Time Trial: Saturdays club cycle will consist of a warm up cycle to Birdhill, including a spin up the ramp, and back to the Five Alley. The warm up cycle will include roll overs and sprints. From the Five Alley, we will do the same route as the warm up for the Time Trial. If there is any club member who would like to volunteer to call out to the Five Alley Saturday morning at 10am to take times it would be greatly appreciated.! Otherwise, can all cyclists please make sure to bring a watch to time yourself, and no cheating…!
Dan has volunteered to give any cyclist with tri bars a bike fit this Saturday morning at 8.30am. If you are interested in taking him up on this generous offer, please text him on 0876737446, you will need to bring your turbo with you for the bike fit.
Gear found: Swim caps and goggles were left down in Dromineer last evening after the aquathon. Text Dan on 0876737446 if you are missing one of these items.
We had a record turn-out of 28 people for the first of our club aquathons. It is great to see so many people taking part and finishing what turned out to be a very tough first race. It doesn’t get much harder than that!
Whenever there is a wind blowing from the north you can expect rough swimming conditions in Dromineer and this evening was no exception. The lake temperature was fine but with the big waves it was like swimming in a washing machine. Thankfully everyone made it through eventually. If you can swim in those conditions then you can swim in any conditions. It makes for great practice for the real thing. The run course doesn’t get any easier either as the years go by. Those hills really take it out of your legs, so running low times on this course is extremely hard to do.
So how did the race go?
Well, this evening’s ‘race’ was more a glorified training session. Some people took their time and some people went hard. Only a very rough handicap system was used, so in the final results we just show everyone’s flat time. At the next race we will use your final times to work out the handicap times.
In the men’s race, Darren Dunne was the fastest today finishing in a time off 28:36, Shane Scully was 2nd in a time of 29:31, and Gary Scully was 3rd in a time 30:52. These times are well down on last year but it’s still very early in the season.
In the women’s race, Cliodhna McGrath was first home in a time of 42:20. In 2nd place was Majella Moyles in a time of 48:10 and in 3rd place was Sheila Gregan in a time of 51:21.
Results: Dromineer Aquathon Series 2013 – Race 1
If you feel your time is a bit on the slow side, don’t worry cos everyone’s times were slow today. The good news is that your times will improve as the series progresses. The trick is to keep turning up to the races.
Next Race: Next Wednesday, May 29th @ 7:00pm.
The Dromineer Aquathon starts this evening at 7:00pm. Weather is looking good. We are expecting a large crowd at this. You can go as fast or slow as you want. The aim will be to beat today’s time at race 2. Nobody is to get into the water until after the short race briefing. The race will be handicapped so everyone should finish close together. Tea, coffee, buns, biscuits all served up after by our tea-boy & chief bun tester Keith Butler.
Cost = free.
If someone wants to chicken out of doing it and help out with timing the event then turn up at 7.
The points for the first three National Series races of 2013 have been published. The NS is a competition that we like to take seriously. Well done to all those that have secured points for the club. If you have scored points and they are not showing up on the Triathlon Ireland system then you need to login to the TI website and make sure you are affiliated to Nenagh.
Below is our current ranking in the various club championships. Clearly we have a lot of work left to do, so sign up to a National Series race soon and help your club reach the top. We certainly have the talent in the club to do very well, it’s just a case of getting people to do all 5 races.
Mens: 17th (723 points – top 6 scorers count)
Top Scorers: Ronan O’Driscoll 202, Darren Dunne 115, Kevin Sherlock 104, Ger Kirby 102, Eoin Woolley 100, Eoin O’Donoghue 98.
Womens: 17th (348 points – top 6 scorers count)
Top Scorers: Sinnead Oakes 99, Sinead Kennedy 87, Geraldine Kyne 82, Maeve Gleeson 78.
Mixed: 17th (691 points – top 3 male/female scorers count)
Top Scorers: Ronan O’Driscoll 202, Darren Dunne 115, Kevin Sherlock 104, Sinnead Oakes 99, Sinead Kennedy 87, Geraldine Kyne 82
There is a Fun Run on this Sunday the 26th of May in Puckane. There are two options, a 5km or 10km run. Registration is at 12 in Kildangan GAA clubhouse. If you are not racing this weekend its a good local run to keep you occupied!
Thursday evening the club will be doing a brick session. We will meet at 6.30 in the CBS. This session will consist of a cycle from Nenagh to Moneygal where we will turn around and do a roll over session back to the CBS. There will then be a 2 mile run around the track. Don’t forget to bring your runners.
Marshalling for the Rás Today! if you are available to marshall for an hour or two today then pop down to the Abbey Court Hotel at 1:00pm. Shane, Keith and a few more will be down there so meet up with them.
Tri an Mhí Half Ironman: The club had 4 representatives at this race which just happened to be the National Middle Distance Champs. Ger Kirby was first home for the club, finishing in 51st position just under the 5 hour mark at 4:58. Only 6 minutes behind was Eoin Woolley in 62nd position and a time of 5:04. Eoin Sheehan squeezed into the top 100 in this highly competitive field finishing in 99th in a time of 5:19. Anthony Sherlock continued his Full Ironman preparation by also completing this tough, hilly course. Well done to all that took part!
Spiddal Triathlon: Congrats to Sinead Devaney, John Ryan and Sheila Gregan who all took part in this sprint distance triathlon at the weekend. Sinead came 47th overall and was 4th female in just her first triathlon. John put in a good performance too finishing in 91st with Sheila not far behind in 97th.
Lake Swimming: The second club lake swim of the year took place on Sunday. The water was absolutely fine for this and most people completed the aquathon course ahead of Wednesday’s first club aquathon.
Saturday Club Cycle: The sun shone and the rain stayed away. It was ‘almost’ as nice as weather in Majorca. Fifteen brave souls turned up. We started out with a roll over from the Five Alley to Silvermines. From there we turned for Shalee where some sadists felt the need to cycle the hill twice. From there we headed up, up, up to Newport, Rearcross, Kilcommon and on to Carinney where we stopped to take a picture. It was here that Brian O’Neill realised he had not shaved his legs in a week. He was morto! Much to his dismay we took the picture anyway. All in all it was a great cycle. We covered 52 miles (58 miles for those who did Shalee twice).
Dromineer Aquathon: Make sure you keep this Wednesday evening free for the first race of the Dromineer Aquathon series. There is €10,000 worth of prizes to be won at the race, so it is not to be missed (that might be a slight exaggeration). The race starts at 7:00pm and the whole things should be over in less than an hour.
Run Racing: Darren Dunne claimed silver in the Intermediate Boys 3000m at Saturday’s AVIVA Munster Schools Track & Field Championships. Killian was also racing in the steeple chase but finished just outside the medals.
Bike Racing: 6 club members were in bike racing action this weekend. First up was the Crotty Cup in Kilmihil Co. Clare. This proved to be a very successful day for us with Kevin Sherlock winning the A4 race and Fathead getting up for 2nd place. This is a great result for the lads and is a reward for all the hard work they have been putting in on the bike over the last few months. Gary and Shane were also racing in the A1/A2/A3 race and Gary managed to finish in 4th place and with that secure the final points needed for an upgrade to the A2 category. On Sunday, Gary, Shane, Kenneth and Kevin M traveled to Dungarvan for a tough hilly race. Gary, Kevin and Kenneth all finished in the main bunches but just outside the points, while Shane crashed out early in the race.
Next-up: Limerick Summer League Tuesday, 30 mile roll over session on Thursday, Coachford Classic in Cork on Sunday
Best of luck: to Eoin Woolley, Eoin Sheehan and Paul Walsh who are all taking part in the National Middle Distance triathlon championships at Tri an Mhí this weekend.
Kilkee Triathlon: Individual Entry: A few club members have had to pull out of the ‘Hell of the West’ Kilkee Triathlon. If you want to take one of their places then send a text to Shane 0872605743. Also, if you haven’t yet paid for your Kilkee entry then try and settle up before the end of the week.
Sunday Lake Swim: a reminder that this will take place in Dromineer this Sunday at 6:00pm. We will be preparing for next week’s first aquathon, by swimming the race route.
Bike Racing Team: We had a good spin on Thursday evening. There were 9 of us out and we managed to hit a solid 25mph for the 25 mile route. This is our fastest average speed on the route so well done to everyone for putting in a great effort. Next Thursday we will be starting from Toom and this will bring the total race distance to 30 mile. Try not to miss it as these sessions really bring you on. Weekend racing: There is a race in Clare on Saturday and Dungarvan on Sunday. Try and make it to at least one of them.
The Thursday night brick session was well attended and teamed up with the racing group for a joint warm up out to Moneygall. From there the race group started their roll over session to Roscrea and back while the Brick group headed straight back to Nenagh for the combined bike/run session.
A brick session emulates the race – where you only take a handful of minutes after getting off the bike before heading out to run, its an invaluable training tool – wobbly legs are something totally new when you do your first brick.
As triathletes will tell you, getting the legs running properly and efficiently off the bike can be a real challenge. This is particularly due to the lack of activation of the glute muscles coming off the bike, as you begin to run.
The term “brick” has multiple claims of origination. Among those is the derivation from a partial anagram of Bike-Run, it may also be a descriptive term for how your legs feel for the first part of the run (like bricks). Another is credited to Mark Sisson and Scott Zagarino (1988), who associated the term brick with the idea of “Just another brick in the wall”… as per the song by the group “Pink Floyd”!
All agreed that our brick session worked well, with a good warm up, a hard roll over session and a short but sharp(ish) run session. More members for next Thursday please!
The route for this Saturdays cycle is:
Nenagh – Gortnaskehy (Limerick Rd)- Shallee Hill – Newport – Rear Cross – Kilcommon – Dolla – Nenagh
Saturdays cycle/training session will consist of roll overs, sprints and hill repeats (Shallee Hill, at least twice). Don’t forget to bring food and drink and make sure your brakes are working!!
Tomorrow evening (Thursday) the club will be doing a brick session. We will meet at 6.30 in the CBS. This session will consist of a cycle from Nenagh to Moneygal where we will turn around and do a roll over session back to the CBS. There will then be a run around the track/hills here. Don’t forget to bring your runners.