WhittleFit Athlete Spotlight: Trevor Batey


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This month we focus our WhittleFit Athlete Spotlight on long course triathlete Trevor Batey. Trevor is coached by coach Lawrence and this year his sole goal was to go sub-10 at an Iron distance race; lets hear what Trevor has to say about triathlon, what got him into the sport and this years races: 

  • What got you started in endurance/multisport?
    • I’ve always enjoyed running and mountain biking and had developed into a reasonable endurance athlete in these disciplines.  In 2009 I was encouraged by my brother give a triathlon a go and despite an atrocious swim (it still isn’t great!) I found I wasn’t that bad at racing.  I loved the buzz of pushing myself to my physical limits and family rivalry is a bit like a red rag to a bull.  From there my love of racing continued to grow.
  • How long have you been with WhittleFit?
    • I’ve been with WhittleFit for 12 months, having joined in Nov 16.  I had reached the point with my previous coaching set up where I needed to make a break and start afresh.  I knew Mark Whittle through my time in RAF Triathlon and after an initial approach and consultation was able to get a place on his team, coached by Lawrence Cronk.
  • Tell us about your home and work life?
    • I work full time as a Project Manager and my wife is a Solicitor.  So between us, our love of sport, two children and a cat and dog, it is a very difficult balancing act to get things right.  We are very time critical, which is probably one of the hardest challenges though; however, the support we give each other is crucial to a successful racing season.
  • What was your first race?
    • In terms of multisport it was the London Triathlon in 2009, where I finished in a time of 2:29:48 – with a 35 min swim!  I’ve always enjoyed road and cross country racing of all distances but this was the catalyst for me getting into multisport racing, since when I haven’t looked back.
  • How many races have you done?
    • I’ve got race records for 160 events of all kinds, over the period 2009 – 2017, from running through to a various selection of multisport events, covering all distances from Sprint through to Ironman.
  • What advice would you give someone starting out in triathlon?
    • In general terms, I would say that all the advice that is out there rings true and I can’t add anything that probably hasn’t been said before.  However, during the last 12 months, for me the key has been: Consistency & Repetition.  Over the winter 6 months or so, my Weekly Training Plan varies little from week to week but it is the consistent repetition of this training that gave be the base to then use as the springboard from the start of the race season to build on towards my A Race.  On top of this, I would say that long term planning has been the most critical aspect.  I have an 18 month Excel planner (who doesn’t love a good spreadsheet!) on which I overlay every conceivable personal, social and racing event – in effect an amalgamation of all my calendars.  This way, my coach can look at things and know how to plan my training across the year and I can make sure I don’t make too many mistakes in developing my Weekly Training Plan.
  • What is the most rewarding part of your journey racing in endurance or multisport?
    • I think being able to complete each week of training, as prescribed, week in week out.  I find that hugely satisfying and if I train hard, then I can race easy.
  • What is your biggest accomplishment so far?
    • Completing the Outlaw in 9:55:07.  Having done two Ironman races previously a combination of poor preparation and environmental factors meant I never made sub-10 but it was something I knew I was capable of.  As such it had been gnawing away at me for a while and was the millstone around my neck.  I moved to WhittleFit and set the goal for 2017 of sub-10 for an iron distance race and concentrated all of my effort into this.  Thankfully all the pieces of the jigsaw fell into place on race day and I was able to hit my target.

 Thank you Trevor for your comments and congratulations on a great result at The Outlaw! Your consistency in training, coupled with the coaching provided by Lawrence Cronkcertainly paid dividends - very well done!