Things are going to be winding down as we progress through August. Most official training sessions will keep going for two more weeks as long as there is sufficient interest. When an official training sessions stops, it won’t restart again until we begin our off-season training programme in October. Just because an official training session stops, that doesn’t mean you can’t organise to go out with others on that day – that training session just won’t be advertised on the website.
Monday: running will continue for 2 more weeks.
Tuesday: early swim will continue for 2 more weeks
Wednesday: all events are finished until October
Thursday: early swim and Nenagh Summer League will continue for 2 more weeks.
Friday: finished until October
Saturday: club cycle at 9:00 from the hotel will continue for the next few weeks.
Sunday: cycle finished until October.
Junior Cycling: finished until October
An Post Rás Meeting: there was strong interest shown from club members at our recent meeting to explore entering a men’s team into next year’s An Post Rás. At this early stage, it looks certain that the club will go ahead with this endeavour. This will require a huge commitment from all those looking to get involved, but it will be worth it in the end. Rough plans were put in place as to what we want to do in terms of preparation. As always with Nenagh CC, we will put in a good winter of training so be prepared for that. Spend the next two months working on gaining brownie points with your better halves.
Loughrea Triathlon: congrats to Darren Dunne on his latest victory in Loughrea on Sunday. There is a report from our triathlon newbie Michael Buckley available to read >> here
Rock and Roll Half Marathon: Mary Duggan and Carmel Finn took part in the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Dublin on Sunday. Super runs by both women and 2 PBs. Mary ran a super 2.02.39 with Carmel just on her heels in a time of 2.04.02.
Nenagh CC: Shane Scully and Sinnead Oakes were in racing action down in Clonmel last weekend. The weather made it a pretty horrible weekend for cycling. Wind and rain was the order of the day.
Suir Valley Criterium: Sinnead took part in the latest round of the Women’s National League down in Clonmel. This race took the form of a criterium and was great practice for the upcoming criterium in the Rás. The race itself turned out to be a tough one as the rain made staying upright very tricky. Just finishing it in one piece was an achievement. Sinnead did just, finishing in 10th. With just one round of the legaue left, Sinnead is in a great position – 9th overall. One more good result could put her into the top 5.
Suir Valley 3 Day: Shane lined up for the first time at this event which is one of Ireland’s premier international 3 day events. There was a strong entry at this race with 4 English teams taking part, so expectations of a top result were always going to be pretty low. On Day 1, Shane stayed out of trouble and was content to save energy and roll in with the bunch. On Day 2, the rain came, and with that came a series of crashes with plenty of lads being carted off to the hospital. Shane managed to stay upright but had ‘lost his bottle’ at that stage and with 20km to go he got dropped on a descent into Carrick on Suir. That wasn’t the result he was looking for. The heavy rain continued later that day and that led to the neutralising of the criterium. This was music to Shane’s ears as he was ready to pull out of the whole event at that stage.
The weather was due to brighten up for Day 3 and with two category 1 climbs to negotiate, including a rare hill top finish, Shane decided to stick around to finish the job. Conserving energy for the final day had always been the plan so it wasn’t a surprise that the legs were feeling good that morning. As usual the mental aspect of cycling was the issue. For every slow uphill there is a fast downhill. There was plenty of splits in the bunch throughout the day but with 10km to go Shane found himself in the lead bunch of 40 or so coming close to the final 6km climb to the finish. As luck would have it, there was a fast downhill section right before the start of the climb. True to form, Shane managed to get himself dropped here too and spent 2km burning energy chasing back on.
At the foot of the climb he made it back onto the back of the bunch but needed some time to get his breathing back under control. Soon he recovered and started making his way through the bunch. After 2km of the 6km climb he was at the front of the bunch but saw that another 7 riders were well up the road. He settled into a nice rhythm and worked with two others all the way to the top. In the end, Shane came across the line in 9th place (3rd Irish man). This was good enough to get him into the prizes for the day and earn some more A1 points. This was a good finish to a less than perfect weekend. An overall position of 50th was a little disappointing but if you lose your nerve at this level then you will get punished. Plenty to work on, as always, for next year.