It was another productive week for the club. People are getting fitter, bellies are getting smaller and the tans are getting browner! There were plenty of races again this weekend with another club member gaining a promotion – congrats Emmet! We also had our first open water swim / paddle about. The open water tri season is just about to begin!
***Dromineer Duathlon*** takes place on Wednesday at 6:45pm. We really need your support at this. Remember, if events don’t get support then they will be dropped from the calendar. If you want to keep the Wednesday tri events then get out and support them. You don’t need to be a triathlete to take part – do the 5km run or do the 20km time trial = both are still great training!!
Training updates: we have the usual mix of swimming, cycling and running for you to enjoy.
Running: Monday – Paul won’t be there tomorrow but he has told us the set to do – 8 McGrath corners with 90 second rest in between. Sounds like fun!
Swimming: Tuesday and Thursday morning + a lake swim on Sunday
Cycling: Tuesday – Limerick summer league or cycle at 6:15 from Moynans. Thursday – Nenagh Summer League. Saturday and Sunday – long mileage.
Nenagh CC Juniors: 3 training sessions this week. Tuesday at 6:00 (Hotel). Thursday at 4:20 (CBS). Saturday at 2:30 (CBS). New members welcome as always.
>> Nenagh Youth Racing Event – check out our new event – we want all our juniors to target this race.
Club Gear: the 2nd order of club gear is due to be delivered very soon (sometime this week). We will announce it on the website when the package lands. Try to call and collect asap. This will probably be the last order of the year, so if you missed out you will have to wait till we start back again in October.
Mizen to Malin: D-Day is creeping up on us slowly but surely. It is now time to panic!!! If you haven’t already done so, quit your job and get out on your bike each day. Cycling is your new job, so put in a good shift this week. Seriously though, keep getting those miles in. It will make it all the easier to get through the 3 day
race cycle. Lowering your prospective misery scale down from 10/10 to 9.5/10 will make all the difference!!
Lough Derg Sprint: lots of club members were asking about the possibility of taking part in this local event. The club are letting any club members that want to race enter. It makes for a better spectacle having lots of club members to cheer on, so sign up today (before we change our minds!!). It would be great if you could line up a marshal to take your place.
Only our cyclists were in racing action this weekend. There were two races on.
Juniors: Report from Ronan O’Driscoll: Newcastlewest was the destination today for our juniors. Once again we were greeted by our old nemesis Wind & Rain, but our lads keep turning up with guts and determination albeit with a shortage of luck.
The big senior race was up in Bray, Co. Wicklow >> Shay Elliot
This is one of Ireland’s classic races, so that means it is going to be tough, hilly and long. 5 club members made the trip and we had a pretty successful afternoon.
In the A1/A2 race, Shane lined up on the start line. The weather was good but windy, but that head wind at the start managed to cool the jets of the strong lads, so it took a while to get going. Half way through, the race was brought to a halt as the peloton came upon a funeral. This delayed the race by 15 minutes or so. A breakaway of 15 or so went up the road, never to be seen again. For the rest in the bunch, it came down to who could carry themselves up the Shay Elliot climb the quickest. Being a small little fart, Shane did well here and got himself in a break at the front. The last 20km were very quick and Shane managed to finish in 15th in the end. He was mistakenly awarded the 1st place A2 prize after, but had to inform the race organiser that he had just got promoted a few days earlier and had not received his A1 numbers yet. Still, it was a good performance.
In the A3 event, Kenneth Kennedy, Eoin Woolley, Matty Kennedy and Mike Browne took part. They were up against a lot of the top Irish juniors at this one. Again the course was tough for this with the same Shay Elliot climb to ascend near the end. Kenneth Kennedy had one of his best performances of the season as he broke from the bunch and rode across to a breakaway of 4 by himself. He saved enough energy to get over the climb in 2nd place. On the descent his break was joined by some juniors and the numbers swelled to 15 or so. Hard riding to the finish line saw a number of cyclists dumped out the back. Kenneth was still there at the finish and recorded a fine top 10 result. We are not sure yet if he got in the points. Mike Browne came in next. He helped disrupt the chase bunch as much as he could and finished comfortably in that bunch at the end. Matty Kennedy made his racing return after his crash. Its great to see him back in the saddle. The aim today was to just get around safely,which he duly did. Eoin Woolley had no luck on the day. He was with the lads in the bunch for most of the race until a puncture stopped him in his tracks.
Quick note on racing: we are still just half way through the cycling season. 3 months down / 3 months to go. It is far too early to be giving up. Why train so hard in the winter to give up so early in the summer (you have lasted just 10 summer days!)? Regroup, get the head right, and get back on the bike. Your club needs you. There are plenty of points still up for grabs and as we all know – things get a lot easier at the back end of the season – sure they are practically giving points away!!!