Andrew Raynor Dover
Two different paths to Kona!
This weekend saw Corinne and Céline, while both on different paths, take massive steps forward towards their seasons goal of qualifying for the big dance! The Welsh Wizard, Corinne Abraham conjured up another brilliant race result with an outstanding 2nd at IM Austria
While it’s sad to see such an iconic race being turned into a sham for the pro women, Corinne dug deep and produced a massive run. We are now on the border line for qualifying.
Céline Schaerer raised eyebrows at Uri Triathlon by competing in both the sprint and Olympic distances, with a small rest between each, finishing a great 2nd in the non drafting race. Celene has a big IM schedule coming up with in Zurich the next on the list where we are targeting a top 5 Finish
Great jobs girls and one more race and we can plan our Kona camp to join ‘the bird’ already qualified.
Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:
This weekend saw Outlaw Half Champion Gill Fullen go to Outlaw Holkham to try and make it a double in what was going to prove to be a very testing race, Gill put in a very Strong performance and fought all the way to the end crossing the line 3rd overall (some season so far for Gill, well done)
Again Outlaw Holkham we had Claire Weller and Davina Greenwell Both making there 70.3 debuts. Claire’s only been with me a short while but I was confident she would produce a good result if she had a good day, and after moving into 2nd place on the bike and out of T2 holding on well to that 2nd position but got run down by Gill and one other to finish 4th in 4hr 50min which isn’t a bad result considering it’s her 1st 70.3 so very well done loads more to come from Claire.
Davina also only been with me for a short time and her 1st 70.3 completly exceeded expectations delivering a fantastic perfromance crossing the line 4th in her age group and in a time of 5hr 8mins a great result for her first 70.3.
Kerry Hickson (Kenyon) also took on the Outlaw Holkham, Kenyons been with me about 12 months and she had a solid winter, I knew she was in great shape to pull off a great result and that she did, knocking off around 45min off her PB coming in 1st AG overall and in a time of 4hr 59min , a great result.
Carmen Macheriotou raced Challenge Geraardsbergen in the Pro field, coming into this race winning a bronze medal in AG at Kitzbuhel European Champs was gathering some good fitness as she’d not been running properly for a while. She produced a solid performance finishing 7th overall and the good news is her run is coming back, work to be done though.
Chloe Hawkins took on Ironman Austria in her 2nd Ironman , Chloes had a tough start to 2017 with some illness and injury but now is starting to pick up some good fitness which showed this w/e with a PB performance 11hr 02. Still work to be done but well done.
Fiona Davidson went to Edinburgh 70.3 at the w/e being her home town, not normally into 70.3s as the full is more suited but fiona put in a great performance on a tough cold day to cross the line 4th in her Age group, well done.
Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:
Pascal Trümpy won the sprint race in Uri, Switzerland. Her first win in her athletic triathlon career! Pascale had strong races over the past weeks already. Being a race horse, that intensity boosted her overall abilities a lot and added some fun to her training. Also, at some point we decided to race without watches and powermeter. Just race by pain. That serves her much better.
Pascale had a good swim, then really powered through the the bike. The bike is her strongest leg. Plus I’ve set her up in a quite decent time trial position. So she achieved an impressive average of 38kph. Off the bike in 2nd position, Pascale still had to pull off a strong run for the win. And she delivered! Sprint races are short and they hurt. I’m more than happy that Pascale toughened it out for her first win. Pascale was 9 minutes faster than in last year’s race. What a great improvement!
Peter Rudolf finished off a hard training block with the Tegernsee Triathlon, a Olympic distance race in Bavaria. After a lot of training he of course had heavy legs. Fatigue is part of his training regimen. But Peter didn’t mind his legs nor the rainy weather and finished 5th overall and 2nd in his age group. He had a fantastic bike split being the only athlete of the day who rode the 40k in less than 60min. 387W average power and 417W normalized power are very nice numbers and show how far Peter has improved with incredibly consistent training. That beer at the finish line was more than earned. Bavarian fuel for that big engine. More than happy with this test race and looking forward to his upcoming highlight in 2 weeks in Berlin.
My pro girls Diana Riesler and Shiao-Yu Li were both racing the local race Hassesee Triathlon Rossbach near Diana’s old adopted home town Merseburg. For Diana it was like coming home because she started 10 years ago with triathlon at the local club TC Merseburg. While she never lost contact to her old friends it was great to meet them after such a long time.
The sprint triathlon (700m swim – 30km bike – 6km run) fits nicely as a preparation race for Ironman Frankfurt. It is a very well organised race with nice people and a great atmosphere. At the beginning Diana said she just want to go hard and wants to keep up with the boys. Shiao-Yu was surprised about the professionality of such a race and that everybody is so eager to race hard. Shiao-Yu lost a bit in the swim and Diana missed the leading group by 45sec. But she made up a lot of time on the bike and in between she even was 2nd overall. And the boys in great panic to not getting chicked. The final run was not an easy one. Diana won the race easily and became 9th overall. Shiao-Yu became 4th girl. Friendliness is her nature, so she told herself that the girls are fighting so hard for 2nd and 3rd that it might be better to let them pass. It was a really good preparation race. The best thing was seeing Diana’s big smile again and Shiao-Yu experience the hard German competition attitude.
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
Over the past weekend, Felipe “Jong” Sajulga was competing at Ironman Austria, in Klagenfurt. This event played a major role in his Kona build up, as well to hunt for a new PR. The Filipino farmer who hails from the mountains of Bukidnon started his day with a slow-ish swim for his standards, then backed it up, with a PR on the bike & run, to cross the line in a new best time of 9h41, to scratch the surface of the South East Asian Ironman distance record. This, after struggling with a front wheel puncture, in the last 20 KM of the bike leg.
On the same day, in nearby Switzerland, Swiss-based Danish athlete, Martin Barner was in action over a training race, at the Uri triathlon, a local Olympic distance. He managed to place 7th overall, and 3rd in the 40-44 AG, the day after a very serious long ride, in preparation for Ironman Switzerland. He finished off his weekend, with another swim in the evening!
Over in Asia, in Subic Bay, the Philippines to be specific, Swiss German expat Roman Menz was testing out his fitness at the popular local event, The Tri United 2 long distance race. While in the midst of a training block towards his first Ironman in his home of Switzerland, the family man managed to bag 2nd place in the 40-44 AG, less than a minute behind the winner. In the end, his overall time was not all that far from the local Elite podium placers!”
Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:
Conditions look a bit tough for racing in Moscow last weekend! Photo Credit: Maria Shalneva
Last weekend I had three athletes racing.
Pavel Blagikh did a middle distance race in Moscow. We both started to work together just some weeks ago. Pavel struggled with injury during winter and could not resume his run training before May. His main goal of the summer will be Ironman Kalmar in August. We approached this race as a training race to see where he stands and what he is currently capable of. The swim is clearly his weakest discipline and he exited the water after 38min. As a former professional cyclist he could post the second fastest bike split of all agegroups with a 2:18 over 90km. We decided beforehand to do the run progressive to be able to get back into the training as soon as possible. He executed the run perfectly progressing from 4:45min/km to 4:10min/km which gave Pavel a very solid run split of 1:32. I am sure he is already able to run a sub 90min halfmarathon off the bike. I found it a bit funny that Pavel found out that it was the Russian championships only on race morning. I think it was a nice bonus to be the 13th fastest agegroup athlete in that championship overall and 5th in his agegroup with a time of 4:33. That is exactly as fast as his current personal best. I am sure if we fix his swim he will be able to compete for agegroup wins very soon.
Thierry Dondlinger and Jan Erik Wilhelmsen both have a tough time behind them. Thierry had a breakthrough performance 2 weeks ago at Ironman 70.3 Luxemburg finishing 5th in his agegroup just a minute behind the podium. Two days after the race I got the message from him that he twisted his knee while he was sitting at the office desk. It hurt so much that he couldn´t even walk properly in the beginning. Just a short run was possible between 70.3 Luxemburg and Ironman Klagenfurt this past weekend. Unfortunately Thierry had a very hard day in Klagenfurt. Nothing went according to plan but he still finished the race in 10hrs2min. I am sure that it is just a matter of time until he performs to his potential in an Ironman and qualify for Kona.
Jan Erik once again had to work that much between Ironman 70.3 Switzerland and 70.3 Edinburgh that it was very hard to fit in any training. Nevertheless he traveled to Scotland with the attitude that he wanted to enjoy the beautiful race and the experience. He did exactly that and finished the race on a tough course just under 6hrs. He has to toughen out some more very stressful weeks at work before he will have a bit more time for the training. I am very excited to see his improvement very soon!
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Mark Richardson raced in Ironman Austria this weekend, aiming for a Kona spot in the 50-54 category. We’ve been jiggling a period of a few aches and pains, and adjusted training to accommodate these. Mark had a personal best swim of 59 minutes, and a well paced ride of 5:02 to be in a great place going into the run. Recent IM races have led to a little bit of a fuel issue, so we practised using a Camelback in training, and on race day for first half of the marathon, and that worked a treat. Although suffering a rough patch in the middle of the run, Mark ran home strong for a 10:02 finish. Was a well executed race, with 15th in category. No Kona slot at this race, however Mark set a new personal best time by 7 minutes, on the same course that he set his previous best 10 years ago. An incredible achievement. Here’s to ageing well!
Yannis Theodoropoulos loves a tough race! After Celtman extreme race, I’m sure he’s destined for Norseman one day! This weekend he raced in 70.3 Norway so the signs are there Was a good swim in cool but not icy waters, with a rolling start making the swim less stressful. The bike was pelting rain, but prior preparation meant Yannis was equipped with suitable race day apparel, and the driving headwind the last 25km was tough, but all part of the challenge. The run was all about ticking off athletes, and hunting down those succumbing to the course and conditions. A really top effort from Yannis, who has grown so much as an athlete this year. So many excellent things to take from his race, and next up is camp in St Moritz to continue the progress Super and well done Yannis
Gisela Reichmuth was 2nd in the Gelterkinder Waldlauf running road race just keeping her hand in. I’m more impressed that Gisela is an athlete who gives back, and is a regular guide runner for a partially sighted athlete. Is an example to all of ways to give back and help enrich the lives of others.
Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:
Mike Hill and Patricia Neubauer have been taking advantage of the weekly ocean mile swim race in Santa Barbara to sharpen their open water swimming skills and to smash out a high quality wetsuit swim each week. Mike was the overall winner and Patricia continues to translate her fitness in the pool to improvements in the open water. She’s moving up through the field with better finishes each week. Well done to you both!
Race Recap from Coach Dirk Neumann:
Svenja Mann was well prepared to win her age group at the IM Austria, however her race ended after 100m. A breast stroke swimmer kicked into her ribs. One rib is broken and two ribs are injured. All the best for you. You will be back in 2-3 weeks.
Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:
Mania Bikof raced the Half Oceanman swim distance :5000m; 2nd place AG and slot winner for Oceanman world championship! Thank you Oceanman Greece for the great race!
Also last weekend our cyclist from Cyprus doing another great race. In 10th round in Cyprus cup Masters category we have 1st and 3d place in podium with Charis Charitou and Michael Theocharous in Masters B cat. In Masters C 2nd place in podium with Yiannos Savva! Congratulation to all for your racing mood!
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:
Alina Losurdo was probably in the best shape of her life, she was also mentally ready to race and so looking forward. But at Ironman Austria circumstances did not played in her favour: after a new PB in the swim with 1:09, everything proceeded well, but at 55km into the bike she lost her windjacket and at 130km she got cold during the descent, strong stomach pain and indigestion followed and the medical team stopped her! The most important thing: Alina is well now, even if the disappointment is huge. But that is also what our sport is made for: overcoming negative experiences and move on to the next one! Let’s move Alina!
David Galafassi raced the Triathlon sprint in Ledro (Italy), a very tough one with lots of climbing during bike and run. He finished very strong in 1:11.19. For David this was “only” a good training race, as we are preparing his first Ironman race in September. Well done!
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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