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A Texas Sized Problem

Competitors at IM Texas last weekend. 

As a young man in the 70s I played a sport that was rising in numbers, influence and global popularity. It seemed every town was putting in facilities to accommodate players – and each month were new tournaments, sponsors and prize money for the taking.

Up until the 80s and early 90s it was regularly televised on major networks. The British Open witnessing 3,000 seat sell outs at Wembley Stadium. Former world champion, Janser Khan, reminiscing of the 80s:

“People used to come from all over the world to watch the semis and final. When I was playing my last Open they were selling tickets on the black market for over £100.”

That sport was Squash. Whose sad decline now serves as a prescient reminder as I’m consulted on options for converting disused courts into triathlon gyms.

Ironman Texas

I have long written about the very real problem of triathlon being run as a business by people who either do not understand, or care, about the sport they are supposed to be the custodians of.

Forget the humiliating spectacle of Ironman ratifying new ‘World Records’ in Texas which, the event’s own organisers admit, were short. And not 100m or 200m short. MILES short.

The decision to placate the age groupers and pros bent on recording ‘fast times’ is not surprising. It is only the latest in a series of absurdities that I hope is now brought to a head among the mainstream triathlon public.

As it has to stop, otherwise our sport, like Squash and others which have been run with no forethought, will disappear.

Not the Athletes Fault

This will be a recurring theme over the next weeks, months and then into Kona. So let me address it now.

One cannot blame female professional athletes, who are probably riding stronger than most of the males, if they get swept up in a pack of 50 and keep riding. It’s not their intention to draft, but the course architecture and letting the age group men start on top of them with wetsuits are decisions that are completely out of their hands – and totally reversible by the powers that be.

Similarly with the large groups of competitive age group men. They are there and have paid significant money to race. Not just participate. They deserve their chance and shouldn’t be expected to stop every three minutes. It is at core a structural problem, not a moral one, whose problems and arguments are well detailed here.

Fast Times

One of the silver linings from Texas is the corrosive trend towards manipulating courses for ‘Personal Bests’ has now hit the point where they will be viewed, quite correctly, as meaningless.

2017 Ironman Texas Male AG Bike splits:

  • 1 under 4:30
  • 9 under 4:40
  • 29 under 4:50
  • 78 under 5:00

2018 Ironman Texas Male AG Bike splits:

  • 63 under 4:30
  • 178 under 4:40
  • 277 under 4:50
  • 345 under 5:00

The trend towards getting a PB or fast time at Iron distance is a destructive one and serves no purpose in our sport.

Real ‘Iron’ men and women need to forget the faster time mentality and get what the sport is. The harder the course, the more difficult the conditions, the more individual the journey of self discovery – the more honour there is in one’s training and racing. That IS what the sport is about. The tougher and more authentic courses deserve the prestige that is now wasted on the IM Brazil, Florida, Texas’es of the circuit – which should be ignored by all serious athletes.

Here is Triathlete Magazine’s rundown on the history of the ‘North American Championship’. Which also wasn’t covered on live feed as other Championships are.

In 2015, the race saw a large number of DNFs from heat and humidity. In 2016, county officials pulled approval of the bike course 75 days before the event due to resident outrage. The new route was partially washed out by storms, shortening the bike route to 94 miles… In 2017, it looked like the race wouldn’t happen at all. And then, somehow, it did. But 2018 has outdone itself on the drama scale, with an event mired in more controversy and chaos than ever before.

And I’m often asked, ‘Sutto, why do they keep putting the race there?’ Very simple. Money, monopoly and a completely short sighted view. They know they’ll lose the dissatisfied longer term athletes, but for now also know that they can be replaced with the new ones who don’t know any better. Well that strategy won’t last for long. **Which I suspect they also know, but view as a problem for the next owners.

There is a serious need now to come up with innovation and a cultural shift for the long term future of the sport. Where courses and events are chosen on the merits of the race and not brand or ‘chance to get to Kona’ – which is now experiencing its own problems. The explosion of weak, poorly marshalled events by Ironman and the Challenge brands – based on a ‘whoever will pay’ doctrine is a short term strategy that will have dire longer term implications.

With every arm of the putting safety, people’s expectations, the sport’s integrity and fairness to the back of the list – and subservient to the following questions:

‘How much can the host pay?’
‘How many athletes can we fit on the course?’
‘How much can we gauge our participants for the privilege?’

The only way to improve it is by people voting with their feet and racing elsewhere. As athletes or people who love the sport we have to start and stand for something. The good news is the sport is growing as part of a world wide trend towards endurance events, and there are other options.

Join Trisutto Head Coach Brett Sutton at training Camp in Melbourne in May, and St.Moritz in June/July, 2018.


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…

Finishing the year on top

Finishing the year on top

Finishing the year in style with an overall Cyclocross win – well done Rebecca!

Over the last two weekends a large number of my athletes did local runs as a little form check after the first few weeks of training for the new season.

Rebecca Fondermann joined me in October after a long forced rest due to a severe surgery in summer. After some months of recovery we started the training again in October. We are still very carefull with the volume she is doing. She is a top agegroup athlete with some overall top 10 results in Ironman and 70.3 racing over the past few years. The goal is to built back her performance carefully and step by step now. The 10km run in Bonn was just a first test how far we have got in the past 9 weeks. She exceeded our expectations by far with a 42min 10km run and an overall podium (3rd place) in the first serious test! That is in fact just 3min away from her personal best after just 9 weeks of carefull training. I am very excited to see her further improvement in the months to come!

After last weeks success, this weekend Rebecca surprised again and took the overall win in the last race of the NRW Cyclocross Series in Pulheim! Rebecca is getting back in big steps and this is just the beginning ;-).

Nora Koss also joined me in the beginning of October. She did a local 10km run in Berlin as well and finished the race in 6th place overall just 2min behind the leader. It was a very muddy trail run and she just had run specialists in front of her. With the extreme difficult surface her 44min finish was really surprisingly strong!

Hardy Wiedemann did the last 10km run of a local 10km run series last sunday and once again had a great run improving his pb on that course by 20s! This time he finished 2nd in his agegroup but since he won all the other races the series win in his agegroup could not be taken away from him! He finished after 38:25min in the 10,4km ‘Lauf’am Lech’

In addition I had six athletes running the ‘Züricher Silvesterlauf’ a week last Sunday. The conditions were very special with a lot of snow in the morning and rain just before the race start. It was cold, slippery and wet with nearly knee deep puddles on the course. Nevertheless it was a great training for Cornelia Stähli (9th in the F30 AG), Cornelia Dürrer (41st in the F30 AG), Marco Schönmann (93rd in the M30AG), Florian Blumenthal (69th in the M30 AG), Marc Haller (309th in the M40 AG) and Christoph Zech (44th in the M40 AG)! All did very well without risking anything and the finishing times really do not matter very much under these conditions.

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

National Champion! Congratulations Gustavo.

Gustavo Beathyate has been slowly getting back to swim/bike/run after a season break, but decided to head into the open water and race the Peru Open Water Championships a go as a solid training day. After it was all said and done, we now have a Masters Open Water National Champion in the squad! Congrats on a very solid effort and setting the tone towards a great 2018, Gustavo! Proud Coach!

Victory for Mark’s team in Arizona.

Mark Miller took part in a 12 Hour Team MTB race in Arizona this past weekend. The team produced some better than thought laps and put together a great race, coming away with the victory! Special props to Mark for setting some all time best power outputs in this race! This is showing the training is moving forward and we have lots to look to in 2018! Great work Mark, and team!

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Ashton Prejean raced the Dallas Half-Marathon claiming 7th in his age group, 47th overall, and running his best time for the distance since we began working together. Ashton followed his pacing plan, descended his effort, and outran a group of about 15 athletes that he had marked, stalked, and summarily dispatched over the final 5K. Ashton clocked a 1:26:34 and is right on track for the Houston Marathon in 5 weeks. Keep it up Ashton!

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

Congratulations Nini!

I am very please with Nini Ruttanaporn’s final race of the year; another terrific all round performance at home in Thailand. It has been a great 3 months for Nini with the training and racing all coming together…, after she started to believe in the program. A trip Downunder awaits…

Race Recap from Coach Harald Fritz:

Sebastian was only beaten by a pro on the bike…

It is a real pleasure working together with athletes like Sebastian. 100% dedication, 100% sticking to the plan. 2 weeks after qualifying for the 70.3 WC in South africa, now 2nd place with new PBs and the second fastest bike split!.


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Fearless Racing

Fearless Racing

Melanie overcomes the tough conditions at Ironman Western Australia with a smile.

This weekend, I had Melanie Baumann racing in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Western Australia. After racing Hawaii in October, Melanie was still keen to race and therefore we decided to give it a go again at IM WA. Unfortunately the swim got cancelled due to a fish with very shark teeth!
The race was a brutal one even though the swim got cancelled, it was very hot, 35 degrees and very dry. Melanie struggled with many issues and she probably got a heat stroke! It was a day of a lot of throwing up and having to stop at every aid station from midway on the bike to cool herself down. But Melanie kept going and ended up in 2nd place in her age group (35-39)! She was 12th overall! She rode 5:11 and ran 3:36. Melanie just never ever gave up, very impressive…
Melanie did get a slot for Hawaii but she didn’t take it. Now it’s time for a well deserved little down time!

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

A duathlon beckons at IMWA and Els is first off the mark. Photo Credit: Paparazzi on the run

Els Visser travelled to Busselton where she took on her first race in a Professional field at Ironman Western Australia. After the race was dramatically reduced to a duathlon (due to sharks on the swim course), Els led off the Professional women in the Time Trial format.  A great experience to lead the race through the first few time checks, Els rode without fear and put in a terrific effort. Somewhat underdone for the run we then saw a spectacular blow up leading to a humbling final run lap. Despite this, we take away a lot of positives from this performance. Well done Els, a courageous debut.

Keep cranking Jane, the finish line is in sight!

Jane Loughnan was back at ’em this week firstly with a midweek swim/run race followed by another all out effort hill climb TT on the weekend with the Wellington Masters Cycling Club. Am very happy to see Jane getting her teeth stuck in at all the races again having overcome many challenges in the past year. Onwards and Upwards!

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Finishing with a smile –  an encouraging Ironman debut for Magnus

Last weekend both Magnus Grimeland and Tim Marbach did races in Australia. Both of them started with triathlon training just this Summer and joined me only ten weeks ago.
For Tim the 70.3 Western Australia was his first ever 70.3 race. He was a leisure runner before he started to train for triathlons this summer. Unfortunaltely the swim had to be cancelled due to a shark that had been spotted on the swim course. Tim showed an impressive race nevertheless. His bike split of 2:39 is remarkable if you have in mind that he did no bike training at all before this summer. He also had a good half Marathon off the bike and finished his first 70.3 after 4hrs38min on the 24th (out of 66) place in his agegroup. This is a great result for the first ever 70.3 race!

Magnus already did his first Ironman in Busselton after just some months of bike training. His goal was to ‘just finish the first Ironman’ but he did way more than ‘just finish’. The swim was canceled as well for the same reason as in the 70.3 race. His bike split of 5hrs 53min is also remarkable for someone who has just some months of bike training in the legs! Unfortunately Magnus seriously overate on the bike because he assumed that the gels handed out contained half of the ammount of carbs they actually did. This lead to serious stomach issues and 8 toilet stops on the run. Nevetheless he finished his first Ironman with a 4:30 marathon in 55th (of 134) place in his agegroup. Next time we will make sure to solve the nutrition issue to improve a lot on this already very impressive first time performance! His finishing time was 10hrs49min. Even with a swim it would have been a first time finish just over 12hrs after just some months of triathlon specific training.

Perla Gonzales did her second 5km run after being back from overtraining. She ran as fast as 3 weeks ago and finished the run after 23min in first place of her agegroup and 7th place overall. With some more patience Perla will continue to not just built back her run strength over the next weeks and months but also get better as a complete triathlete!

Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:

Top step for Gustavo!

Congratulations Gustavo Gennari. (Age group 40/45) He finished in first place at Ironman 70.3 Cartagena; Colombia and got his spot to the World Championship 2018.

Race Recap from Coach Ricardo Borges:

Roberto excited and ready for a big race at Challenge Florianópolis!

We are closing the 2017 season with a couple of races. Daniela Zoca raced the Volta da Pampulha, a 18 km run, and took down 15 seconds/ km from her running pace on previous 15 km races. And Roberto Maruoka raced the Challenge Florianópolis (70.3), with a PB on the swim and also on the the bike, closing the race with the second best run of his age group, taking almost 40 minutes of his time on this race on 2015. Now it’s time to sit down and plan the 2018 season

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Blaine, pumping iron with his hardware.

Blaine Egain has been mixing it up in his training this fall with kickboxing and strength training to keep things fresh and fun for a short block before we get back to work on qualifying for Kona. We’ve placed an emphasis on his run, trail running, and hill strength. All that work showed this weekend in the Peacock Gap Trail Half-Marathon. Blaine was in a battle for the podium and charged his way through the final miles of the run to claim second overall on the day. It was a great run for Blaine and just the start of his off-road winter racing campaign. Keep it up Blaine!

Bex Fink raced a massive personal best at the California International Marathon, improving her mark by nearly fifteen minutes. Bex also shattered the 4 hour barrier, going 3:53:45. She paced the race brilliantly, finished strong, and is ready to start working on going under the 3:45:– barrier to qualify for London and Chicago. Fantastic effort Bex!

Ollie Saxon raced the Nottingham Christmas Marathon despite battling a parasitic infection during the past month. Until the illness, Ollie was checking every box in his preparation. Ollie raced on pace and plan to perfection through 18.5 miles. And then, as Ollie wrote, “the lights went out”. Ollie took on this race with heart and grit. When the lights went out, he soldiered on. Ollie completed his first marathon at a walk/shuffle, and declared it, “The hardest thing I’ve ever done. I was not giving up and quitting.” It’s races like these that reveal an athlete’s character. Ollie did himself, his family, and this coach proud. Well done Ollie.

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Piotr training in Gran Canaria 2 weeks before the race.

After a very successful 70.3 season Piotr asked me if we can pull out one more performance.  This time he had in mind an Ironman.  The key to answering the question was how he was recovering form last 70.3.  He bounced back very quickly so we decided to go for the last race of the year IM Argentina.  With only 10 weeks to get ready it was a big ask for both of us but with constant communication and careful management of workload and recovery I was confident he was capable of a strong performance.  Piotr didn’t disappoint, after a very strong swim which didn’t tire him at all he jumped on the bike and started progressing through the field finishing the bike on 7th place in his AG.  Running after such a strong bike wasn’t easy but he had he training in his legs and he was going very well.  A marathon tome of 3:25 was good for 8th in his AG and the finishing time of 9:36.  He was only one place away from securing the illusive Kona slot but if he was one month ‘wiser’ he would have finished 2nd in his new AG 🙂
I’m very happy with his progress over this year and I’m sure he will continue improving in years to come.  I’m very happy with his race, how he approached it and the execution.  He gave it all and if there is nothing left on the finish line and you haven’t make any major mistakes you have to be happy with the race whatever the final placing happens to be.
A short message from Piotr just after the race said it all: ‘All day I felt well, I ate and hydrated per the plan we agreed, I was in control till the end. Thank you coach, we keep fighting!’
Massive congratulations from Happy Coach and entire Trisutto team!


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Bike for Show, Run for Dough!

A superb come from behind win for Lisa Roberts in Cozumel. Photo Credit 

Lisa Roberts continued her amazing season capturing her 3rd Ironman title in Cozumel. This fall Lisa has been on fire nabbing a title in September, October, and now November. Lisa executed a smart swim and bike that left her with some work to do on the run. But as the others faded, Lisa hunted them down like a patient assassin. Lisa battled her way to lead by the final lap of the run and never looked back taking the win in record time. Lisa put a cherry on top of her stellar season and her Trisutto coaches are proud of her amazing success.

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

A good run by Johnnie in Bahrain.

Saturday I had Jonathan Ciavattella racing 70.3 Bahrain. We just wanted to see at which point we are and what better to do that than racing against a world class field! Johnnie placed 19. ProM in 4:05.24, after a good swim in middle of the first pack, he tried to keep up with the strong cyclists around, but we are not there yet, power lacking! The run effort was good! So now we have a lot of time (and work) ahead to get this sorted. Both very motivated for the new season. Bring it on!!

Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:

Rahel takes on the big hitters in Bahrain!

Rahel Bellinga raced the 70.3 Bahrain in the pro category. After a crash this summer left her with a few broken ribs she knew time was too short to have a great race while facing the best of the triworld battling it out. When the racelegs seemed to have been stranded somewhere between loosing the bike and sleepless in Bahrain city the days leading up to the race, being painfree and racing without issues was the biggest achievement of the day. Rahel now has gotten rid of the the jitters and can have the patience to work on a solid built up to do an Ironman or Challenge somewhere next year! Well done Rahel, from here we built further! Every stone is one to work with.

Overcoming the heat and humidity in Cozumel, well done Cecile!

Cecile Amstad raced at Ironman Cozumel last weekend. She loves to race in hot conditions and that is what she got! Even though the current helped her with a superfast 55 minute swim her almost 20 minutes pb showed a big step forward even if there hadnt been a current. On the bike Cecile was able to push well without actually getting tired. Another pb there! The run was a slightly different story with a tight calf cramping up. But on a supertough hot day in a marathon that wasnt too short she was only 2 minutes slower then her previous ironman. Overall a great permformance finishing in a new pb of 10.44 hours Cecile showed that with consistent training and hard work you can become a better athlete! Well done Cecile and congrats on a great race!

Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:

Congratulations Patty, a great win at 70.3 Fortaleza. Photo Credit: Talita Saab

Patricia got her third 70.3 title in the year and great performance to finish the year with gold key. The race begins with a very hard swim course with a lot of waves It’s followed by a single loop bike with a very dangerous course too.The run course follows the palm tree-lined streets of Fortaleza, offering breathtaking seaside views. However athletes had a harder tipical sun from north of Brazil. She is very exiciting with her great 2017 improviment and start looking forward 2018.

Race Recap from Coach Melanie Mitchell:

Laura wins her AG and earns herself a Kona Qualification – Congratulations!

Age group athlete Laura Nadeau, absolute legend and amazing mum of 2 competed and won 30-34 age category 70.3 Phuket Ironman 70.3 this weekend. After Laura’s confidence building 70.3 World championships result, she was KEEN to race again, on reflection of her worlds race Laura felt she could of pushed a little harder, and with such a confidence building result considering her short time in the sport (less then 12 months) Laura’s motivation went to a whole knew level as with her drive and commitment to the task ahead of her of improving her swim!
Going into Phuket 70.3 I had no doubt Laura was ready, she had done all the work I had asked of her and she was just fired up and ready to go. . this girl is a real racer, Being her coach I can strongly resonate with Laura as an athlete, as Sutto could attest to, Laura was like a cage fighter,  let me at em!!  There were a few text messages to tell her to race hard but controlled.
There was nothing sweeter then seeing her swim time on the athlete tracker, then see her hit the lead on the bike. It was a steep 22%  and technical bike course which made her nervous as it was wet which made for slippery roads. I gave the advice of, work the hills and take the down hill easy.  The run she was either going to set a new half marathon PB or blow up spectacularly. Either way it would be all in the learning process for her. When my athlete tracker dropped out at 8.2km and she had run through at 35mins my heart stopped for a minute and i thought, oh no LAURA!!!  When I picked it back up at 16km she was still holding 1st place and moving at a great pace. PHEW!
Laura finished with a PR and a new half marathon PB. 1.32…. Only a few weeks ago Laura ran a half marathon and did 1.34. Laura’s goal was to earn a Kona slot and she did it!  Well done Laura!!

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

A huge PB for David in Cozumel! Congratulations!

Congratulations to David on his fantastic performance in IM Cozumel – a PB by 52 min in a very hot race! Ironman Cozumel was David’s goal for the season. After a little break in early summer we build fitness with training and fitted other races around the main goal.
During the race David followed the plan and adjusted the strategy to race conditions and challenges that the day thrown at him.
David started with a great relaxed swim. The bike was very well paced even though he had to deal with a puncture. The run was set to be hot and testing. To David’s surprise he felt good and could keep a steady pace over the marathon while focusing on hydration and getting calories in. David was thrilled to finish with his massive PB (52 min).
It’s been a great season for David and we look forward to 2018 already while we think about goals. As David summarized in his race report below – exciting times ahead for David and the Coach! Very, very well done David!
“Thanks again for all your help and attention, I really value it and it’s amazing when everything comes together like this, especially in the last race of the season, so we can go into 2018 on a big high.”

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

Third place and Thai Champ this weekend for Nini at Phuket 70.3.

NIni Ruttanaporn continues to improve week-by-week and I couldn’t be prouder of the way she has progressed, coming to grips with a new training philosophy and racing outlook.

Shannon Benson had her first outing under the Trisutto colours at Bahrain 70.3, executing a great race from the get go. Very happy.

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

Sub 10 and a PB for Ryan in Cozumel.

Ryan Wright lined up for Cozumel this weekend and I’m super proud of his effort.
Ryan is a busy emergency room doctor and it’s always a good challenge finding a way to give him enough training to have him ready for a good Ironman while getting enough recovery with the high demands of his job but he’s been doing awesome & the work showed on Sunday. Ryan exited the water in 46 min ,2nd in his category with one of the faster AG swims then went on to have his best bike to date, top 10 bike split in his category which is great considering this was Ryan’s weaker link. Regardless of a struggle on the run Ryan still came in 11th with a big PB and his first sub 10 performance! Far from a perfect race but we are certainly in the right direction and like all races, learned more on what worked and what didn’t. After a little break, I am very much  looking fwd to building off this fitness to see what Ryan is capable of!!!

Race Recap from Coach Harald Fritz:

Sebastian on his way to qualifing for the 70.3 World Champs.

Very proud of Sebastian Herzig and his race at the Bahrain Ironman 70.3 race! Altough only working together for a short time he trusted me and we applied basic trisutto methodology. Additionally he was willing to take a risk by trying new things. With an impressive 2:26 Bike he layed the foundation for his slot for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in South Africa!

Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:

Great job team! Wouter, Wendy and Andreas in Phuket!

Wendy Casterton qualified for S.Africa World Championship 70.3 at Thailand’s 70.3. She won the 4th place in her category despite the accident it had in cycling due to slipperiness of the road. Something that cost her valuable time but was able to keep her concentration after the accident and keep her performance winning the slot for the W.C.!
Andreas Goros he was compete in same race despite his busy schedule, he stand at the start line making another good race enjoining the crowd and himself. With 5:09, finishing in 18th place in his category.
The third teammate athlete was Wouter Delbaere, where with 4:52 won the 21st place in his category!
Well done to all three!

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Backing up this weekend with a 70.3, well done Martin.

Martin Kasten raced his last race oft a long season in Thailand last Sunday. His season started with Challenge Lisboa in the beginning of may and he finished it strong after 4hrs52min at 70.3 Phuket. He backed up a podium finish at Laguna Phuket Triathlon last weekend with a 14th place in the 40-45 age group. Very even performances in all three disciplines lead to a very good overall result. Not even a blocked reak break could stop him on the last 10km of the bikeride ;-). Martin will enjoy his very well deserved season break now!

Great work Deb – racing Superleague style!

Deborah Bomstein did a very special race format in Hatta near Dubai last Friday. The race started with a 3,4km run with a very steep climb of 20% at the end to a water reservoir where the 1500m swim took place. It was Deborahs first swim in fresh water and she managed it well even without the additional buoyance of the saltwater or wetsuit. After the swim followed another 6km run with 400m of elevation and a 30km bikeride with two steep 14% climbs. Deborah managed to get to the finish line after 3hrs14min in this special race and it was a great day of specific strength both on the bike and in the run.

Hardy Wiedemann did another 10km run last Sunday, the Donauwörth „Schlößlelauf“, and won his agegroup again. Three runs and three age group wins during the past four weeks. In addition his 10km club championships was carried out there and he was the first finisher of his tri club and won that as well. The 20s personal best on that specific course was just a bonus ;-).

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

A wonderful team effort by Jo’s athletes in Bahrain.

My athletes did a fantastic team performance IRONMAN 70.3 Bahrain! Carmen Grosse wins her AG with almost a 40min lead! Sabrina Stadelmann wins her AG with a 20min lead and get’s 2nd AG athlete overall! Mihai Vigariu backed up his 3rd place at IM Malaysia with another podium finish and Jenny Schulz had a fantastic “comeback” race after a lot of injuries and finishes 8th pro! Sandra Schöni adds another 4th place to her palmares with fast swim and bike splits! Outstanding efforts. Super proud coach.

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

PB run for Cory!

Cory Giesselman took part in the Curacao 1/2 Marathon this past weekend as a final hit out before 70.3 Cartagena this weekend. The plan was to test fitness, but not absolute 100% effort that would dig a hole in recovery. Cory stuck to our race plan, and at the end of the race, set a new 1/2 marathon PB, and did a fine negative split! The past 2 months have been set on very consistent training, and Cory is seeing the benefits of consistency over huge workouts! Coach is ready to follow your first 1/2 Ironman this weekend!
Eddie Luna had an absolute ripper of a race at Ironman Cozumel this past weekend, posting a 2 hour 25min PB!!!! He swim 20min faster, bike 60min faster, and ran 55min faster than 2015! Coach knew this was going to happen, but there were a few points in training where Eddie questioned if he was doing enough, or if he’d be ready! We made a race plan, raced that plan, and the result came itself. He still went through some dark spots with a possible muscle strain out of the swim and the last 10-15k run problems, but he keep our pre-race talks in his head, and the rest is history! Congrats again, Eddie! Enjoy your season break!

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Hoppe, Hoppe!

Getting stronger week-by-week. A two stage TT event this weekend for Jane. Short sharp and fun!…great training!

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Using the winter run races to get faster, go Flora!

Winters coming in Switzerland and perfect viking conditions for Flora as she runs her way to another podium finish.

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Bahrain Brilliance

Daniela lays it on the line at Bahrain 70.3. Photo Credit: TrimaxMag

Now the dust has settled from last weekends race, we can make a clear analysis of both the race, and of the season.

Firstly, hats off to an absolute brilliant return to top level racing for The Captain Matty Trautman. Just a brilliant return from spinal injury, with two titanium rods in his back. Our saffa proved he could be the next man of steel. His best ever non wetsuit swim, a decent if not spectacular bike to be in T2 in 10th, before grinding out a run to find his rhythm and finish in 5th place. Just incredible.

Captain, on behalf of every member of the Trisutto family, I want to publicly say how proud we are of your race, and how pleased  that you are already near your very best.

Matty exits the water with the front pack. Photo Credit: TrimaxMag

Moving on to the race by the Angry Bird, Daniela Ryf.  This was the final race of her brilliant season.

The question of the Triple Crown and could she pull off the million dollar slam has been answered. While many saw this as a foregone conclusion coming into last weekends race, few considered the realities of what is involved. Without her injury in the early part of the year, Dani may have had the opportunity, however once the rehabilitation became too long, there were decisions to be made.

I was honest with her and said, ‘it’s either the triple crown, and we forget Kona and Ironman training, as we can win 70.3 Worlds, and take Bahrain. However if we go for 70.3 Worlds, then back up with Kona, I do not think we have done the earlier work to be able to go to the well 3 times’.

Well, I was wrong, as the bird did go to the well, and did herself proud. She toed the start line, and when the gun went off, so did the bird. For 85% of the race, she stood tall, flew very high, and gave it everything.

Chasing out of the water, and on the bike before forcing a gap and leading into T2, it took the quality athlete that is the previous years World Champion to overcome her. It was apparent this wasn’t the usual free flowing bird, discovering her limits as Kona caught up with her. However she didn’t go down without a fight, tucking in on the run, before the quality athlete that Holly Lawrence is claimed the win.

This was a real fight. I couldn’t be more proud of Dani, who produced one of her best ever performances. Without Holly there it would have been a very different race.

I’m also proud of her for a second reason. When given the choice of Kona or the money, she never hesitated. ‘I want to win the 70.3 Worlds, and do a 3 peat in Kona. We go after these two goals, as the history of the sport is on the line. I want to be a 3 time winner at Kona.’

So congratulations Daniela Ryf, it has been a wild ride.

What is next for the bird? If she is training with me, she will now have a very long rest. I will (once again) personally ask Ironman the same question most of the top pros and former winners of Kona have attempted to change. That the podium finishers should not have to pre-qualify for the next seasons event. It is no coincidence that the champions of the modern era have a shorter shelf life than those that came before them.

So while I try one more time to get some positive solutions to the sport burning out our very best, Bird will be on a very long holiday. This part of her career has now come to a close.

Daniela Ryf closes out a brilliant year. Photo Credit: TrimaxMag


Join Trisutto Head Coach Brett Sutton and his squad at training Camp in Cyprus in April, 2018 for insights into the Trisutto Coaching and Training methodologies.