#51fiver race report: Trevor Batey


The #51fiver was my third race of the season and a step up in intensity following the Inter Services Duathlon and Cotswold Sprint Tri, a week before.  My plan with coach Lawrence was to use this as another training race to get me ready for one of my main events – the Cotswold 113 Middle Distance on 10 June.

As with the Sprint Tri, the weather was once again kind with little cloud and wind, although the temperatures were cooler, which generated some windchill on the bike and so resulted in a loss of feeling in fingers and toes that played havoc in T2. 

Swim: With 13 general waves, I was not racing in an AG specific start and the waves themselves were closer to 150 in size.  Such a size made for a much more challenging start.  I went out hard and in this instance, probably too hard and close to Sprint speed, which was a mistake.  It was probably the most violent swim start I have been in and I ended up taking a foot and elbow to the face, which combined with the hard start caused my HR to spike way above what it should have so soon into the race – only 400m in.  The result was that I came very close to being overwhelmed and struggled to hold a swim stroke; I was forced to slow completely and reset.  However, such an action was right and I was able to relax, regain control and re-establish a good cruise speed.  After this I felt confident again and swam well to catch the back of the front pack coming into T1.

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Inter-Services Duathlon race report: Trevor Batey

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The Inter-Services Duathlon is a race I try to do each year when I can and is the first real season opening race on my calendar.  The standard is exceptionally high with some of the best triathletes in the military competing, making for some fierce racing. 

The weather was particularly poor, adding to the challenge.  A large number of storm cells were blowing through, bringing heavy squalls, low temperatures and high winds.

Run 1: For the first time I felt much more comfortable than normal going into run 1 and started at a quicker pace than I normally do but I wasn’t uncomfortable with this.  I went through the 2 laps in 18:13 at sub-6min/mile which is a pace I didn’t think I still had in me!

Bike: 7 laps of the airfield with a considerable rise and fall on each lap.  Airfields are designed to be exposed to wind to assist aircraft take-off and landing, which makes the bike a challenge.  A very strong cross/head wind, combined with heavy rain made cornering a bit twitchy and you weren’t able to steer hard through the corners, rather you had to enter wide and drift round.  A strong bike meant I was only overtaken by 2 other riders and I made every effort to keep them in sight and striking distance coming into run 2.

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Ironman 70.3 Marbella race report - Johnny Phillips

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Having decided to take on Ironman Wales in September I figured doing a couple of smaller (they aren’t small) 70.3 triathlons would give me an idea of what I was 

taking on. Ironman Marbella 70.3 was my first ever triathlon and I chose it because of the location, having been there several times and because timing wise it would give me a solid idea of how the training is going.

I have to say I was bricking it, I arrived Wednesday and checked out the site and maybe that’s what set the nerves off. By the time my mate arrived I was a bit of a wreck and moaning about everything. The swim was and is my biggest fear and the day before the event the winds had picked up and the swell was pretty heafty, not impressed. I did a short reccie with Gavin (see Gavin's race report HERE) but even then I felt sick and decided to just wait it out and see what happens the next day.

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Endless Pool coaching dates for June

IMG 5406After a successful 3 months of Endless Pool swim coaching in Cardiff, we can now release the dates available for June for 1-2-1 swim coaching; our June dates are:

  • Saturday 2nd June (10am - 1pm)
  • Saturday 9th June (10am - 1pm)
  • Saturday 16th June (10am - 1pm)
  • Monday 18th June (9am - 1pm)
  • Saturday 23rd June (10am - 1pm)
  • Monday 25th June (9am - 1pm)
  • Saturday 30th June (10am - 1pm)

 The Endless Pool sessions are taken by our experienced swim coach, coach Rhys, who’ll take the athlete through the 1-2-1 coached swim session. Each hour long swim session will consist of:

  • Visual analysis of swim stroke
  • Video recording of swim stroke
  • Feedback of swim stroke with athlete (via video)
  • Correction of swim stroke via drills and full stroke amendments
  • List of take home drills to do post session
  • Video of swim stroke emailed to athlete post session

 If you're a triathlete or swimmer in the Cardiff or south Wales area and want to improve your swim for the upcoming race season, drop us a message via social media (we're on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as @WhittleFit) or CONTACT US via our website. 

Ironman 70.3 Marbella race report - Gavin Burrough

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I've always wanted to do a triathlon abroad, scrolling down the list of races on the Ironman website I was like a kid in a candy store! Mountainous Marbella located on the Costa del Sol seemed to be the right destination to mix some pain with some pleasure! 

It was the very first Ironman 70.3 thats been held in Marbella and when I arrived there was a real buzz about the town! Lots of nervous anticipation! 

The sea was lovely and flat and had a nice little recce swim to check my wetsuit over as I hadn't used it since doing the double Brutal last year. That lake still haunts me to this day! Come race day though there was a bit of wind kicking up and conditions had changed dramatically! It was pretty rough, but oh well get on with it! Lining up for the swim I went into the 32:30 pen, it helps a lot with the flow instead of just a mass start less chance of people running over you and vice versa as your swimming with people of similar ability. So off I went doing my best David Hasslehoff impression! I quickly realised that all the training in the pool wasn't really going to help me much now! My stroke rhythm and rate went out the window as I just had to time getting over the waves so as not to swallow a load of sea water. Sighting the bouys was nearly impossible so I settled for just alternating my breathing and checking there were people either side of me, I figured that way I'd generally be in the middle. The swim went pretty fast, I looked at my watch, 26mins!!! I was well chuffed! I later found out they cut about 300m off the swim though because of the dangerous conditions. It gave me a boost going into the bike transition thinking I'd magically become Michael Phelps! 

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