Dromineer Race Series: The first race in Dromineer on Wednesday May 22nd will be an aquathon. With the water temps and air temps being a bit on the low side it makes sense to leave the first tri for a little while as you can experience a bad chill on the bike after a cold swim. A short and quick aquathon will get you warmed up quickly and it will provide a good test too.
Format: An aquathon consists of a swim followed by a run. The first of these aquathons is usually taken at a handy enough pace (so there is no excuse for not turning up – just use it as a training session), but you can go as fast or as slow as you want.
Start time: 7:00pm. This race will be handicapped but as it is very short there will not be much of a time difference between everyone. The first person will need to be getting in the water at 6:55 and will start at 7:00. Do not get into the water until fairly close to your start time as you will get cold. A quick, fast warm-up is all that’s needed.
Pier to pier option for beginners: For those that are new to open water swimming and are not confident in the water then we urge you to just swim pier to pier 7 times. You can stand up at all times doing this and you will still get the same distance in.
Preparation: To prepare for this event you really need to have gotten into the open water beforehand. Next Sunday we are going to change the open water swim location to Dromineer so that everyone can practice the route and build confidence for the day of the race.
What you need: courage (we realise that many in our club are scared of their own shadows, the only advice we can give you is to tell you to ‘toughen the f*** up!!’), a triathlon wetsuit, two swim caps or a skull cap, goggles, you can cover your feet too with swim socks if you want, lubrication to get you out of the wetsuit quickly, trisuit worn under the wetsuit, runners that are left in transition (buy lock laces for your runners), fake tan (Kevin Sherlock told me to add that one – he said it saved him two minutes at the Joey Hannon triathlon).
What you will get: feel good endorphins, the strength of a bear, warm-up cup of tea / coffee + biscuits.
Race Distance: 650m swim, 5km run.
Valentia Triathlon: The 3rd race of the National Series took place last Saturday down in Valentia. The club had two representatives at the race Ronan O’Driscoll and Ramon Rodriguez. This was the first open water race of the year but unfortunately the water temps were still too cold to let the swim proceed. The triathlon was therefore changed to a duathlon. Ronan was first home for the club finishing in 90th and Ramon finished in 377th. Well done to both lads for bringing more points home for the club in the National Series.
National Series: Already there have been 3 National Series events. Remember these events sell out well in advance. You need to get 5 races in if you want to have a chance of scoring for the team. Check out Triathlon Ireland to see a list of National Series race.
County Track: Killian Cullagh was competing at the recent county track and field championships. As usual he won plenty of medals. He won gold in the 1500m and silver in the 800m.
Open Water Swimming: Well done to the brave 12 or so people that got into Youghal on Sunday evening. There is no point in lying – it was freezing!! It better warm-up a bit more over the next week or two. Sun… where are you? (Majorca, seemingly!)
Jealous: While we continue to endure the wind, rain and cold, three of our club members are off sunning themselves on a training holiday in Majorca. Showing no consideration for their fellow club mates who have to train back here in miserable conditions, they keep posting happy photos online. This is serious bad form. Hopefully they will take our feelings into account and take down this offensive material.
Monday Track Running: there was another big turn out for our Monday evening track session. We did a long distance set consisting of 3000m x 2, plus various warm-up and drill activities. Thanks to everyone for making the effort to be there.
Bike Racing: Just two club members were in action this weekend. Kevin Moyles took part in the A3 Dunsany GP race near Dublin. Kevin was unlucky not to score after the breakaway group he was in was caught in the last 1km. Shane Scully was also racing in the Shay Elliot Memorial race in Bray. This is one of Ireland’s most prestigious one day events and attracts many of the countries top A1/A2 riders. Shane did well on this hilly course finishing 16th overall and 4th A2 despite a crash 100m from the line – read his race report.
Next up – Limerick Summer league on Tuesday, Roll over session on Thursday, Crotty Cup on Saturday – link to race details, Sunday TBC
The cycle route for tomorrow morning is:
Nenagh – Birdhill – Ballina – Newtown – Nenagh
Dan Hogan will be calling the cycle on Saturday. It will be a warm up cycle to Birdhill, then at the round-about in Birdhill we will head up to the bypass round-about where we will be doing hill sets. We will complete between 4 – 6 sets. Everyone will do it according to their own ability, with no pressure. When sets are finished we will continue into Ballina and then head back to Nenagh via Newtown. Distance is between 41 and 46 miles including hill sets.
There were 12 people out for the roll over session this evening. The low turn out meant that it was hard to create two groups, so in the end the session just didn’t work well for some. For the main group, we had quite a punishing work out with a very strong head wind for most of the rolling over. Plenty of lads are starting to show some good form now so keep it up!
Like all training sessions that the club organise, if they are not supported then they are changed or cancelled. This is the 2nd week in a row of low-ish numbers for training on this evening so we are going to cancel the official club training on Thursdays until further notice. The committee will see if it’s worth trying to organise something in the future. Until then you can opt to:
- organise your own meet-up
- join up with the North Tipp Wheelers. Once again we strongly advise our members to join the Wheelers. They have a race season in full flow at the moment on Thursday evenings. These races would really help your cycling fitness. Check out their website or Facebook page for more details.
Remember there is already official cycling on Tuesdays at 6:00pm from Moynans and Saturdays at 9:00am from the pool (and Sundays with the Wheelers) and we will also have Wednesday cycling as part of our tri series, so maybe missing out on the Thursday ain’t such a bad thing!!
Bike Racing Team: We will be continuing on with the roll over sessions at 6:30pm on Thursdays. There will be just one fast group and the average pace will be 22 – 24 mph. As per usual there will be no waiting for anyone. Combine the Tuesday and Thursday roll over sessions each week for the next few weeks and you should soon see the benefits at the weekend races.
Update: This evening’s cycle will almost certainly be going ahead. Just make sure you wear gear that suits the weather. If for some reason a tornado/hurricane appears likely we will update the website with a cancellation notice.
Thursday Cycling: Roll Over Session – The first of our Nenagh-Roscrea-Nenagh roll over sessions starts tomorrow May 9th at 6:30pm from the swimming pool. These sessions are excellent for building your fitness on the bike and are not to be missed. Cost = €0 (payable by cheque).
For those of you that have not taken part before – we cycle together from the swimming pool at 6:30pm out to Dunkerrin. We will stop there for a few minutes and divide everyone into large ability based groups. Don’t worry you can go in whichever group you want. The slower groups will be let off first and they will receive a large time handicap. Each group has to work together to try and stay away.
The more people we have out for this the better. So try and give it a go for the first week at least!
Rás Marshalls Needed: As most of you know, the An Post Rás is coming to Nenagh very soon. Stage 2 will be finishing in Nenagh on Monday, May 20th. The Rás race committee have asked for our club to provide some marshalls for the race finish in Nenagh if we can. Most of ye have valuable left/right pointing experience from marshalling the North Tipp Sprint so those kind of top level marshalling skills are needed here. Helping to promote cycling in the town helps to promote what we offer in our club so please make yourself available from 1:00pm to 3:30pm on Monday if you can.
Shane is putting together a list of volunteers from the club. If you can help out then text him at 087 2605743.
Tour of Lough Derg: The annual Tour of Lough Derg takes place this year on Sunday, May 26th. This is organised by our friends in the North Tipp Wheelers and is a very popular event with our club members. I think we had close to 20 taking part last year so make sure you make yourself available. Visit their Facebook page for more details
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.