January is the perfect time to join the club. Instead of just reading this website and wishing you could get involved – make a new year’s resolution to join. Current club members come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some people take training serious and some people just do it for the craic. If you are just finished playing team sports and want a new challenge then this could be the sport for you. Maybe you just want to lose weight and get fit, if so this sport is definitely for you.
The triathlon season really gets going in June. That gives you 6 months to get ready for your first triathlon. We hope to see you at some of our training sessions in January. Just do it.
Christmas Party: The social event of the year is over and everyone survived. Thanks to everyone for turning up and thanks also to the committee for their work organising the night out. The next club night out won’t be for a few months so that will have to do ye for now.
Training: Official club training will be stopping after the Saturday morning cycle Dec 22nd. There is no swimming this week as the pool is closed. Turbo on Tuesday and Thursday are still going ahead along with the Friday run. Training will start back again on Wednesday, January 2nd with swimming in the evening. Enjoy the break.
Cycling: 12 members turned up for the triathlon cycle on a mucky Saturday morning. The route was from Nenagh, Toomevara, Dolla, Silvermines – here some of the group decided to take on Shalee hill while the remaining number continued onto Birdhill, Portroe and back to Nenagh. Just 4 cyclists braved the racing group cycle this week. 70 miles were covered.Both groups are out again this Saturday so if you haven’t made it out in a while then try your best to be there.
The racing group are planning on doing a number of long cycles over the Christmas break. Most people are on holidays so we plan on making good use out of all that free time. There will be a number of long cycles taking place between Dec 26th and Dec 30th. If you are racing with us next year we expect you to make yourself available at most of these cycles.
The cycle racing calendar for 2013 is now available to view online >> click here
Membership forms and gear orders for Team DMG are well overdue at this stage. If you haven’t submitted your details then contact Rene asap.
Below are details of prize winners who will receive invaluable prizes this Saturday night!!! Please be in the HiB at 8pm as the awards and video will be completed at 8:30. You dont want to miss Keith on TV!!! If you can not make it please let me know (Mary 0863994584) so I can safe guard your prize from the less fortunate!
Overall Male – Shane Scully
Overall Female – Sinnead Oakes
European Transplant and Dialysis Games – Sheila Gregan – gold medals in 50m free + 100m breast stroke, silver medal in 400m freestyle, bronze in the relay.
Ironman – Kevin Sherlock, Brian O’Rourke, Eoin Woolley
Most Improved – Sinnead Oakes – goes from doggy paddling around the Brian Boru swim course in 2011 to winning a National Series age group prize and top 20 overall. Highlights include strong performance in Hell of the West and a podium finish in the Quiet Man triathlon in Cong, Co. Mayo.
Rookie of the Year – Killian Cullagh – great performances in local club races. Strong running season. Strong improvements in all 3 disciplines. Close to making the Triathlon Ireland junior B squad.
Club Races – winner is chosen for mix of reasons – good performance, strong improvement, attendance etc.
1. Dromineer Triathlon Series – Sinead Kennedy (7 min improvement, good attendance, strong time of 1:15 in 1st year)
2. Dromineer Duathlon Series – Ronan Walsh (attended every race, brought time down by 6 mins, fast final time of 1:09)
3. Dromineer Aquathon Series – Darren Dunne (great attendance – only missed one out of 10 club races – attended both aquathons, won the 1st race setting a new club record)
Individual – Shane Scully 2nd overall and winner of 30 – 35 age group
Individual – Keith Butler, 2nd in the 40 – 45 age group
Individual – Sinnead Oakes, 3rd in the 35 – 40 age group
Male (11th) – Shane Scully, Keith Butler, Martin Mitchell, Cian McCormack, Sean Gleeson, Ronan O’Driscoll
Female (12th) – Sinnead Oakes, Margaret Hogan, Cliodhna McGrath, Joanne Dillon, Sheila Gregan, Anita Egan
Mixed (8th) – Shane Scully, Keith Butler, Martin Mitchell, Sinnead Oakes, Margaret Hogan, Cliodhna McGrath
Christmas Party: Is only a few days away. You better get your tuxedo or LBD soon! Guest speaker on the night will be the ‘Fastest Fat Man in Ireland’ – Keith Butler. Keith will be re-telling the inspiring story of how he went from being dangerously overweight to just being a fair bit overweight through his intensive triathlon training program. This is not to be missed.
Running: Killian Cullagh was in running action at the U/17 All Ireland finals on Sunday. Killian did well, coming home in 17th place.
Cycling: The Thursday turbo sessions are back in our usual sideroom in the complex. The improvements to the room have been completed. They have installed wide screen tvs, industrial fans, radio with speaker system, jacuzzi, water fountain, towelers, masseurs, vending machines etc. Check it out this week.
The main triathlon cycle was well attended on Saturday with 11 riders out on the road. The route took them through Birdhill, Daly’s Cross, Killaloe and back to Nenagh. On Sunday, a large group from our club met up with the Wheelers for their Get Together cycle. This was a good way for our club to get to know the local cycling club better. Hopefully, it will encourage our members to attend the North Tipp Wheelers weekly cycles on Sundays at 9:30 from Moynans shop.
The bike racing lads were all out again this week. The courses of choice were the Visit Nenagh A3 race route on Saturday and the Lake on Sunday. The weather was good on both days and the lads put in a good effort, as they start to pick things up a small bit. Membership forms are well overdue at this stage. Have them back to Shane before Wednesday or you can call down and give it to Rene anyday after that. We need gear and sizes asap too.
Swimming: Remember, the pool is closing at the end of this week so it is important not to miss any club sessions if possible.
1 on 1 Coaching: The coach is unavailable this week, so ye will all have to wait till after Christmas to book again.
Underwater Camera: The club has purchased an underwater camera and it is has been delivered. We advise everyone in the club to get their stroke videod sometime over the next 2 months. Seeing how
bad good your stroke is on video will really help you to focus on improving your technique.
Here are the details for the last 3 Saturday 9am cycles of the year:
Saturday, 8th December 2012
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)
Saturday, 15th December 2012
Nenagh – Toomevara – Ballinamona Cross (15 mls) – Dolla (19.5 mls) – Silvermines (22 mls) – Limerick Road (30 mls) – Ballina – Portroe – Nenagh (41 mls)
Saturday, 22nd December 2012
Nenagh – Toomevara – Moneygal – Dunkerrin (28 mls) – Cloughjordan (37 mls)
These are the planned routes, weather permitting! If there is bad frost the route may change to a safer one. The final cycle on the 22nd, is an easy flat one, as i have a feeling the christmas celebrations may be well underway by then!!
If you are interested in purchasing new or simply replacing your existing swim gear and/or accessories, can you please contact Shay on 0877612083 before Friday. All items require payment in full before orders are placed.
The following accessories and gear are available to order:
Speedo togs – Ladies prices vary
Mens Speedo jammer togs – €20 plus
As most of ye know by now, the swimming pool closes for a considerable length of time in December. This will hurt your swim training. Therefore, it is important that you try and swim as much as possible over the next 2 weeks. The club will be organising trips into the 50m pool in Limerick for those suffering from swimming withdrawal symptoms.
The pool closes on the following dates:
Mon 17th – Thurs 27th
Limited hours only from:
Fri 28th – Mon 31st
Tis a long post this week so make sure to take an energy gel half way through reading it!
Triathlon Ireland Talent ID Day: Darren Dunne and Killian Cullagh attended the Talent ID day up in Wicklow on Sunday. The aim is to swim 200m and run 1500m under certain times in order to get selected onto the Triathlon Ireland Junior Squad. The A squad is very tough to make as they are looking for international standard times. It is especially hard to make at this time of year when the lads are not training very hard (it’s a long season!). Darren managed a 2:24 swim and 4:19 run. This should be good enough to get him on the B squad. He is very close to the A squad but will have a better chance of making it next April. Killian put in times of 3:06 in the swim (he only started swimming last summer) and 4:41 in the run. These times are not quite good enough for the squads but Killian will learn a lot from the experience. Well done to both lads for representing the club so well.
Christmas Party: Once again the club are supplying permission slips for those of ye that need permission off your better halves to attend. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Now is the time to be putting in the brownie point work. Kevin Sherlock has been putting in the brownie point work for the last 5 months so should be able to get out for an hour or so. Follow Kevin’s good example and we will see you all there.
Running: The club had it’s biggest run turn out of the year on Friday. We know the time doesn’t suit everyone but even still, it is great to see increased numbers. If you haven’t been there in a while then try and start back again next week. Christmas time is typically a time where there are plenty of running races to go to, so with 3 weeks left it is time to get running fit. The Christmas Day run is always very well attended by the club. Last year, there were over 150 entrants in the run and we hope that number grows as it is all in aid of charity. Try and support it if you can. Sure what else would you be doing on Christmas Day? By the way Andy, it is not a race!
Cycling: The main triathlon cycle departed at 9:00am with 8 riders in tow. 52 miles were covered as the group passed through Roscrea, Templemore and Borrisoleigh back to Nenagh. The average speed was a very healthy 17.5 mph. Cold weather is not a legitimate excuse to miss this session, a blizzard or hurricane might be but turn up anyway just in case.
The bike racing side of the club met up with the rest of Team DMG for the first time on Saturday. 9 of us were in attendance and we covered a distance of 109km at a handy controlled pace. Brian O’Rourke had a lovely view from the back seat of the team car on the way home. There was a good team meeting afterwards where the DMG plans for the year were laid out and hopefully that gets people motivated to get out and cycle. Although Keith couldn’t make it, it was decided that yes he would have been able for it and he would have come 3rd. His medal is in the post. Well done Keith.
Swimming: Mark Dempsey’s 4 week coaching block has come to an end. The club would like to thank Mark for all his efforts. Make sure the advice he has given doesn’t go in one ear and out the other, by getting your ass down to the pool to practice. You have 3 weeks to Christmas so commit to 3 hard weeks of swimming and you will see your stroke improve a lot.
1 on 1 Swim Coaching: There are currently 8 club members availing of this and there has only been one drowning – RIP Majella. We are currently in the process of purchasing an underwater camera for stroke analysis. It should be here within the next 10 days. The club advises everyone to make use of this facility. Being able to see your stroke on video is a great eye opener and will benefit you in identifying problems and fixing them. The club are going to offer stroke video analysis for the very affordable cost of €10 + €5 pool entry fee (buy monthly/annual membership!!). These sessions will be conducted as part of the 1 on 1 swim coaching. We will give further details when we know more.
Next week’s available days and times – text 0872605743 to book.
Tuesday: 8:00am – 11:00, 12:00 – 4:00
Wednesday: 1:00 – 4:00
Thursday: 8:00am – 11:00, 12:00 – 4:00, 5:00 – 6:30
Friday: 8:15 – 2:00
Saturday: 4:00 – 8:00pm
Sunday: 2:00 – 6:00
The Triathlon Club 9am cycle will meet at the usual place, Nenagh Leisure Centre this saturday morning. Dont forget to bring food and drink with you. The cylce will be a little longer at 52 miles, but as it is a flat enough route it will be very do-able.
Saturday, 1st December 2012
Nenagh – Toomevara – Moneygall – Dunkerrin (28mls) – Roscrea (38mls) –
Templemore – Borrisoleigh – Nenagh (52mls)
If you are interested in purchasing new or simply replacing your existing swim gear and/or accessories, you might consider purchasing them at a reduced price from the Nenagh Leisure Centre. The following accessories and gear are available to order:
Speedo togs – Ladies prices vary
Mens Speedo jammer togs – €20 plus
If you are interested in purchasing any of these items or have any questions please contact Shay on 0877612083. All items require payment in full before orders are placed.