Colin at the finish line of IMTX with his boys.

Some big efforts by my athletes this weekend and I couldn’t be more proud.

Colin Raymond took on Ironman Texas this weekend as a practice race for his main Ironman in Maryland later this year. 2 days before the race Colin was feeling a bit unwell, but felt OK by the time the race came. Colin swam strong, unfortunately felt flat on the bike but still ploughed through and survived some pretty extreme heat/ humidity followed by a crazy hail storm on the run. He showed perseverance and never gave up despite obviously still feeling some affects from a possible stomach bug. He really did well to manage the conditions, time for a little rest Colin!

Lesley & Chris did a great job as a last minute decision to run a half marathon in Calgary on the weekend.

Lesley Tozer came back to me last July with a hamstring issue and struggled to run without pain for quite some time. Lesley has been very patient and diligent to stick with the plan of just easy runs with some short hill runs, nothing fast. Well it has paid off for her as she just ran a PB in the race! Good confidence boost for Victoria 70.3 next month!

Chris also did a fantastic job to run a solid 21 km at the end of a bug week and finish 3rd in his category! Way to go guys!

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

Mauro Ironman_VichyGood hit-out for Mauro Baertsch at Ironman Texas.

Mauro Baertsch had a solid race at Ironman Texas, finishing 15th pro. Mauro had a good swim and a run, but was missing some bike power in a very deep field. Solid race, which we can build-on. Well done!

Roberto_C_RecapRoberto Cagnati taking a well deserved rest after his effort.

Roberto Cagnati finished a 3 weeks work trip to the US with an exceptional good race, also coming Top-20 in his age group! To his disadvantage, it was a non-wetsuit swim. But once he had road under his legs, he hit pedals and pace hard and eat his way through the fiel. He finished with a very strong 3:31h run under extreme hot conditions.

Andrea_Texas_RecapGreat performance by Andrea also!

Roberto’s wife Andrea also did exceptionally well. Even thunderstorms could not stop her. Both, Andrea and Roberto attended our Mallorca camp earlier this year and now backed up the great training there with 2 very great results. Happy to see the hard work paying off!

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Kiera_T_RecapRunner’s Up at British AG Sprint Championships for Keira Tippett.

Kiera Tippett continued her progression this season by putting in a great performance at the British Age Group Sprint Triathlon Champs by coming 2nd and picking up a Silver in the U20 category. Working hard over the last couple of months Kiera has pulled her season back around after a challenging winter. Only being 2 weeks away from the European Champs she is coming into some great form.

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Oliver_Saxon5 minute PR for Oliver Saxon.

Oliver Saxon emerged from the cold and rainy Northern England winter fitter than ever to run a personal best at the North Lincs Half Marathon. All of the treadmill and turbo sessions paid off as Ollie set a new personal record by over 5 minutes.

Ollie wrote:

Set off and ran on feel. Not looking at the watch just tried to keep it strong but comfortable for the first half… Last couple of miles just went for it. Hit a massive steep hill over the motorway with 1k to go, down the other side went full gas and sprinted as hard as I could to the finish.

I knew the training was working but this has given me so much belief in myself and motivation to be more consistent.

Tip of the iceberg for Ollie. Looking forward to seeing what you do in your triathlons this summer!

Logan_C_Mateo recapLogan Cunningham with her parents.

UCSB triathlete, Logan Cunningham, traveled to race with her family at the Columbia Triathlon, a classic early season East Coast event. Logie crushed it with solid efforts across the disciplines to win the 19 and under group and place 4th woman overall. This race reinforces Logie’s breakthrough race at Collegiate Nationals and proves that Loganberry is on track for a massive season at USAT National Championships and ITU World Championships.

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Stefano_IMTexasStefano Matalucci did a great job at Texas.

IM Texas: Stefano Matalucci, 10:31 with a very good bike, during the marathon the race was interrupted for 20’ because of a severe storm. This of course had big impact of the marathon, Stefano did the best he could to finish strong, happy with that.

Granfondo New York: Anna Pasquini lives at NY and did the 50miles Granfondo to prepare the upcoming triathlon season with 70.3 and IM later on.

Half Candia: Alina Losurdo, in preparation for her frist Ironman distance race, the Challenge Venezia 5th June, raced well in 4:58.40,  2nd 30-34. We are ready!

Diego Ludovici finished strong on 4th place 35-39 in 4:13.02.

Sardinia, olympic distance for Massimo Argiolas in preparation for the National Italian Champs on half distance next sunday: 2:25.47 and 2nd 45-49.

Very happy with all the results 🙂

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Mark Watt and Minsok Pak raced at IM Texas.  Both suffered in the conditions, but both had some good things to take away from the experience.

Minsok, in the past two months, relocated offices and home to another country, and spent much of the traveling with his corporate role, working out in hotel gyms throughout Europe, and Asia. So did great to do as well as he did. Was always going to be a big question if he could pull it off, but did exceptional given the circumstances.

Mark Watt, surprised me with his swim and bike, having recently had a back injury that had bothered him much of the last 6 weeks. He then toughed it out on the run in the awful weather conditions, that made an existing nerve issue even more troublesome, and showed he is one tough guy. A gritty display rewarded with a qualification for the Hawaii World Championships with a second in his AG XC category.

Both Mark and Minsok, both showing that despite very consuming corporate roles, they are enjoying the sport for the right reasons – to be the best they can be, and enhance their life.

Andrea Rudin ran close to her PR in a local 10 mile race, a nice training race for this summers events.

Finally, congratulations also to Steve Pressman, who has also done a great job to qualify for Kona in the XC Category.

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

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