1. Triathlon Ireland Race Calendar: This has gone live so you can plan out your racing schedule for 2013. There is a very large selection of National Series races to choose from so it should be easier for our members to score highly this year. Two races we will be urging everyone to attempt are Kilkee ‘Hell of the West’ and the Lost Sheep Half Ironman in Kenmare. They are both tough races but the bigger the challenge the bigger the motivation to train and improve.
2. North Tipp Sprint: Our triathlon has been awarded National Series status for 2013. Well done to everyone involved in making this happen.
3. Wheelers / DMG Saturday Cycle: Last Saturday’s cycle was well attended. The trip over to Kinnity and back was enjoyable but made tough by a strong wind. The spin took just over 4 hours. Some suffered a little more than others but that is the way it is in a large bunch with so many different ability levels. If you found it tough then don’t be too discouraged, it won’t take you too long to find your cycling legs after your end of season break. Stay motivated and stay putting in the miles during the week and you will soon be finding these spins easy. A large winter base should translate into a high peak in summer (think – equilateral triangle!!). For all those who refused to cycle back to regain contact with the puncture group – revenge will be sweet!
This Saturday coming we are going to tackle the lake route:
Nenagh > Borrisokane > Portumna > Scariff > Killaloe > Birdhill > Nenagh.
This is a 70 mile flat cycle and it should take us 3.5 hours. The start time for this is 8:00am.
4. Wednesday Swimming: There was a great turn out at the first of the Wednesday stroke work sessions. With stroke work sessions it is not about how many lengths you do. Its about doing things correctly and making changes to your stroke. You don’t judge this session by the total distance swam!
It takes time to change your stroke and for the change to become natural. You need to take what you learned here and practice it during the week. One of the most noticable thing about that session was the large turn out of beginners. This was great but at the conditioning sets on Tuesday and Thursday none of ye were to be seen. There is no short cut to success in swimming. You need to balance the stroke work with conditioning. 20 lengths of stroke work on a Wednesday is not going to do much for you unless you get your ass into the pool to practice what you learn.
With 30 people in the pool on Wednesday you can probably appreciate that the amount of individual attention you can receive is not much. It is more a group oriented session where you increase your knowledge through demonstration and learn how to perform a variety of drills correctly. These drills will naturally cure different problems in your stroke. If you think you need 1 on 1 swim coaching then the club are offering them for just €5 to club members (click for details)