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Congratulations Katey, Sarah, Felicity and Coach Cam on a strong showing this weekend at the Luke Harrop Memorial.
This weekend we had 3 of the girls race the Luke Harrop Sprint Distance on the Gold Coast. Always a very special weekend to remember Luke who was tragically killed while training in 2001 on the Gold Coast. A friend of many in the sport, his special character is always remembered… Needless to say quite a close association with Trisutto being the younger brother of Loretta Harrop and then boyfriend of Emma Snowsill… Loretta was there to watch the race on the weekend and let me tell you, she looks as fit and strong as the day she retired!!! Our girls did the race as a hit out amidst a very heavy swim focus week, and used it as an excersise of racing “under duress”. The girls got a great hit-out and went 1-2 and 4th in the Open womens with Sarah Crowley, Felicity Speedy-Ryan and Katey Gibb.
Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:
During the winter months I live on Mallorca. During the past 3 years we have built a great training base here and the local Triathlon Club Portocolom is supporting us a lot. To give something back I sent 5 of my athletes to the European Season Opener Triatlon Portocolom. It’s nothing less than a spectacular race: The swim takes place in the scenic natural harbour of Portocolom and the bike course is challenging everything from you. Over 50kms you have 750 meters of climbing and on the long distance you even have double. The highlight of this race is climbing Sant Salvador – one of cyclist’s most favourite mountains on this Island.
Athletes can choose between the short distance 55.5 (500m swim, 50km bike, 5km run) and the long distance 111 (1km swim, 100km bike and 10km run). I sent two of my girls (Jenny and Steffi) and Moritz on the long distance. Additionally 3 athletes joining my training camp before were doing a relay team. Since Diana and Markus caught a flu just two weeks before the race, I had them race the short distance ‘only’.
Overcoming doubts for a great win. Congratulations Diana! Photo Credit: Ingo Kutsche
My special case this weekend was Diana Riesler. She knocked herself out for two weeks because of a flu and even the day before the race we doubted that she will be able to start. On race morning I sent her for a swim session to the pool – like on every ordinary training day. After that session she said: ‘Maybe it’s ok to start. It won’t be my best race but I want to try and not let down our local club Triathlon Portocolom.‘ A good decision as it turned out! She not only won the race, but was just smashing everything. Set a new bike and race record, became 13th overall in a strong men’s field. Altough it didn’t look like that the days leading up to the race, it was the best start into her season we could have hoped for.
Congrats Jenny on a great start to the season. Photo Credit: Ingo Kutsche
Jenny Schulz had a bit of tough luck in the pro race. Since I’ve been watching Spanish races I’ve never seen any penalty for drafting on the bike course. But somehow Jenny managed to get her ever first penalty (5min) and at the end those 5 mins were missing to take the win. Nevertheless Jenny kept calm and finished it off with a solid controlled run. We were looking for a first form test and a race specific training effort and that was exactly what we got out of that race. If that makes for 1st, 2nd or 10th place, I don’t care. I’m very happy with Jenny’s performance. It was a very good start into the Triathlon season for her and we are looking forward to the next race where she can show her improvements even better!
Markus Hörmann had a very long and stoney way back. Mid of last year the doctors diagnosed a hip impingement and said he won’t be able to ever race again. Over the last months we worked really hard in terms of getting him slowly back on track and the 55.5. Portocolom was the race where we wanted to have a first test. In all 3 disciplines he showed that our work is paying off and that he is not only back to professional racing but much more important to full health. Markus finished 2nd just 1:30mins behind a very strong racing Thomas Steger.
Steffi Jansen was doing a 2 weeks training camp with her group here in Felanitx and the Triatlon 111 Portocolom was meant to be the highlight of it. Steffi was doing very well and showed that she can have a really good result even after a hard training block. It was great to see her stepping on the podium after chasing the professional girls all day.
Moritz Bachmann was just arriving the evening before the race. Moritz wanted to race the 111 again because last time he had a flat tire and was only able to fix it after a very long time, which totally screwed up his race. This time he did it much smarter than last year and had the flat tire already on his last ride the evening before the race. We (well: me) quickly fixed that and saw it as a sign that he would stay free of mechanical issues during the race. At the end he did very well and could enjoy the race without any flat tire. I was very happy to see him flying easily over the course, earning the rewards of all the hard training work he put under his belt during winter months.
Finally, but also most importantly, I would like to congratulate Peter Seidel. In the race we all race (called life) he transitioned into a new face becoming father of a cute son. His name is Bruno and we welcome him warmly on our small planet. All the best for Peter and his young family.
Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:
Well done Steve on another win; Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography
Stephen Bayliss took his Ironman Training into an Off Road Triathlon this weekend and after a great swim continued his good form for a solid win and workout as we move to the ultimate goal of a top 5 in Ironman Lanzarote next month.
A good swim and run for Mariana Solorzano at Wallisellen Triathlon. We keep working hard to make her our first Mexican Bike Monster.
Race Recap from Coach Mathias Hecht:
Bettina started her season today with an impressive win at Wallisellen Triathlon. She did not just win her age group but was overall winner womens too. After being out of water 25th overall she had best bike split and 3rd fastest run. Pretty amazing after starting triathlon just one year ago. We are right on track for a great season and her first Ironman in Zuerich in July.
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
At the recent Ice Breaker Sprint triathlon, in American Fork, Utah, family man Scott Baldwin was clearing the rust and testing out his fitness after a consistent block of training in the first quarter of the year. The pool swim dynamics of the race did not leave much room for passing those who overestimated their swim seeding. Then on the bike, Scott managed to ride consistently, and importantly, safely, on the wet and somewhat technical course.
Saving the best for last, Scott ran strongly off the bike, passing about a dozen athletes over the 3-mile run, in his own words, “a rarity” but clearly showing some improvements. In the end, he managed to be top 10 in his age group and more importantly, gain confidence, into his first major race of the year in May, the St George Ironman 70.3.
Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:
After a solid block of hard training Katherine Renouf decided to test her early season legs racing British Duathlon Championships. She was not holding back racing hard from the gun. First female after the first run (37:52) she settled in on the bike executing the plan we agreed before the race. The broken computer did not affect negatively her race (as we often train by feel) nor the fact that she forgot her gels and decided to eat Mars bars on the bike She kept pushing on second run moving from 3rd into 2nd amateur female overall and winning her category. Her short assessment of the race:
Although not a perfect race I couldn’t ask for a better outcome at this point in the season. Still shocked at how comfortable I felt on the first 10km.
After a deserved long break following IM New Zealand David Nicholson came back to training in a style! He decided to do a training race in Porto Colom, Mallorca. If it wasn’t enough he went for the long course: 1km swim, 100km bike and 10km run. As expected the lack of fitness came out in the race but it did not affect his day. Triathlon is not, and should not always be about the result, competitive racing or a PBs. This time it was a celebration of beautiful day when injury-free David could enjoy time on the roads. This sentence from his email report sums it up:
‘Overall, a hard race for me but pretty happy because it was a gorgeous day, amazing scenery of course, and great to be out on the roads and in the sea doing what I love.’
Race Recap from Coach Mary Beth Ellis:
My athlete Joao did a 5km TT bike race and came in 3rd place in the masters category. It was a solid result in the middle of a big training week as he prepares to race 70.3 Palma in two weeks.
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
I had two of my athletes, Melanie Baumann and Arnaud Margot, doing a little season opener! They both did Walliseller Triathlon, a local race in Switzerland. They both had a fun race even though it’s not really what they’re used to as the distance was: 600 m swim, 15 kms on the bike 4 kms run.
- Arnaud had a good swim, the fastest bike split in his age group and then an ok run, making him finishing 8th in his age group.
- Melanie had an ok swim, 3rd fastest time on the bike and then a great little run, she finished 9th in her age group.
Both thought that it was a good little warm up and are looking forward to doing some longer distances.
Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:
This weekends action as from the British Duathlon Champs standard distance
Gill Fullen has had an amazing journey over the last 6 months coming back from illness so to be on the start line was an awesome achievement, however for Gill that was never enough but clear race instructions was go out and enjoy the show. That she did although still a lot of fitness to come she put in a solid first run , then onto the bike where she really pushed the pace and found herself in a great position after working her magic , onto Run 2 and it was a test of how much she had left being out on her own but she done it and crossed the line to become British Age Champ at the standard distance but even more impressive 1st female overall .. Very well done!
Davina Greenwell has only been onboard with Trisutto a short time so really just scratching the surface, but this was her chance to find out a little bit about herself and the training she had been doing. Running is where Davina feels her best so she pushed the pace and worked hard into T1 – onto the bike she held a very good solid pace and position, finding her new overgearing technique paying off, just picking girls off. Into T2 and out onto the last run where it was time to just relax and hang in crossing the line 2nd in her Age Group and 5th female overall . A fantastic start to the season; very well done
Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:
Steve Brown took part in another local series race this weekend with a hard 23min climb in the middle. Having to expend some energy on the climb chasing the little guys around and closing down another athlete up the road, Steve set some personal best power numbers and ended up coming across the line 5th after a solid days work. Nice job Steve! The flat criteriums are just around the corner!
Jappas Du Preez has had to deal with a lower leg injury this Winter/Spring, but the rehab has been going well with only a few set backs to training here and there. But this weekend, he took part in the British Duathlon Championships. Showing some good early season and healthy running form, Jappas was able to place 15th Overall and 4th in his age group, just barely missing the podium! With European Half Ironman Champs and Ironman Wales on his schedule for the year, he has a long way to go for his goals, but is showing that his hard work in training is already paying off! Great job, Jappas!
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Congrats to Jane Loughnan who once again finished first in her category at the Luke Harrop Memorial on the Gold Coast. Jane is starting to hit her straps, and looking forward to competing in the World Masters Games in Auckland in 3 weeks time.
Nina Derron kicked off her season with a short lung-busting tri at the Wallisellen Triathlon, the season opener in Switzerland. After an improved swim and strong bike, Nina is now learning how to run fast on tired legs.
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
Off Road racing in Lanzarote. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography
This past weekend many of our TriActiv members raced a local offroad sprint distance triathlon. A well organised event in a beautiful location of Lanzarote and welcoming everyone. I was very proud of all our members, Stephen won the race, and we had Juniors stepping up for the adult race, and performing really well, Some of our Juniors are very dedicated and train really hard. The race showed this, with 14 year old Jorge Wilkes finishing 1st in his category, 12th overall and beating his coach!!! Harry Holdaway not far off Jorge, but dealing with a mechanical on the bike.
A great morning out for all. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography
New to triathlon, Junior Anne Perdomo winning the girls category, We had busy Mums and Dads racing, Sandy Robson won her category, Brian doing his best, coming from non triathlete to Triathlete in 1 year! And an all TriActiv girls team were on the podium for their Team race.
Podiums all round .Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:
This weekend was a very good one for my athletes Starting with Triathlon half distance Volano (Italy):
Irene Coletto won the race! Not just her age group, but overall! This excellent result comes form hard work over the last few months, Irene decided not only to „play“ triathlon, but to find her personal, individual limits! Really great job, perfectly executed race! It’s only the beginning Irene – continue to work hard as you did and you will still improve a lot!
Martina Dogana had a tough day; during the last week she suffered from a lumbago, but as a champion as she is, Marty wanted to honour race organization, fans and supporters and got to the start line. But she was never able to get into the race mode, suffered a lot and finished 5th. Now let’s recovery well and move on to the big goals!
- Alina Losurdo raced at Volano to prepare an Ironman race and proved herself, that the physical and mental conditions are very good, she won her age group F30-34! Believe Alina – it will be a good season!
- Stefano Pavan is training for Ironman Lanzarote in 6 weeks. So this half distance race was perfect to test the actual condition. And we are really satisfied with the preparation, he finished in 4:29.46, taking 10th place M45-49. On the road to Lanzarote now!! Well done Stefano!
- Diego Ludovici placed 9. M35-39 in 4:17.44! Great race for him, strong in all 3 disciplines, looking forward to the next one and especially to his Ironman debut in autumn. Let’s go Diego!
David Galafassi, the day before the race, said to me: I want to race hard, I’m felling great and want to show it! And he did! 4:21.19 allowed him to place 11. M40-44 and with 2:17.37 he had a really fast bike ride! We are very happy with that! Also David will be racing his first Ironman later in the year.
Mirco Pulici wanted to race Barcelona marathon a few weeks ago, but a stomach bug didn’t allow to finish. So instead of getting nervous and negative, he moved on to produce a new PB at Zurich: 3:16.09! Very deserved result Mirco and very proud coach
Emanuele Mutti, just one week after his excellent marathon finish at Milan, participated in a 95km Granfondo Perini cycling race. 3:43.52 his time, which considering the 1600+ is very good. Another excellent workout in the bank on the way to his first Ironman race!
Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:
Very nice performance at the first local race of the season in Sprint Transition sport Triathlon. Podium racing results across the team:
- 1st and 2nd place in Women’s division with Nadia Syntzanaki and Tzenny Mpoulmeti also both winners in their AG,
- 4th place in Men’s division and 1st in his AG (M30-34) Alexandros Sakellariou after long abstinence after surgery
- The Cyprus champion Paschalis Frangou, 1st AG (M18-24)
- Anastasis Mitropappas, 2nd AG (M35-39)
- Tasos Deligeorgis, 2nd AG (M45-49)
- Andreas Sakelariou 2nd AG (M55-59)
- Costas Chatzelis 3d AG (M30-34)
- Mania Bikof 1st AG (F45-49)
- Vicky Deligeorgi 2nd AG (F45-49)
- Alexandra Tsiomi 3d AG(F45-49)
Also congratulations to the rest of the team, with many individual superb performances to successfully open their racing season!
Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:
Another great weekend for our young team, despite it was be a Short Triathlon, we had a great presentation in Piracicaba City last weekend in the Copa Interior Sao Paulo de Short Triathlon,
- Karina Freitas 2nd place 40/44 and 5th overall,
- Matheus Martini 2nd place 20/24 and 5th overall,
- João Quialheiro 2nd place 45/49
- Rodrigo Ramos 3rd place.30/34
- Plinio Barros 6th place 40/44
Everybody got improved their performance and they are happy with the result. Karina Freitas and João Quialheiro will compete Ironman Brazil in May.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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