Team WhittleFit racing roundup - 6th August 2017

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This weekend we only had one race where we had athletes racing, it was the Tuska Triathlon at Porthcawl which was also doubling up as the Welsh Sprint Triathlon Champs. A really good field of athletes toed the start line, which made for exciting racing! 

  • Angharad Pocock: Angharad raced this race as a last chance to get in a multisport race before racing at Ironman Wales in 5 weeks. Angharad raced very well and secured a brillaint 2nd place and a silver medal in the 40-49 age group; well done Angharad! 
  • Andrew Martin: Andrew started his race super fast, coming out of the water in 4th or 5th place, but sadly his day was ended early (DNF) with a puncture on the bike leg. Andrew will be back racing soon enough though, he's representing Great Britain in Rotterdam at the World Triathlon Champs in September.
  • Gareth Hodgson: Gareth wasn't 100% for this race as he's had an injury for several weeks but was keen to race as he was lieing 2nd in the National Series rankings. Gareth raced really well, finishing 3rd in the Welsh Championships on the day and going on to secure 1st place in the National Series, very well done Gareth! 
  • Tom Nesham: Tom raced in the Junior division on Sunday and managed to win the Junior Welsh Championships on the day and also take 1st place in the National Series; well done Tom. 

B Races........the story so far...........

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Coached athlete Tom Foster has recently completed a couple of 'B' races and got some very good results, lets hear what he has to say about these races!

Unless your surname is Brownlee you typically are only able to really target and focus on one or two major races a year. These are known as ‘A’ races. In the case of an Ironman, your eggs are typically in that one M-dot shaped basket. There are a few of reasons for this:

  1. Time: you can’t dedicate all the time you need in peak training more than once or maybe twice a year.
  2. Money: Ironman (M-Dot especially) races are expensive. Not just for the entry, but all the other stuff that goes with it, accommodation, and travel etc.
  3. Psychologically: an ‘A race’ just being an ‘A race’ is quite draining

With all that said, it would be foolish to just do one race per season. You need lower priority races to sharpen up and test stuff out. You approach these races differently, maybe less or no taper or try out a different strategy than usual or test equipment out. These are ‘B’ or ‘C’ races. The key is that your goals are different for these races and expectations are set as such. My A race this season is Ironman Wales so I wanted at least 1 Middle distance and 1 Olympic distance triathlon as B races in the lead up. 

One of my favourite races in the calendar is the Pembrokeshire Coast Triathlon. A standard distance race around the west Wales coast, with a challenging bike and run it makes it an ideal loosener for something like ironman Wales. Best of all, it’s cheap to enter and well organised – as a well-established race the course has been the same for years so it all runs like clockwork.

Read more: B Races........the story so far...........

Team WhittleFit racing roundup - 24th, 29th & 30th July 2017

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  • Aberavon Aquathlon: on Monday evening Tom Nesham raced the Aberavon aquathlon as a tune up for the Sandman Sprint Triathlon taking place the following weekend. Tom raced well and managed to take 7th place. 
  • The Wales Triathlon: we had several coached athletes racing at the Wales Triathlon in Fishguard, including James Grandfield, Craig Burrows, Rob Stroud, Mark Binding, Stephen Rowlands and coach Lawrence. Everyone raced extremely well, with James & Craig (and relay partner Richie) winning the relay, Rob going sub-6, Mark coming 19th, Stephen coming 7th and coach Lawrence coming 4th. Well done all, an amazing day of racing! 
  • Sandman Sprint Triathlon: Tom Nesham raced the Sandman Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, another Always Aim High event, following on from his win at the Slateman Sprint Triathlon a few weeks previously. Tom started well and lead out of the swim, he didn't feel great on the bike (due to the cold weather) and dropped back to 3rd place at the start of the run (90's down to the leader). The run isn't normally Tom's strength, but he dug really deep, pushed on and made his way through the field to take the win! Well done Tom!   

Team WhittleFit racing roundup - 15th & 16th July 2017

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This past weekend we had lots of WhittleFit athletes racing, lets see how they got on:

  • Bosworth Olympic Triathlon: WhittleFit coached athlete Sarah Jones took part in her first triathlon for over 15 years this weekend and she had a stormer! Sarah did amazingly well and came 3rd in her age group and 11th overall! Very well done Sarah!
  • Fugitive Middle Distance Triathlon: Stu Fraser returned back to action this weekend after a bike crash 4 weeks ago at the Fugitive Middle Distance Triathlon. Well done Stu, returning to action is tough, so an 8th place overall in a time of 4hr52 is amazing!
  • Ironman UK: friend of WhittleFit Dan Farmer raced Ironman UK yesterday and came home in a time of 10hr40. This is a great time as Dan has had limited run training due to a recent injury; well done Dan, very impressive racing!
  • Hodnet 100 mile TT: Lawrence Cronk set a goal of sub 4he30 at the Hognet 100 mile TT this weekend and achieved that time with a few minutes to spare! Great work coach!  

Team WhittleFit racing roundup - 8th & 9th July 2017

 

DEJkmrsXcAA6XCW.jpg largeThis weekend we had lots of WhittleFit athletes racing, in England, Wales and Germany.........lets see how they got on:

  • Long Course Weekend: Long Course Weekend Wales is always a fantastic weekend and this weekend didn’t disappoint. Very calm conditions on Friday evening made for fast swim times, a dry & calm day on Saturday meant good times on the (very tough) bike and Sunday had showers first thing moving into a humid and hot afternoon, all in all excellent conditions for Pembrokeshire in early July! We had 22 athletes doing various parts of the Long Course Weekend and many more friends doing it too, it’s a great weekend, if you get the chance to do some of it next year, do it!  
  • Velothon Wales: Great weather provided good times for Velothon Wales. Well done to Angharad Brown, Rob Stroud, Chris Ward and Andy Backhouse who all produced very solid bike performances, nice work all!
  • Ironman Frankfurt: Mark Binding travelled to an extremely hot Frankfurt for the European Ironman Championships. Mark had a great swim and bike, but things go away from him on the run which resulted in a DNF. Things don’t always go to plan in big races, but it’s how to respond to them that makes the difference; I know Mark will come back stronger after this minor setback, well done Mark.
  • Chichester Sprint Triathlon: James Coxon raced the Chicester Sprint Triathlon on the weekend and did extremely well in a stacked field, coming 10th overall and 2nd in his age group. Well done James!
  • Hever Middle Distance Triathlon: Paul Fairclough raced at the stunning Hever Castle this weekend. Sickness on the run curtailed a PB performance, but Paul dug in there and finished the race; congrats Paul, well done for getting to the finish line.