Training: there were good turnouts at both the Limerick Summer League and our new lake swim. 9 got into the water (which was lovely!) and swam over to the far side of Youghal and back. With an aquathon coming up next week there is just one more chance to get in the lake with the club before then – as it is another bank holiday weekend we will be getting into the lake on Monday at 6:00pm (no track running again).
Club Time Trial League: resumes this evening with race 3. Starts at 7:00pm from the hospital. Warm-up rolls out at 6:10pm from the pool. It would be great if some of our juniors could try and make it. Ye are starting to get soft with all this holiday time off!
Lough Derg Sprint: Great value offer!!!! Juniors (16 – 19) can enter this event for just €10. At the Nenagh Triathlon Club we realise that this great sport of ours can be very expensive, especially for juniors and their parents. That is why we are offering this very low entry price. To gain a junior entry: send an email with your name, date of birth and contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nenagh Summer League: this is our weekly call out for volunteer marshalls. We need 4 marshalls for tomorrow’s race. If you don’t plan on cycling and can help out tomorrow then send Shane a text 0872605743.
Joey Hannon Report – Eoin O’Connor – this was Eoin’s first ever triathlon!
I went to put the bike in the car on Saturday night and found I had a puncture. Glad this didn’t turn out be a bad omen for my first Sprint triathlon the following day. The race went well, I enjoyed it for sure. Weather certainly helped. Thanks to Kevin for sorting me out with some gear. The swim got underway without too much delay. Soon enough I had to concentrate on not getting a heel in the nose from the swimmer in front! I was in the first Sprint wave, and the 2 guys ahead of me on the swim couldn’t match the times they quoted before we started. Common enough I understand. Watching that you don’t get a heel in the nose is a good exercise to train yourself to keep your head up! There was some confusion in the lane about when you could overtake, and there was a bit of finger wagging but we all got through the 15 lengths injury free and with no penalties!
I’ll need to figure out how to do a faster transition. Kudos to Eddie and Anthony for some last minute advice which helped. I was one of the slowest, partly because I was leaving the transition area without my race number, and had to double back! But probably another reason or two as well. The cycle was fine, was going at a quicker pace than most of the first wave, so overtook a lot of them – which was a new experience, not sure I had actually ever passed anyone out before in any of the club events! No one overtook me, so I didn’t have a marker as such to keep my pace up, which I would have found useful.
The transition to the run was again slow, compared to others, but legs felt fine and the run was smooth enough. I was a little concerned about this as in the club duathlons, I find the final 2km run pretty tough, leg cramp and all that. Was happy enough with my run time.
Got a bottle of water and a banana for my efforts, and a well done from a few folks! Enjoyed it for sure, thanks to all who have provided advice and guidance.