What a shite day for cycling. That was easily the most miserable cycle of the year. It is not often that we cut a cycle short but all we could manage today was 50 miles. Morale had fallen life threateningly low and Hugh Flannery was in danger of getting sucked into the blackhole that was forming over our group. Wise heads prevailed and we bailed out of the cycle early, ready to fight another day. That day is…….tomorrow.
Tomorrow is looking like a much better day. So if you feel up for a long cycle then we are meeting at the pool at 9:00am (18/19 mph).
A few of the lads in the club are organising a series of long cycles over the Christmas. With everyone on holidays, there is no better time to get a few miles in the legs. Each spin will be 80+ miles long, with an average speed of 18 – 19 mph. This cycle is open to everyone in the club that feels like they can handle the distance and average speed. The focus is distance not speed.
The first cycle takes place on Dec 26th. This cycle is 89 miles long. Route: Nenagh > Dolla > Tipperary Town > Glen of Aherlow > Cashel > Thurles > Nenagh.
There is an option to go from Tipperary Town straight to Cashel if you are finding it tough.
A video was put together of the 2012 club triathlon season. Well done to everyone for all your effort in supporting the club throughout the year. The club would like to thank Thomas Moyles for all his work putting this together.
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
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.
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.