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Cobbie's Selected Race Results
 
2017

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


2016

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


2015

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


2014

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


2013

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


2012

Became a dad Cool


Oct 2011 - Feb 2012

Travelling the world Cool
Japan
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


2011

Sep - AXTri - Report

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


2010 Races

Sep - Ö TILL Ö; 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


2006

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


2005

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
Report

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


2004
Survival of the Shawangunks - 5:29:45 35/120 Very Happy
Wolverhampton Oly 2:19:50 Very Happy


2003
The year of illness and poor motivation Crying or Very sad
Powerman UK 3:47


2002
HIM Llanberis 5:09:40 Very Happy Very Happy


2001
HIM Llanberis 5:38 Cool Cool
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Bala Olympic Race Report
Mon Sep 17, 2007 8:35 am Cobbie
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A hard day this and in my own opinion a steady but unspectacular performance..but then again it’s an oly pb by 6 minutes. Very Happy

Having done not a great deal of training over the summer and only one race, I wasn’t sure what to expect really. I’ve focussed on maintaining FTP power on the bike and keeping my running ticking over so perhaps in OK shape for a relatively short race like this (that’s short in Cobbie’s world Wink ). Also, my swimming is no doubt much faster than 2004 when I got my only sub 2:20 oly.

I rolled up at 8:30 to see breakers on the lake, I mean proper surf like at the seaside, caused by a strong wind from the south. Not only was there surf but waves were breaking out in the lake too, I guess due to it being pretty shallow. Clearly the swim and first half of the bike would be brutal. By 9am the organisers had made the sensible call and shortened the swim to 1000m (just to put everybody at ease, Julian Hunter said over the tannoy “it’ll take about as long as 1500m does normally” Laughing ).

With such a large field, the transition closed at 9:30 by which time I was only just getting round to racking up. I had to hurry to get finished, something that would cost me on the bike although I didn’t know it at the time.

With the first couple of waves underway, we were able to get an impression of what the swim would be like and the answer was Perranporth – at least 5 ladies from the first wave came back in boats, no doubt filling the novices with confidence Rolling Eyes . Even I was feeling pretty nervous but thinking of TIUK_Ian’s assertion that you should swim with pool technique in open water soon brought a smile to my face. Then it was time to get in and at least it was warm. I swam out for a few strokes and was immediately battered by the waves and decided to save myself for the off rather than swallow half the lake in a warm-up.

The hooter went and I set off hard to avoid any fisticuffs – it was going to be bad enough without that as well. I’d positioned myself far right at the start to get clear water and that worked a treat. So, just the elements to manage. If you’ve not swum in conditions like this, it’s hard to fully understand how difficult it is. All the time you are being thrown around by the water and on some strokes my recovering arm didn’t break the surface; on others, I would have been pulling at thin air without adjustment. Breathing was a constant battle and after a few early glugs of water, I worked out that I had to focus on whether my mouth was clear of the water before starting to breath in on every stroke. On some strokes I didn’t get a breath, on others it was a case of waiting and over-rotating. I tried breathing to both sides but the waves were coming at us head on so it made no difference and after a while I stuck to my favoured left.
Once I’d worked all this out the process became manageable and I started to think about sighting. I’d not been able to get a view of a buoy yet (they were being blown over by the wind I think) and was relying on the fact that I was swimming into the waves and occasional sighting of other swimmers. Eventually I sighted on top of what must have been a bigger wave and saw I was about half way – perhaps there’s a bit of an underwater ridge creating some larger waves at that point but after this sighting became easier and I finally got onto somebody’s toes just at the first turn. That lasted only a few strokes though as turning left brought us side on to the waves and into serious seasickness territory (up and down…up and down… Puke ). Thankfully it wasn’t far to the turn back and suddenly it all became much easier with the waves behind us. I sped up to get onto somebody’s toes and pretty much drafted them all the way back. I could have swum faster but it seemed sensible to conserve energy for the bike.

Without doubt, it was the toughest swim I’ve ever done and back on dry land I wobbled much more than normal, though perhaps the strong wind contributed. Onto my bike and tried to relax into it straight away but as I went up into the big ring for the first time, I over-indexed and the chain came off. I reset the gears last week and hadn’t paid enough attention to that – 1 min lost Mad Doh .
Back on my bike and I immediately heard rubbing. My areo bottle had worked loose and was sitting on the top of my front wheel. I tried to tighten the strap but no joy so having already stopped once, made the decision to chuck it after one big glug. I worked out yesterday evening that the problem was that I’d set it up empty and then filled it later – if I’d been more prepared and not had to rush in transition maybe I’d have realised the extra weight would make it sag Doh . As it was this silly mistake meant I’d have no fuel for the rest of the race. This did at least mean I would be careful not to overcook things.

Whilst all this was going on, about 10 people came past me but afterwards, I managed to keep pace reasonably well. There’s not much more to say really about the bike other than it was just what you’d expect from cycling into a strong headwind with practically no shelter for 12 miles followed by being blown back for 12 miles. Having the powertap really helped me to maintain pace and I experienced for the first time the phenomenon of being overtaken at the bottom of a hill only to catch back up again half way up through better pacing. There wasn’t much drafting going on which was good to see though I did have a few words with one wheel sucker (No 721 – tw@t) who I saw cheating on several separate occasions.

Back in T2 and I felt OK apart from a very dry mouth. Nothing I could do about that so just had a swift change into running shoes and set off, nice and steady over the rough path – didn’t want to damage my ankle again. Lots of support from the crowd (thanks) helped and then it was out onto the road and the hill. I took it pretty steady and the first person from the 45-49 wave came past looking really strong. Then down steeply and yippee a water station – boy did I need that Smile . Feeling revitalised I got into a steady rhythm out to the turnaround (more water here) and felt pretty good as I turned for home, passing people steadily though mostly from previous waves. My lack of conditioning hit me at about 4 miles and I went backwards a bit for the next mile before recovering to finish strongly.

Results were a pleasant surprise – 2:14 exactly so a pb by over 6 minutes. Looking at the top swim splits I reckon the times were about 2 mins faster than normal but nothing radical and certainly nowhere close to what you’d expect for 1000m. The bike course has always been a bit short (probably by a mile) and this year the run was shorter than previously too, coming back along the lakeside so a proper 10K rather than 6.5 miles. Still, I’m taking it given the conditions. Very Happy

Swim – 21:31 (125th/773 starters)
Bike – 69:33 (284th)
Run – 42:56 (245th)
Overall – 2:14:00 (217th/773 – 61/203 AG)

Not bad for a championship race Smile

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All - Ankle is much better, thanks Smile
Wiganer - I'm a little surprised that my carefully thought out race plan for you didn't meet with your approval - Tough Guy is obviously the one Wink
TRoT - E-mailed the organisers Andy and they are going to let me know when entries open for 2009...need a new plan for next June now Rolling Eyes
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Mon Sep 17, 2007 8:56 am vics55
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Hey well done - top report and congrats on your pb. I'd take it too given the horrible conditions Very Happy

glad the ankle has improved Surprised
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Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:05 am Paul L
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Rough water? Define rough! Twisted Evil Wink Your solutions were just the kind of thing I was hoping that thread was going to be about in the first place. Rolling Eyes Great effort in tough conditions, I am glad Bala was calm and warm (ish) when I did it. Take care, Paul. Very Happy
Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:17 am Slacko
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I got seasick just reading that! Puke

Congrats on the PB! Cool
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Mon Sep 17, 2007 5:47 pm MrsTricky
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That sounds like a swim and a half Shocked Well done for defeating those waves Very Happy
Tue Sep 18, 2007 10:35 am Swim Smooth
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Do you have any photos Cobbie from the swim? Would love to see them! As Hywel says, if there isn't a picture it didn't happen! LOL! Only joking!

Great news on a PB!

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