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!!!
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!
Cycling This Saturday
- Triathlon Club Cycle: Route – Nenagh – Borrisoleigh – Templemore – Dunkerrin – Moneygal – Toomevara – Nenagh (44mls). Start 9:00am at the pool.
- 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.
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!)
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.
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!!!
As its Halloween, its time to talk about the Christmas party!!!!
It will take place on Saturday the 8th of December. It will consist of a meal and some well earned prizes (the value of which will be left to the imagination!)
The cost will be €30 per head, but if we get 25 people or more the cost will be reduced to €25 per head. I need to get definite numbers in order to confirm these prices so I really need people to text me to let me know if you are available – 0863994584 (Mary).
Bank holiday training: The 8am cycling crew will head at 9am, see previous post, and the 9am cycling crew will also be doing their route of Nenagh – Toomevara – Ballinamona Cross (15 mls) – Dolla (19.5 mls) – Silvermines (22 mls) – Limerick Road (30 mls) – Ballina – Portroe – Nenagh (41 mls)
Also, Berties circuit training will be going ahead on the bank holiday Monday at 7pm.
This post is for those on the Team DMG or Wheelers bike racing teams. With the Bank Holiday Weekend coming up we are looking for people to try and fit in 2 out of the 3 cycles planned below. The Saturday cycle is still the key cycle.
Saturday: Start delayed to 9:00am from the pool due to likely frosty conditions.
Route: Nenagh > Roscrea > Birr > Portumna > Terryglass > Puckane > Nenagh = 67 mile @ 20 mph. This is flat and on good roads for 75% of the route. The last 25% is rolling.
Sunday: Two options – Start at 9:00am (route below) from Melrose or Wheelers cycle starting at 9:30am from Moynans. Obviously, if you are a Wheeler then you should support their cycle.
Route: Lake cycle – Nenagh > Portumna > Scarriff > Killaloe > Nenagh = 70 mile @ 20mph. 15 min tea / coffee break in Mountshannon.
Monday: Start at 9:00am from the pool.
Route: Nenagh > Dolla > towards Tipp town > Doon > Murroe > Birdhill > Nenagh = 62 mile @ 20 mph.
There were a couple of club members in racing action last week. Eoin Woolley took part and won the King of the Peaks challenge. This race involved racing up Keeper hill, Tountinna and Moylussa over 3 days.
Also in running action were Darren Dunne and Killian Cullagh at the Munster Boy’s U/16 Cross Country race. The previously unbeatable Darren Dunne was humbled on this occasion by Killian Cullagh who was in fine running form. The boys came home in 6th and 8th place which I think everyone can agree is rubbish. If ye are not coming back with individual medals then don’t come back at all!! It’s our new tough love policy brought in by the new committee. We will let them off on this occasion as they combined to bring home the silver medals for the Nenagh Olympic team.
To really improve at cycling you need to be targeting at least 2 – 3 cycles per week. At this time of the year the focus needs to be on base building. You need to be cycling as many miles as possible at an easy pace. The more time in the saddle the better. Anything from 100 miles to 300 miles per week would be good depending on your circumstances. There are many options in place at the moment for those looking to go out cycling.
The triathlon club put on 3 sessions – Tuesday and Thursday evening turbo training at 7:30pm in the running complex (cost = free to club members) and a long group cycle on Saturday mornings at 9:00am from the pool. The group cycle usually lasts 40 miles or so with an average pace of 17 mph. For most of our club members this speed and length should be perfect.
Now is the perfect time to join up with us for cycling as the sessions are slower at this time of year. Don’t leave it till next year to join! Contact Majella Moyles for more details (087) 6618801
For those of you looking to do a little bit more or go a bit faster or possibly do some bike racing next year you need to consider joining a cycling club. There are two good options available:
1. North Tipp Wheelers
The Wheelers cater for leisure cyclists and racing cyclists. They have introduced free membership to newcomers to the club for next year. They train with the triathlon club on Tuesdays and Thursdays at turbo. They also head out at 9:30am on Sunday mornings from Moynan’s shop. In addition, they have a beginner group that go out at 9:30 on Sundays. The Wheelers put on a series of local club races each year and they are putting a strong focus on categorised (A1, A2, A3, A4) road racing too next year. You will need to consider purchasing a Cycling Ireland license if joining up with the Wheelers. We would advise most of our club to join up with the Wheelers. Brian O’Neill or Pat Bergin would be the people to talk to about this.
2. Team DMG
Team DMG are a racing team only. Only consider this option if you fully intend on bike racing regularly next year. Purchasing a Cycling Ireland racing license will be mandatory. Membership is free. This option is not suitable for the vast majority of the triathlon club. Training sessions are tough and a high level of commitment is required. The development squad train with the tri club at turbo on Tuesday and Thursdays. Their main session is on a Saturday at 8:00am from the pool – typical distance is 60 – 70 mile at 20mph. There is no waiting for people that get dropped. We would expect people to cycle 180 miles per week at a minimum so a high level of motivation and enthusiasm is needed. Shane Scully or Eamon Hartnett would be the people to talk to about this.