Once again the club is appealing to its members to prioritise National Series races where possible. Last year, was a very successful year for the club. Our mens, womens and mixed teams all performed very well, breaking into the top 10 for the first time. This year we want to go better!!
The women’s team have the potential to get a top 3 position if they keep going the way they are going. Sinnead Oakes, Cliodhna McGrath, Sinead Kennedy, Majella Moyles, Margaret Hogan, Anita Egan, Geraldine Kyne and Sheila Gregan can all score highly and if they get the 5 races in then they will do very well.
The men’s team will find things a little tougher but between Shane Scully, Keith Butler, Kevin Sherlock, Andy McLoughlin, Mikey O’Dwyer, Ronan O’Driscoll, Sean Gleeson, Martin Mitchell, Eoin Woolley, Ronan Walsh, and possibly Gary Scully the team could do quite well. Hopefully a few of our other older and newer members can prioritise these races and feature this year.
Individually, the club are very strong too. Darren Dunne will be looking to do well in the Junior National Series. Shane Scully will once again battle for the overall title. Sinnead Oakes will be hoping to go well in the overall womens. Keith Butler will be strong in the vets category and Majella Moyles could do well in her age group. There are always some surprise packages as well.
For more information on the National Series check out the > Triathlon Ireland website
Some of the races you might consider entering are:
TriLaois: The first triathlon of the 2013 season took place on Saturday in Portlaoise and the club were represented at this by Brenden Delaney and PJ Brett. This was PJs first ever triathlon so very well done to him and a very well done to a shhhnakey Brenden Delaney who taught he could just sneak off to his first triathlon in ages without anyone noticing. Nice work lads!
Swim training: Tuesday and Thursday morning swims might be starting at a later time for the next few weeks. Keith Butler was injured in a car accident during the week and will be out of work for some time. This means that the pool probably won’t be open early as Keith won’t be working. There is nothing we can do about this as Keith was going out of his way each morning to help us out. This Tuesday and Thursday there will be swimming from 7:00 to 8:00 – if we are allowed in a few mins earlier then we will start earlier. Wednesday evening swimming will continue as normal at 8:00pm. The club wish Keith a speedy recovery.
We usually start our lake swimming at the end of April. This year it might be May before the water is warm enough to swim in. Until then keep commiting to the pool sessions.
National Talent ID Day: Darren Dunne took part in this talent identification day on Sunday. He was looking to make it onto the elite Irish youth squad. The standard at these things is very high with international level swim and run times needed in order to make the team. A combined score of 160 points (roughly 80 from running, 80 from swimming) is needed to make the squad. Darren has scored 154 and 155 points in recent attempts. Darren produced a 2:22 200m swim and a 4:11 1500m PB on the track. Those are both excellent times but when converted into points only came to the grand total of 158 points; leaving Darren agonisingly close to making the squad. Hopefully, this will give Darren an increased incentive to go prove himself in the Junior National series this year.
Dromineer Duathlon Race 4: The fourth and final race of our Dromineer Duathlon Series took place on a beautiful but cold Saturday morning last weekend. This was the final blow out for many before their first triathlon of the season and as usual the tough course provided a tough challenge for all those that took part. Thankfully it was a dry day with a strong tail wind for the second half of the bike route. We had one club member who did the 5km run twice, well done Mike. 12 club members turned up for the race, and all completed it…no DNFs to be reported!
The winner of the handicapped race was Barry Creamer who finished in a handicapped time of 1:10:50. In 2nd place was young Ross O’Meara in a time of 1:14:15 and in 3rd place was Ronan O’Driscoll in a time of 1:14:35. The fastest flat time was recorded by Ronan O’Driscoll in a very fast time of 1:02:35. In 2nd place was Eoin O’Donoghue in a time of 1:03:40 and in 3rd place and 1st woman overall was Sinnead Oakes in a time of 1:05:40.
Click to view full race results
Next up will be the Dromineer Triathlon series. These races will take place in the usual Wednesday evening time slot, but first we have to wait for the lake to warm up. With the current temps it is looking like late May / early June for race 1. That gives you plenty of time to prepare.
Bike Training: This Tuesday, we are advising our members to team up with the Wheelers at 6:00pm outside Moynans. They typically cycle for 40 miles at a decent pace. For those looking to really push themselves consider the Limerick Summer League which starts at 7:00pm at Daly’s Cross – the bike racing team lads are expected to make themselves available for this.
This Thursday, we are going to have the 2nd race of the club TT series. Again, we will meet at 6:15pm at the pool for a warm-up. The warm-up route will be the 9 mile TT route backwards. If you are running late then you can meet us at the hospital car park. We hope to have the first cyclist on their way at 6:45pm. Please help spread the word.
Bike Racing: Seven club members were in racing action this weekend. Eoin Woolley, racing for the North Tipp Wheelers, was very active; taking part in the Harry Reynolds race on Saturday and the Ben McKenna race on Sunday. The hilly courses were to his liking and he finished strongly both days. Also in racing action at the Ben McKenna race, this time for the Visit Nenagh team, were Kevin Sherlock, Andy McLoughlin, and Kenneth Kennedy in the A4 race and Gary Scully, Shane Scully and Kevin Moyles (making his debut) in the A3 race.
Kevin Sherlock was best placed in the A4 race finishing in the top 15. In the A3 race we had a little more success with Shane Scully collecting his first win of the season (click to read Shane’s race report). Gary also got into the prizes as he finished in 13th place. Kevin did very well in his first A3 race finishing in the top 20 of what was a tough race. Gary and Kevin could indeed have performed much better on the day except for they had to sacrifice their race chances so as to not hinder Shane’s chances of winning. That’s great teamwork from the lads!
Recent Photos: Club Time Trial + Bike Race
Interval training is on this evening, Friday the 5th April, in the CBS at 6pm. This will greatly improve your speed for the upcoming races!
The first time trial of our TT series kicked off this evening with 21 cyclists taking part. It certainly wasn’t a day for fast times as the cold, windy weather meant the old course records were never in trouble of being broken. It is only early days yet (we have started this series 7 weeks earlier than last year) so don’t worry about what time you did as you will get better and better as each week goes by.
Shut up and tell me who won…….
Well on the 9 mile route, Darren Dunne put in the fastest time of 25:35. Majella Moyles was the fastest girl on the course coming home in a time of 30:35. On the 14 mile route Shane Scully was the fastest male in a time of 36:18. Sinnead Oakes was the fastest female ina time of 40:50. In the tough 19 mile route we had 5 hardy entrants. It was Kevin Moyles who triumphed on thfis occasion finishing in a time of 52:07.
Click here to >> view final results
Click here to >> view results from 2012
Next Time Trial: We are debating whether to have another one next Thursday or Thursday week. We will update the website early next week when we know for sure what we are doing.
Next Race: Dromineer Duathlon this Saturday!!!
Next Cycle: Tuesday evening – we advise our club members to team up with the Wheelers at 6:00 at Moynans shop. For more experienced cyclists with Cycling Ireland licenses you might consider the Limerick Summer league.
This is the last call for names for the Kilkee accommodation list. I will be paying a deposit on Saturday and booking only enough houses for those on the list so far. I would hate to see anyone sleeping in their cars that night!!
Text me ASAP (Mary) on 0863994584
We hope to see a good turn out this evening for this – 6:15pm pool or 6:40 hospital car park if you are running late. The weather should be good.
Check out your times from last year and see if you can do better >> Time-Trial-Series-2012
Time trialing is an essential part of triathlons. Therefore, mastering this is very important. The more you practice the better you will get. Our club time trial league gives you the chance to be less rubbish on the bike (I am not great with the motivational speeches!).
- The TTs will take place every second Thursday starting this Thursday, April 4th at 6:15pm.
- We will meet at the swimming pool and do a short warm up cycle over to the start line at the hospital.
- If you are running late then go straight to the start line at the hospital car park. The first competitors should be starting at 6:40pm.
- Competitors will be let go at one minute intervals.
- You can select one of three routes to do.
- Cost = free
- Prizes = pride (or shame)
Route 1: is just over 9 miles long and takes you from Nenagh out to Kilkeary cross, then over to the Dublin Road and back into the swimming pool. This is a flat course with just one small hill at Knockalton.
Route 2: is 14 miles long and takes you from Nenagh out to Ballinamona, then over to Toomevara and back into the swimming pool. This is a flat course with just one small hill at Knockalton and a few small bumps on your way over to Toom. This is a good distance to practice for sprint triathlons.
Route 3: is just under 19 miles long and takes you from Nenagh out to Seáníns hill. You must go up the hill and over to Toomevara and then it’s straight back to Nenagh. This is a long, hilly course but is ideal preparation for Kilkee and for the Visit Nenagh Classic road race which takes place on these roads.
Fingal Duathlon: Congratulations to Eoin Woolley who came 14th in the Fingal Duathlon over the weekend.
Marshalls: The club still need another 10 marshalls for the North Tipp Sprint. If you can marshall then get in contact with Cliodhna.
Dromineer Duathlon: Race 4: The final Dromineer Duathlon takes place this Saturday April 6th. We have ordered warmer weather for this. If you are looking to get ready for the triathlon season, which kicks off soon, then this race is a must.
Tuesday and Thursday Cycling: Now that the clocks have changed we will have more time for our evening cycles. We have re-arranged the format for these cycles to take into account the fact that the Limerick roll over sessions will be taking place on Tuesday (starting April 9th). If you commit to these cycling sessions then you will seriously improve your biking for the 2013 triathlon season. Consistency is important = no excuses.
- April 2nd – Club roll over session. Starting at 6:15pm. Meet at the pool.
- April 9th – two options:
- Limerick Summer League – roll over session on the N7 – starts at 7:00pm at Dalys Cross. This is not suitable for beginners. All bike racing team members are expected to attend. This is a very tough session.
- North Tipp Wheelers – team up with the Wheelers on Tuesdays at 6:00pm.
- We will alternate between two different sessions. So every second week from now on will be a time trial.
- Week 1 – Thursday, April 4th – Time Trial League – Start at 6:15pm – Meet at the pool. The 3 different TT routes from last year will be used = 10 mile, 14 mile and 19 mile.
- Week 2 – Thursday, April 11th – Roll over session: Nenagh – Roscrea – Nenagh. Meet at pool at 6:15.
Bike Racing: The club had plenty of members in bike racing action this weekend.
- Rás Chonemara: It was a big weekend for 3 of our club members as they took on the tough challenge that is Rás Chonemara. This stage race consists of 2 x 90km stages, a 50km stage and a 10km TT. Gary Scully, Shane Scully and Eamon Hartnett represented the club and along with Gary MacDonald managed to come 3rd team overall. The lads all finished safely in the bunch on each stage. The final placings were Gary 15th, Shane 17th and Eamon 19th. Gary finished 3rd overall in the A3s. Plenty of lessons were learnt and hopefully the lads can do even better at the next race. Read >> Shane’s Rás Chonamara report
- Rás an Laois: The club also had 3 members at this race on Sunday and they all had a smashing time. There was a mens and womens race and we had representatives at both. In the men’s race, Kenneth Kennedy and Keith Butler were well positioned coming into the sprint finish. However, Kenneth Kennedy was shoved into the path of a car and ended up going through the front windscreen. Luckily for him, he hit the windscreen head first so no vital organs were hurt! Keith was also brought down in this accident and badly hurt his bank balance as it looks like a new bike is needed. The bad luck continued in the women’s race as Sinnead Oakes also had a crash which knocked her out of the race. Julie White also took part in her first bike race here, so a big well done is due to her too.
Saturday Cycle: There is an ‘unofficial’ club cycle from the pool this Saturday at 9:00am. Distance around 45 mile.
Kilkee Accommodation: For those that are doing Kilkee and need accommodation, send Mary Donnellan a text asap.
Thursday Cycling: We had 18 out for our first roll over session of the season. Well done to everyone for taking part. The rolling over for the most part was very good but there is still plenty of work to be done to get things working smoothly. Next Thursday, we will be back on the Nenagh – Roscrea – Nenagh route. We will be leaving at 6:00pm from the pool.
The first club TT of the season took place this evening in freezing temperatures on the Dublin road. There wasn’t many skin suits to be seen as the strong winds and snow meant you had to wrap up warm. All things considered, there was a fine turn out of 19 hardy men and women for the first race and many strong early season performances were put in on this short 6 mile course.
It was great to see 7 new faces on the start line and plenty of old ones too. Shane Scully put in the fastest men’s time while Sinnead Oakes put in the fastest women’s time. Your times for the first TT are never that important. You will find that as you keep doing them your times will drop considerably. The key is to keep turning up to the races and be consistent with your training. Before you know it you will be mixing it with the best!
The results can be seen below:
|Gerry O Mahony
Next up: Chain gang cycling (fast rolling over) on Thursday at 6:00pm starting at the Five Alley Pub (Limerick Road).
Next TT: We will be back on the old courses from last year next Tuesday as the clocks will have gone back. Start will be 6:15pm at the hospital (side car park). There will be a choice of route – 10 mile / 14 mile / 19 mile.
These races are open to everyone and are suitable for all abilities.