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Athlete Interview: Tony Whitaker

Athlete Interview: Tony Whitaker

Tony lives in Aberdeen and completed Starman 2018. At 52 he’s training harder than ever and has taken part in a whole host of triathlons, including 8 Ironman events and the legendary Celtman. Here he talks us through how he trains and fuels for a race like Starman.

Tony: I was inspired to do Starman as I enjoy doing unusual events that challenge me. I did the Red Bull Neptunes Steps race this year for the same reason. I have started events in early morning in the dark but never overnight!

Starman: How do you train for an event like this?

Tony: I am always training. I would recommend going for a swim or two in dark conditions prior to the event, as it takes a bit of getting used to. Sighting can be difficult also. It’s not an easy event due to the mountain half marathon, which can be in difficult conditions, so hill runs are also very important.

Starman: How do you fuel?

Tony: I use Tailwind, but sometimes cold boiled potatoes for the longer events just to have some real food.

Starman: That doesn’t doesn’t sound very appetising! How are you feeling about the season ahead?

Tony: EXCITED!

Starman: Thank you Tony – we hope to see you at the 2019 start line!

Author: The Starman

Set in the mighty Cairngorms National Park this is going to be a sleepless, tough, intimidating and wild triathlon under the stars.