Rain and cold temps interrupted our training over the weekend with the cancellation of the Sunday morning club cycle around the lake. Some small groups braved the elements but most cycles were short and sweet. Tis a long season so missing the odd training session here and there won’t have any long-term negative effects. We will more than make up for it next week with the 3rd round of the Winter Warrior taking place and there is also an extended, extended lake cycle to look forward to. Think we might throw in a hill this time for the fun of it!
- Monday – Circuit training – 7:00 at the GAA complex – 5 more weeks of strength building
- Tuesday – Turbo training – 6:00 – 8:00 GAA complex – focus on sprints
- Saturday – Winter Warrior 3 – starts at 10:15 at Lisboney Ind. Est.
- Sunday – club cycle – 8:00 at Tescos (new extended, extended route)
CI License: you need it to cycle and race with the club
Gear stretcher: James Skehan is looking for the club gear stretcher. He is finding it hard to fit into his new Large Nenagh CC kit. Whoever has it, could you drop it back into club HQ? Thanks. Think it was Kevin Sherlock who had it last but not quite sure.
Stage Races: we urge all our racers to think about targeting one of the many multi stage races in Ireland. This would be the sort of big event you would be looking to peak for. These races are usually a step up from your normal one day races. There should be Nenagh CC members at Rás Maigh Eo, Kanturk 3 Day, Gorey 3 day, Rás Dún na nGall, Charleville 2 day, Suir Valley 3 day, Junior Tour of Ireland, Ras Mumhan and possibly even some at the An Post Rás. Having a big weekend like this to focus on can give you the extra motivation you need to get through the season. Fear of getting your ass kicked is a great motivational tool.
La Marmotte: accommodation for this is now booked. Next thing to sort is bike transport. We are going to use Ship My Tri Bike for this. You can pay for that now via their website. Select La Marmotte from the map, enter your details and pay for it. Then you need to book your flight. We will be discussing this on Viber and should know what exact flights are available early next week. It would be great to have everything sorted and paid for early. That will leave us with nothing to worry about bar the cycle itself.
Winter Warrior 3
The biggest prize in cycling enters its 3rd event. The distance is longer and there is also the added pleasure of Seáníns to climb. With the start of the racing season only 4 weeks away, this event will tell you exactly where you are with your fitness. There will be no hiding place. Who will be joining the winners of round 1 & 2 Paul Kennedy and Tommy Hanrahanrahan in the winners enclosure?
Typically, once we hit the hilly events, we see a lot of our club members running scared and the excuses for missing the event come thick and fast. Don’t do that. Get out there and do it. You might take a beating or you might surprise yourself; either way, you will have gotten a great training session in. There will be far bigger challenges in the season ahead.
Some friends from other clubs are likely to join us for this ‘friendly’ training session so it could get embarrassing if we don’t all turn up and put in a bit of an effort. Obviously, we will all be working for Keith Butler, so whatever he asks for, you help out (unless it’s food, he has had too much of that over the last few weeks). Riders from other clubs will need to watch Keith like a hawk.
Extended Extended Lake Route
In preparation for La Marmotte later in the year we need to start upping the distance of our long Sunday cycles. Most people are coping with the new extended route easily enough so it’s time to increase it again and to throw in a little hill. The route is the same except that we turn right in Birdhill for Newport and then home via the back of Shalee and Capparoe.