11th career Ironman Victory for Mary Beth Ellis. Photo: Ironman Mt Tremblant

This weekend saw Nicola Spirig courageously defending her Olympic title for a remarkable Silver medal. I will leave my thoughts on her performance for a separate article as we do not want to overshadow what was a terrific all-round weekend of racing.

I would like to highlight the Honey Badger, who again backed up her great ‘return from Lyme disease’ race at Ironman Maastricht with another stunning bike split to defend her Championship at Ironman Mont Tremblant and secure her Kona spot. Great job Mary Beth. The Ironman victory count starting to inch passed some of the all time greats.

Julie_LausanneSwiss U23 Champion: Julie Derron. Photo credit: Triathlon de Lausanne

Julie Derron backed up her 4th in the World University Championship with a dominant performance in the Lausanne Pro League race, which also served as the Swiss U23 Championships. Julie emphatically took both titles.

Jane Fardell surprised herself with a great effort to take a Kona spot with an 8th overall and 2nd in her AG at Mont Tremblant.

Jane Hansom raced on the weekend came 4th overall and first in category in Scotland at the Aberfeldy Middle Distance Tri (half IM distance).

Finally, Yannis Theodoropoulos taking on the Monster Racing Standard showed great progress to negative split the bike and show continued improvement on the run.

Well done to all on what was a very inspiring weekend.

Race Recap from Coach Mathias Hecht

Georgina_IMSweden4th female overall and Kona qualifier at Ironman Sweden: Georgina Gadient. 

Georgina Gadient was on the start line at Ironman Sweden. She had a rough 8 weeks in June/July where a stress fracture in her foot kept her from running, so we focused on swim and bike and she was only back running for three weeks now.

I am super proud of her. She dominated her age group and finished 4th woman overall. She was only 30 seconds slower than the 3rd Pro Girl and she got her Kona slot of course!

Her race recap:

I made sure I started in a good wave with the faster swimmers than me so I could get a good water draft. it was hard to see the buoys as it was very fogy and there were a lot of turns. I broke the 1h05mins mark which I am super happy with!!!

On the bike I couldnt believe myself how good I was going. It was a very fair race I think as there were referees there all the time. I was out there by myself for most of the course. Our new nutrition plan worked out very well and I didnt have to fight with muscle cramps this time.

At the end the run. My foot hurt less when I went a bit faster as the ground contact is shorter. In the last 10km I felt the lack of run miles last 3 months, but I couldnt be more happy with my 3h23mins run split as this is only 6minutes slower then my marathon best time from Berlin. Off to Kona :-)))

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

VViness_CopenhagenVinny Vinnes 1 hour PB at Ironman Copenhagen. Photo credit: Anne Jenson.

Desperate to succeed Vinny Vinnes put a great race together at Ironman Copenhagen. A busy work schedule and a slight head cold did not slow him down on Sunday, he did a PB by over 1 hour to go 9 hours 53 minutes 22 seconds! There is no stopping Vinny who now heads to Australia for 70.3 World Championships!

Graeme Stewart went to the Scottish Half Distance Championships and put behind him the problems he has had at previous races and came 2nd in the pro men’s race. Now Graeme will get ready for 1 more race before his baby arrives.

Kate Bevilaqua got straight back to work after a disappointing Vineman and won Emmett’s Most Excellent Olympic distance in preparation for 70.3 Bintan this weekend!

John Stapleton raced 70.3 Dublin last weekend, John had a very strong swim, bike and almost got the whole run in without the cramps he tends to get. John is training really well and with his full time job, we will conquer those cramps soon.

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Daz_Monster_MiddleDaz Parker 2nd Female at the Monster Middle.

Daz Parker competed in the Monster Middle event in Ely this weekend. Daz was trying to back her performance up from a couple of weeks back when she came 2nd so the pressure was on. She hit the swim full of confidence as her training has been going very well and she’s feeling stronger all the time. Daz wanted to make a good impact on her PB which she did, exiting the water in 30.16, out of T1. Onto the bike she pushed hard in bad conditions, it was very windy and hard to maintain consistaincy, but she pulled through to come into T2 in very good shape to finish on the podium. On the run and Daz still had work to do but dug deep and pushed on to cross the line 2nd female on the day, what a great result!

KHickson_CotswaldA one hour PB for Kerry Hickson at the Cotswold Classic!

Kerry Hickson competed in the Cotswold Classic this weekend and was gunning for a PB. Kerry’s only been with me for a short time but in that time we have put in some very good work. She had a great swim and pushed the pace all the way round exiting the water 9th female in a time of 30.17, 4mins up on last year which is amazing! On the bike Kerry put in a soild turn and then feeling on fire for the final run leg, she worked hard and stayed strong to the finish crossing the line in 5hrs 39min smashing her PB by 1 hour! Absolute credit to the hard work you have put Kerry, well done.

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Ana_CopenhagenA huge PB by Ana at Ironman Copenhagen.

Great result by Ana in Ironman Copenhagen, she surprised me and herself. A massive PB by almost an hour and PB in all 3 disciplines. She has improved her bike compared with Roth by 45 min only after 6 months of training, she also recorded swim and run PBs and it was 3rd run split in her very competitive AG.  Sub 11 hrs in second Ironman, a very happy Coach! Congratulations Ana!!!

Berenguel-anter, Ana ESP 8 655 01:12:52 05:43:22 03:40:01 10:49:32

From Ana’s race recap:

I am stunned. I went to the race thinking these 3 mantras/sentences as you told me: “be calm, stay focused, and let the body surprise you” and it did really surprised me! There was this power coming out of my body that I had no idea where it was coming from!  I was cycling at 32kmph and sometimes even faster and it seemed sooo effortless. I had to switch on my watch computer as I did not believe that the speed was right!:) While I was running I felt strong most of the time and it was just so amazing overtaking all those people.  Coming from 23 position on the bike to 8 after the run felt almost effortless. I finished and I cried from inspiration!

It was an amazing day. I am still wondering how did we manage to get this result with so few long sessions!:)) Again thank you sooo much for the great training you have designed for me!

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

Rob_CagnatiTop 5 and Kona qualification for Roberto Cagnati at Ironman Coer d’Alene.

Another great weekend for my athletes. Either we do something right, or I’m a very lucky coach!

Roberto Cagnati had the race of his life at Ironman Coer d’Alene. He just did fantastic and finished 4th in his age group and 12th overall. And this way he directly qualified for a Kona slot! Big congrats. Great stuff!

Viola_FreyDominique Chasson, Viola Frey took the overall win at the Tortour Team Challenge.

Together with Dominique Chasson, Viola Frey took the overall win at the Tortour Team Challenge. A cycling race over more than 400km. The girls did fantastic, leading the race from the very beginning and winning by a huge margin. Not sure, who was more tired after that race: Viola and Dominique or their support crew. But at the awards the other day, the girls looked more like they just had a wellness weekend rather than just coming out of the most grueling races Switzerland has to offer.

Sabrina_StadelmannAnother podium for Sabrina at Lausanne.

Sabrina Stadelmann won another podium spot! This time she got 2nd overall at the Lausanne Sprint Triathlon. Very happy with her performance. We didn’t taper for the race but wanted another race stimulus before Ironman 70.3 Vichy next week. Well done, all on a good way!

Peter_Seidel_Nordhausen Top-5 result at the ICAN Nordhausen for Peter Seidel.

And finally, Peter Seidel had another good race and Top-5 result at the ICAN Nordhausen half distance race in Germany. Solid performances in all three disciplines earned him a top spot but he was just not fresh enough, to defend his title. But he gave his best on that day and that is all what you can ask for! Very well done!

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

Theresa_IMSwedenTheresa collecting her Age Group Win & Kona spot at Ironman Sweden:-)

Well it was a weekend of ups & downs for my athletes & I’m am extremely proud of all of them.

First Theresa Abbott, who I call “Tough as nails Theresa” stood up to her name. She had a whirlwind of misfortune this last 4 weeks that for many others, would not have ended well with an Ironman at the end of it!

4 weeks ago Theresa picked up a nasty virus in Lanzorote which sucked every bit of life out of her. We did our best to manage energy levels and be smart with her training. Just as she was coming around in the final weeks to Ironman Sweden she had a heel blister that developed into a full blown infection. The main thing was not over-stressing the body while keeping positive for Sweden coming up around the bend. There is no doubt Theresa would have lost a bit of strength having to back off quite a bit the month leading out so we really focused on her doing what she does best and just staying mentally tough on the day & remembering the work she had done all year! We also did our best to make sure all the other details were covered to give her her best shot in finishing the race strong. Well to no surprise Theresa kept her head on all day and just focused on getting the the finish line the fastest way she could & ending up winning her Age by a mere 53 seconds! She came off the bike with a huge lead but there was a little pocket rocket coming running like an animal for her age! Theresa got word 2km before the finish that she was coming and was 2 min back. Theresa completely shattered already in a speed walk responded and ran her fasted split in that last 2 km to take the win- it was an incredible victory and I’m just so proud of her! To top this off she improved in all 3 disciplines compared to last year with a 45 min PB on the same course. See you in Kona Theresa!

Kendell_AppleTriKendell out of the run at the Iconic Kelowna Apple Triathlon.

Kendell Prichard, a busy working mom decided this year to end her summer with the hilly Kelowna Apple Triathlon which also happens to be the BC provincial championships. I’ve done this course a few times I can can honestly say it tough and competitive. With low volume of training we have been working most of the year getting her bike stronger and it showed in Kelowna. She had a very strong bike on that course & had one of her best bikes in an OD and got off the bike to run the fastest run in her Age to round out the podium in 3rd! We have set a great foundation to target an Ironman next year!

Gary_MullenGary rockin’ the Trisutto kit.

Gary Mullen’s took on Ironman Coeur d’Alene this weekend as his 2nd go at the distance. Gary came on board just 3 months ago and has been extremely consistent with his training. He was set up to have a great race.  He came out with a fantastic swim, 10 min quicker than his last Ironman, felt strong on the bike until a little hiccup halfway, he dealt with it well and just kept plugging away! The hills were big, the wind was strong and it heated up to over 30 degrees by the time he hit the run course. No matter how much someone prepares, these conditions can take their toll on any athlete, especially one newer to the distance. He practised his race nutrition in training and it all worked fantastic but unfortunately on the day his stomach just wasn’t agreeing even though he had the strength in his legs. Gary showed grit and determination and just kept plugging away despite his adversity. He still managed a 20 min PB at the distance and showed he has the work ethic and the mental strength to be great at this distance.

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Italy ManEmanuele Mutti, 2nd place cat M25-29 ItalyMan k113

Here the results from past weekend races:

Italy Man k113 (half distance) – Lecco – Italy:

  • Emanuele Mutti, for the first time placed on the podium of his age group! he was 2nd M25-29 in 5:17.55
  • Stefano Pavan did this race as a preparation for upcoming IM Barcelona and placed 4th M45-49 in 5:39.29

Engadin Sommerlauf – St.Moritz – Switzerland:

After a long stop from training and racing due to private problems, Mery Bernasconi and Michele Silvan enjoyed the 25km of running on the amazing trails of st. Moritz. Mery finished in 2:29.39 and Michele in 1:48.12. Slowly building up again!

Olympic distance triathlon St. Petersburg (Russia):

Martina Dogana did this first edition to compete together with friends in a very new location during her little season break. She was able to win the race and now she will get back to preparation for the next races: 70.3 Lanzarote, Challenge Forte Village, 70.3 Phuket!

Vivo Bike Tour – Piacenza – Italy:

A 3-day bike stage race for Patrizia Dorsi and her husband Gustavo Lodi! As last year, Patty was bale to win the female race after battling it out for 3 days. For Gustavo it was a nice training for his next half distance triathlon.

Well done all!

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Mirjam, 2nd place at Challenge SamorinMirjam, 2nd place at Challenge Samorin.

Was very pleased to see Mirjam Weerd rock up and complete a decent little training race over the half ironman distance at Challenge Samorin on Sunday.  Mirjam raced solidly across all 3 disciplines and finished on the podium in 2nd place. Congrats 🙂

Sandra Gisin lined up this weekend for a challenging and hilly sprint distance race in Lausanne. Sandra’s hard work in the pool is starting to pay dividends as she continues to climb the rankings in both her swim and overall with each race. This week a satisfying 8th place category finish in the largest field she has raced so far.

Ingrid Kidd won herself a Silver medal at the the Scottish 100 mile Time Trial champs this weekend and said it was the toughest race she has ever done! In strong cross winds, and despite her self-confessed ‘nutter tactics’  (as fast as she could from the gun! ) Ingrid finished in an impressive time of 4 hour 34 mins and a little bit of prize money to boot 🙂

Mirjam, Sandra and Ingrid will each line up for another round of races next weekend!

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Gisela_AllgauAnother category win for Gisela.

Gisela Reichmuth did me proud once again this week, winning her category at the Allgäu Sprint triathlon by 13 minutes. This summer is about local fun races, with a late season Ironman still to come in a warm weather destination. Chapeau.

ScottMcGrathIMTremblantRunFirst Ironman for Scott McGrath! Congratulations.

Mark Watt and Scott McGrath both raced in Ironman Tremblant. Mark is based in San Francisco and Scott in New York, and on a cold and wet weather day, both finished just an amazing 2 minutes apart! This is Scott’s first Ironman, and Scott, ‘You are an Ironman’. Congratulations. After a recovery week for Mark, we will set our sights on the big dance in Kona, Hawaii.

Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.

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