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Cobbie's Selected Race Results

Raid du Massif Central - 6 days, 562 miles, 16,300m ascent, 46 hrs Report


Aug - Dee Mile, 2000m OW swim. 29:12; 60/301. Report

July - Raid Pyrenean Report

May - Chester Tri West Coast of Scotland Cycling trip ... 300 miles in 3 days. Report


Sep - Scilly Swim Challenge, 11 miles of swimming in 5 stages Report


June - Dee Mile, 2000m OW swim. 29:33; 25/275 Very Happy Very Happy


March - Gin Pit Marathon; 3:59:26. 14/39


Became a dad Cool

Oct 2011 - Feb 2012

Travelling the world Cool
Nepal - Annapurna Circuit and Chitwan
S. E. Asia and trekking in New Zealand
South America
Trekking the 'Circuito del Dientes de Navarino'; Chilean Tierra del Fuego


Sep - AXTri - Report

June - Chester to John O'Groats cycle ride with the Tri Club; 637 miles in 9 days

2010 Races

Sep - TILL ; 14:19; Report

2009 Races

Nov - Pembrokeshire Coast Challenge; 78.6 miles. Day 1 - 5th in 4:39. Very Happy Day 2 - Retired with ITB injury after 15 miles Sad

Oct 4th - Sandstone Trail 'A' Race; 17 miles, 1750ft 2:19:15; 29/156

Aug 8th - Norseman 14:57; 81=/230 Report No1 & Report No2 Smile

June 28th - A Day in the Lakes HIM 5:55:18; 68/309 Report

June 17th - Dee Mile, 2000m OW swim. 29:12; 13/100 Report Very Happy

May 31st - Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Cyclosportif 107 miles, 3000+m ascent; 7:20:26

March 28th Cheshire Cat Cyclosportif 105 miles; 7:04 Report

March 21st - Chester Tri Runners vs Kayaks; Llangollen Canal 32.4 miles; 5:22 Report

2008 Races
The year I was a fat bast@rd Rolling Eyes

Atlantic Coast Challenge 78miles; About 18 hrs Report

Norseman 17:05 Report

Etape du Dales 110 miles; 8:40ish with puncture

2007 Races

Nov 17th - Penmaenmawr Fell Race (11 miles, 1500ft); 1:35:23; 50/220

Bala Olympic Tri 2:14:00; 217/773 (AG 61/203) Smile Report

Hathersage Hilly - 1:22:34; 19/169 and AG 4/43 Smile ; Report

July 11th - Dee Mile, 2000m OW swim. 23:16; 15/76 Smile

Jan 29th - Tough Guy 1:25:02; 59/3800ish finishers Very Happy Very Happy AG 5th Vet Shocked Very Happy ; Report

Jan 22nd - 4 Villages Half Marathon 86:52; 152/1570


Nov 18th - Penmaenmawr Fell Race (11 miles, 1500ft); 1:31:42; 24/237; Report Very Happy Very Happy

Oct 8th - Pentland Skyline (16.2 miles, 6,200ft); 3:30:54; 79/150; Report. Blisters Crying or Very sad

Oct 1st - Sandstone Trail A Race (17 miles, 1750ft) 2:15:14; 14/135 3rd V40; Report Very Happy Very Happy

Sept 24th South Shropshire Sprint 1:23; 28/234

July 23rd - TLD Bike Relay 5:52:38; Report

June 7th - Dee Mile, 2000m OW swim. 28:47; 24/97 Smile

June 4th - Bala Middle 4:47:39 Crying or Very sad

May 7th - Fred Whitton Challenge 112 miles, 4,150m of ascent, 8:18:52; Report

March 19th - Edale Skyline Fell Race 21.3 miles, 4,620ft; 3:48:25, 100/260

Jan 29th - Tough Guy 92:55; 52/3283 finishers Very Happy Very Happy AG 6/521; Report

Jan 22nd - 4 Villages Half Marathon 85:43; 152/1655 Very Happy


Oct 30th - Snowdonia Marathon 3:54:50; 265/961

Oct 2nd - Sandstone Trail A Race (16.8 miles, 1750ft) 2:17:41; 29/111 Very Happy

Sep 18th - Bala Olympic Tri 2:20:31; 83/433 (AG 17/100) Very Happy

Sep 10th - Helvellyn Tri 4:17:38; 43/331
Report Very Happy Very Happy

July 24th - The Longest Day 11:00:25; 40/150

June 5th - Bala Middle 4:39:54; 92/318 (AG 25/87)
Very Happy

Mar 15th - Wuthering Hike [31 miles 4400 ft] 5:35 Smile

Jan 29th - Tough Guy 93:49; 161/3,500 Very Happy

Jan 22nd - 4 Villages half marathon 90:39; 256/1504

Survival of the Shawangunks - 5:29:45 35/120 Very Happy
Wolverhampton Oly 2:19:50 Very Happy

The year of illness and poor motivation Crying or Very sad
Powerman UK 3:47

HIM Llanberis 5:09:40 Very Happy Very Happy

HIM Llanberis 5:38 Cool Cool
All about Cobbie

Joined: 02 Aug 2005
Location: Chester
Occupation: Consultant
Interests: Red wine and cakes

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Mon Jul 24, 2006 3:41 pm Cobbie
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Rolled up at Wombourne at 3pm on Saturday to find the TT massive already taking over half the campsite, though obviously nobody had told D74 about it being noisy near the gate last year [see D74 write-up for how he nearly became vigilanteDeathWish74 Wink ]. TRex was already there with his carbon pole tent which was clearly only designed for a 4ft midget. Did the whole registration thing before heading off for the drive over to T1 to rack the bike with a couple of the Chester Tri guys and then a pizza on the way back.
The whole crew were there at the pasta party. Dale didn't recognise me, despite us turboing together once earlier in the year (he redeemed himself by saying I looked different as I'd lost a lot of weight Rolling Eyes ) and neither did Sue. Didn't have time to get a complex though as I shook hands with Dre, TT, OldNick, ickle_nick, barnetrose, Steph Stride, tritraveller and then chatting to whole Wrecsam Tri posse - phew. I'll have forgotten loads of other people in that list - apologies.

Had a good night's sleep and up at 3:30 to make a coffee. Then set off with Duncan and Jane and a very quiet TRex. Bike set-up went smoothly which left me with plenty of time to fill and I filled it by chatting away to anybody who didn't move fast enough, including mikemcg who was also biking in a relay team. Iain's OH snapped a few of us:

Then it was time for the off and on the second leg of the first lap we could see that two swimmers had pulled away. As they approached the end of the first lap we could see the second was a relay swimmer and he was right on schedule for 50 minutes - exactly what my swimmer Chris had predicted. As they went past, he waved at me and then upped the pace and went past the other guy. GULP, I had joked about being first on the road but hadn't really believed it until now. One last check of the bike and I joined the line of relay bikers and a chat with Lactic Addict who was first out of the water last year. Then on 50 mins exactly Chris tagged me and I was the lead, crikey. Shocked

Out of the Chasewater compound, I was soon onto the A5, no tailwind this year so had to work a bit but happy that I was at target effort. The main problem I had was not being able to lock out my core properly as that hurts my shoulder more than anything else so I wasn't pedalling as efficiently as I'd have liked. All down the A5 I was waiting to be overtaken but 5, 10 and then 15 miles came and went and amazingly I reached the turn onto the A41 at 20ish miles still in the lead. 20 miles became 25 miles and I changed water bottles with Dre at the first feed station. Finally, at 28 miles, Paul Mountford came through looking very strong and I was able to relax a bit. I pedalled well on the undualting bits of the A41 and reached the second feed station still second on the road. As I approached, I could see them all looking at me, including my runner - Tony's face was a picture when he realised who it was, priceless. Very Happy

About 3 more went past before I reached 60 miles, back on the A41, when on one of the two longish climbs here I suddenly started to get a bit of cramp in both my quads. I persevered for a couple more miles but although the twinges were only small, I've never had this before and made the sensible decision to slow down. My crotch had been sore since 40 miles, at the time I put it down to no cycling for 3 weeks but now I think that it was my position not being quite right because I couldn't lock out my right arm. I endeavoured to keep up a reasonable effort and enjoy myself but it was hard with both quads hurting at every pedal revolution. I was really suffering by the time I got back to Dre's feed station at about 85 miles and had a quick stretch whilst he held my bike - sadly it didn't help so I dropped the pace even further and really just pootled the next 15 - at least by now my crotch had gone completely numb so that wasn't hurting any more. I don't know if it was going over the century but with about 10 miles to go my legs finally started to ease and so I put a bit more effort in, a good thing given the sting in the tail that the course puts in. I tagged Tony in 5:52:38, felling stiffer that I've ever felt off the bike before. No doubt three weeks with no cycling (apart from a 20 mile ride on Weds evening) haven't helped but I really wasn't prepared for the fact that my R shoulder would make such a difference. Still, at 60 miles I was on track for sub 5:30 pace and I have to be happy with sub-6 all things considered. The main thing for me was to take part in some way and I'm really pleased that I did - not only that but I led in a race for the first and probably last time ever. Very Happy

It was great to relax under the TT gazebo and watch the run. Julie, the Chester Tri ladies relay biker, came in on the bike about 20/25 mins after me so Louise set off with a considerable disadvantage but she put in a storming 3:17 split to overtake Tony with a lap to go - bragging rights to the girls Rolling Eyes .
Tony came in in just over 4 hours, giving us a total time of 10:46. Smile Thankfully he didn't injure himself further, though he looked completely done in.

There were a lot of great moments, right now I'll just put the ones I remember off the top of my head. Duncan setting off with his man boobs - erm I mean hydration jacket; Chris Smith from Wrecsam Tri putting in a great run split for their relay team; Rich Hayes, also from Wrecsam Tri with so much sun cream on that he looked white; Doug who looked so composed every time we saw him; Rooster and Ferg jousting with each other and both finishing around 11 hours, TRex in his own little pain bubble but with a smile back on his face at the end and sub-12 hours; and the highlight for me, seeing Clare Page, one of the nicest people I know, win the ladies race. Very Happy

Sadly I had to get back home before all the TTers finished but when I left, Sue was going well, tritraveller was grinning from ear to ear and FBiL was in determined shuffle mode. Good to see that everybody made it safely home.
Great race, great weekend, great to meet up with so many people. Very Happy

This morning, I have a lot of aches and pains but they are easing. Peeing has been very painful so I'll be aiming to avoid numb nuts again. Shocked

At lunchtime today I popped down to the pool and did 400m, my longest swim since the accident although my shoulder was hurting a fair bit on the last 50m. On the plus side, I can now almost pull properly and the pace is better than last week.

Tab - Massage tomorrow morning and then i'll decide when to go for the BGR
Dre - Was great to meet at last.
PaulL - Thanks Rolling Eyes , are you sure I'm not normal and everybody else is nuts Wink
Fidgie - It was a party, though no beer Sad
Almost back to being an athlete in 2016 Shocked

Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:01 pm dr dre
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likewise mate, heres hoping for good weather this week for you.
Racing triathlons with both direction and magnitude

Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:14 pm Paul L
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Great effort Pete, especially as all your injuries are still not fully healed. Take care, Paul. Very Happy
Tue Jul 25, 2006 8:01 am tabtri
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Well done Cobbie. Leading for all that way is great and you did a good ride too especially as it's only a couple of weeks ago you had your crash.

Hope the massage goes well and hope the BGR is doable soon.
My excessive healthy enthusiasm has returned - now I need outlets for my competitive spirit Smile

Tue Jul 25, 2006 8:27 am lizzy
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well done! sounds like a great weekend!
Plotting my revenge on IM Kona

Tue Jul 25, 2006 8:33 am Fidgie Pie
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what a great weekend - you did really well considering your injuries - as for numb nuts Shocked don't like the idea of that - this long distance cycling thing is all wrong! Rolling Eyes
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