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On route to becoming a Swissman Finisher!
Flora Colledge had an adventure in the Swissman Xtreme Triathlon. An Iron Distance point to point race starting in the southern part of Switzerland, leading over three mountain passes (2436m / 8000ft) to the central part of Switzerland and finishing with a final climb in the heart of Switzerland just at the bottom of the massive mountain backdrop of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The scenery with more than 5500m elevation gain is breathtakingly beautiful and the challenge of the course absolutely extreme.
Exiting the water in third place just two minutes off the leader was a super start to the day. The 180km and 5500m of climbing was challenging for all, however a bigger challenge awaited upon arrival at T2 with the discovery of no running shoes! Due to a traffic accident, roads were congested and race support for Flora and some of the other athletes was held up some distance away (athletes have their own support crew during the day). A man in transition gave Flora a pair of trail running shoes, and left T2 now in 6th position after a 30 minute period of waiting, with the bottle off her bike; running the first 25km until her support crew could get to her! The final climb from Grindelwald to the finish at the top of Kleine Scheidegg at 2061m completed a wonderful journey with an emotional finish.
Wonderful Flora, a real achievement, and for improvising and overcoming the challenges on race day.
Andrea Rudin continues her preparation for Ironman Switzerland with a 3rd place finish in her category and 7th overall female at Spiez Olympic distance race, also in Switzerland. We are training through these as ‘catered / faster than race pace’ workouts for July’s Ironman. Well done Andrea, and for the discipline to follow up with a recovery ride after the race, and also Sundays long ride and swim workout.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Nina runs herself to victory at Idroman. Photo Credit: Mirjam Weerd
Nina set off to for a little adventure this weekend for the Olympic Distance race at Idroman in Italy; a race known for its epic climbing on the bike. Wet conditions greeted the competitors on race morning, making the race a little more daunting with the climbing and descending ahead. Second out the water, Nina bided her time on the bike before running herself to the win. Big thanks to Mirjam for travelling with Nina to the race and her support throughout the weekend
Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:
This weekend Alessandra Reati raced at Idroman – Triathlon half distance Idro (Italy).Very tough race with 3000mt of positive height gained. We are really satisfied, she finished in 6:44.15, taking 5th place overall and 2th place W35-39. Alessandra is training for Elbaman (full distance) in 2 months. Congrats for your superb performances. Well done Alessandra!
Marco Corsaro raced a fast Olimpic distance Triathlon at Sirmione – Garda lake – Italy. 2h 46’ 36’’his time over 1,5-40-10km triathlon, which was 120th M40-44. Marco had a good swim, a fast bike split and then an ok run. He managed to gain confidence, into his first major race of the year in July, the Iceland Challenge.
Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:
Last weekend I had two athletes Racing. Distel Pipe did the Spiezathlon Olympic distance triathlon as a training race last Saturday. Even though it was a very tough week of training before the race he could perform very well. At the end he finished 9th in the 35-44 Agegroup. It is almost a bit unfair to put 2 agegroups together concidering that Distel is 44 years old ;-). I am sure there will be some podiums sooner or later.
Challenge Poznan was the 2nd 70.3 race of the season for Martin Kasten. Once again he showed a very good swim and could improve a bit on the bike and run compared to Challenge Lisboa in Mai. He told me after the race that he felt a lot better overall. He achieved a 16 place in the 40-49 agegroup. I was once again one more step in the right direction in Martins Ironman Hamburg preparation.
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
Arnaud Margot is getting ready to race IM UK in a few weeks. As preparation for this race, Arnaud did a sprint race in Vallée de Joux this weekend. As his warm up, Arnaud rode there! This was a 3 hour ride warm up to get Arnaud’s diesel motor started! Arnaud then did the race. The 500 m swim seemed pretty short for him as he’s not a sprinter at all! He was 25th out of the water and then he passed lots of athletes to end in 3rd place on the bike, great job Arnaud! Arnaud was able to hold this position until the finish line! What a great achievement from a non sprinter and that was Arnaud’s first podium! And then Arnaud rode back home again! A true Sutto day of racing and training! One little sprint race and 6 hours of riding! Well done Arnaud, you’re on fire!
Camille Nieto also competed at this sprint race; she was 4th out of the water after a great swim and then she had a very strong bike, as usual, and got into 2nd position. After the run, Camille came 5th overall. A very good race from her as well.
Maurice Inzirillo raced the olympique distance in Spiez in Switzerland and he had a very solid race, he came 7th overall in his age group with a strong run (44:46) with a 2nd fastest run.
Nick Morrell raced an olympique distance in beautiful Annecy.Here, athletes were sent through a very narrow canal towards the end of the swim which was a big chaos and made the swim very rough! Nick is very strong on the bike and passed 205 people! And with a very ok run, Nick placed 21st in his age group.
Well done to you all!
Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:
Khadiga Amin was the first Egyptian female to complete an Ironman back in 2016. Khadiga joined my squad in November with a change of goal, the burning desire to one day become the first Egyptian female pro and this weekend she made another step closer to that goal by smashing her PB by 1hr 30min finishing in a time of 12.39 at Challenge Poznan. Khadiga already is making fantastic progress in a very short time, there is plenty of hard work to be done, but there is so much more to come from this athlete, very well done.
Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:
Back-to-back podiums for Sandra!
Sandra Schoeni decided short-termed to start at the Spiez Triathlon, Suisse. We wanted to keep the pot boiling from last weekend and her 3rd place at the Zyttrum Triathlon. Sandra felt strong in the swim and the bike and didn’t repeat the mistakes in the transition area from last week – you learn by every race. To her own surprise she felt much better on the hilly run course than last week. The only disadvantage at a single start race is that you never know where you are placed at the moment. At the end Sandra missed her AG win by only 12sec. But nevertheless she is really happy with this result and can’t wait to collect more podiums at upcoming races.
Jenny Schulz recovered well from her crash at the IM 70.3 Kraichgau and was facing a really strong field at the Half-Distance Chiemsee Triathlon race, Germany. Not for nothing the Chiemsee is known as the Bavarian Sea. Thee start gun was not only the sign for athletes to enter the water, but also for some heavy wind and a bit of rain to start and athletes were facing big waves and Jenny struggled a lot in this conditions. Since 2 buoys got lose and were blown away from their spots she even took the wrong course, had to swim back, lost a lot of time and exited the water 5mins behind the first girl. After this she was close to give up the race. Luckily I was at the side watching, so she good not just step out of the race. It was her first time with the new bike on wet roads and she still had the crash from the week before in her mind, so Jenny started the bike a bit cautious, but quickly gained confidence and finally did a great job on the bike. 2nd fastest bike split.As always she was smashing the run and got really close to the winning lady Daniela Sämmler. With her 2nd place far ahead of German Olympion Ricarda Lisk we are on the good path to get closer to the top. It was the bast race I’ve seen from Jenny so far. Well done!
Sabrina Stadelmann got her second Vice-European Champion Title within one week. She raced the ETU Sprint Triathlon European Championships Duesseldorf. Due to rainy conditions it was a wetsuit legal swim where Sabrina was fighting to not get submerged because she is not used to such a brutal swim start. Towards the end she overtook a few athletes and was pushing hard except in the corners where she cycled carefully because of the wet roads. Sabrina entered T2 as first female of her AG but ran past her bike. Meanwhile one lady was overtaking her in T2 who became first at the end. Sabrina was going full gas on the final 5kms, had a really strong run, and got in 2nd position onto the podium. It was a great race, practicing race stress and smooth transitions and to excel in the heat and pressure of a super short race, which leaves no room for any mishaps. Another great test of Sabrina’s abilities. Onwards and upwards to new heights!
Mihai Vigariu was organising and racing the Ocean Lava Half Distance race in Romania. For him it was the most crowded and stressful event because to take part in the organisation it is a different story and absorb a lot of time and energy. Anyway, for this circumstances he had a really good preparation race for IM Frankfurt in two weeks time. Learning from mistakes in former races Mihai had a better pacing strategy and was not overheating on the run by cooling down himself. While a middle distance is not hard enough he did the bike with a broken derailleur and the oversized pulley was is contact with the cassette all the time which resulted in a friction and the pushed power was a bit lost. Luckily it is happening in this race and not at Ironman Frankfurt. But at the end he became 4th and is happy with his position and looking confidently into the big one. We had so big improvement in his training and that he could perform so well under full training and working load makes me very confident for his race in Frankfurt.
Boris Hueber was racing the Sprint Triathlon Vallée de joux, France. He had a good day out there. Boris exited the water in 38th position, one minute behind the leading man. On the bike he overtook rapidly almost the whole field with the 4th fastest bike split of the day. With a solid 17mins run at the end Boris won the „chocolate medal“, 4th place. While it was only a Sprint Distance he cycled 50kms back home and finished the day of with a 10kms run. Glad to see Boris improving in all 3 sports. He’s really on fire now. Like Mihai, he only has to stay calm and patient now to reach his goals.
Further fantastic results from Jo Spindlers Team from last weekend can be read about here!
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:
Oriana Heer, only 6 days after 6th place et the 70.3 European Championship Elsinore, raced a sprint triathlon back home in Switzerland: Spiezathlon! The Swiss Powerhouse Oriana did amazing: in 1:06.52 she won her age group SW35 and placed 2nd woman overall! Very good job girl!
Emanuele Mutti, in preparation for his first Ironman race, raced the Oakley TriO Sirmione olympic distance (no draft) at Lake Garda in Italy: 2:07.52 for him and 5th place M25-29 (33rd overall). Very good result and excellent intense workout
Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:
I had two athletes racing in Canada this weekend, one east, one west. Happy to report that both had really good races with no issues and both were on the mark for their training up to this point.
Big congrats to Eliane Raymond-Dufresne for a new course and run PB at 70.3 Tremblant! Hard work, consistency, resilience and a well executed race always pay off. Eliane is a full time Emergency Doctor who in addition to her regular work is highly sought after to teach and present at conferences. Despite the demands on her time – and namely her sleep – she somehow manages to keep her body going when most mortals would likely succumb to the crushing fatigue imposed by one of the craziest shift schedules I have ever seen. A real trooper. This race was a stepping stone towards the big goal to finish her first IM in Tremblant later in Aug. On sched’ girl!
Big congrats as well to Greg Stevenson for two back-to-back podiums at the Trans Rockies Rundle’s Revenge race weekend in Canmore Alberta. Greg placed 3rd in his category in both the 25km MTB event (Sat) and the 12km trail run (Sun). Greg is one of those unique life long athletes who at 50+ continues to achieve, and to give semi pros as well as AG 10+ years younger a run for their money! Greg is spooling up for ITU Cross WC in Aug. Happy to say everything still on track.
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
Another strong weekend of racing for my athletes.
Amy Ellet as a fairly last minute decision decided she wanted to take on the hot & windy conditions at CDA 70.3 this weekend. Amy’s a total lifestyle athlete, loves to race anything hard for fun whether she’s fully ready or not. After a run of gravel road races , epic Waffle rides, hardly any swimming due a a chlorine allergy and minimal running, Amy still had a very respectable swim, a fantastic bike and held on for one of her faster runs off the bike in a 70.3! Amy doesn’t ever put pressure on herself or take herself too serious and I believe is a great role model for many Age Groupers as a poster girl for how to keep the “fun” in the sport, while still improving!
Super dad Colin Raymond took the trip to Tremblant with his family as another crack at 70.3 after some issues on the bike and run in Oceanside. Colin’s swim training once again showed in the race with a fantastic swim, a 10% better bike than Oceanside and held on for a much better run! Great to see improvements from just a few months ago:-)
Joanie Heisey, a newbie to the sport and 70.3 decided to take on another 70.3, a regional championship race at 8500 ft! Joanie had a great swim, strong bike and even with some toilet stops on the run she still managed 2nd in her AG and qualified for long course nationals!
Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:
Kyle Gardner got serious about triathlon when he came on board in March. 70.3 Coeur d’Alene was his first real test. Kyle has made massive gains across the disciplines and saw a thirty minute improvement over his time from the previous year. Kyle was able to put in one of the top age-group bike splits and then back it up with a well paced, strong run. I’m looking forward to seeing what Kyle will do at IM Whistler next month.
Bex Fink was at it again with her world tour of triathlon! After returning from 70.3 Costa Rica, Bex promptly got herself out to 70.3 Coeur d’Alene and registered the day before the event. Bex’s racing campaign is an example of using competitions as training for fun and motivation. Bex met up with friends and had a race that she enjoyed and that she’s proud of. After a month of racing, Bex is going to get back to the long miles in her final lead-up to IM Whistler at the end of July. Go get it Bex!
Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:
After being a little bit disappointed with the outcome of last weekends race, we decided Mariana would jump straight back in the saddle and race in Spiez. A great come back from being down but not out and a big step forward. Very proud of Mariana’s effort. Well done!
Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:
Rafal Herman decided to spice up his holidays in Abruzzo region of Italy with a late entry to Ironman 70.3 race in Pescara. We got what we wanted, a great training for Hawaii on a hot day. A shorter swim due to rough sea condition was disappointing for Rafal but a 95 km bike course made up for it! With a fast swim and a very strong bike leg, Rafal was racing at the top of his AG and finished 4th in the always very competitive AG40-44. The most satisfying was to see the smile on his face on the run course to the finish line. It’s all about enjoying the experience and the journey!
Kat Renouf raced Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire as a preparation for Ironman Bolton in July. The objective was to put all aspects of the race into practice as we get ready for a long distance race later in the season. It turned out to be a very valuable race with many challenges that Kat had to overcome. I’m most satisfied and proud of the way Kat dealt with all of them, like a warrior. This experience was a good reminder that in a longer distance races, our fitness is only one part of the equation. While coming 3rd in her AG is a solid result, Kat is already focused on learning from mistakes to address those for the next race. Well done for the great effort!
With the hot summer weather visiting the UK, competitors of the swim-run OTTILO race in Scilly Islands were there for a treat, a truly Mediterenean experience. Ana Berenguel Anter and her friend took on a challenge again in the race that they competed a year ago. The weather definitely brought more smiles on their faces and a lot of fun. In more competitive field Ana’s team put a very strong performance with 15 min faster then a year ago and finished in 8th place. It was a solid swim-run block as Ana prepares for summer triathlon races. Great job girls! Enjoy the recovery on the bike!
Summer have also come to Finland where Marko Väisänen was racing in Olympic distance triathlon on the back of a solid performance in the sprint race a weekend before. It’s very satisfying how Marko takes on board previous experiences and works on them. It definitely showed in this race where he backed up a strong swim with a very good bike leg in challenging windy conditions. After the race Marko knew it was a plan very well executed! The run was also very solid while we look toward main races on Marko’s calendar in the summer. Great job Marko! I’m very pleased with you effort!
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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