Tom Foster from Cardiff is one of the best Triathletes in the UK in his age group. In October this year he represented Great Britain at the Challenge Paguera ETU Middle Distance Triathlon finishing 83rd.
Tom is a Cranc Cyclesport supported athlete.
We recently had a chat with Tom where we asked him a few questions about his achievements and his goals for the future.
CC – How long have you been doing Triathlon events?
TF – My First triathlon was the 2006 Brecon Triathlon, a few friends and I entered it to raise money for our house charity at school. I am pretty sure it was one of the hardest races of my life, it was hot (25/26 degrees) I was savagely under prepared, and the course was not easy for a first timer.
I had really bad cramps on the bike (my bike was a 80’s Peugeot racer with 10? Gears) But I was hooked after it so went back the subsequent years. I wish they still did the same race there now to see what sort of time I would get!
CC – What is your greatest achievement of your career so far?
TF – This is a choice between the personal achievement of finishing Ironman Wales or representing GB in Mallorca. IM Wales was a big achievement as I managed a Sub 11.5h time on a tough day, and was the toughest experience of my life. However the ETU Championships were also very hard and the accolade of representing GB with that made it a fantastic experience, made even better by having some of my friends racing alongside me.
CC – What was it like to experience representing Great Britain this year in Mallorca?
TF – I was trying to play down the ‘GB’ aspect of the Mallorca race as I am not hugely keen on banging on about Team GB. However it did feel really good to pull on the trisuit with my name, sponsors logos and GBR on it. It also made the race its self really competitive, having qualification criteria and the prospect of medals makes the racing pretty tasty.
CC – What are your goals and targets for the future?
TF – My goals for next season are to qualify for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Zell am See, Austria. My plan is to do this at Ironman 70.3 UK in Wimbleball. After that I would like to have another crack at Full IM distance with a view to getting to Kona in 2016 or 2017. Although Full IM is a massive commitment so it will depend heavily on career moves etc.
CC – How has the Retul Bike Fit at Cranc Cyclesport helped you in competitions?
TF – Massively. In the words of one former Tour de France Cyclist ‘It’s not about the bike’. There is a huge misconception that bike fits are about how you fit the bike, but the Retul fit with Andy was so much more than that. It is an experience in its self. He looked at flexibility, muscular-skeletal imbalances to name but a few.
It was a real eye opener as it identified quite a few things that I had not really given a lot of thought to, but could be hindering me quite a bit. This approach allowed Andy to make some quite significant changes to my position. These have made me more aerodynamic and more balanced on the bike.
In turn this has made me more efficient and comfortable which may not have immediate benefits on the bike (need some time to bed in, but I am well on my way with that) but I have seen benefits on the run.
My old position left me with a very closed hip angle, meaning I couldn’t engage my quads very much and causing my hip flexors to be tight when running. I have always been a good runner off the bike, but the fit has definitely enhanced this, making it a real weapon, allowing me to get up to speed as soon as I get out of T2.