Tis a long post this week so make sure to take an energy gel half way through reading it!
Triathlon Ireland Talent ID Day: Darren Dunne and Killian Cullagh attended the Talent ID day up in Wicklow on Sunday. The aim is to swim 200m and run 1500m under certain times in order to get selected onto the Triathlon Ireland Junior Squad. The A squad is very tough to make as they are looking for international standard times. It is especially hard to make at this time of year when the lads are not training very hard (it’s a long season!). Darren managed a 2:24 swim and 4:19 run. This should be good enough to get him on the B squad. He is very close to the A squad but will have a better chance of making it next April. Killian put in times of 3:06 in the swim (he only started swimming last summer) and 4:41 in the run. These times are not quite good enough for the squads but Killian will learn a lot from the experience. Well done to both lads for representing the club so well.
Christmas Party: Once again the club are supplying permission slips for those of ye that need permission off your better halves to attend. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Now is the time to be putting in the brownie point work. Kevin Sherlock has been putting in the brownie point work for the last 5 months so should be able to get out for an hour or so. Follow Kevin’s good example and we will see you all there.
Running: The club had it’s biggest run turn out of the year on Friday. We know the time doesn’t suit everyone but even still, it is great to see increased numbers. If you haven’t been there in a while then try and start back again next week. Christmas time is typically a time where there are plenty of running races to go to, so with 3 weeks left it is time to get running fit. The Christmas Day run is always very well attended by the club. Last year, there were over 150 entrants in the run and we hope that number grows as it is all in aid of charity. Try and support it if you can. Sure what else would you be doing on Christmas Day? By the way Andy, it is not a race!
Cycling: The main triathlon cycle departed at 9:00am with 8 riders in tow. 52 miles were covered as the group passed through Roscrea, Templemore and Borrisoleigh back to Nenagh. The average speed was a very healthy 17.5 mph. Cold weather is not a legitimate excuse to miss this session, a blizzard or hurricane might be but turn up anyway just in case.
The bike racing side of the club met up with the rest of Team DMG for the first time on Saturday. 9 of us were in attendance and we covered a distance of 109km at a handy controlled pace. Brian O’Rourke had a lovely view from the back seat of the team car on the way home. There was a good team meeting afterwards where the DMG plans for the year were laid out and hopefully that gets people motivated to get out and cycle. Although Keith couldn’t make it, it was decided that yes he would have been able for it and he would have come 3rd. His medal is in the post. Well done Keith.
Swimming: Mark Dempsey’s 4 week coaching block has come to an end. The club would like to thank Mark for all his efforts. Make sure the advice he has given doesn’t go in one ear and out the other, by getting your ass down to the pool to practice. You have 3 weeks to Christmas so commit to 3 hard weeks of swimming and you will see your stroke improve a lot.
1 on 1 Swim Coaching: There are currently 8 club members availing of this and there has only been one drowning – RIP Majella. We are currently in the process of purchasing an underwater camera for stroke analysis. It should be here within the next 10 days. The club advises everyone to make use of this facility. Being able to see your stroke on video is a great eye opener and will benefit you in identifying problems and fixing them. The club are going to offer stroke video analysis for the very affordable cost of €10 + €5 pool entry fee (buy monthly/annual membership!!). These sessions will be conducted as part of the 1 on 1 swim coaching. We will give further details when we know more.
Next week’s available days and times – text 0872605743 to book.
Tuesday: 8:00am – 11:00, 12:00 – 4:00
Wednesday: 1:00 – 4:00
Thursday: 8:00am – 11:00, 12:00 – 4:00, 5:00 – 6:30
Friday: 8:15 – 2:00
Saturday: 4:00 – 8:00pm
Sunday: 2:00 – 6:00