We hope that you all had a good bank holiday weekend. Whether you were racing or taking it easy, we hope you are ready to get stuck back into the routine of training.
Club Events: The club would appeal to its members to make a special effort to attend club events. These events are highlighted in the top post on this website. We are starting a roll over session on Thursday and the first official lake swim on Sunday. Try to make it if you can.
Lake Swimming: The lake is starting to warm-up nicely in advance of our first official dip of the year on May 12th at 6:00pm in Youghal. Try and buy a wetsuit asap. For those of you that have not swam open water before you should try and practice out in Dromineer beforehand from pier to pier, as you can stand up at all times. Don’t presume that you will be fine!
Run Racing: The Great Limerick Run took place on Sunday and the club had 6 representatives in the half marathon – Johnny Meagher, Eddie Tucker, Benny Delaney, Mary Donnellan, Mary Cahalan & Majella Moyles. Luckily, none of them disgraced the club!!
North Tipperary VEC awards 2013: Killian Cullagh won an individual sports award last week. I think it was for greco-roman wrestling. Well done Killian!
Saturday Cycle: A dozen cyclists left the pool and the route headed for Latteragh and Seanin’s Hill. A stop was called at the start of the hill and people were unsure of the purpose. Was it to take on advise from Dan on the best way to get up while keeping your heart rate down, or would there be a little prayer group looking for divine help? It actually proved to be a very early “comfort stop” for some of the lads. The hill wasn’t so bad in the wind up, with everyone going at their own pace. There was agreement at the top to alter the planned route slightly (sorry Majella). Instead of Dunkerrin the route went Moneygall and then Cloughjordan.
Roll over went well with fairly constant change at the front and this helped to keep the group together. Mileage was added out the Portumna road and then on to Terryglass. The rolling route to Coolbawn was tough but enjoyable as the day got brighter. At Coolbawn a “King of the Hill” competition was suggested and there was lots of flat out cycling to Puckane (no prizes as to who won… it starts with “D” and ends with “N”). A steady warm down back to Nenagh saw a distance of 54 miles at 16mph taking about 3.4 hours.
Bike Racing: Shane Scully, Gary Scully, Eoin Woolley and Keith Butler were the only lads in bike racing action this weekend. All 4 took part in the tough Kanturk 3 Day. Unfortunately, Keith thought the race was called the Kanturk 1 Day and bailed out after just one day. Although in fairness to Keith, that was one better than Kenneth Kennedy’s Kanturk 0 Day. Well done to both lads for their efforts – it’s the thought that counts!!
The race itself involved 4 stages over 3 days. Shane (read Shane’s race report) and Gary were very active in most stages of the A2/A3 race but in the end their efforts came up short. Gary finished in 33rd and Shane was 37th. Eoin Woolley finished in the bunch on each day of the A4 race and ended up in 36th position in the final GC. Keith finished safely in the bunch in stage 1.
- Tuesday: Limerick Summer League
- Thursday: Club roll over session on Thursday
- Sunday: Karl McCarthy / Jim O’Leary Memorial – Whitechurch, Co. Cork.
The weather was much improved this week for race 4 of our time trial series. This led to a number of new pbs being set. Numbers were slightly down on normal, with only one woman brave enough to turn up! 14 fellas also took part so there was plenty of friendly rivalry at the start line. With plenty of buns, biscuits and cake at the finish line there was a clear incentive to finish quickly.
Surely Seán Gleeson was first home so????
Not quite, but he did go faster than he has ever done before! As usual Seán and Dan were the only two tough guys that opted for the long one. One of the star performers of the series so far has been Dan Hogan and he didn’t disappoint again this week. Dan lowered his PB for the 4th week in a row, finishing in a great time of 53:23. Seán also raced well and just missed out on breaking the 1 hour mark for the first time. Gary, Shane (Tom & Jerry) and Kevin took on the new 6 mile route. They were using this as practice for the upcoming Kanturk 3 Day which starts on Saturday and contains a 5 mile TT. Shane was fastest on this route clocking a time of 13:20.
Over the 14 mile route there were a number of fast times with Hugh Flannery setting his fastest time of the year with a 35:14. Mikey Brown, Eoin O’Donoghue, Charlie Hogan and Brian Maloney all smashed their PBs for the course. Sinnead was the fastest woman and she managed to dip under the 40 minute barrier for the first time. 5 lads took on the 9 mile route and once again it was Darren Dunne who set the fastest time of 25:27. Mikey O’Dwyer, Ken Hassett, Barry Creamer and Cathal Donovan all set pbs on the course.
All the course records still stand but not for much longer I would guess.
Click here to >> view results from race 4
Next Time Trial: we will once again be taking a break from the TTs for a week or two.
Next Thursday: We will be starting our roll over sessions from Nenagh – Roscrea – Nenagh. The first one will be at a slower tempo so you are advised not to miss it.
Next Cycle: Saturday morning May 4th @9:00 from the pool. Route: Nenagh – Latteragh – Seanins Hill – Toomevara – Dunkerrin – Cloughjordan – Borrisokane – Ballinderry – Coolbawn – Puckane – Nenagh = 57 miles
** Warning – if you are taking part in the saturday cycle make sure to park in the Abbey Court Hotel
Friday Running: Keith will once gain be calling the set. You should bring a heart rate monitor with you if you have one.
Club TT today!: There are 4 route options this evening. Meet at 6:15pm at the pool or if you are running late 6:45pm at the hospital. Don’t think about the pain, think about how good you will feel for doing it. The weather should be nice and there will be tea and buns afterwards if you are fast enough!
Things are starting to heat up a little out in the lake. A combination of the sun and Seán Gleeson’s body temperature have taken the temp up from 8 degrees to 11.7 degrees over the last few weeks. The club would like to thank Seán for his work warming up the lake.
So why are you telling us this?
Well….this all means that we will be back swimming in the lake very soon. In fact, we have picked a date for our first official club swim in the lake (there are plenty of shhhhnakes already back in the lake – don’t tell anyone…it’s a secret!).
When: Sunday, May 12th
What time: 6:00pm
Where: Youghal Quay
What will we be doing: After everyone has finished screaming and crying after entering the water, we will venture out in the direction of the buoys. Depending on the temp we will try and get in upwards of 1500m swimming. For people trying this for the first time you will only be swimming very close to shore. Afterwards, we will try and thaw out with tea, coffee and group hugging (Keith’s idea).
What do I need:
- triathlon specific wetsuit – surfing wetsuits wouldn’t really be suitable, especially if you are a weaker swimmer. If you haven’t got one already then it is important to get the fit right, so either borrow someone else’s in the club to try on and then purchase online or take a trip into a triathlon shop like Planet Tri in Killaloe to try on and buy. Top wetsuit brands include – Orca, Blue Seventy, 2xu, Sailfish. You should be looking at spending upwards of €200 for a decent wetsuit. You can buy wetsuits online at >> Wiggle.co.uk (wetsuits)
- bright coloured swim hat
- goggles – you need to be able to see where you are going so have some anti-fog or invest in a new pair of goggles.
- as it’s very cold still you might want to consider buying a pair of swim socks and a skull cap
- plentiful supply of warm waste fluid from the body to disperse throughout the wetsuit upon entering the water
Dromineer Triathlon / Aquathon Series: Now that we can get back in the lake we will be starting our Dromineer race series. These races will take place on Wednesday evenings and will replace the evening pool swim. We will alternate between aquathons and triathlons over the next few weeks and months. Provisionally we are looking to kick things off with a race on Wednesday, May 22nd. More details will be supplied closer to the race day.
Words of advice: do not neglect your pool swims. This is where you are going to improve. If you stop your pool swimming and just head out to the lake each time then you will quickly find your swim fitness decreasing. Ideal scenario – minimum 3 swims per week – two in the pool and one in the lake.
Update: Monday Track Session: There was a record turn out of 27 runners for our weekly track session. It is great to see so many new faces. If you haven’t come to one of our training sessions before then now is the ideal time as there are plenty of people that are in the same boat as you. Just turn up and do what you can. There is an even split of women and men and ability levels at the training session. Friendly Advice – It is very important that you don’t overdo it too early. Take it easy for the first few weeks and build up your fitness gradually.
Update: Track Race: Well done to Killian Cullagh at the recent county schools 1500m. Killian won gold in both the 1500m and 1500m steeple chase. He also won gold a few days later in the Munster junior track and field 3000m steeple chase.
Joey Hannon: The 2nd race of the National Series took place on Sunday. The venue for this was UL in Limerick. In the NS Olympic distance event, the club were represented by 5 members. Kevin Sherlock was the first male home for the club in a fast time of 2:14. Next home were Eoin Sheehan, Ronan Walsh, Jerry O’Mahony. Geraldine Kyne was the club’s first woman home. Well done to all five of ye for bringing home much needed NS points for the club!
In the sprint, the club also had 5 members taking part. Darren Dunne finished in 8th place overall. Cian McCormack was next followed by our other junior Ross O’Meara. Shortly after Ross was Martin Farrell and Mary Donnellan. Well done to everyone that took part.
Saturday Cycle: About 16 turned up on Saturday morning for a flat(ish) cycle to Roscrea, Birr & Borrisokane. The group had a wind to contend with for what seemed like most of the cycle, but after a dull start the sun started to shine on their way home and this made for a very solid training session. The journey was uneventful to Roscrea and they then headed into a strong westerly wind on their way to Birr. After a quick stop at the Blackbull, two of the lads at the front of the group came up with an inspired idea. They saw an old Zetor tractor with a nice boxy cab on the road ahead and caught up with it, in the hope of getting the wind blocked all the way to Birr. But just as the tractor was caught, it turned down a side road! From Birr the pace was increased substantially and there was a strong average of about 21 miles an hour into Borrisokane. The pace slackened a bit on the way back into Nenagh where we finished a 3 hour cycle (a distance of 53.5 miles) with an overall average speed of 17.5 miles per hour.
Next Saturday Cycle: Nenagh – Latteragh – Seanins Hill – Toomevara – Dunkerrin – Cloughjordan – Borrisokane – Ballinderry – Coolbawn – Puckane – Nenagh = 57 miles
Bike Racing: four club members were in bike racing action this weekend. Eoin Woolley, Keith Butler, Shane Scully and Kevin Moyles were down in Currow, Co. Kerry for the John Drumm Memorial. Shane was taking part in his first A1/A2 race and came home in 16th place. Kevin Moyles came home in 11th place in the A3 race. Keith finished in the bunch in the A4 race but unfortunately Eoin crashed out on the 3rd lap of four.
- Limerick Summer League on Tuesday
- Club TT on Thursday
- Kanturk 3 Day on the weekend
That sure was a tough one this evening. There was a murderous head wind on the way back from Toomevara which sapped every last bit of energy out of the 16 entrants in today’s time trial. Numbers were down on usual, but as this race is sandwiched in between two highly important National Series races and the Visit Nenagh Classic we will forgive people for chickening out!
So were the times pure rubbish or what?
Not quite. Most times were well down on last week but some lads produced fantastic rides to lower their pbs. Dan Hogan and Eoin Woolley were the firt two riders on the course. They were tackling Seanins again. Dan, with the aid of old man Butler’s bike, produced a fantastic time of 55:44. Eoin unfortunately punctured out. Mike Brown and Ross O’Meara were the only lads over the 14 mile route to improve on their times from the previous week. The fastest male time went to Shane Scully and the fastest female time went to nobody because they were all too scared to do it! There were 6 that took on the 9 mile route with Johnny Meaghar and Majella Moyles fastest. Sheila Gregan was the only person to bring down her time on this course.
Click here to >> view results from race 3
Next Time Trial: next week = May 2nd.
Next Cycle: Saturday morning April 27th. Route: Nenagh – Toomevara – Roscrea – Birr – Borrisokane – Nenagh = 53 miles.
Hopefully everyone has an increased appetite for triathlon after watching the North Tipp Sprint. With the long evenings, warmer weather and whiff of triathlon in the air there has never been a better time to come out and train!
TT Series: The 3rd race of the club TT series takes place tomorrow. There will be tea / biscuits / buns available at the finish line so that gives you one more reason to take part.
Lake Temperature: is only 8 degrees!! That is cold. According to the Guardian there hasn’t even been a Mayfly on the lake yet due to the cold snap. This means that only the brave, foolish and Sean Gleeson will be getting into the water anytime soon.
Don’t worry….our early morning swims are back on. This Thursday’s swim will start at 6:30am (but no flippers this week!!) and there is always this evening at 8:00pm! Keith will have his new prosthetic hip put in soon so he should be back helping us out in the pool again shortly.
Cycling Update 1: Bike Racing – The next bike race on the calendar is down in Currow on Sunday. The race kicks off at 1:00pm and it is a flat course. The A4 race is 40 mile, the A3 race is 50 mile and the A1/A2 race is 70 mile. The ‘team bus’ is out of action this week so its back to cars.
Cycling Update 2: Saturday Cycle Route – Nenagh – Toomevara – Roscrea – Birr – Borrisokane – Nenagh = 53 miles.
North Tipp Sprint photos: Gordon Thomson | Phyllis’s photos of club members
Numbers increased for the 2nd of our Monday track runs. There were 21 people on the track for this session. It’s great to see so many people taking part but we want more! Now is the perfect time to join us as we are taking it easy at the moment. We will be looking to build fitness and speed very gradually over the next few months. So come and join us next week at 6:15pm in the CBS.
Monday Run: The 2nd week of our Monday track running session takes place today. Some of ye might be tired after the weekend but try and make it up anyway if you can. You can take it easy and use it as a recovery session. Things kick off at 6:15pm in the CBS.
Early Morning Swims: swimming this Tuesday is on at 6:30am once again. Mikey O’Dwyer will be opening the pool early so a big thanks goes out to him for that.
Wednesday Evening Training: at the moment, we swim on Wednesday evenings. However, we will soon be organising some mid week racing in Dromineer. These races were very popular last year. The lake will soon be warm enough to swim in so we will be kicking off our triathlon and aquathon races – possibly in two weeks time.
Thursday TT3: The 3rd race in our TT series takes place this Thursday. You will have the usual choice of 3 routes. For those who can arrive early we will be pulling out of the pool at 6:15pm for a 10 mile warm-up. If you can’t make that then head straight to the start line at the hospital for 6:45pm.
North Tipp Sprint: The club had 16 entrants at this race. Well done Darren Dunne, Mikey O’Dwyer, Sinnead Oakes, Ronan O’Driscoll, Eoin O’Donoghue, Cliodhna McGrath, Ross O’Meara, Noel Daly, Sinead Kennedy, Anthony Kennedy, Geraldine Kyne, Derek Gilmartin, JP Gilmartin, PJ Brett, Maeve Gleeson, and Ramon Rodriquez. The North Tipp Sprint is the first race of the National Series so we should be right up there near the top of the standings. Next up is the Joey Hannon Triathlon in Limerick which takes place next weekend.
We had a record number of marshalls at this race. This helped to make sure everything ran smoothly during the day. The race couldn’t take place without the help of our volunteers so pat yereselves on the back for a job well done. We would like to thank our race sponsors Tipperary Water and A Sportsman Dream. We would also like to thank the staff of the Nenagh Swimming Pool, the Nenagh CBS, the Gardaí, the North Tipp Wheelers, the Nenagh Swimming Club, and the Order of Malta for their considerable help on the day.
Our big race is over and done with now so its time for you to be selfish and focus on your own individual seasons. Check out the Triathlon Ireland race calender and sign up for National Series races today.
Phyllis took some great photos of the Nenagh club members during the race. Click to view >>
The 3 girls before the swim start.
Club Night Out: There was a big turn out for the post race club night out. Keith put in a stellar performance as usual, winning the dance competition with ease for the 3rd year in a row. Derek Gilmartin won the moan-a-lot award this year, in his acceptance speech he said “the club put on a great race, but…….”. The club would like to thank everyone for turning up. The next club night out will be after Kilkee so get your permission slips ready for that one.
Visit Nenagh Classic: The club had a large presence at the local bike race yesterday. This event was a big success for the race organisers and they deserve congratulations for that. On the racing front, the club were represented by Hugh Flannery, Kenneth Kennedy, Andy McLoughlin, Kevin Sherlock, Eoin Woolley, Sinnead Oakes, Julie White, Dan Hogan and Ross O’Meara in the A4 race. We had plenty of success in this race with Hugh Flannery just getting pipped for the win as he finished in 2nd place. Dan Hogan had a fantastic race as well finishing on the podium in 3rd place in what was his first race. We also picked up a KOM prize when Kenneth Kennedy used his 0% body fat to good effect to climb up Portroe hill the fastest. Well done to all 3 lads for the wins and well done to everyone else for taking part and finishing this tough race.
In the A3 category, the club had 2 members in racing action. Gary Scully,Kevin Moyles and Eamon Hartnett were racing alongside 30 of Ireland’s top juniors and that meant one word = pain. In the end Gary was unlucky not to score in this race. He finished in 12th in the small chase bunch that was chasing down the solo breakaway winner Eddie Dunbar. If Gary had a sprint he might have got onto the podium but it wasn’t meant to be. If someone could loan Gary a sprint for the next day he would be much obliged. The club had no representative in the A1/A2 race as Shane Scully chickened out! Plenty of our friends in the North Tipp Wheelers were racing as well and we would like to say well done to them too. The more people racing from Nenagh the better.
It always seems to shine at the North Tipp Sprint. The sun was out once again on this the 6th edition of the race. The sun wasn’t the only thing that was shining, as Kevin Thornton and Anna Crooks shone on the National Series stage today and sent a message out to everyone that they are the people to beat in 2013.
Full Results: PDF | XLS
Race Photos: Will be online shortly.
In the men’s race: it was Stephen Rooney who exited from the pool first, well ahead of the opposition in a time of 8:53. Stephen is one of Ireland’s best up and coming underage triathletes so this was not a surprise. Next out of the pool was Eoin Lyons from Waterford who was closely tailed by Ross Higgins and Rory Sexton with Kevin Thornton just another 10 seconds back. Also in the mix at this stage were David Richardson, Darren Dunne, and Louis Kelleher. Bill McCormack was 2:30 down on Stephen but, with his potential bike split, was still in contention.
Onto the bike and it was Kevin Thornton that soon powered into the lead. He produced the fastest bike split of the day and fastest bike split ever on that course to take a commanding lead entering T2. With Kevin 1.45 ahead the rest were battling for 2nd place. Bill McCormack had a very fast bike too and managed to put a little distance into everyone else. Next into T2 were Rory Sexton, Louis Kelleher and Stephen Rooney. It was clear at this stage that those 4 lads were battling for the final two podium positions.
The run is a little long and has a tough hill in it so breaking the 18 minute barrier is very rare indeed. Mairtin Grealish set a fantastic new low time for the run with a time split of 17:53 which brought him up to 8th position overall. There was no stopping Kevin Thornton as he came home a convincing winner in a time of 59:47. This was the first time that anyone has gone under the hour mark in Nenagh and it beats Conor Murphy’s previous record from 2010. This all helped Kevin to pocket €270 in cash from the day. Not a bad days work!
Filling the podium were Rory Sexton and Stephen Rooney who proved any doubters wrong as to their ability on the bike. They both produced excellent run times too, but in the end, Stephen Rooney’s super fast run split of 18:02 was not enough to overall Rory Sexton. Bill McCormack was just 19 seconds off a podium finish but he too can be happy with his day’s work.
In the women’s race: it was looking like it would be a tight battle between Anna Crooks, Andree Walkin, Marie Boland and Rachel Clancy. All 4 girls went in wave 7 so each knew what they had to do. It was Marie Boland that led the way out of the pool and T1, she was followed by Anna Crooks, Rachel Clancy and Andree Walkin. There was less than a minute between the girls at this stage so everything was left to play for.
On the bike, it was Rachel Clancy that took control of the race. She had a fantastic bike split of 33:18 which not alone bet all the women by over 1 minute but also bet most of the men. Would this be enough to set her up for victory? Rachel had been running very well recently so she would have fancied her chances. Next in off the bike was Anna Crooks. She was just under one minute down but there are very few girls faster than her at running in triathlon in Ireland. Marie Boland also put in a solid bike split and was still in the hunt. As last year’s National Series champ she was still in with a good shout. Unfortunately Andree had trailed off slightly and so the race was down to just three for the podium.
Anna Crooks blitzed the run in a superb time of 19:49. This was faster than most men and it was also the fastest run split of any woman on this course ever. This fantastic effort led to her overtaking Rachel Clancy for the win. Anna now becomes the first person to win the North Tipp Sprint twice and surely she will be one to watch out for this year. Rachel came in just 30 seconds after and should be very happy with her efforts. Marie Boland was home 25 seconds later to take 3rd place. All three girls were 2 to 3 minutes faster than the winning time from 2012 which just shows you the type of early season form they are in. Andree Walkin was next girl in followed by Kim Hickey. Andree might be a little unhappy with her performance today but she is a fighter and she will be back.
Tadhg Kenehan deserves a special mention after this race. Tadhg is a para-triathlete competing for the Piranha triathlon club in Dublin and was competing in his first ever triathlon. He proved to be an inspiration to us all finishing in a very respectable time of 1:38. Well done Tadhg!
Our local club members put in some strong performances. 16 year old Darren Dunne finished in the top 10 with a time of 1:04 but I am sure he was hoping for a little better. This was Darren’s first ‘proper’ triathlon so he should be happy with his performance. Mikey O’Dwyer made a welcome return to racing action placing 66th overall. Next was Sinnead Oakes who finished in 70th overall but was 7th female overall. That was a fine result. Ronan O’Driscoll was next in 74th and Eoin O’Donoghue was 80th. Well done must also go to our other junior Ross O’Meara who only took up the sport very recently and finished today in 144th.
The club would like to say well done to everyone that won age group prizes. There are too many to mention here but fair play to ye all. The club would also like to thank all our marshalls for helping out, the Order of Malta, the technical officials for the race, the staff of the Nenagh Leisure Centre, the CBS school, the race committee, Red tag timing, the Abbey Court Hotel and anyone else that helped out in some way.
We hope to see everyone back again in Nenagh for 2014. Until then have a very successful 2013 season.