Back to normal: it’s time to get back into the old training habits now. We have a full week of events for you to take part in, starting with some strength and conditioning at Bertie’s circuit training class this evening at 7:00pm in the running complex. If your New Year’s Resolution is to join the triathlon club then this training session will make the ideal start. See you there. Cost: €5.
Something to aim for: The club puts on a lot of events each year. These events help you to get ready for the racing season. Below is a rough outline of what we hope to do for the next 5 months and when we plan to do it. As you can see, it is going to be a busy few months. Use this as a rough race guide for planning your season ahead. Try your best to turn up to the club events when possible. The club events are not taken all that serious – you just go as fast or slow as you want.
- January – no big events. The training intensity will increase a little as we edge closer to the bike racing / road running / duathlon season. One cycle and one run training session towards the end of the month will be of race intensity. Details of these will be placed on the website in advance, so that you know when to start pooping your pants!
- February – Club event – Duathlon: Race 1 of the Dromineer Duathlon Series will take place (weekend race). Running: County Novice, County Intermediate. Bike racing: season starts in mid Feb, with races every week thereafter (main races are typically on Sundays).
- March – Club event – Duathlon: Race 2 (weekend race). Club event – we are hoping to put on a running race with a range of distances. Club event – we are hoping to have some sort of inaugural club event here for Nenagh CC; could be a sportive. Running: County Masters, Novice B. Cycling: plenty of big national races to do. Clocks go forward at the end of the month.
- April – Club event – Duathlon: Races 3 & 4 (midweek races). Club event – running – 5km series (midweek for 6 weeks). Club event – cycling – TT league (midweek for 6 weeks). Running – County Senior. Cycling – Visit Nenagh Classic & 1st stage race. Triathlon – Portlaoise & Joey Hannon triathlons.
- May – Club events – 5km run series and TT league continue. Club event – May 10th North Tipp Sprint & club night out. Club event – Race 1 of the Dromineer Aquathon Series (midweek race). Club event – Race 1 of the Dromineer Triathlon Series (midweek race). Cycling: An Post Rás. Triathlon: TriAthy.
Keeper Hill Trek: There were 11 club members out on Sunday morning for the second ascent of Mount Keeper. Even though there was a deer cull on the same morning in the area, all 11 managed to return alive.
Junior Academy: Darren Dunne attended his first Triathlon Ireland training camp on Saturday. It’s great to see one of our home-grown triathletes mixing it with the elite juniors in this country. Rumours are that Darren was even spotted on his bike last week. Without photographic evidence, that is as likely as seeing the Lough
Derg Ness Monster.
Ironman Article in the Guardian: For those of you that didn’t see the recent Ironman article in the Guardian you can read it below.
“Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life”
Hurlers are fitter than footballers; rugby players are fitter than soccer players, swimmers are fitter than cyclists, runners are fitter than the lot. Those involved in sport have long debated who are the fittest of them all. In terms of three key endurance sports, swimming, cycling and running, who do you think are the fittest?
In 1978, an American naval officer stationed in Hawaii called John Collins tried to answer this question. Collins suggested that the debate be settled through a race combining three existing long-distance competitions already on the island: the Waikiki Roughwater Swim (2.4 miles), the Around-Oahu Bike Race (112 miles) and the Honolulu Marathon (26.2 miles). Before the race began, Collins declared “whoever finishes first, we’ll call him the Iron Man” and with that, the story of the Ironman had begun.
Fast forward 35 years and the Ironman has become a worldwide phenomenon. Tens of thousands of endurance athletes take part in these events every year including hundreds of triathletes from these shores. Focusing on the town of Nenagh, the local triathlon club have nine members hoping to complete this gruelling ‘long distance’ triathlon challenge in 2014. In August of next year, all eyes will turn to Kalmar in Sweden as each member of the Nenagh team looks to push the boundaries of what is possible and return home an Ironman.
As you can imagine, taking part in an Ironman is a huge commitment. Training for this event starts well in advance of the race day. For the nine that are taking part, that preparation has already begun. Over the next few months we will be tracking the progress of all nine competitors to give you a taste of what is involved. There is a large variation in ability between the nine with some hoping to race fast and others looking just to finish. The key message the Nenagh triathlon club would like people to take from reading these updates is that you too can achieve this goal. All you need is the will power to go out and do it.
Now let me introduce the nine wannabe Iron men and women:
Majella Moyles: has been competing in triathlons for nearly two years. Kalmar will be her first Ironman. She hopes to set the record for the longest transition time! Majella has always stated that she prefers endurance to sprinting in all three disciplines, and will use the allowed time of 16 hours to her full discretion.
Keith Butler: is one of Ireland’s fastest veteran triathletes. He took up the sport in 2007 and has had impressive national results since. It has always been a long term goal of Keith’s to do an Ironman. He will be looking to break 11 hours in Sweden.
Anthony Sherlock: has been competing in triathlons for 7 years. Having borrowed a bike for his first ever triathlon, Anthony has progressed from Sprint to Olympic to Half Ironman distance triathlons and is now looking to go one step further. Anthony does triathlon to keep fit and to enjoy the craic during the training sessions. A finishing time around 14 hours is his target in Kalmar.
Sinnéad Oakes, originally from Cork and now living in Nenagh, is a local equine vet. Sinnéad swapped four legs for two wheels after one too many falls off her horse! Since learning to swim with the Nenagh Tri Club two years ago, Sinnéad has competed in many local and national races. A first timer at Ironman, she is hoping to break 12 hours.
Andy McLoughlin: took part in his first triathlon in 1999 and has been in and out of the sport ever since then. He is now at a stage where he is fitter than ever and is looking for a big challenge. When the idea of Ironman Sweden cropped up, he was one of the first to put his name down for it.
Seán Gleeson: has been competing in triathlon for 3 years. His sporting background is in running and he is a keen marathon runner. Seán was looking for a new endurance challenge and was the instigator of this club expedition to Ironman Sweden. He is hoping to finish the Ironman in 13 hours.
Shane Scully: has been taking part in triathlons for almost 15 years. With plenty of race wins at the shorter distances under his belt he will be looking to get close to the Irish record of 8 hours 45 minutes. However, with this being his first Ironman distance race, achieving that goal will likely be a step too far this time.
Eoin Sheehan: has been competing in triathlons for 5 years. This will be Eoin’s third Ironman having already finishing Ironman Wales and Ironman Copenhagen. Eoin enjoys the long distance races and is hoping to finish in less than 11 hours.
Ger Kirby: originally from Aherlow and now living in Portroe, is another veteran of the Ironman scene having also taken part in Ironman Copenhagen last year. Although Ger did very well in his first Ironman he reckons he can lower his time considerably in Sweden. He will be looking for a sub 11 Ironman.
Success in this sport is often measured by your ability to suffer. There is no way you can undertake an endurance challenge like this without suffering. Over the next few months you can read in the Nenagh Guardian about the agony and the ecstasy involved as our team prepare for Ironman Sweden. If you would like to take the first step on the triathlon ladder and perhaps one day take on this Ironman challenge then visit the Nenagh Triathlon Club website at www.nenaghtriathlonclub.com for more details.