Runners BIO: Adam Robbins

38 year old Duathlete from Westbury, Wiltshire. Began running in 2009 and cycling for recreation in 2011 enjoyed both so much that I started to take both more seriously from 2012 onwards competing in my first Duathlon that year.

I really started to take competing in Duathlons more seriously at the end of 2014 and targeted qualifying to represent GBR at Age Group level in 2016 via the required races in 2015.

With my goal achieved I came 13th in the Standard distance ETU race in Kalkar, Germany this year and have just cemented my place to represent GBR in the Standard Race in Soria, Spain in 2017.

 - 13th in the Standard distance ETU race in Kalkar, Germany

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Event - Oulton Park Autumn Duathlon

DISCIPLINE - Duathlon

Distance - Standard Distance

DATE: 2017

Event Profile

Pre Race

Whilst training hard and competing well throughout the summer I have been working hard on getting my race day nutrition correct. Even though a Standard Distance Duathlon lasts for circa 2 hours getting my fuelling right is important as in the past I have suffered with stomach cramps and discomfort on the second run.

I have generally managed to remove the temptation of sugary snacks and replaced them as much as possible with Protein rich alternatives such as Nut Butters and Greek Yoghurt. Variety can always be tricky but using great recipes from a nutritionist such as Renee McGregor has helped ensure there is little repetition or boredom with food.

The main thing for me was to ensure that I had practised my race day nutrition on my numerous brick sessions in the build up to the race.

Oulton Park Autumn Duathlon

An ever popular Duathlon race which in October 2016 was the culmination of the qualifying events for the ETU Standard Distance event in Spain 2017. As a result it was a very well attended race but was amazingly well organised and the fantastic track setting served the event well.

There were in the region of 300+ competitors with a good group of us vying for qualification!

I am a stronger cyclist than runner so was very happy with my time of 32:15 for the opening 2 laps of the circuit (8.6km) 8th quickest in my AG, after a decent transition it was out on the bike for 9 laps (38.8km) of the circuit and although it was quick it wasn’t flat and it was very busy! I soon got up to pace and finished the cycle in 59 mins flat 3rd in AG making up good time on my rivals.

My second run has historically been letting me down so I have been working hard on running off the bike and making sure I have fuelled well during the cycle to run hard. Although I ran well I was a little off the pace and managed the 4.3km in 16:34 10th in AG.

Overall I came 22nd and 8th in AG which I was really happy with as I felt I raced well!

Race Day Nutrition

The race started at 13:00 so I set off from Wiltshire bright and early with a banana and cup of Matcha Green Tea inside me. On race days I normally aim to have a bowl of Overnight Oats around 3 ½ to 4 hours before the race is due to start. I normally look at around 80gms Oats, 2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds, 275ml Milk and around 4 tablespoons of low fat greek yoghurt topped with nuts and seeds. Although this might seem a lot it settles well and provides a good mix of carbs and protein which digests easily.

Then about 1 hour before the race I will have an Raw energy bar supplied by Sponsor @oompfenergy  again with all natural ingredients I find they settle very well in my system and give the final bit of energy needed. I tend to also have a cup of TrueStart coffee.

During the actual race itself I tend to sip water on the bike leg and consume 2 – 3 gels I have experimented with numerous types over the seasons and on this particular occasion used SIS and they worked well!

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