My Week in Tri: 4 September
Results, 7 Bullets and Frodeno hypothetical
My Week in Triathlon
My triathlon thoughts and learnings over the last week. Hit reply if you have feedback…can you believe I’m flying to Nice this week?!
70.3 Zell am See: Full Results here
Short distance Olympian Perterer lead a very strung out main pack into T1 by well over a minute. The main contenders were in the “pack” except for Kleiser who was almost 4min back. Perterer led until 55km on the bike before a storming Bleymehl caught her with Astle a few minutes back. Off the bike Bleymehl had a 4:21 lead over Astle with Kleiser having cycled up from 14th to 3rd now 5:30 behind the leader. Almost expectedly, Astle didn’t hold the pace on the run due to her extensive calf injury this year and potentially ran conservatively with Kona coming up soon. | Men: Manner had over a minute lead out the water. Similar to the ladies race, he stayed ahead on the bike until Funk eventually made a decisive pass around the 55km mark. Funk got into T2 almost 3min ahead of Manner with Stratmann almost 5min behind. Dreitz came 4th while unfortunately Clavel dropped out.
🥇 Daniela Bleymehl (04:19:18)
🥈 Daniela Kleiser (04:21:52)
🥉 Franzi Reng (04:26:50)
🥇 Fred Funk (03:49:56)
🥈 Jan Stratmann (03:54:46)
🥉 Stenn Goetstouwers (03:55:19)
70.3 Poznan: Full Results here
Konczalla got out the water over 4min behind the leader Krueger and almost 2min behind Curridori. Off the bike she had turned this around to a 2:31 lead over Curridori. She brought it home with the fastest run of the day. | Men: Hirsch had a small 35s lead out the water and extended this on the bike entering T2 over 2min ahead and extended this on the run. Mattner passed Davis in the final few km to take 2nd.
🥇 Leonie Konczalla (04:05:54)
🥈 Elisabetta Curridori (04:10:19)
🥉 Agnieszka Jerzyk (04:13:41)
🥇 Willhelm Hirsch (03:36:17)
🥈 Christoph Mattner (03:40:25)
🥉 Thomas Davis (03:40:43)
Ironman Wales: Full Results here
Bartlett was 2nd out the water almost 3min behind Ahrens. By 40km on the bike, Bartlett had already established a 4min lead which ballooned to almost 15min into T2. She backed this up with the fastest run to make it a dominant win.
🥇 Nikki Bartlett (09:52:02)
🥈 Heini Hartikainen (10:15:22)
🥉 Johanna Ahrens (10:30:21)
Gerardmer XL: Full Results here
It was an end to end domination by Derron who led out the swim. She had the fastest bike and came into T2 with Pedersen a few minutes back. She had the fastest run by over 5min to really drive it home. | Men: Ceccarelli had a small lead out the water with Wayaffe being over 1min back. Mennesson lead the bike but couldn’t back this up on the run. Wayaffe took the win with the fastest run of the day but Ceccarelli was close behind with the 2nd fastest run keeping the pressure on the whole way.
🥇 Julie Derron (04:49:58)
🥈 Alanis Siffert (04:59:59)
🥉 Camilla Pedersen (05:01:03)
🥇 Jonathan Wayaffe (04:23:46)
🥈 Mattia Ceccarelli (04:24:26)
🥉 William Mennesson (04:25:38)
Super League Toulouse Full Results here
Triple mix format: 3 separate triathlons with a short break between with the order of sports changed each time.
This felt more like a soap opera with plenty drama. Waugh absolutely dominated the first triathlon on the bike and run with last weeks winner Lehair close behind. Spivey took a few steps onto the run course then pulled out which she admitted was the plan as she had an injury concern. On the second triathlon, Lehair bullied the run course to take an early lead but was disqualified for re-fixing her helmet strap while holding her bike in transition (?!). On the 3rd triathlon it was Waugh all the way who comfortably won in the end with Lehair and Spivey not present. | Men: Bergere and Brownlee were the leaders after the first triathlon with the Duracell Bunny Blummenfelt in 3rd. In the 2nd triathlon, Wilde dominated the bike to gain a small lead only to give this up in the swim. Rider started the 3rd triathlon with Wilde, Bergere, Brownlee and Schoeman all in striking distance. Rider crashed on the bike and it was the Wilde and Bergere show as they raced around the technical bike course in true crit style. The drama: coming into T2, Wilde saw 1 lap left on the board and passed Bergere as he was slowing down to dismount. They had some words but amongst confusion, Bergere rode into T2 while Wilde sped right through it. The “1 lap to go” sign was for the athletes that had just been lapped. Bergere was now comfortably in the lead with Wilde having to turn around. Schoeman had a trademark swim to catch Bergere in the water with Brownlee just behind. Bergere ran away on the final leg to win with Brownlee in hot pursuit dropping Schoeman. The drama carried on with an objection that Bergere cycled across the dismount line and wasn’t penalized. This was ruled to be an officiating irregularity and no cause to penalize Bergere.
🥇 Kate Waugh
🥈 Leonie Periault
🥉 Emma Lombardi
🥇 Leo Bergere
🥈 Jonny Brownlee
🥉 Henri Schoeman
World Triathlon Cup Valencia Full Results here
Great 3min highlights videos here: Men, Ladies. There was a strung out group of swimmers being led out by Vermeylen containing 22 athletes, including Jorgensen. The flat bike ensured a running race in the absence of any drama and that’s what happened. A small group of runners formed with Jorgensen leading. She broke away with two laps to go to win her first race in 7 years! | Men: Devay had a small gap on the swim and he rode solo in front with Bentley for quite a while before they were caught by the main pack of 15 athletes. Deja vu when Devay and Bentley broke away to gain a few seconds lead into T2. A group of 7 ran together which dropped down to 5 at half way. The attrition carried on with the top two hitting the blue carpet together. There was a 100m sprint to decide the winner.
🥇 Gwen Jorgensen (01:55:01)
🥈 Nina Elm (01:55:17)
🥉 Marlene Gomez-Goggel (01:55:24)
🥇 David Cantero Del Campo (01:41:10)
🥈 Lasse Nygaard Priester (01:41:11)
🥉 Michele Sarzilla (01:41:26)
Gomez returns: One of my favourite athletes Javier Gomez is set to toe the start line again. He is “mature” in age these days but how I would love to see him at the top again. Tri247 article here.
PTO Unfiltered: I’ve been on my Kickr this week so have caught up with some YouTube. I’m obsessed with these “raw” videos. I watched this one by the PTO from Singapore here.
Learn to swim: Greg Harper is relatively unknown but is arguably one of the best swimmers in Triathlon, only recently starting to race as a pro. He’s got some great material on YouTube to help improve your swimming. Channel here.
Lionel's Imaginary Penalty: The horse feels flogged on this one but have a look at his video. Come for the controversy but stay for the amazing raw penalty tent footage at the 7m20s mark. He came across like a true role model even under adversity and was never rude and even engaged an age-grouper to ask how her race was. Video here.
Trautman PSA: Read Matt Trautman’s somewhat humerous report of his lost luggage at the airport. Make sure to read the conclusion in the comments. Post here.
Test Event race week: I’m late to the party on this but Talbot’s Paris test event race week series was highly enjoyable. First episode here and second one here. It’s such a different vibe to long course and almost felt like a university atmosphere. Juxtaposed by Katie Zaferes sitting having lunch with her baby walking around in the second episode.
Aero Oats Website: Some of you may have seen this but I’ve been tinkering away at my website. What do you think of the logo and new branding? There are lots of little goodies and tools there, arguably making it one of your more “unique” triathlon websites. Have a look here. Why not play the Tri Match Game under the tools section and take a screenshot of your fastest time…I may even name the game after who ever has the fastest time 😀
There’s been lots of “The Goat” debate going around. One of the names in the hat definitely has to be Mark Allen. He arguably had an unparalleled career and was practically unbeatable at every distance. He surely would have been a favorite for an Olympic Gold, short distance World Championship and 70.3 titles should they have been available to him. The ITU had their first ever World Champs in 1989 which he won. He also won 21 races in a row between 1988 and 1990…including Ironman and Olympic distances. Here is his record in Kona:
I thought it would be interesting to see what the result sheets would look like if Jan Frodeno had a similar track record in Kona. Using some poetic license, I worked back from Jan’s last win in 2019 and placed his name in previous years to match Allen’s results. What stood out for me is how many great legends of the sport Jan would have had to have beaten over 12 years.
Jan came 3rd in 2014 and won in 2015, 2016 and 2019.
In other news, I posted the below to Instagram after Paula Findlay said on the PTN podcast that she obviously should have gone to Singapore and not Lahti to get more PTO Points. She’s right, but the potential for points at Lahti wasn’t too far behind:
That’s it for today.
Yours in low CdA,
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