Its that time of the year again: Dromineer Duathlon Series!! These club races are great for getting your legs used to going from run to bike to run, and conditioning them to that “jelly” feeling!! There are not many clubs that organise these in-club races so everyone’s participation is highly recommended! These will help immensely when the triathlon season arrives. It is also a good time to start paying attention to transition times, every second helps! (or minute in some cases!!) If you plan on doing the North Tipp Sprint try and complete at least 3 of these races. The Satrurday club cycles will continue on the Saturdays where there are no races.
The schedule is as follows:
Saturday, 9th February
Saturday, 23rd, February
Saturday, 16th March
Saturday, 6th April
Numbers were slightly down on last Saturday’s club cycle compared to the previous week. Was the hilly route the deciding factor for a few of ye not to join or other commitments…. (if it was the hilly route, ye can blame Johnny)… Whatever the reason, for those that did take part, it will be a cycle not to be forgotten for a while. Luck was on Cliodhnas side for a good part of the cycle. Talk about living on the edge. She was having difficulty changing gears with the chain on the back rings basically skipping. While cycling through Silvermines, John Carroll advised her to pull off the road to see what the problem with the bike was. Cliodhna dismounted her bike, when lifting it up by the saddle the back wheel fell from the frame as the back wheel was not secured into place!! 5 minutes later, Clifford got a puncture! We all managed to cycle up Shallee hill which was a first for a few of the club cyclists. We all managed to finish the cycle at an average speed of 16+mph.
Details of the club’s Saturday cycles for the next two weekends are:
Saturday, 2nd February
Nenagh – Portroe – Ballina– Birdhill. On return route back to Nenagh you have three options from Birdhill:
a) Birdhill – Nenagh
b) Birdhill – Silvermines – Dolla– Nenagh
c) Birdhill – Silvermines – Dolla – Ballinamona Cross – Seanin Hill(Latteragh) – Toomevara – Nenagh
Saturday, 16th February
Nenagh – Toomevara – Moneygall – Dunkerrin – Roscrea – Templemore – Borrisoleigh – Nenagh
** TODAY! ** Dromineer Aquathon – Race 2 – 7:00pm – Click to see handicap times
* The route for this Saturdays Cycle is: (more hilly!)
Nenagh – Toomevara – Dolla – Silvermines – Shallee Cross – Newport – Birdhill – Nenagh (45 miles)
Both Killian and Darren took part in the School East Munster cross country races this week. Killian came 2nd and Darren came 4th! At least someone in the club is racing this winter!
The club have re-organised the table quiz for March 22nd. Everyone’s support would be greatly appreciated so save the date!!
Numbers are looking good for the clubs Saturday morning cycle. We had 13 members take on the route from Nenagh to Roscrea. The morning was very cold, wet and mucky however the wind was favourable. Heading towards Roscrea if felt more like a cross wind, and on the return journey we had a welcoming tail wind. A number of cyclists picked up the speed coming into Toomevara and managed to maintain it until Nenagh. The average speed was in excess of 17mph.
During the week we will be putting up the dates for the clubs duathlon series. These races will be held in Dromineer. Also, we will post the routes for the Saturday cycles for the next few weeks.
Bike racing team: All our members that are planning on cycling with Team DMG should try and get their Cycling Ireland license paid for this week. With only 4 weeks to the first race of the season you need to get this fully sorted soon. This week’s Saturday cycle saw 11 club members starting out on the A3 route. The pace was lively for the 64 miles and there were plenty of tired bodies by the finish. Next week, we will be back on the N7 again as we take on the Moneygall – Roscrea – Nenagh chain gang route. As usual there will be a Sunday spin around the lake. Try your best to make at least one of those cycles.
Turbo: These sessions continue to take place on Tuesday and thursday evenings at 7:30pm in the running complex. The intensity has increased for these so if you are looking to improve your cycling and get ready for the racing then try to make them.
Running: Our Friday evening run sessions are proving to be very popular at the moment. There are upwards of 20 running each Friday starting from the CBS school ay 6:15. If you are looking to improve your running then why not join us?
The route for this Saturdays cycle is:
Nenagh – Toomevara – Moneygal – Dunkerrin (28 mls) – Roscrea – Nenagh
We are taking a safer route as the weather is forecasted to be below freezing. If the time of the cycle needs to be changed due to these conditions a text message will be sent out.
** Lost Helmet: Somebody left their helmet (black, red, BBB) behind in the pool car park last Saturday. Text Shane to get it back 0872605743.
Circuit Training: starts again this evening at 7:00pm in the running complex.
Tues & Thurs Morning Swimming: These are back on so stop being so lazy and get down to them.
Triathlon Cycle Group: There was a very large group out last Saturday for the morning cycle to Dunkerrin, Shinrone and back to Nenagh. There were a few new faces there so we hope ye enjoyed it.
Next Saturday: Nenagh – Birdhill (27 mls) On this route you have two choices from Birdhill
1) Birdhill – Ballina – Portroe – Nenagh (30.5 mls)
2) Birdhill – Dalys Cross (35.5 mls) – Castleconnell – O’Briens Bridge – Ballina – Portroe – Nenagh (45 mls)
Bike Racing Team: Good spins this weekend. We had 9 out for the first tough-ish one of the year on Saturday. Thanks to everyone for making an effort to be there. We will be continuing the same Saturday training pattern until the start of the racing season in February so try and commit to the remaining 5 weeks and you should be up to speed by then.
Next Saturday: we will be on the Limerick side of the N7. We will give the Limerick chain gang route a go from Daly’s Cross into the 5 Alley roundabout and back out to Birdhill.
Chain Reaction Cycles: have a pretty good sale on at the moment on bike components. If your bike is in a state from winter cycling then check out their website >> Bike Components Sale
New Years Resolution: Why not decide to get fit and do a triathlon this summer?
Running: Is back on tomorrow at 6:15 starting from the CBS.
Triathlon Group: Here is the route for this Saturday: Nenagh – Toomevara – Moneygall – Dunkerrin (28ml) – Roscrea (38mls) – Shinrone (via Monastery Road) – Cloughjordan – Nenagh(41.5mls).
Bike Racing Group: It was great to see everyone out last Tuesday for the easy lake cycle. This Saturday will be a little tougher. We are going to up the intensity a little as we build towards the start of the cycling season in February. It is important that you don’t miss these sessions. The more you miss the further behind you will go. The cycle will start at 9:00 from the pool. The total distance is 57 mile – this includes 25 rolling over from Moneygall on.
Route: Nenagh > Dolla > Templederry > Borrisoleigh > Moneygall > Roscrea > Moneygall > Toomevara > Nenagh
1 on 1 coaching: Bad news – the coach will be busy for the month of January so won’t be able to take any lessons until February. We know that’s a pain in the arse but there is nothing we can do about it!