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:

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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!

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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:

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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:

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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!.

 

Congratulations to all athletes competing this weekend.

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