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 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


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.

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