Dromineer Aquathon Race 2 – today @ 7:00

sunThe weather is looking great for the aquathon this evening. The water should be warmer and the run will be lovely. Things will kick off shortly after 7:00. Conditions don’t get much better than this so make the most of it.

View your handicap time >> aquathon-handicaps

For those that are not confident swimmers, the option of going pier to pier is available. For everyone else it is out and around the buoy then back in for a quick transition and out for a 5km run. You can take this run as fast or as slow as you want. If you only want to run 2km then that is ok too.

Cost = free. Everyone is welcome to take part.

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p.s. if someone wants to volunteer to time the event then that would be just super.



Thursday Brick Session

Thursday evenings brick session will start at 6.30 at the CBS. The route will be the same as the previous two 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. It would be great to see a few more club members taking part as the season is in full swing now!


Club Notes

Monday Running: this evening at 6:15pm!

Early Morning Swims: stop being lazy and try and target at least one early morning swim this week.

National Series: make it a priority to sign up for at least one National Series race this week!

Dromineer Aquathon Series: Race 2 – takes place this Wednesday at 7:00pm.

We have worked out the handicap times for this event so that you know roughly when you will be in the water. Don’t worry if you haven’t done it before as we will include you on the day. We hope to have the first person in the water at 7:10 SHARP.

>> View Aquathon Handicaps <<

Remember: you do not have to race this. You can treat it as a training session. The important thing is to do it and to get used to wearing your wetsuit, sighting in the water, transitions, wearing your race gear, running while tired etc. If you just want to go slow then we can let you go first in the swim and then you can take your time. There really is no excuse for not doing it.

Sports Massage: With everyone racing a lot these days it is important to stay clear of injury. It is very hard to put in big training hours every week without getting a sports massage every now and then. This is especially true as we get older. Padraig Quinn in Portroe can sort you out for regular leg rubs at a decent price. Ring Padraig at 0874107534.

Tour of Lough Derg: What better way to spend a Sunny Sunday morning than a leisurely cycle around the lake. There was a great turn out from the Nenagh Tri club and from all over the country for the North Tipp Wheelers tour of the lake.

With a choice of 2 speeds everyone was catered for with the “Leisure” cyclists setting off at 9.30 and the faster bunch setting off over an hour later. The weather couldn’t have been better with the sun shining and a tailwind the whole way to Portumna. It nearly made it all seem too perfect surely something had to give!!

A little picnic stop in the beautiful surroundings of Portumna Park with lots of sandwiches and cake to fortify all for the dreaded “lumpy” ride from Portumna back to base. But we were even spared that, well at least the first group were anyway as we detoured back via Borrisokane due to a 10k run in Puckane. The only difficult bit to contend with then was Portroe Hill, which everyone, well at least all the Tri Club members managed with relative ease.  It would appear those crazy Tuesday night spins up mountains make Portroe Hill seem like a bump! Back to the Lakeside Hotel then for very welcome tea and sandwiches.

A huge well done to the Wheelers for a very well run cycle. Great work by all the organisers, the Marshall’s, the pacers, the sandwich makers and the Lakeside Hotel, Ballina.

Saturday Club Cycle: It could not have been a better morning for the Saturday club cycle.  It might have been our best yet . It was dry and warm and there were lots of legs out on view for the first time this year. Lets hope the weather keeps up!! A total of 16 started from the pool and headed out the Limerick Road. We cycled very comfortably to Birdhill and included a spin up the ramp as part of the warm up.

We would have all been content to maintain this leisurely pace and the socialising but we knew our time was up when Dan pulled us in for one of our team chats!  Indeed the fun was over and the hard work was about to begin. A rollover session started from Birdhill roundabout toward Nenagh. This led into doing single line sprints before there was a puncture and the group had time to regroup and refuel. We cycled back to the Five Alley where a time trial was next up.

The Time trial distance was either (a) Five Alley to Birdhill and spin up the ramp and return to Five Alley(32K) or (b) Five Alley to Birdhill and return to Five Alley (28K). 5 opted for Option A and the remainder of the group (minus the ones that snuck off when the TT was about to begin!!!) opted for Option B.  Each individual timed their own Time Trial so the results may or may not be trustworthy!!! You can judge for yourself!!
All in all another great training session.

See here for results: sat time trial

Bike Racing Team: Kenneth Kennedy, Keith Butler, Shane Scully and Kevin Moyles were in bike racing action in Coachford, Co. Cork on Sunday. The lads were out of luck this week as no points were scored. In the A2/A3 race Shane finished just outside the points in 11th position (read his race report), while in the A3 race Kenneth also just missed out on securing points as he finished in 12th.

Next-up: Limerick Summer League on Tuesday. Not sure what is happening on Thursday yet. Rás Dún na nGall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Club Notes

Morning Swims: Now that we are back training/racing in Dromineer on Wednesday evenings, it is very important that you still make time to get to the pool. Without the tough club pool sessions you will find your swim fitness decreasing quickly. Getting used to swimming in the lake is important but so is the hard work we put in in the pool. Try and make it to at least one of our morning swims on either Tuesday or Thursday morning at 6:30.

Sunday Lake Swim: We will be heading back out to Youghal this Sunday at 6:00pm. The water temperature is ok for us to start doing longer sets.

Aquathon Race 2: We will be doing two aquathons in a row and then taking a break = there will be another aquathon next Wednesday, May 29th @7:00pm.

National Series: Check out the triathlon calendar by clicking here and enter the NS races early. The NS races are marked on the calendar. Remember these races sell out months in advance and many are already sold out. If you want to get in your 5 races then you need to enter some races very soon!!!

  • One to look out for: Lost Sheep Half Ironman Kenmare: Registration opens June 5th

Wheeler’s Tour of Lough Derg: takes place this Sunday. Try and support this cycle if you can. It starts in Killaloe. Check out their website or facebook page for more details.

Hell of the West: The accommodation for Kilkee is almost fully booked. There is a a twin room free for the night before and one bed in a twin room free for both nights (beware sharing with Sean Gleason!!) It is €40 for one night and €80 for two nights. Can everyone who has booked a room please pay me (Mary) as soon as you can please.

There is a run organised for the HOTW route on Sunday the 2nd of June by Limerick Triathlon Club. It starts at 11am and registration is on the day from 9 to 10:30am. The cost is €20 and all funds raised will go straight to charity. If you haven’t completed this run before and are planning on doing HOTW this year, this is a great opportunity to see whats ahead of you!!

Limerick Triathlon Club are also looking for volunteers for the day of the HOTW triathlon. Please see poster below. All volunteers receive a HOTW jacket!




Saturday Club Cycle

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.



Dromineer Aquathon: Race 1

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.


Dromineer Aquathon – Today at 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.


National Series Update

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



Club Notes

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.



Club Notes

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).

Cycle sat

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