HOTW: With only17 days until HOTW in Kilkee its time to talk about a practice run!! This is a challenging triathlon and rather than throwing yourself into the unexpected we are organising a practice run for this Sunday, June 16th. There are a few club members racing this Saturday but we would encourage you to still make the trip down and maybe complete the swim, cycle or run.
We will meet at the pool at 8:30am and travel in convoy! Please park in hotel. Depending on numbers, we will base it on handicap times. This way no one should be on their own at any stage. The most important part is a safe swim. As some people may not have completed a long sea swim before it would be great to have someone on shore to keep an eye on us, so if you know of anyone looking for something to do Sunday bring them along!
You do not need to do it all and even if you are not doing the triathlon on the 29th, this will be a very good (tough) training session. Please check out the route maps before you head down so that you are familiar with the route. >>Route Maps<< Bring some food and supplies for the day. You can choose Mama’s or Supermacs for post training recovery food if you like!
Saturday Club cycle: 16 members headed off from the pool at 8.15 for our 8am SHARP departure (and Ken Hassett was not to blame for this delay but needless to say it was one of the men!!) Duncan and Charlie lead us out as we headed off towards Borrisokane at a nice and handy pace to warm up along the way. The weather was ideal, warm with no breeze. Once we got to Birr we lost 3 of the group as they had to return home due to time constraints. We gained one however as Dan joined in Birr and 14 headed on for Kinnity and onto the Wolf Trap which was on most people’s minds since we had left Nenagh!
After a nature and refuel stop at the bottom of the Wolf Trap we steadied ourselves and started working the climb to the top. Needless to say the group splintered going up the hill as everyone worked at their own pace which was hard in the hot conditions. Once we were all up and had regrouped we were very happy with our efforts, posed for some photos and headed back down the same route at rapid speed (the best part!). Another stop in Birr to refuel and rehydrate as it was very hot at this stage.
The speed picked up after Birr and we were back in Borrisokane in no time. The group chats had ceased at this stage and from Borrisokane to Nenagh, although the speed was maintained, the legs were tired and bodies hot (but tanning!) and Sean Gleeson’s mouth was juicing at the thoughts of the steak dinner that awaited him! It was a happy group once we got back into Nenagh led in again by Duncan and Charlie. The stats were that we had completed 75 miles at an average speed of 28.6k including the climb. Not a bad morning’s work for our club members.
Racing: John Ryan completed the Lough Ree Monster Triathlon in a time of 1:31:54, finishing 97th overall. Eoin Sheehan and Darren Dunne represented the club in Kilrush’s “Up the Creek” triathlon. Eoin placed very well in 37th position with a time of 1:16:35. Junior Darren Dunne had a great race (with the exception of a small fall at the start of the bike) and finished a very respectable second with a time of 1:03:56. Lets hope this success carries on for the rest of the season. Well done to all.
Wednesday training: There will be a lake swim at 6:30 this Wednesday evening.
Saturday Club Cycle: Saturdays cycle will be from Nenagh – Borrisokane – Birr – Kinnitty – Slieve Bloom and return same route back to Nenagh – 120km/75m. We will be leaving at 8am SHARP (take note Ken Hassett) from the pool. We will be cycling at least 4 hours, so bring plenty of food and drink and sun cream!! The average speed will be 30kph.
Tonights Track Session: Heart rate monitors will be used on this evenings track session, so if you have one bring it with you, and again…. sun cream!!!
Thursday evenings brick session will start at 6.30 at the CBS. The route will be the same as the previous few weeks, that is Nenagh to Moneygal to warm up and return section will entail roll overs. Then there will be a two mile run around CBS, and if you feel up to it, a few hill repeat runs.
For the 3rd Wednesday in a row our club members were tasked with completing this tough 700m swim + 5km run aquathon course. Luckily this week the weather was excellent and that made the task at hand a little bit easier for the 24 club members that took part.
The lake was wave free but unfortunately someone had robbed our red bouy! This led to the selection of another buoy and a bit of confusion. In the end, 4 different buoys were rounded by various people and therefore the swim times for some are a little slower than normal.
So how did the race go?
It is hard to say really as so many people took different paths in the swim. If your time is slower than expected, I wouldn’t worry about it. If it is faster than expected then I wouldn’t get too excited about it either!
In the men’s race, Shane Scully was the fastest today finishing in a time off 28:00, Gary Scully was 2nd in a time of 28:25, and Mike Browne was 3rd in a time 31:00.
In the women’s race, 6 took part but only 2 of those were brave enough to do the whole thing!! Anita Egan was first home in a time of 46:37. In 2nd place was Sheila Gregan in a time of 50:20.
Results: Dromineer Aquathon Race 3
Next Race: We are not sure when exactly but the next race will be soon and it will be the first race of the Dromineer Triathlon Series.
As promised a great report from Sinead Kennedy!
A nervous Nenagh Triathlon convoy headed off VERY early Saturday morning to Athy in search of some National Series points. Weather conditions were favourable. We left so early the bonus was avoiding any queues in registration! After some time socialising and drinking tea the bikes were racked, wetsuits were pulled on and before we knew it the women were first off and the waiting was over and the fun had just begun! The water was surprisingly a comfortable temperature. The bike leg was fast and everyone attained good bike splits. The 10k run however was a little bumpy and a bit too close for comfort running against people along the canal but we all endured the hardship and battled on for the sake of our club (die hard members!).
Sinnead Oakes was the first lady home in a whopping time of 02:24:13, this secured Sinnead 9th place overall in the women’s and 3rd place in her age group. Next home was Cliodhna McGrath ( 02:35:01) (ask no questions!!!!), Sinead Kennedy (02:44:18), Majella Moyles (02:49:16) and and Anita Egan (03:11:37). Representing the club males Cian McCormack was first home in a great time of 02:24:59, Johnny Meagher (02:39:07) and PJ Brett (02:50:42). Great individual results and for the club and many valuable National Series points were scored. A special well done to Sinead Kennedy, Anita Egan and P.J. Brett on their first Olympic finish.
In the Sprint that was held much later in the day we were represented by John Ryan who finished in a time of 01:30:46 and Sheila Gregan in a time of 01:37:06. Well done to both.
Dromineer Aquathon – Race 3: takes place tomorrow Wednesday June 5th at 7:00pm. The weather is looking great and the wind looks like it will be coming slowly from the south = the lake will be like glass. If you want to set a new PB then tomorrow is the day to do it. The race will be handicapped as per usual.
National Series Race Entry:
Lost Sheep Half Ironman: Entries for this race open tomorrow morning at 8:00am. You can register via the Triathlon Ireland website. This well sell out straight away so make sure to enter when it opens.
Dublin City Triathlon: This is a National Series race that you should consider doing. Registration is currently open but there are only a few spots left so if you feel like doing it then register soon.
TriAthy: there is a supposed to be a full race report coming for this. One of the girls is writing it so it should be ready to publish some time next month! Until then you will have to make do with this picture. You can make up your own story to go with it. There are toilets, ambulances and some club members – you can fill in the gaps.
Rosses Point Triathlon: Ronan O’Driscoll was our sole representative in this National Series Olympic distance race in Sligo. Ronan put in a good swim and bike time which helped him to finish in 72nd overall and win more valuable points for the club.
Run Racing: Darren Dunne won a silver medal at the AVIVA All-Ireland Schools Track & Field Championships in Tullamore on Saturday. Darren set a fantastic new pb of 8:53 in the 3000m final.
Bike Racing: It was a relatively quiet week on the bike racing front. Just two club members were in racing action. Shane and Gary Scully made the long trip up to Donegal for 3 day stage event that is Rás Dhun na nGall. Both lads did well with Gary finishing in 14th and Shane 16th (read race report).
Next up: Limerick Summer League, Thursday cycle, Rás Clár on Sunday.
Saturday Club Cycle: A good number turned up last Saturday, considering many were busy in Athy or enjoying the bank holiday lovely weather. Eleven of us headed towards Toomevara led by Sean Gleeson and Clifford Guest, setting an easy pace which was very appreciated by the less experienced riders. After a short stop at Dolla for a family photograph the ride remained easy making it a very sociable ride, so when the group reached the Limerick road some hard dudes decided to go home cross country by Coum towards Portroe while the remaining gang headed directly home.
Due to popular demand the Dromineer aquathon race 3 will go ahead on Wednesday the 5th of June. It will start at the usual time of 7pm. The handicaps will be based on last weeks race. The great weather is promised to continue into next week so we will take full advantage of it!
This Satruday’s club cycle will take the following route:
Nenagh – Toomevara – Ballinmona Cross – Dolla – Silvermines – Limerick Rd – Nenagh
The distance is 30 miles. It wont be a very taxing cycle as most people are either recovering from last weekends tour or may be racing, and after all it is the bank holiday weekend!
There was another strong turn-out at this evening’s aquathon. 26 club members turned up to the second race of the aquathon series in Dromineer. The sun was shining bright all day. This is good weather for racing and getting that all important farmer’s tan, but it also brings the boats out in Dromineer. There were almost traffic jams in the water at one stage but luckily things cleared and we could get on with the serious business of racing.
Once again there was a strong northerly breeze. This led to choppy waters but the swell in the waves wasn’t as bad as the week before. Still, swim times were never going to be overly brilliant in those conditions. The competitors entered the water based on handicap times from the previous aquathon. All n all there was 14 minutes between first and last to start.
So how did the race go?
Many people managed to improve on their times from the previous week. Eoin O’Donoghue managed to finish in the same time for two weeks in a row! Some people were reduced to walking. Some people swam only and some people ran only.
In the men’s race, Shane Scully was the fastest today finishing in a time off 28:30, Gary Scully was 2nd in a time of 29:36, and Keith Butler was 3rd in a time 30:32. Each of the three lads improved on their times from last week by over a minute.
In the women’s race, Sinead Devaney was first home in a time of 45:50. In 2nd place was Mary Donnellan in a time of 49:31 and in 3rd place was Sheila Gregan in a time of 51:08.
Results: Dromineer Aquathon Race 2
Next Race: will likely be the first race of our Dromineer Triathlon Series. We will probably be taking a break next week so it could be the week after. We will confirm soon.