Club Notes

Cross Country
Normal order was restored as Darren Dunne brought home a medal from the Munster U/17 XC champs on Sunday in Waterford. Killian Cullagh also raced well and came home in 9th. Both lads now qualify for the All Irelands.

Swimming – have you been practicing?!
The second stroke work session is on this Wednesday from 8:00 – 9:00. You need to take what was explained there last week and put it into practice. If you learned a new drill then go and practice that drill until you are an expert at it. This can all be done at our Tuesday morning swims at 6:30am.

Training News (last weekend)

Another 9am Saturday cycle was succesfully completed by 8 club members last weekend. Our route last Saturday was from Nenagh, to Dalys Cross, where we turned off for Castleconnell, O’Briens Bridge, into Ballina and back to Nenagh via Portroe. It was a murky, dirty wet morning, but glad to see the weather did not deter everyone from turning out for the cycle. As pointed out in previous postings, the only way to improve in cycling is to put miles in the legs, by spending time in the saddle. You could also look at the weather as a challenge, if there is a strong headwind use it to your advantage and cycle at a steady pace for as long as you can manage, up front, against it. This should build up your stamina and strength. Hope to see a few more of the regular club cyclists out on next Saturday mornings outing and new members are always welcome.

A good number of 12 club members turned up for last Fridays running session. This consisted of a 2km warm up run, 6 x 400mtr interval session followed by a 3km cool down run. There has been a very small turn out at the Friday evening run sessions. Going on long steady runs will build up your aerobic fitness but not improve your overall speed.  It is important to turn up at these interval sessions, work hard and if done properly the interval running sessions will help improve your overall performance and speed.

Bike Racing Team
A hardy group of 7 battled through the miserably wet and cold conditions for 70 miles on Saturday morning. It’s days like this that make you appreciate the fine days! Hugh Flannery is still recovering from frost bite in hospital (our best wishes go out to him – I think he lost two toes). The level of fitness in the bunch is rising and most people are dealing with the distance easily now. It was a double dose of the lake for most as the same bunch with Keith Butler in tow (we actually had to tow him up Charlie’s hill) did it again on Sunday. It’s great to see such commitment!


Saturday Cycle Routes

9:00am cycle: Below are the cycle route details for the next 5 weekends. Every route will have an option to do a return trip back to Nenagh, or take a different route back to Nenagh. Miles in brackets basically means the miles one will have cycled by the time they arrive back to Nenagh.


Saturday, 10th November
Nenagh – Birdhill (27 mls) . On this route you have a two choices from Birdhill:

a) Birdhill – Ballina – Portroe – Nenagh (30.5 mls)
b) Birdhill – Dalys Cross (35.5 mls) – Castleconnell – O’Briens Bridge – Ballina
– Portroe – Nenagh (45 mls)

Saturday, 17th November
Nenagh – Toomevara – Moneygall – Dunkerrin (28ml) – Roscrea (38mls) – Shinrone
(via Monastery Road) – Cloughjordan – Nenagh(41.5mls)

Saturday, 24th November
Nenagh – Portroe (cycle hill twice) – Ballina (30mls) – Birdhill. On return route back
to Nenagh, you have two options from Birdhill

a) Birdhill – Nenagh (30mls)
b) Birdhill – Silvermines (32mls) – Dolla (33.75mls) – Ballinamona Cross
(39.25mls) – Toomevara – Nenagh (43mls)
Saturday, 1st December 2012
Nenagh – Toomevara – Moneygall – Dunkerrin (28mls) – Roscrea (38mls) –
Templemore – Borrisoleigh – Nenagh (52mls)

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)


Club Notes

1. Triathlon Ireland Race Calendar: This has gone live so you can plan out your racing schedule for 2013. There is a very large selection of National Series races to choose from so it should be easier for our members to score highly this year. Two races we will be urging everyone to attempt are Kilkee ‘Hell of the West’ and the Lost Sheep Half Ironman in Kenmare. They are both tough races but the bigger the challenge the  bigger the motivation to train and improve.

>> Click to view calendar

2. North Tipp Sprint: Our triathlon has been awarded National Series status for 2013. Well done to everyone involved in making this happen.

3. Wheelers / DMG Saturday Cycle: Last Saturday’s cycle was well attended. The trip over to Kinnity and back was enjoyable but made tough by a strong wind. The spin took just over 4 hours. Some suffered a little more than others but that is the way it is in a large bunch with so many different ability levels. If you found it tough then don’t be too discouraged, it won’t take you too long to find your cycling legs after your end of season break. Stay motivated and stay putting in the miles during the week and you will soon be finding these spins easy. A large winter base should translate into a high peak in summer (think – equilateral triangle!!). For all those who refused to cycle back to regain contact with the puncture group – revenge will be sweet!

This Saturday coming we are going to tackle the lake route:

Nenagh > Borrisokane > Portumna > Scariff > Killaloe > Birdhill > Nenagh.

This is a 70 mile flat cycle and it should take us 3.5 hours. The start time for this is 8:00am.

4. Wednesday Swimming: There was a great turn out at the first of the Wednesday stroke work sessions. With stroke work sessions it is not about how many lengths you do. Its about doing things correctly and making changes to your stroke. You don’t judge this session by the total distance swam!

It takes time to change your stroke and for the change to become natural. You need to take what you learned here and practice it during the week. One of the most noticable thing about that session was the large turn out of beginners. This was great but at the conditioning sets on Tuesday and Thursday none of ye were to be seen. There is no short cut to success in swimming. You need to balance the stroke work with conditioning. 20 lengths of stroke work on a Wednesday is not going to do much for you unless you  get your ass into the pool to practice what you learn.

With 30 people in the pool on Wednesday you can probably appreciate that the amount of individual attention you can receive is not much. It is more a group oriented session where you increase your knowledge through demonstration and learn how to perform a variety of drills correctly. These drills will naturally cure different problems in your stroke. If you think you need 1 on 1 swim coaching then the club are offering them for just €5 to club members (click for details)




It is great to see such good numbers attending the pool now in November, and that it wasnt just a first month back trend! 23 people were at this mornings 6:30am swim and we hope to see this number again this Wednesday evening for the first of 4 coached swim sessions from 8-9pm.

Just a reminder that there will be 2 lanes dedicated to stroke work and the other lane will be for those that want to do their own thing. The cost for this will be €2 per head per session for those in the stroke work lanes (+ €5 pool entry fee). Also the club are still offering club members the option of 1 on 1 swim coaching for the very low rate of €5 per hour (+ €5 pool entry fee)Contact a committee member for details.


National Series Awards

Shane and Keith took a spin up to Dublin at the weekend to collect some well earned prizes at the Triathlon Ireland National Series 2012 awards. Keith came second in his age group (ancient). Shane came first in his age group and second overall. A serious looking suit nearly got him a style award! Sinnead Oakes also came third in her age group (Keith is minding it for you!)

* Story edited 6/11 for spelling mistakes, better images and better formatting – feck sake Mary – this is not your house so keep it clean!!!


Weekend Cycling

Eight cyclists turned out for last Saturday’s mornings cycle. Numbers were slightly down compared to the previous week of 14 (forgot to include two new club members in last weeks posting).

So far the excuses submitted to date are:

  • Mid term break (break was for the children, not parents)
  • Milestone birthday (get over it)
  • Post marathon aches…(hard to slag them on that one!)

For those that did turn out, the cycle route was from Nenagh to Borrisoleigh, Templemore and onto Dunkerrin. Here, half of the group decided to take the easier but slightly longer (50 miles total) route back to Nenagh via Cloughjordan. The remaining four tough souls took on the strong head wind along the main Dunkerrin-Nenagh road (45 miles total). The cycle routes for Saturday the 17th and 24th November, plus 1st and 8th of December will be posted up on the website during the week. The route for Saturday 1st December will be a slightly longer cycle of 52 miles, with a few turnaround options. This is to help earn you some christmas pudding points!


Club Notes

Cycling This Saturday

  1. Triathlon Club Cycle: Route – Nenagh – Borrisoleigh – Templemore – Dunkerrin – Moneygal – Toomevara – Nenagh (44mls). Start 9:00am at the pool.
  2. Wheelers / Team DMG Cycle: Start time is 9:00am again on Saturday. We are going for a 4 hour spin so bring plenty of food. The route is Nenagh – Roscrea – Kinnitty – SlieveBloom mts (at a controlled pace) – Kinnitty – Roscrea – Nenagh. If you haven’t been out on this bike racing team spin for a while then try your best to make it.

Triathlon Ireland Awards: are taking place in the Aviva Stadium this Saturday. Keith, Sinnead and Shane are all heading up to this event to collect their National Series prizes. Keith is looking to borrow a white XXL suit off someone for the event. Drop it in to the pool if you can help him out.


Weekend Racing

There were a couple of club members that made the trip to Dublin for the marathon on Monday. Eoin Woolley 3:21, Mike o Keeffe 3:27, Majella Moyles 3:48, Margret Hogan 3:54, Sinead Kennedy 4:03, Gillian Mounsey 4:03, Thomas o Meara 4:25. Well done to all, serious training was well rewarded in Eddie Rockets!  










Also in running action were Darren Dunne and Killian Cullagh at the County Cross Country U17 5000m race.  Darren was beaten once again by Killian who came first with Darren second. They also got a team club gold. (no sharing medals, get your own in future!)



Club Notes

Saturday Tri Club Cycle – Saturday was a crisp, dry but cold morning with a good turn out for the club cycle.  12 members completed the 41 mile cycle route, which averaged 15.5mph (average slightly slower than usual due to hils). The cycle route, from Nenagh, out to Toomevara over through Dolla, Silvermines and eventually into Ballina returning to Nenagh by Portroe, consisted of a few drags and hills with Charlies Hill being the toughest challenge. Well done to all, ye managed to complete Charlies Hill! Next weekends cycle will be a much flatter route, with only a few drags.

Group Stroke Work – The group stroke work sessions with Mark Dempsey will be starting on Wednesday, 7th November, from 8 – 9 pm (Cost €2 per person). Mark has requested that all those taking part in this stroke work session to complete either a 500mtr (20 lengths) or 1000mtr (40 lengths) time trial swim. This swim is to be done in your own time, not possible during a club session… and remember to time yourself. Swim is to be done at a quick to fast pace. When you have this completed, text your name and time to Cliodhna McGrath 0872938847 before Wednesday 7th November.

Saturday Team DMG / Wheelers Cycle – Well done to everyone that took part in this war cycle. It seems like this cycle was a little bit all over the place. We must reduce the amount of testosterone injections some of ye are getting as the machoness has to stop. We are not racing each other. We are cycling as a group not as a bunch of individuals. That means you cycle side by side with the person next to you and not try to bury them. If Myself (Shane) or Eamon are not at the cycle then someone else has to take charge and control it. If you think it is going too hard then it probably is – slow it down! Next up: Cycle at 9:00am Monday from the pool (tomorrow) – myself and Eamon will be at this so you can be assured it will be at a more controlled pace.


Dublin City Marathon

Good luck to all members who are heading to Dublin this weekend for the Dublin City Marathon. No complaining of tired legs on Tuesday morning in the pool!!!