Club Notes

Monday Running: this evening at 6:15pm!

Early Morning Swims: stop being lazy and try and target at least one early morning swim this week.

National Series: make it a priority to sign up for at least one National Series race this week!

Dromineer Aquathon Series: Race 2 – takes place this Wednesday at 7:00pm.

We have worked out the handicap times for this event so that you know roughly when you will be in the water. Don’t worry if you haven’t done it before as we will include you on the day. We hope to have the first person in the water at 7:10 SHARP.

>> View Aquathon Handicaps <<

Remember: you do not have to race this. You can treat it as a training session. The important thing is to do it and to get used to wearing your wetsuit, sighting in the water, transitions, wearing your race gear, running while tired etc. If you just want to go slow then we can let you go first in the swim and then you can take your time. There really is no excuse for not doing it.

Sports Massage: With everyone racing a lot these days it is important to stay clear of injury. It is very hard to put in big training hours every week without getting a sports massage every now and then. This is especially true as we get older. Padraig Quinn in Portroe can sort you out for regular leg rubs at a decent price. Ring Padraig at 0874107534.

Tour of Lough Derg: What better way to spend a Sunny Sunday morning than a leisurely cycle around the lake. There was a great turn out from the Nenagh Tri club and from all over the country for the North Tipp Wheelers tour of the lake.

With a choice of 2 speeds everyone was catered for with the “Leisure” cyclists setting off at 9.30 and the faster bunch setting off over an hour later. The weather couldn’t have been better with the sun shining and a tailwind the whole way to Portumna. It nearly made it all seem too perfect surely something had to give!!

A little picnic stop in the beautiful surroundings of Portumna Park with lots of sandwiches and cake to fortify all for the dreaded “lumpy” ride from Portumna back to base. But we were even spared that, well at least the first group were anyway as we detoured back via Borrisokane due to a 10k run in Puckane. The only difficult bit to contend with then was Portroe Hill, which everyone, well at least all the Tri Club members managed with relative ease.  It would appear those crazy Tuesday night spins up mountains make Portroe Hill seem like a bump! Back to the Lakeside Hotel then for very welcome tea and sandwiches.

A huge well done to the Wheelers for a very well run cycle. Great work by all the organisers, the Marshall’s, the pacers, the sandwich makers and the Lakeside Hotel, Ballina.

Saturday Club Cycle: It could not have been a better morning for the Saturday club cycle.  It might have been our best yet . It was dry and warm and there were lots of legs out on view for the first time this year. Lets hope the weather keeps up!! A total of 16 started from the pool and headed out the Limerick Road. We cycled very comfortably to Birdhill and included a spin up the ramp as part of the warm up.

We would have all been content to maintain this leisurely pace and the socialising but we knew our time was up when Dan pulled us in for one of our team chats!  Indeed the fun was over and the hard work was about to begin. A rollover session started from Birdhill roundabout toward Nenagh. This led into doing single line sprints before there was a puncture and the group had time to regroup and refuel. We cycled back to the Five Alley where a time trial was next up.

The Time trial distance was either (a) Five Alley to Birdhill and spin up the ramp and return to Five Alley(32K) or (b) Five Alley to Birdhill and return to Five Alley (28K). 5 opted for Option A and the remainder of the group (minus the ones that snuck off when the TT was about to begin!!!) opted for Option B.  Each individual timed their own Time Trial so the results may or may not be trustworthy!!! You can judge for yourself!!
All in all another great training session.

See here for results: sat time trial

Bike Racing Team: Kenneth Kennedy, Keith Butler, Shane Scully and Kevin Moyles were in bike racing action in Coachford, Co. Cork on Sunday. The lads were out of luck this week as no points were scored. In the A2/A3 race Shane finished just outside the points in 11th position (read his race report), while in the A3 race Kenneth also just missed out on securing points as he finished in 12th.

Next-up: Limerick Summer League on Tuesday. Not sure what is happening on Thursday yet. Rás Dún na nGall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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