Training Today: running on the CBS track at 6:15pm.
Key events this week: we are onto week 2 of our new time-table. This week see’s the start of the summer cycling leagues. Unfortunately the Limerick Summer League on Tuesday has been postponed for a week due to a bereavement. The other key events to look out for this week are:
- Time Trial League: starts this Wednesday. This is open to both seniors and juniors. As usual there will be a choice of 3 different routes. More details will be online tomorrow. We will meet at the pool car park at 6:15 for a warm-up cycle. The TT will start at 7:00pm from the hospital – if you are running late then head straight there.
- Nenagh Summer League: starts this Thursday. The race starts from Gooig (2 miles past Birdhill) at 7:00pm SHARP! Either drive out to Birdhill and leave the car there or cycle out from Nenagh with the group at 6:10 SHARP (Stereame car park).
- Junior Summer League: starts this Thursday. The race starts at the Five Alley Pub on the Limerick road at 4:30. Make your own way there after school.
Coaching: 4 club members attended a recent cycling coaching course down in LIT Clonmel. The club would like to thank those in attendance for giving up their time to attend this.
- Congratulations to Darren Dunne for winning his first National Title on Saturday! Darren is now the National Junior Duathlon Champion after finishing 1st in the Fingal Duathlon in Balbriggan. “It was a really tough race. The 2nd run was the worst part of it, it nearly broke me” Darren commented at the finish. Darren led the race from start to finish and won by 1:30 in the end. This is a fine achievement and hopefully his results in the last two TI events is enough to see him included on the Irish junior triathlon team for the upcoming European events.
- TriLaois: The first triathlon of the 2014 season took place in Portlaoise on Saturday. This triathlon was over the sprint distance and was pool based. There was a good turn out from the club with 6 members taking part. Ross O’Meara was first home for the club finishing 26th overall and 4th junior. Next home were Eddie O’Meara in 44th place, PJ Brett in 57th, Ramon Rodriquez in 74th. Olivia Cahalan and Barry Creamer were taking part in their first ever triathlon today. Barry only started swimming a few weeks ago so it was a great achievement to get through the 750m swim and finish in 110th overall. Olivia only started training with the club a few months ago but has progressed very quickly since then. Olivia finished in 96th overall and made it into the top 20 female finishers as she finished in 18th. Well done to everyone on the day!
- Race Report in the words of Ramon! Barry did pretty good for his first triathlon and he was happy with his time. He tried to do the swim in the kids pool but he was quickly spotted. He did a fast run with just over 21min. Eddie sneaked into the early waves, looking like he has done no triathlon before but soon start overtaking other competitors on the pool. No fear of Eddie, all the winter training well worth it ,finishing 44th on a 1:19. The hilly run did not stop PJ return from injury any slower, making a nice 1:23. Including some hurdle jumping in transition. Olivia was the only girl representing Nenagh (I think it was her first triathlon) and she make us proud with an excellent 1:30. Ramon missed the Nenagh pool so much, he decided to do two extra laps (they actually count the laps wrong) but he was happy with his final pb of 1:26. Ross did the best of all of us. Ross finished 4th of the juniors and 26th overall. The winding roads didnt stop him from recording a fantastic time of 37 min bike.
- Race report: Olivia Cahalan – “All went according to plan really. I was in wave 6 so lots of hanging around but eventually got going around 11.45. The transitions took a while because we had a long run with the bike before mounting and the same after dismount on return which probably added a few seconds. The bike route had loads of junctions on narrow roads so lots of slowing and lots of gravel to avoid which might not have been the case if they had used an out and back route on the old Dublin road but I’m sure they had good reason for using the route they did. There was a lovely few hills on the run (just like what we’re used to in Dromineer!!). The day was quite breezy and showery but overall not bad. I was happy with my swim but I’ve loads of room for improvement on the bike and especially on the run where I felt really slow. Legs would not respond after the bike leg. Delighted to have my first triathlon completed. I was 3 seconds outside my goal time finishing in 1:30:03 (those 3 seconds will bug me until I get a better time later in the season hopefully!) Thanks for all the help so far. Everyone’s been very encouraging.”
- Nenagh CC Seniors: Fermoy was the destination for this weeks race. There was a decent turn out from the team with 8 lads racing, but unfortunately we came back empty handed this time. Kevin Sherlock was closest to scoring in the A4 race as he finished in 9th place with only a bike length separating 9th and 5th crossing the line. We had 4 other lads finishing in the bunch in the A4 race. Shane, Bob and Simon lined up in the A1/A2 race. Shane got himself into a break but wasn’t strong enough to keep it going to the line but at least managed to stay ahead of the main bunch and finished in the top 20.
- Next race: the Visit Nenagh Classic is on next Sunday. Try and make yourself available for this. Make sure to register online early this week – price is cheaper online!
- Plassey 10k: Sinnead Oakes and Noel Kennedy made the short trip to Limerick for the Plassey 10km. This was Noel’s first time taking part in a 10km race. Well done to both.