and train. The highlight for me was to return to that magic place, Calima. A lake surrounded by mountains where I’ve raced many times and shared good memories with my old friends.

Andres6Providing some motivation at the Simon Bolivar Aquatic Centre.

Great Results for TriCozumel Squad

Great Results for TriCozumel Squad

Alan Carrillo winning his first pro race – The Chetumal Blackout. (2km swim, 80km bike, 18km run)

Last weekend we had our first trip of the year as a full team: athletes and coaches on the same bus for a couple of days of racing with the best of the state of Quintana Roo, they call it the “Estatal”.

This Championship consists in trials of a 400 metres swim in the pool and a 1km run on the track. The junior athletes who are able to make the required times get to race the next day in the Duathlon for the 14-15 year-olds and an Aquathlon for 14-19 year-old age groups. The top 2-3 qualify to the “Olimpiada Nacional”, that is our National Games.

Andres_SquadCoaches diary: Photos from a very enjoyable weekend.

The TriCozumel junior athletes qualified with 9 out of 10 possibles times. In the Duathlon, Noe Cervera, in his first ever duathlon competition was first in the 14-15 category. In the same category, Diego Hernandez was 9th and Julio Tinal 10th in the Aquathlon. Well done.

For our older athletes like Alan Carrillo and Cesar Lopez, there is no Duathlon or Aquathlon but a full triathlon that will take place be next weekend in Merida. It is the first time that Cesar has made the two qualification times and so we hope that he will join Alan on the podium next week.

Diego and Julio have also made the qualifying times, so the team will be travelling again next Friday!

To finish on an even higher note – this weekend Alan won his first pro race! The Chetumal Blackout 100km. A long distance triathlon, consisting of a 2km swim, 80km bike and an 18km run.

It demonstrates how consistency is the key to results. Well done to everyone and enjoy your prize money Alan!

State Team

State selection trials. Some great results and going for more in Merida next week!

TriCozumel: A Big Start to 2015

TriCozumel: A Big Start to 2015

TriCozumel boys training at night. Getting plenty of support from the girls.

For some of our junior athletes this year there was no time for holidays because our goals for 2015 were scheduled early on in the season. The “Estatal” or State Championships in Cancun on the 23rd of January and the first major Triathlon and Aquathlon Championships on the 1st of February in Merida. Unfortunately, just two weeks ago the Estatal event was postponed by over one month. To take advantage of the training preparation already done, TriCozumel athlete Alan went to do the Elite Nationals Trials in Veracruz instead. He performed well against the older athletes and improved his PR by 25 seconds in the 5K to finish in 15:30.6. In the end he was only 0.7 seconds over the time he needs to represent Mexico internationally at the elite level.

Even though he didn’t make the time, we are proud of his hard work and we know that he has a big future competing as an Elite on the national calendar this year.

Andres CoachingOn deck at the pool doing some turbo training. Coach Sutton will be proud.

We will continue our preparation for the Estatal to qualify to the Olimpiada Nacional (National Olympics) where we hope to qualify even more athletes than last year. With the majority of our team only starting in the program in the summer of 2013, with many who did not even know how to swim at that time, that we now have so many who are ready to represent the State in triathlon is a major achievement. Well done team.

All the best to the squad in 2015 and best mechanical luck to Alvaro, Cesar and Alan competing at the Merida Triathlon this Sunday.

TriCozumel NewsCozumel athlete Alan Michell Carrillo in the news.

TriCozumel: A Busy Week of Racing

TriCozumel: A Busy Week of Racing

Alan and Cesar take first and second place in Cozumel’s duathlon.

Last week we had all kinds of competitions on the island:

First was the Cozumel Swimming Cup for kids and adults. For many of our younger athletes this was their first time in that kind of competition, so as a coach it was my responsibility to give them some confidence and push them a little bit to follow instructions and face their fears.

It was a great event with people coming from Cancun and Chetumal to socialize and see the progress of our TriCozumel and Tres Hermanos kids programs. Leading the way with many first places was Juan Diego, who to be fair has been swimming all his life but has found a great environment in our team to keep going. For Alan and Cesar it was an opportunity to see some swim improvements, especially in the long races where they could set a point of comparison and see their progress after working the whole year with me. Diego, who also was a swimmer before, was as happy to compete again as our first timers: Alvaro and Julio, who just a year ago didn’t know how to swim and now are really close to qualifying for next year’s Olimpiada Nacional with Diego, Alan and Cesar. So it was a great job by our future swim stars.

Andres8Taking first place. Junior athletes supporting their team-mates. Providing some on course encouragement.

On the weekend we also had a local duathlon with Alan placing first, even after dealing with an accident on the bike, and Cesar coming in a close second overall. Also there was a relay event where about 15 kids from the program were racing and all did really well.

Not included in the TriCozumel program but also under my coaching squad is Juan Sebastian Rubio from Colombia, who was racing during the week in the Juegos Bolivarianos where he got a Bronze medal in the sprint race and two silvers on the mixed and men’s relay.

Following with the results from my online athletes congratulations to Hugo for his first place at a local 10km. And I know this blog entry is late, but I want to congratulate Fernando, Fabio, Javier, Jorge and Danilo for finishing their first Ironman two weeks ago, it was a great experience to lead them during the process. Well done team.

So it as been a couple of good races and to close this year we have a 5km race and we hope the kids will be fast so everybody can eat a turkey for the holidays (the prize at the 5km Habanero is 100 turkeys!)

Andres10Juan Rubio wearing his medal with pride. The squad. Getting back into training after the races.