We are now entering the final week in October. Before we know it, the first month of winter training will be gone. If you haven’t started back with us yet then get a move on! If you have big plans for 2017 then commit to the team and start stringing together consistent training weeks. It’s great to see so many members working hard to improve their cycling fitness but there are always the few who have an excuse for everything. Tis not primary school you are in; nobody cares if the dog ate your homework, you either want to improve or you don’t. It’s up to you to get out and put in the effort. There are always enough hours in the day for training. Is watching Corrie all that important?!
Plan your week in advance and get the miles in. Support the club training spins when possible – they are specifically designed to make the most out of your training week. If all you did this winter was to attend those 4 session you will show good form next year.
- Monday – circuit training – all round fitness
- Tuesday – circuit training – power work – tough session
- Saturday – club spin at 9:00 – long, speed endurance intervals
- Sunday – club spin at 8:00 – high mileage
Junior Training: there are two junior training sessions each week.
- turbo training: 6:00 – 7:00
- outdoor spin: 12:30 – 2:00 at the CBS
Turbo Training – between the junior and senior side of the club we are getting around 25 members at this session. What is strange is the lack of newbie/improver cyclists in attendance. This session is ideal for ye because:
- there is no way you can get left behind = beginner friendly
- You get a good quality session for free
- You get to know the rest of the club members
- the session is not weather dependent. It will always be on = great for consistency
Attending turbo will make the Saturday spins a whole lot easier because the thing we work on in this session is exactly what you are lacking on those spins = speed. Start fitting this session into your weekly training plan. We have spare turbos for you to use if you don’t have one. Come early and someone will help you set-up. The senior session officially starts at 6:45 but most of us are there earlier than this. The GAA complex is open for use from 6:00 to 8:00. Bring a towel, drink and correct rear wheel skewer.
Sunday Spin: 15 club members embarked on what always proves to be a draining cycle – the Kinnitty/Slieve Bloom route. Every couple of weeks we will be veering away from the lake route to go on a long distance spin elsewhere (next time it will likely be down to Tipperary town). On reaching Kinnitty, it was no surprise when 6 club members cut the cycle short and took a right turn for Roscrea. Predictions were already being made as to how many of the remaining group would become knock victims by the time we returned to Kinnitty. Smart money was being placed on Eoin O’D repeating his epic Galbally meltdown from two years ago. Strangely enough, there were no victims – we must be improving!
The remaining group split in two and pushed the pace for the next 2 hours 15 mins until they got back to Birr. Under the expert command of the Tooth Fairy (formerly known as Pretty Boy Will, but he was too fond of that nickname so we had to change it), the first group made it to Birr well ahead. The back group put the blame on Dan Hogan and his acrophobia. After over 4 hours of cycling the group were glad to have a tail wind home from Birr. That didn’t help increase the crawling pace much though as bodies started to tire. John Gleeson took the easy option of sabotaging his own bike so that he could ring Ned for a lift home. The Ned signal was shone in the sky and Ned zoomed out in the Nedmobile almost taking out the bunch on the Old Birr Road in his haste! The bunch made it back to Nenagh after 5:30 of cycling. It was a hard spin but we got some great mileage into the legs. The lake spin will seem so short after this!