Best of Luck: The club would like to wish all our members that are racing this weekend the best of luck. We have some members racing in Longford, Kilkenny and Kenmare but all eyes will be focusing on the results from Zurich, Switzerland where 2 club members are taking on the 2.4 mile swim / 112 mile bike / 26.2 mile run Ironman challenge. Paul Walsh, Ger Kirby and John Fogarty (Templemore) have been putting in hours and hours of training over the last year all for this one race. It will certainly be a tough challenge a safe and speedy race. We will be getting a race report from the lads soon after the race and I am sure we all look forward to reading it.
The club would also like to wish Sheila Gregan the best of luck in the World Transplant Games which take place in Durban, South Africa this weekend.
Saturday Bike Route: The cycle will be leaving at the earlier time of 7:30am on Saturday from the pool. The route is: Nenagh – Portroe – Ballina – Ogonnelloe – Tuamgraney – Bodyke – Broadford – O’Briens Bridge – Daly’s Cross – Nenagh = 100km.
Swimming: There was a good turn-out this morning in the pool. This is just a notice to the rest of ye bed huggers that the morning swims haven’t gone away you know. With the end of year swim still to do this is no time to be slacking off. Try and target the Sunday evening swim as well this week if possible. If you want to take on the 4k distance at the End of Year Swim then you need to start building up your endurance now.
Post Kilkee Depression: Are you feeling a little bit lost & lonely? Is there a big Kilkee shaped hole in your heart? Do you need a hug? If you do then you need to start turning up to training once again as the club committee will be giving out free hugs to all Kilkee survivors. This Keith Butler led initiative is sure to get you back feeling great (and a little sweaty) once again.
As you all know, the season doesn’t end with Kilkee. The end of June is only mid-season! The season won’t end till the fat man (Keith) sings at the end of our annual End of Year Swim. There are also still plenty of races left to do and plenty of National Series points to collect. Triathlon training is all about consistency so going AWOL for 3 or 4 months at a time is not going to help you improve. Ease your way back in slowly and give yourself an end of season goal to aim for.
So what’s left for us to do?
- End of Year Swim + Club Night Out: Sept 14th – choice of 2km or 4km swim. You really need to train for this. Training continues on Sunday evenings at 6:00 in Youghal
- Dromineer Triathlon: Final Race Showdown – Mid August
- Thursday TT Series
- Dublin City Triathlon – Aug 25th – National Champs – sold out but swap entry available.
- Lost Sheep Triathlon – Sept 7th – sold out but swap entry available.
- Hook or By Crook Triathlon – Aug 31st
- Lough Key – Sept 8th – Roscommon
- Brian Ború – Aug 31st – Killaloe
- Castleconnell – Aug 24th
National Series Update: We are well over half way through the season and things are looking good for the girls in the National Series. The same can’t be said for the fellas as they are falling further and further down the table. The women are almost into the top 10 at this stage and have nearly as many points as the men’s team. Last year, both the mens and women’s team came 12th overall in the country. It would be great to see the girls improving on that this year. The boys have it all to do though, but there are plenty of points still there to be won. Try and get all 6 races in if you can. Check out the TI calendar and enter a NS race today!!!!
In the individual points race Sinnead Oakes is doing extremely well. She is currently leading her age group and is lying in 11th place overall.
Mens: 27th (1591 points – top 6 scorers count)
Top Scorers: Eoin Woolley 301, Ronan O’Driscoll 297, Eoin Sheehan 296, PJ Brett 252, Ramon Rodriquez 237, Ger Kirby 206.
Womens: 11th (1429 points – top 6 scorers count)
Top Scorers: Sinnead Oakes 399, Cliodhna McGrath 270, Geraldine Kyne 254, Sinead Kennedy 177, Majella Moyles 172, Anita Egan 155.
Mixed: 15th (1819 points – top 3 male/female scorers count)
Top Scorers: Sinnead Oakes 399, Eoin Woolley 301, Ronan O’Driscoll 297, Eoin Sheehan 296, Cliodhna McGrath 270, Geraldine Kyne 254.