Another week bites the dust. We all got plenty of tough training under our belts and are a little bit fitter than we were the week before. Whether your peak race is the Hell of the West, Ras Dun na nGall, Ironman Dublin, Mizen to Malin, international tri events or Rás na mBan. Step by step, day by day we are getting closer to peak fitness. Keep it up!!
Training: no changes this week. Just keep doing what you are doing. Turn up, work hard, feel good afterwards.
Monday running: set is (2 x 400m + 1 x 800m) x 3
Wednesday: this week we will have another Dromineer event. We would like for this to be the first Dromineer Triathlon so try and target doing all 3 disciplines if you can. The triathlon will start at 6:45pm. As always if all you want to do is a run, cycle, swim duathlon or aquathon then do that. Sitting at home on the couch is not one of the availabe options.
Weekend: the big race for the cyclists this week is the Deenside Cup in Kilkenny. For the triathletes there is TriAthy – this is a good race for beginner triathletes.
Mizen to Malin: full details of the first M2M stage will be placed online later this week. We hope that will help answer all your questions. We also need to put together the final list of who will be there and who won’t and who will be doing all 3 days and who will be doing just 2. Get in contact with Majella if at this stage you are planning to pull out of the event. Final bookings now need to be made so we need to be certain on numbers. Don’t just go into hiding – be fair and let us know asap.
Sunday Cycle: 14 cyclists got up at 7:00am this morning for another M2M preparation cycle. There were plenty of tired legs out there as this was the 2nd of two tough days for most. The 153km route was a flat-ish one though so everyone got through it easily enough. Confidence should be high amongst the group now as we are all progressing along nicely. The average pace today was 30km per hour, which is fantastic. The M2M pace will be slower than this and it will more than likely half a tail wind so be happy with how you are going at the moment.
An Post Rás: it was great to see ex-club member Simon Ryan putting in a fantastic effort on stage 4 of the Rás this year. Simon finished the stage 14th overall and was 1st county man home. Great stuff Simon! Also congrats to ex-club members Alan Loftus and Peter Bane and to fellow Nenagh man Mikey Butler for finishing what is his 10th Rás. The Rás is the pinnacle of Irish cycling so even making it there is an achievement. This is the level we want our club members to aim for. Our girls are setting their targets high this year at Rás na mBan (and we are sure they will do great), next year the lads will have to man-up and do it!
Rás plans for next year: while the club weren’t in a position to enter a team this year, we are pretty certain we will have a team in 2016. Lots of our club members have made good progress this year and we should be in a position to enter a Nenagh CC team. We will have a Rás meeting closer to the end of the season where we will lay out our plans for training / racing / fundraising etc. If this interests you then make your intentions for next year clear to Shane or Kenneth. Priority on the final team will obviously go to current club members on the team. If you show committment to this club then the club will show commitment back. This will be a huge undertaking for anyone that is interested, so think it over and work on your brownie points with the family at home. We also want to see a commitment to the club and racing for the rest of the year. Now is not the time to give up.
Mondello Duathlon: congrats to Stephen Greene who took part in this duathlon on Wednesday. Stephen came 20th on what was a very windy evening for racing.
Lough Cutra Triathlon: Darren Dunne took part in the super sprint distance event. Darren was looking to bounce back after a somewhat disappointing performance for him last month in the Joey. He made it one step further up the podium at this race, finishing 2nd but he will once again be disappointed as he should have won the race. Darren got delayed by 2 mins in transition trying to get his wetsuit off (zip wouldn’t open), this was the amount of time he lost by. Tough luck!
Ramon Rodriquez took on the tough Half Ironman challenge in this race. He finished in a super time of 6:07. Also competing were Eoin Woolley in the Olympic race. Eoin raced well and finished in 44th position in a time of 2:35. Jerry O’Mahoney, Colm Glynn and PJ Brett also took part in the Olympic event with Jerry finishing in 109th, Colm finishing in 150th and PJ is currently without a time on the results sheet. In the sprint distance plus men’s race, Stephen Greene finished well up in 18th position overall. Nenagh CC team member Rachel Clancy also took part finishing 1st in the women’s sprint plus distance event.
Coachford Classic: it was a pretty quiet week for the Nenagh CC racing cyclists with only Sinnead Oakes attending this Munster race on Sunday. This was Sinnead’s first race in the A4 bunch this year and she did really well, finishing in the bunch on what was a tough course.
Tour De Conamara: 6 club members made their way up to this event in Galway on Saturday. This Tour always proves to be a hard one but the scenery more than makes up for it. Unfortunately there was a mist down so the only thing our cyclists could see was the long, hard road in front of them. Gillian Mounsey, Geraldine Kyne, Pat Reddan, John Gleeson, Clifford Guest and Edward & John Gleeson worked well together throughout the day and finished the Tour in a good time.