TriLaois: The first triathlon of the 2013 season took place on Saturday in Portlaoise and the club were represented at this by Brenden Delaney and PJ Brett. This was PJs first ever triathlon so very well done to him and a very well done to a shhhnakey Brenden Delaney who taught he could just sneak off to his first triathlon in ages without anyone noticing. Nice work lads!
Swim training: Tuesday and Thursday morning swims might be starting at a later time for the next few weeks. Keith Butler was injured in a car accident during the week and will be out of work for some time. This means that the pool probably won’t be open early as Keith won’t be working. There is nothing we can do about this as Keith was going out of his way each morning to help us out. This Tuesday and Thursday there will be swimming from 7:00 to 8:00 – if we are allowed in a few mins earlier then we will start earlier. Wednesday evening swimming will continue as normal at 8:00pm. The club wish Keith a speedy recovery.
We usually start our lake swimming at the end of April. This year it might be May before the water is warm enough to swim in. Until then keep commiting to the pool sessions.
National Talent ID Day: Darren Dunne took part in this talent identification day on Sunday. He was looking to make it onto the elite Irish youth squad. The standard at these things is very high with international level swim and run times needed in order to make the team. A combined score of 160 points (roughly 80 from running, 80 from swimming) is needed to make the squad. Darren has scored 154 and 155 points in recent attempts. Darren produced a 2:22 200m swim and a 4:11 1500m PB on the track. Those are both excellent times but when converted into points only came to the grand total of 158 points; leaving Darren agonisingly close to making the squad. Hopefully, this will give Darren an increased incentive to go prove himself in the Junior National series this year.
Dromineer Duathlon Race 4: The fourth and final race of our Dromineer Duathlon Series took place on a beautiful but cold Saturday morning last weekend. This was the final blow out for many before their first triathlon of the season and as usual the tough course provided a tough challenge for all those that took part. Thankfully it was a dry day with a strong tail wind for the second half of the bike route. We had one club member who did the 5km run twice, well done Mike. 12 club members turned up for the race, and all completed it…no DNFs to be reported!
The winner of the handicapped race was Barry Creamer who finished in a handicapped time of 1:10:50. In 2nd place was young Ross O’Meara in a time of 1:14:15 and in 3rd place was Ronan O’Driscoll in a time of 1:14:35. The fastest flat time was recorded by Ronan O’Driscoll in a very fast time of 1:02:35. In 2nd place was Eoin O’Donoghue in a time of 1:03:40 and in 3rd place and 1st woman overall was Sinnead Oakes in a time of 1:05:40.
Next up will be the Dromineer Triathlon series. These races will take place in the usual Wednesday evening time slot, but first we have to wait for the lake to warm up. With the current temps it is looking like late May / early June for race 1. That gives you plenty of time to prepare.
Bike Training: This Tuesday, we are advising our members to team up with the Wheelers at 6:00pm outside Moynans. They typically cycle for 40 miles at a decent pace. For those looking to really push themselves consider the Limerick Summer League which starts at 7:00pm at Daly’s Cross – the bike racing team lads are expected to make themselves available for this.
This Thursday, we are going to have the 2nd race of the club TT series. Again, we will meet at 6:15pm at the pool for a warm-up. The warm-up route will be the 9 mile TT route backwards. If you are running late then you can meet us at the hospital car park. We hope to have the first cyclist on their way at 6:45pm. Please help spread the word.
Bike Racing: Seven club members were in racing action this weekend. Eoin Woolley, racing for the North Tipp Wheelers, was very active; taking part in the Harry Reynolds race on Saturday and the Ben McKenna race on Sunday. The hilly courses were to his liking and he finished strongly both days. Also in racing action at the Ben McKenna race, this time for the Visit Nenagh team, were Kevin Sherlock, Andy McLoughlin, and Kenneth Kennedy in the A4 race and Gary Scully, Shane Scully and Kevin Moyles (making his debut) in the A3 race.
Kevin Sherlock was best placed in the A4 race finishing in the top 15. In the A3 race we had a little more success with Shane Scully collecting his first win of the season (click to read Shane’s race report). Gary also got into the prizes as he finished in 13th place. Kevin did very well in his first A3 race finishing in the top 20 of what was a tough race. Gary and Kevin could indeed have performed much better on the day except for they had to sacrifice their race chances so as to not hinder Shane’s chances of winning. That’s great teamwork from the lads!
Recent Photos: Club Time Trial + Bike Race