Mumbles middle distance triathlon race report - Craig Burrows


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WhittleFit coached triathlete Craig Burrows raced the Mumbles middle distance triathon on Saturday and he had a rather good day, lets hear from the man himself what he thought about his race! 

After a very intense year (by my standards) of training and racing I considered the rescheduled Mumbles Middle Distance event a bit of a hindrance as opposed to an opportunity to race. My motivation for this race was similar to that I share for a wedding fare... muted. I even mentioned to James (Grandfield) that I had never DNF'd before, this could be the first. The truth was that I was tired after the Cardiff Half Marathon the week prior and the weather was becoming increasingly Baltic by the day, my head was already in winter mode.

Race Morning: I awoke at 5am to a barrage of rain doing its best to drown out my whining alarm clock, I immediately asked Lauren if we 'had to go?' If we hadn’t planned to spend the weekend in West Wales after the race then I’m sure she would have said no. I trudged out of bed, chomped my oats, packed the car and we left. We were 10 minutes into our journey when I realised that I had forgotten all of my race nutrition, great. So after a U-turn and another 20 minutes we were back to the same spot. Arriving at a race with 20 minutes until transition closes is ill-advised, I was a right panicky-pants. To cap off an already stressful few hours I gleaned a few choice words from the race briefing and they were 'swim', 'shortened', 'too windy' and 'dangerous'. The swim was now 2 x 750m laps and they would 'assess' the safety of the swim after the first lap. Great, my confidence and enthusiasm was rocketing by the second.

Swim: 30:30

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Team WhittleFit racing roundup - 7th & 8th October 2017

 

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It's almost the end of the traditional triathlon season but we still had plenty of friends and WhittleFit athletes racing, let’s see how they got on:

  • Mumbles Sprint & Middle Distance Triathlon: we had lots of friends & WhittleFit coached athletes racing at the Mumbles, on what turned out to be a miserable day, so massive congratulations to anyone who made it to the start line! 
    • Craig Burrows: 1st senior male (middle distance)
    • Craig Patterson: 3rd senior male (middle distance)
    • Martyn Lewis: 5th relay team (middle distance)
    • Geraint Jones: 13th vet male (middle distance)
    • Andrew Fraser-Cole: 1st vet male (sprint distance)
    • Dave Lewis: 9th vet male (sprint dstance)
    • Sarah Jones: 11th vet female (sprint dstance)
    • Lowri Bowen: 14th vet female (sprint dstance)
    • James Courtney: 17th vet male (sprint dstance)
    • Guto Griffiths: 18th senior male (sprint dstance)
    • Cath Colleypriest: 38th senior female (sprint dstance)
  • Bryn Bach Park cross country: Mark Binding raced the Bryn Bach Park cross country yesterday, it's the first cross country race of the season and turned out to be a good day for Mark, coming 15th overall and 7th in his age catergory. Well done Mark, bodes well for your Mallorca half iron distance triathlon next week! 
  • Wessex Cross League (round 4 - Basingstoke): Tom Foster dusted off his cyclocross bike and raced round 4 of the Wessex Cross League in Basingstoke yesterday and managed a creditable 46th place, well done Tom, good start to the cyclocross season!  

Team WhittleFit racing roundup - 30th September & 1st October 2017

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This weekend we had lots of athletes racing, from south and west Wales all the way to Barcelona! Let’s check out how they got on:

  • Ironman Barcelona: John MacNamara (coached by coach Chris) raced Ironman Barcelona on Saturday and had a great day! John had a solid swim and an excellent bike/run combo to produce a cracking sub-10 time of 9hr51mins. Great work John and excellent coaching from Chris!
  • Pontypridd Aquathlon: Cath Colleypriest raced at a wet and cold Ponty Lido on Saturday and produced a very solid result of 25th in age group, excellent work Cath! 
  • Pembrey Cyclo Cross (Round 2): unfortunatley Tom Nesham DNF'd at Pembrey after taking a tumble (cut knee & swollen wrist), but he'll be back to fight another day soon enough! 
  • Cardiff Half Marathon: we had lots of athletes and friends of WhittleFit racing the Cardiff Half Marathon yesterday. Lots of PB’s were achieved and everyone looked like they had  a great time (how can you not have a good time during the Cardiff Half Marathon?); well done everyone!
  • Carmarthen Sprint Triathlon: the Carmarthen Sprint Triathlon marks the end of the triathlon season for most triathletes and this was no different for Steve, Andrew, James and Guto. All four WhittleFit athletes had excellent races, well done everyone!
    • Steve: 2nd overall
    • Andrew: 1st in age group and 6th overall
    • James: 2nd in age group and 7th overall
    • Guto: 19th overall

Ironman 70.3 World Championships race report - Craig Patterson

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Coached athlete Craig Patterson (coached by coach Chris) raced in Chattanooga 2 weeks ago, lets hear about his race in his own words!

Arriving in the States to a bit of a storm and a 5 hour delay on our connecting flight but after one hell of a long day we finally made it to Chattanooga BUT no luggage or bike! They are still stuck in Atlanta. Back to the airport in the morning but no bike on the first flight of the day, a bike’s not that important, is it? It finally arrives mid-morning and I finally get it built. Only problem is no front brake......bike shop time I think. Thank you Chattanooga Trek store and also for this Scotsman pretty cheap. Kit is now good to go! 

Weather is looking good in the high 20's so possible non-wetsuit swim so best the practice swims are done in a swim skin. A couple of swims in the Tennessee river and the current is a wee bit strong. Could make a difference. The roads seem pretty good, certainly much better than around Chepstow. A little recce of the run course confirms my fears it's going to be a stinker, not many flat sections if any and some steep hills and long climbs. Well it's the World Championships so shouldn't be easy! 

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Ironman Wales race report - Angharad Pocock

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Angharad Pocock raced her first Iron distance triathlon, Ironman Wales, a few weeks go, lets hear what she went through on race day!

I’m lying in the sunshine in Sicily and it’s been 2 weeks since Ironman Wales. It’s hard to know where to begin with this really as there’s so much whirling around my mind at the moment after the high of finishing my first Ironman.

I signed up in September last year, the aim being to complete an Ironman in celebration of turning 40, which would be 12 days after Ironman Wales 2017. What better way to celebrate a 40th birthday?!

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