Club Notes

Cross Country
Normal order was restored as Darren Dunne brought home a medal from the Munster U/17 XC champs on Sunday in Waterford. Killian Cullagh also raced well and came home in 9th. Both lads now qualify for the All Irelands.

Swimming – have you been practicing?!
The second stroke work session is on this Wednesday from 8:00 – 9:00. You need to take what was explained there last week and put it into practice. If you learned a new drill then go and practice that drill until you are an expert at it. This can all be done at our Tuesday morning swims at 6:30am.

Training News (last weekend)

Another 9am Saturday cycle was succesfully completed by 8 club members last weekend. Our route last Saturday was from Nenagh, to Dalys Cross, where we turned off for Castleconnell, O’Briens Bridge, into Ballina and back to Nenagh via Portroe. It was a murky, dirty wet morning, but glad to see the weather did not deter everyone from turning out for the cycle. As pointed out in previous postings, the only way to improve in cycling is to put miles in the legs, by spending time in the saddle. You could also look at the weather as a challenge, if there is a strong headwind use it to your advantage and cycle at a steady pace for as long as you can manage, up front, against it. This should build up your stamina and strength. Hope to see a few more of the regular club cyclists out on next Saturday mornings outing and new members are always welcome.

A good number of 12 club members turned up for last Fridays running session. This consisted of a 2km warm up run, 6 x 400mtr interval session followed by a 3km cool down run. There has been a very small turn out at the Friday evening run sessions. Going on long steady runs will build up your aerobic fitness but not improve your overall speed.  It is important to turn up at these interval sessions, work hard and if done properly the interval running sessions will help improve your overall performance and speed.

Bike Racing Team
A hardy group of 7 battled through the miserably wet and cold conditions for 70 miles on Saturday morning. It’s days like this that make you appreciate the fine days! Hugh Flannery is still recovering from frost bite in hospital (our best wishes go out to him – I think he lost two toes). The level of fitness in the bunch is rising and most people are dealing with the distance easily now. It was a double dose of the lake for most as the same bunch with Keith Butler in tow (we actually had to tow him up Charlie’s hill) did it again on Sunday. It’s great to see such commitment!

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