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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Ironman Wales race report - Tom Foster

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Tom Foster raced Ironman Wales a few weeks go, lets check out what he thought about his race!

How many weather apps should you have on your phone? Easy, as many as you want so long as at least one says the weather is going to be ok!  

Living in the UK, being a cyclist makes you obsessed about the weather. Will it rain? Will it be windy? Will it be sunny? – probably all of them! So not a surprise then that during my taper, my additional free time that was used with training was mainly taken up obsessing over the changing weather patterns and how they might affect Tenby. What wheels? What additional stuff should I wear? Gillet? Arm warmers? But they are not aero! 

Usually when I taper I feel horrendous, edgy is the best description, I just feel that I need to do stuff when it isn’t really necessary. This time around was different, I felt ready for a taper; I was knackered. Ironman training is incessant, it’s the volume more than anything and eventually it catches up with you.  Trying to balance it all off is not easy and so, it was safe to say, I was ready for the rest.

Read more: Ironman Wales race report - Tom Foster

Team WhittleFit racing roundup - 16th & 17th September 2017

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This weekend we had lots of athletes racing, from Anglessey and Llanberis in North Wales, to Weymouth on the south coast and all the way to Rotterdam in southern Holland; let’s see how they got on:

  • Sandman Sprint Triathlon: Tom Nesham raced the Sandman Sprint Triathlon on Saturday, with an eye on the overall series title after winning the Slateman Sprint Triathlon and the Snowman Sprint Triathlon earlier in the year. Tom finished 2nd on the day and took the overall series win by over 7 minutes, well done Tom!
  • Brutal Triathlons: On Saturday Gavin Burrough and Adam Pritchard lined up at Lake Padarn for the Double and Triple Brutal triathlon respectively. These events are simply mad with Gavin swimming 7.6km (4.8 miles), cycling 360km (224 miles) and running 84km (2 marathons) and Adam swimming 11.6km (7.2 miles) cycling 540km (336 miles) and running 126km (3 marathons)! Both Gavin and Adam did extremely well, with Gavin coming 9th in 39hrs3mins and Adam coming 2nd in 60hrs48mins! These are guys are legends!
  • Ironman Weymouth 70.3: On Sunday we had lots of athletes racing in Weymouth (Bethan, Martin, James and Matt). A choppy swim to start the race put a few of the athletes on the back foot, but I’m very happy to report that all 4 athletes came good on the bike and run and ended up having very solid races; well done all!
  • Rotterdam ITU Standard Distance Triathlon World Championships: Andrew ‘Pops’ Martin raced in Rotterdam on Sunday at the ITU Standard Distance Triathlon World Championships and put on another great display in the GB race suit to come home 5th in his age group, well done Pops!