ÖtillÖ Isles of Scilly race report - Lawrence Cronk

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As soon as I found out a couple of years ago that ÖtillÖ (Swedish for island to island) was launching more swimrun events as qualifiers for their Sweden ‘WorldChampionship’ race I knew soon, I would be entering one. The Scilly Isles was a no brainer, I had been there a few times as a kid and told wife Laura we should go, this was the perfect excuse. I made sure we signed up early, nearly seven months early! SwimRun is a team event (pairs) and if we were to complete it and still be married at the end, we needed to practice and seven months might just be long enough for me to calm Laura’s nerves (and chose the right moment to tell her we had entered the full event and not the sprint distance). In the meantime I was lucky enough to hear a talk from Michael Lemmer the founder of ÖtillÖ at the London Triathlon Show. He laid out the history of swimrun and the ethos of the ÖtillÖ series. This left me lots of great phrases that I knew Mrs Cronk would feel at ease with; ‘if you are not there to win you are there to have fun,’ ‘take the time to take in your surroundings’ and ‘help others.’ 

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Team WhittleFit racing roundup - 12th & 13th August 2017


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This weekend we had quite a few WhittleFit coached athletes racing, we had athletes racing in south and west Wales, the Cotswolds and Germany, lets see how they got on:

  • Ironman Hamburg: Craig Burrows raced Ironman Hamburg yesterday, chasing a sub-10 time over the Ironman distance. Craig raced very well over the 3 disciplines and came home in an amazing time of 9hr54min. Very well done Craig, all your hard work paid off!
  • Swim to the Edge: Mark Binding took part in the Swim to the Edge swim on Saturday (which is part of the Solva Edge Festival weekend), this is a tough 2.5 mile swim where you swim out of Solva harbour, around Green Scar Rock and back to the harbour. Nice work Mark, this will stand you in good stead for Ironman Dublin 703 this coming weekend.  
  • Gower Triathlon: we had lots of athletes racing at the Gower sprint triathlon on Saturday, including Cath Colleypriest (13th in age group, Emma Reffel (12th in age group), Lowri Bowen (10th in age group) and Craig Patterson (6th in age group); well done all!
  • Burry Port Triathlon: Congratulations to Andrew Fraser Cole coming 3rd vet at the RNLI Burry Port Triathlon and to Guto Griffiths for completing his first ever Olympic distance triathlon, well done guys!
  • Cotswolds Classic Triathlon: Congratulations to Trevor Batey and Geraint Jones who raced the Cotswolds Classic middle distance triathlon on Sunday, Trevor came 2nd in his age group (4hr28mins) and Geraint came 23rd in his age group (5hr5mins), great racing! 

Outlaw Triathlon Race Report - Trevor Batey

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For me, the journey to the Outlaw began in Nov 16, some 9 months ago.  Being a triathlon obsessed perfectionist, I felt that I’d had a disappointing 2016 season,where I knew that I didn’t perform to my potential and, having questioned my coaching setup, realised it was time to face the inevitable and make the tough decision to move to a new coaching regime.

As it was, I knew Mark Whittle, WhittleFit founder, from my days of racing for thr RAF Triathlon team and following a period of discussion and consultation, was given the opportunity to work with one of his triathlon coaches, Lawrence Cronk.

I then set myself one single A race goal for 2017 and that was sub-10 hours for a long distance triathlon.  This was a mad obsession that I had to satisfy, my only previous attempt had failed at IM Austria in 2012, where I came in at 11:09:46, but the truth was I never really understood or respected the long distance race and wasn’t properly trained.  I don’t count IM Wales 2014 (12:22:43) as it’s not a course renowned for quick times! I knew I had the fitness and ability to do this but what I didn’t have was the structure, guidance and support to get me there – that’s where WhittleFit came in.

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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.

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