Running: There was a strong turn out of 20 at yesterday evening’s track session. Everyone was tasked with doing a 400m repeat set with the repeat times getting quicker. It is great to see the group progressing nicely. It is amazing the improvements that can be seen in just a few weeks and months. To really improve your running you need to get our at least 3 or 4 times a week and put in a mixture of tempo runs, interval work, hill work, long runs and recovery runs. Sign up for a running race to give yourself something to aim for! It just happens that the Nenagh Run Fest is coming up soon – there is a 5km, 10km or 10 mile option for you to do. So get out training for this today!
Gary’s Rás Diary: the first part of Gary’s Rás Diary went up on the website yesterday evening (click to read). The next installment will be up this evening. It gives a great insight into the working of the team over the course of the Rás and is well worth checking out.
This evening’s training: the Nenagh CC racing lads will be heading in to the Limerick Summer League. Some of our club with Cycling Ireland licenses join up with the Wheelers for their Tuesday evening spin. Our Iron men and women could be found doing anything on a day like today – my guess would be one group swimming and another group running.
If you have any questions about training or joining our club then contact >> Shane at 0872605743 or friend us on Facebook and send us a message.
Facebook >> the club have now passed the 700 like mark. Thanks to everyone for taking an interest in what we do. Now if only 15% of you could take it one step further and join our club and turn up for training then what a great club we would have!
After seeing the Nenagh CC senior team perform so well at the An Post Rás it is the turn of our juniors to start dreaming of competing in Ireland’s most prestigious junior race – the Junior Tour of Ireland. This is the ultimate goal for all our juniors and over the next few years we want to see as many of our club representing Munster as possible. Dan Curtin and Kevin Hayes from Cycling Munster have been in contact with our club scouting for members that might be interested enough and good enough to represent their province. To qualify to race with Munster you would need to take part in a number of selection races so that you could be assessed:
- Blarney 2 day
- Leahy Cup
- Kieran Mac Mahon Memorial Classic
To be at the level required for a tough competition like this our juniors need to be training very hard. Last year this race was won by Eddie Dunbar; he gives Mr. Scully a good beating at bike races so that shows you the level of competition involved.
Some targets that will give a rough indication of whether you are ready are as follows:
- you train 4 or 5 times a week – you train cos you want to train not because you are being forced to!
- you cycle at least 100+ miles per week
- your PB for our road race is sub 52 mins
- your PB for the short TT route is 26 mins
- you attend and are able to stay with the first or middle bunch in the Nenagh Summer League
- you attend and are able to keep up with our Nenagh CC senior cycle on Saturday mornings
- you have sufficient bike skills to be able to handle yourself in a bunch i.e. learn how to ride in a bunch.
Most of our club are nowhere near these targets yet, but that is what training is for. These should be your long terms goals. Tick these boxes off one at a time and you will find yourself on the Munster team. We will be putting in a big summer of training so you should find yourself getting fit very quickly. Hitting the above targets might not seem so daunting then.
What: Junior Tour of Ireland
Where: Co. Clare
When: July 15th