Q&A with the team behind New Triathlon: Fraser Cartmell


1) How did you get into the sport of Triathlon?

After spending my childhood years swimming with our local swim clubs in Morayshire I had reached my limit in the pool and a family friend suggested I try a triathlon as something different. I suppose I was hooked from there on in.

2) What was your first Triathlon & how did you get on?

That first triathlon I raced was the “Oban Mtb Tri” which was perfect given I used to ride my mountain bike with Blair and friends all the time at home, and I hadn’t ever ridden a road bike anyway. Looking back it was the ideal way for me to try the sport at that time. Everything happens for a reason!

3) What opportunities has Triathlon given you?

This sport has provided me with countless opportunities that I simply can’t imagine having been able to experience otherwise. Top of the (long) list would be the people I’ve been able to meet from across all walks of life, and a close second would be the travel that I’ve managed along the way.

4) Most memorable experience in Triathlon

I’ve had many of these luckily enough, and highlights include winning my first ever 70.3 event at Wimbleball in Exmoor and also running down the finish to win IMUK in Bolton too. However I think the most impactful was when I finished 7th at the World 70.3 Championships in Clearwater, Florida in 2007. Finishing top ten at that level of event was something I simply didn’t dream of achieving as a young triathlete, and so that result allowed me to believe in myself going forward. Ten years later I’m extremely fortunate to be still racing at a professional level.

5) Funniest experience in the sport?

Maybe I would mention the many funny people that I’ve met through triathlon. There are some extremely witty folk racing this sport and many of them have become good mates down the years. Tim Don has a brilliant humour, as do good Aussie mates Joe Gambles, Paul Mathews and Richie Cunningham. Even Americans can be sarcastic too, and Matt Lieto is a very funny person who I’d never have met without racing triathlon.

6) Favourite race?

I have very fond memories of Wimbleball 70.3, formally the only Ironman 70.3 event in the early years of Ironman racing within the UK. Unfortunately 2017 is the final year of this race – enjoy it if you are going to be there!

7) Hardest race?

Ironman Hawaii, without doubt. The mystique, environmental conditions (heat and humidity) and the fierce competition combine to make the most demanding race experience I’ve ever had. Twice!

8) Favourite camp location

There have been so many! Stellenbosch in South Africa holds super memories for both the training environment and the people I was able to train with whilst there, and my current training location as I write this blog – San Diego – is a strong favourite also for many of the same reasons. Close to home, Aguilas in southern Spain will always be a ‘go to’ place bolt hole.

9) Most enjoyable session

I suppose it depends on my mood, but when in the midst of an Ironman build/prep then I’m always happy to get through a long bike ride with a tempo run off (a brick session) or indeed my long run too. Anything that gets you nervous beforehand is a great session to get through in one piece.

10) Best piece of advice you could give new triathletes

Be consistent with your training; whatever your time constraints might be. If you are able to knock out week after week of good and consistent training, then the results will surely follow.