Jul
5
2017

Dromineer Series – Triathlon 5

Dry and overcast again for the last Dromineer series prior to the Sligo trip and some fast times for what were ideal racing conditions.

 

Name Swim T1 Bike T2 Run Overall
TRIATHLON  
Shane Scully 00:09:19 00:00:49 00:28:34 00:00:24 00:18:02 00:57:08
Paul Scully 00:10:42 00:02:48 00:34:35 00:02:05 00:21:10 01:11:20
Eoin O’Donoghue 00:09:45 00:01:02 00:29:51 00:00:34 00:20:18 01:01:30
Brian McLoughlin 00:25:40 00:01:40 ####### 00:00:00 01:22:00 01:22:00
Mark Crawford 00:12:20 00:02:05 00:33:30 00:00:35 00:19:30 01:08:00
Clever Ryan 00:14:30 00:02:06 00:37:39 00:02:45 00:26:00 01:23:00
Colm Glynn 00:14:30 00:01:05 00:33:31 00:00:54 00:22:00 01:12:00
Ronan Walshe 00:11:48 00:01:32 00:35:52 00:01:03 00:24:15 01:14:30
Odie O’Driscoll 00:12:30 00:01:38 00:37:12 00:00:40 00:11:40 01:03:40
 
DUATHLON  
David Sheahan 00:07:08 00:00:47 00:32:15 00:00:40 00:17:10 00:58:00
Eddie Hynes 00:08:00 00:04:36 00:35:24 00:00:30 00:22:50 01:11:20
Charlotte Jones 00:14:00 00:26:00  
 
Aquathon  
Eoin Woolley 00:28:00 00:01:45 X X 00:21:50  
Majella Moyles 00:15:57 00:02:59 X X 00:29:19  
Geraldine Kyne 00:13:12 00:05:44 x X 00:29:39  
 
Swim – Bike  
Eoin Buckley 00:30:00 00:01:50 00:32:00  
   
Swim  
Brain Geraghty 00:12:47  
   
 

There will be no racing next Wednesday to allow the bodies to recover from the efforts at the weekend……but we will see about running 2 more legs in July to finish off the series for the current season…..watch this space!!!!!!

 

Jul
5
2017

La Marmotte Report: Part 1

“Great week!” seems to be the consensus after the club’s big trip to France came to an end yesterday. 15 club members took on the epic cycling challenge that is La Marmotte. It has been many years since cyclists from Nenagh took part in this Alpine Challenge and it is pretty obvious that cycling standards have risen a lot in town since the last expedition. All 15 club members finished well within the time limit (with plenty achieving the gold standard time) and most looked like they could go for another lap. The consistent hard work put in by the club over the last few months and years has paid dividends. Everyone that crossed the finish line in Alpe D’Huez should be extremely proud of their efforts. This trip was a big success that will live long in the memory. After doing the men’s Rás twice, Rás na mBan, Junior Tour, Rás na nÓg, Mizen to Malin, and now France for the 2nd time, the question is – what the hell are we going to do next year?

marmotte-nenaghcc

Writing a report takes quite some time so we are going to break this one in two. On a trip like this, you learn a lot about yourself, your  club mates, the race, the area etc. This trip was no different. Here are some of the observations we made…..

Eating & Drinking to Excess: you would think that a cycling trip abroad would result in more calories being burnt than consumed; however you would be wrong. I don’t know which was the bigger achievement, Gary doing La Marmotte or Gary fitting this burger in his mouth!

gary-burger

Will Rymer got to put his homemaking skills to good use over the week in France. He will make a lovely house husband one day once he gives up that dentistry lark.

food1

Who could have guessed that Pat would have such a fetish for eggs? “Would you like an egg?” was his holiday catch phrase. Apparently eggs go with everything now. He must have brought a hen over with him from home. Once Pat had mastered cooking eggs at altitude there was no stopping him. Unfortunately for us, the combination of eggs and Kenneth didn’t go down well and we were forced to listen to him tooting La Marseillaise all week. He has quite a tooting range in fairness.

When in France, do as the French do = eat smelly snails. I think this is what the waitress wanted us to do with these devices?

snails

The main food of choice for La Marmotte (apart from eggs) was pizza. Believe it or not, Gary managed to finish off all those pizzas.

food3

Flora & Fauna: Marmottes are apparently large squirrels. They are also the butt of many a joke, from marmotte wrestling to marmotte milking we ran the full gamut of marmotte jokes (you had to be there really).

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Vultures were flying high over the Gallibier sensing some cyclists about to keel over. They were in a frenzy as Pat made his way up the hill. You could almost hear them hissing “that piece of meat should have gone with a 32!”. Gary got attacked by a swallow / sparrow but as nobody saw it, it didn’t happen. Strangely, we happened to come across two little Tasmanian Devils as well; thankfully Mike put them back in their pen before someone lost a leg. Shane and Gary managed to scare each other into turning around early during a forest run, they speculated that there were probably boars, wolves and black bears all around them and it was time to leave. Each morning we woke to the sound of bells on cows and goats in the fields behind us. Must be fair annoying having a bell attached to you 24/7. I would imagine it would be hard to make cow friends with that thing clanging around all day and quite a bit of bullying (pardon the pun) goes on. We also came across an elephant taking a leak.

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Passport Photos: if you ever want to see the benefits of cycling check out everyone’s passport photos on away trips. Will Killackey was practically accused of trying to impersonate someone else by passport control. Nobody would have guessed that Lego Head below would have turned out to be one of Ireland’s best sportive riders!!

kenneth

Descending: as you might imagine, the Alps are quite different to the Arra Mountains. Nevertheless, the Portroe posse had a clear natural advantage in the high mountains. Hours of descending Port Hill without brakes, trying to squeeze around Win Macs corner were ideal prep for descending the Gallibier.

Spectacular Views: Anthony got a little bit more than he bargained for when he asked a passerby to try and get a nice scenic photo of him on the summit of the Gallibier. The ultimate photobomb!

marmotte

Make the winning move count! we had a classic example of ‘how to do’ and ‘how not to do’ a winning move. First up the winning move – John Gleeson and Will Rymer were locked in a titanic struggle for dominance throughout this race. Things were all together at the top of the Gallibier but nice guy Will waited for John at the bottom of the descent. Fast forward to the final climb of Alpe D’Huez. Will was feeling the heat and half way up the climb John seized the day by leaving Will in his dust. There is no room for nice guys in the Alps. John later commented that they were in the Dead Zone so he had to cut the cord.

Now the ‘How not to…..’. Coming into the final ascent of Alpe D’Huez, Jurgen had fallen a little bit behind the lead Nenagh CC group of 5 riders. The ‘race’ looked over for him; that was until he saw the group pulled in at the final food stop at the foot of the climb. As quiet as a marmotte, he changed direction and went straight for the climb looking to seize the day just like John did. Unfortunately for Jurgen, he is not quite as sneaky as John; plus marmottes are not actually all that quiet so he was spotted making a beeline for the final climb. The sirens went off and the chase began.

will john

Formula 1 Pit stop strategies: Donnchadh had the ride of the day mainly due to his no stop pit-stop strategy which he slyly kept to himself. While everyone else was sunning themselves on the grass eating jellies, ham and cheese, Donnchadh was eating up the road. 3/4s way through the Gran Fondo he was still well out in front.

donnchadh

There is always one: when out for a club meal, there is always one club member that makes things awkward. Jurgen takes the gold medal this time but had Donnchadh for a rival throughout. When 14 club members say they are going straight to the main course try not to be the one that says “actually, I think I will have a starter……” cue groans from all. Donnchadh needs to learn the French word for plain – as in ‘plain burger’. He can’t just scrape out the things he doesn’t want like the rest of us, oh no, he needs to communicate that if some unwanted item appears on his plate there will be blood. It took him 20 minutes to order this cone, I am only surprised it wasn’t vanilla flavour.

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Lives: don’t play card games with the Kennedys. In fairness, Matty did warn us, but we ploughed on ahead anyway. We learned that Claire never has a clue what is going on, Will is too scared of making mistakes, John is a cute hoor and Plumber is immune from losing lives and is prepared to wage jihad on anyone that doesn’t adhere to his rules.

kennedys

Chunk Going Under the Knife: there has been an ongoing transformation with one of our club members over the last few months. Le Chunk, has been transforming from a water based / jelly fish / whale like creature to upright land mammal with a backbone. Unfortunately for him, the transformation was not complete and if he was to be able to climb the toughest climbs of the Tour de France he would need gastric band surgery. The surgery went well and we are delighted to report that Chunk beat Kenneth up the final climb of Alpe D’Huez. Kenneth immediately retired from the sport in disgrace.

Scumbags no matter where you go: scumbaggery seems to be a universal feature. No matter where you go you will always find local scumbags looking to upset things; it doesn’t matter how peaceful and tranquil the area is. The little town where we parked up for La Marmotte seemed idyllic but on our return to our car after the event we found the driver side window smashed in and 7 gear bags stolen from the boot.  Thankfully, nothing too valuable was stolen.

Not Nice Guy Matty: when nice guys snap it ain’t pretty. On the plus side, getting left behind after a descent forced Matty to htfu. Cruel to be kind.

matty

Bare Chest Cycling: you can only get away with this out foreign. Not a pretty sight.

bare chests

Finishing medals make nice coasters

coaster

Tell us more about that time you did the Rás Kenneth….

sleeping

Full Marmotte report will be published tomorrow……….

gang

Jul
3
2017

Sligo Hazelwood Triathlon – Race briefing

Hazelwood Triathlon (2)

This weekend the club is up in Sligo for the annual triathlon trip for the Hazelwood Olympic distance triathlon. The race briefing is linked below with this post and should be read by all attending and taking part.

Accommodation has been booked at the Harbour House Hostel for 6 on Friday night and 20 for Saturday night. Address: Finisklin Rd, Cartron, Sligo. Phone: (071) 917 1547.

Arrangements regarding travel will be made on the Viber group later in the week so keep an eye out!!!

HAZELWOOD RACE BRIEFING 2017

 

 

 

Jul
2
2017

Spring Training – Week 13

Weekly Update

This week sees the last of the current training cycle and is capped off by the club trip to Sligo for the Hazelwood Olympic distance event…..so in the run up to this we hope to see as many of the participants getting the last sessions under their collective belts!! From next week there will be a number of changes to the training schedule for the remainder of the race season until the end of season events.

Club Group Triathlon – Hazelwood Sligo

This weekend the club are on the annual club event and this year it is in Sligo. As mentioned last week it is your own responsibility to have your licence sorted for this event….as ever no licence … no race! There will be updates on the travel plans etc. later in the week.

 

Dromineer Series

The Dromineer series continues this week…again officially we offer a shorter Aquathon but given the upcoming trip to Sligo we will offer the usual full round of events!

Dromineer series dates_2017

The action will get underway at 7pm sharp so make sure you are out well in time to get your bike set-up etc. Anyone wanting to do the legs individually is more than welcome to do so and the full range of sessions on offer is listed below…..or any variation of this you would like!!!!

  • Open Water swim: 750m / 300m (pier to pier)
  • Cycling time trial: 10k / 15k / 19k
  • Run: 2k / 3k / 5k
  • Aquathon: 300m / 750m (swim) – 2k / 3k / 5k (run)
  • Duathlon: 2k – 19k – 5k
  • Triathlon: 750m – 19k – 5k

 

Weekly training

The last week of the Spring training schedule so try to make these last sessions if you can. The last session on the track will be a memorable one so anyone who has yet to face the pyramid should make Monday at the CBS a priority!!!!

Swimming sessions: 2 morning sessions this week.  Tuesday morning will be a long distance set while Thursday is a triathlon specific training set.

Shorter versions for the novice lane will be supplied on the morning and will cover 1-1.5k.

 

 

  Tuesday 4th July  
   
Warm-up 300m f/c descending set  
  every 4th length b/c  
  breathe every 4th stroke  
  750m
   
Main-set 2 x 400m f/c  
  2 x 200m f/c                            x 2              (2400m)  
   
  4 x 25m f/c sprint                                      (100m)  
  2500m
   
Cool-down 200m f/c easy 200m
   
TOTAL 3450m
   


 

  Thursday 6th July  
   
Warm-up 25m r.arm/l.arm/catch/full  
  25m full stroke on return  (200m)  
  1 x 50m b/c                                   x 3  
  750m
   
Main-set 4 x 50m f/c drill repeat  
  200m f/c breathe 4th             x 3              (1200m)  
   
  4 x 50m b/c                                                   (200m)  
   
  1 x 100m medley  
  3 x 50m  f/c kick  
  4 x 25m f/c sprint                                      (350m) 1750m
   
   
Cool-down 200m f/c easy 200m
   
TOTAL 2700m

 

 

Running session: This week we finish the track sessions with a repeat of the pyramid set……not to be missed!!!!!

  Monday 3rd July  
   
Warm-up 15min easy 3000m
   
Main-set 1 x 50m build  
  1 x 50m drill                                     x 4    (800m)  
   
  4 x 400m / 60sec rec  
  2 x 800m / 90 sec rec  
  1 x 1200m / 120 sec rec  
  2 x 800m / 90 sec rec  
  4 x 400m / 60sec rec                            (7600m)  
   
Novice 3 x 400m / 60sec rec  
  1 x 800m / 90 sec rec  
  1 x 1200m / 120 sec rec  
  1 x 800m / 90 sec rec  
  3 x 400m / 60sec rec                            (5200m)  
   
  8400m
   
Cool-down 800m easy 800m
   
TOTAL 12200m

The full weekly schedule:

Day Morning Evening
 Monday Run Session: 6:30pm

Nenagh CBS Track

Tuesday Morning Swim: 6:30am

Leisure Centre

Lane 1: Novice lane

Bike Session: 6:30pm

Stereame

Wednesday Dromineer series: 7pm

Dromineer Front pier

Thursday Morning Swim: 6:30am

Leisure Centre

Lane 1: Novice lane

Cycling league: 7:00pm

Gooig.

Friday
Saturday Saturday cycle 9.00am

 

Sunday  Sunday Swim: 6pm

Youghalarra pier

 


 Have a good week out there!

Jun
28
2017

Dromineer Series – Triathlon 4


Dry and overcast for the latest round of the Dromineer series. The run in to Sligo is on and with this one out of the way there is now only 1 more in the series to contend with as final preparation for the Olympic distance event at the start of July.

 

 

Name Swim T1 Bike T2 Run Overall
TRIATHLON  
750m – 19k – 5k  
Ronan Walshe 00:12:15 00:01:15 00:37:50 00:01:00 00:26:00 01:18:20
Eoin O’Donoghue 00:10:20 00:00:40 00:30:00 00:00:30 00:21:30 01:03:00
Ger Carey 00:15:20 00:03:10 00:40:50 00:00:20 00:32:00 01:31:40
Odie O’Driscoll 00:13:00 00:01:40 00:37:35 00:00:45 00:15:45 01:08:45
Clever Ryan 00:14:20 00:02:50 00:38:00 00:01:10 00:29:40 01:26:00
Geraldine Kyne 00:14:10 00:01:40 00:37:25 00:01:00 00:30:00 01:24:15
Eoin Buckley 00:13:55 00:01:50 00:34:05  
Eoin Woolley 00:26:17 00:02:00 01:06:46 00:02:15 00:51:34 02:29:53
Shane Scully 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00
 
DUATHLON  
Eddie O’Meara 00:08:10 00:01:00 00:33:50 00:00:40 00:23:30 01:07:10
Eddie Hynes 00:08:10 00:00:35 00:41:45 00:00:30 00:22:55 01:13:55
David Sheahan 00:07:20 00:00:50 00:32:50 00:00:45 00:20:25 01:02:10
Barry Creamer 00:08:20 00:00:20 00:34:30 00:00:30 00:25:30 01:09:10
 
Bike – Run  
Barry Meehan x x 00:34:45 00:01:00 00:33:05 01:20:50
 
750m Swim  
Brian Geraghty 00:13:45  
   
 

The second of the Junior events also was on at the same time and this time it was the full triathlon in wetsuits and transitions!!!! The lads were so fast on the run that they dropped the mentors…..so more training will be needed on their side of things!!!!!

 

Thanks to all who turned up and we will do it all again next week as part of the final run up to Sligo.

Jun
28
2017

Challenge Venice – The Ramon Report!

We guarantee that you will not get a better read anywhere today than this intriguing insight into the travails of the latest club IronMan Ramon……..!!!!

*Challenge Venice – Race report and a few bits more*

About 5 years ago my wife gave me the book ‘Born to Run’ which someone had recommended to her as a good and inspirational read. On finishing the last chapter of the book I decided to quit cigarettes and to try to lose weight. A friend of mine then suggested to mix some swimming and cycling with the running to make it a bit easier for the legs so I started to go to the pool in Nenagh. After couple of weeks, I met Keith and Mike and both encouraged me to swim with the Tri club.  Then I started a completely new chapter and had no idea where it was going to take me.

I joined the Nenagh Tri Club….. first a try a try, then a Sprint followed by an Olympic….until I hit ‘The Hell of the West’ – feck I was hooked on this stuff.  The years passed by and I was off cigarettes and I had lost 25kg. I had already  a couple of HIM under the belt, and I had seen other people doing Ironman races, I swam with them, I have ridden with them but despite finding it inspirational I never had the balls to make the decision to do one.  I thought it involved too much time and dedication, but after I finished The Lost Sheep 2016, I thought it was the time.

I talked with the boss at home and I got permission to proceed, the only condition was to do it as early as possible so I’d not spend all summer training. After few considerations Challenge Venice was the race, it was flat, first weekend in June (then it was move to the second weekend), max temperature 26C and the most attractive feature, you had to swim from the island Venice to mainland Italy!!!

I started in October/November to train after the September break, I had a nice base so it was just an easy enough Base training, months went by and except for a couple of horrendous 4-4.5hrs turbo all went ok, spring sprung and with few battery powered lights, early morning rides were a nice experience and I was able to log 4-5hrs ride followed by a run and I was done by mid-day. So far everyone was happy.  April and May were the hardest two months where 16-18hrs per week started to take their toll, but as the days were getting longer I was able to be up by 4:30 am and fit all within the family routine, including very early swims in the lake which I really love.

Except few loops around the lake, all long rides were mainly on the Dublin road chatting with Anthony Sherlock on the bike and getting priceless advice from an experienced IM.  All was going perfect until the weekend of the metric Ironman (2/3 of each discipline on the same day), the day after the metric just 3 weeks to go and I got a chest infection… panic…..run into the doctor and after I cried for a miracle super drug, the doc prescribed me just strong antibiotics and resting, he promised me I’ll be fine. As a good triathlete your brain says: ‘go and train, go and train’ but for once I didn’t.  After one week of doing nothing I was back training, very light stuff but I was tapering anyway so I thought I could make it. The week of the race arrived and I was very anxious up to the point I went to the doc again to confirm I could race, as I still had some pressure on my check and some cough.

*The Trip*

I arrived in Venice on the Thursday prior the race, it was warm but pleasant, the race was on Sunday so I could acclimatise and get around for a spin, by then I knew it will be very hot on the day with the forecast pointing 29-30 degrees. I was staying on a AirBnB house with an Italian couple in Mestre, 10mins from Venice and 15mins by tram from the transition area, both guys were fantastic with me and showed me around Venice and give me a lift to the race brief on Saturday morning. In the brief I meet Ian and Darragh Moore from the Limerick Triathlon club, we hadn’t met before but we had exchanged a few emails. They were as cool as a cucumber, they already had done Challenge Galway so they knew what to expect.  After a few words of advice we agreed to meet in transition later on.  Somehow my chest
was fine, no coughing, no pressure, all gone… that was fantastic, my mood changed drastically, it was obvious my head had been playing games.

I decided to ride to transition with all the gear, all my coloured bags were super organised, I got everything in order except the bike food pouch which I forgot at home but I was riding with cycling gear so I didn’t care, all the food would go on the back of my jersey.  It was just 6km from home so I could do it early and have an easy evening. When I arrived in transition it was hot, no trees, no wind but I didn’t care as I was in race mood.  I dismounted so they could check the bike and they asked me to fasten my helmet better.  At that point (don’t ask me how) I dropped the bike and the chainring teeth got stuck into my shin, it felt like a stab and whatever it cut it pierced some nerve or something but I couldn’t move
my toes!!!!!  Feck, feck, feck panic again, now what do I do?… I left transition limping and very worried.  Ian and Darragh tried to cheer me up saying, that will be the least of your worries, everything thing will hurt tomorrow, so you will have forgotten about it by the time you reach the finishing line. With the hope that that was true and that my head was playing games I went to bed at 10pm.

The alarm was set for 3:30am but I was awake at 2:30am, the taxi was punctual at 4:00am and left me in transition with plenty of time to get the water bottles for the bike and a quick check to the right foot. It was tender but I managed a couple of runs without a major discomfort, the adrenaline was pumping.

*The Race*

A bus picked us up at 5am and brought us from transition to Venice where we walked for 10-15mins through deserted (except few drunken guys) streets/canals to the start line.  It was a surreally beautiful and amazing place, even better that I had imagined.  Quick change to the wetsuit, the water was at 22C and calm, I was on the first wave and hoping to do somewhere around 65min and with a bit of luck I might hit the 60mins. It was a straight line for 3.8 km and we had to follow the poles stuck in the
middle of the lagoon……. and…….. the party started. I got the right pace quick enough, a few elbows and kicks but nothing compared to HOTW.  The first 5 mins passed and  I was in a group of five or six guys and the pace was according to plan. I decided to keep going and then re-adjust if necessary after 20-30mins.  The water wasn’t the most appealing crystal clear water but not as bad as it looked. I kept thinking of my friend Fabio and laughing at his advice (under no circumstances drink that water and if
you find a dead body, just keep swimming) so far everything was going well.

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After 15min or so suddenly I felt I big whack in my face, when I looked up…there it was, one of the post I was supposed to follow, not to fecking hit it!!!.  I could see a bunch of mussels attached to the post, probably they were as shocked as I was , then I felt a big ooze on my left eyebrow, I could see the blood covering the left eye,  shite!!!  Yes, that was the first thing I thought, the same thought that the kayaker beside me probably had too, he didn’t want to let me go once he saw the blood. I swore by the life of Jesus, Joseph and Mary and the donkey, that it was nothing, I was fine… please let me go!!!! and when he started to doubt me I took off.  The rest of the swim was a mix of feelings, trying to concentrate on the race, bad humour and hating whoever put the pole in the middle of the lagoon.  I tried to get a proper pace without using much energy and dealing with an oozing cut and Fabio saying: “ Don’t drink that water!!!.” (he never mentioned the f**** mussels tho). The last 500m were hard as the current was pulling-in us back, the water turned out dark and with a pretty disgusting taste. On my arrival to T1 the
doctor looked at me and he would not let me go until the blood stopped. After a good while the blood eased and with a big patch in the forehead eventually I took off on my bike……

The bike started well, I was relieved that I was allowed to keep going. The temperature was very pleasant early 20’s, really nice roads, small bit of head wind but I was actually doing faster speed that my target and the HR was in the right place.  Maeve Ryan had replaced Fabio and she kept coming into my head saying: Ramon drink, drink, drink!!!- that was the best advice,. The bike route was 30km out, 3 loops of 40km and then 30km back. The first loop went well, beautiful countryside with a mix of vineyards, old monasteries, farms, corn fields, zigzagging roads following rivers, idyllic and small villages with lots of supporters shouting (C’mon PopEye -I was wearing my PopEye jersey). The heat started to rise but I was enjoying the race, the nutrition was in order and the only thing that came to my mind every so often was Maeve—- drink, drink drink!!!

At the beginning of the last lap, Ian Moore passed me, he got two punctures early in the race and he had to wait for the mechanic (that’s bad luck I thought).  We had a small talk for a couple of mins and we agreed to meet in the marathon loops.  Soon I arrived to the first aid station of the last loop, a bit of refreshment and when I was just leaving… bang…. on the ground…. what was that!!!! I tried to stand up but my right leg shin was missing a good patch of skin and my feet and lower leg which I was almost
forgot about it it was numb. the left side was sore, but no major cuts.  I was about to go but some official had different idea, asked me to seat down and then a paramedic checked I was ok, mainly because I already had hit my head and it was very hot. After a few mins I assured them I was fine so I went.  At that stage my right leg hurt, my feet were very swollen due the heat and my positivity was gone, I touched bottom, the worst 20km I’ve ever done on a bike, despite that it was flat as a cake, I had no energy, it was too hot, the doubts started to kick, all the bad luck I had escaped in the year, everything had to happened to me on the race.

After one bend, there it was, a young italian boy, probably 10 years old, he had been all morning with some music and his Italian flag cheering everyone and he said to me:  ‘Forza barccio di ferro’ (Go on PopEye) and for some reason, that kid brought me back. I thought in all the hours out my house, the effort my wife and my kids they have done for me, the hours on the turbo, the wind, the rain, the long runs, Anthony saying: you’ll be fine you have done the work, the 4.30 am rides, the times Kenneth and Mike had to push me on the bike cos I was too slow, the times my legs were hurting and the lads were waiting for me on top of the hill.  I remembered the time I bonked with Majella and Geraldine and they looked after me, when I swore to Geraldine that I would never to do a HIM again and also I thought of how other people were seated on the side of the road, broken, due the heat and of the the guys who could not finish due nutrition problems, or others with punctures or those that fainted on the runs…. so feck this shite, man, either you hit me with a meteorite or I’m getting that medal to take home to my kids…. so somehow I got through the last 30km back at 30C+ and I made it back to T2 in 7+ hours.

And the doctor saw me… again!!!….he probably thought, this Spaniard is going to died here. He checked that I was ok, that I knew who I was and that I was as insane as the other 450 insane people and wanted to be doing a marathon in the heat – yes I do – smile, smile.  He got me some antiseptic for the cuts in the eye and in the legs, I added some paracetamol, my shiny yellow runners and I was ready to start my first ever marathon. It was around 14:00 pm and full heat 30C-32C.  I knew a marathon on an Ironman always start ugly so I started very easy as planned so I could control the HR which with no effort it was reaching 85-87% max . I was slower than I wanted but  I had no choice if I wanted to finish. The first two laps (of  total of 5 in a huge park) passed by slowly but very content, the heat was sucking the energy but the legs were not too bad. The third lap was tough.  I thought of Martin Farrell and the heat on his IM,
Ger Kirby’s run in Barcelona, I saw some runners had fainted and others lying on the benches in the hope that they’d recover.  I started to pass few walkers bit by bit, it was very encouraging, considering I had probably finished in the last 10 out of the bike.  I got the pink elastic band on my forearm, so far all was going well, nutrition worked well, but I was tired of eating so I kept my eating just to fruit, the odd gel and water/coke/redbull. I knew it was a matter of time, so with some walking during water stations (drink, drink, drink!!!) I keep ticking the miles. Darragh Moore, was on the finishing line on every lap (he just did the swim on a relay team) shouting: G’won Ramon, almost there!!!, it was great to have someone shouting for you.

The last lap was probably the most challenging physically, everything hurt, but interestingly it was the easiest, the heat was easing, I kept passing people and every time I passed a timing mat I could feel my kids screaming in front of the PC…. and eventually there it was a big clock saying: 14:37:57……..Ramon Rodriguez you are a finisher!!!!

Ian, Darragh, Ludo and Cinzia (the two italians from the AirBnB) were waiting for me – thank you guys you rock. Almost 2hrs after my estimated time, it was all over….that was it, I survived.

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*The day after*

The following morning I woke up thinking….no training today, or tomorrow, actually none for the whole week. After a quick check I was a bit stiff, but nothing more than the usual, the few cuts and bruises were probably the worst of it.   It was time to enjoy Venice, so the following two days I spent seated in a vaporetto enjoying the incredible views of the city and stuffing myself with fantastic Italian food, wine and of course lots of gelato.

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I’m still coming into terms with my achievement, I think I’m taller than before and probably  my hair has grown back too because of it but there is still something inside of me which thinks I should have done better. I didn’t intend to challenge ’The King Butler’ IM time, neither I was thinking to hold the record for the slowest IM time in the club either, but I’m aware it was the most accident prone race I had in the last 5 years.  I always try to learn and hoping I would do better next time.  The best lesson I learnt was to never fight with italian mussels they are tough to crack ….and of course don’t forget to drink drink, drink 😉

Definitely, I’d not have got as far without the support of my family, my friends, my neighbours, who all think I’m nuts but kept cheering me, the people who text me, the ones who gave me advice, the ones that called me (even during the race) to wish me the best, the ones that congratulated me, the ones that helped me on the bike, the ones that once lead me on a windy day, or the ones that let me drag on the pool, and of course to those who help me to push myself harder.

To all of you, thank you!!

Best,
Ramon

Jun
25
2017

Spring Training – Week 12

Weekly Update

Hell of the West has now come and on for another year so well done to all club members who took part in this triathlon. It is only 2 weeks now to the club trip to Sligo so keep up the training and try to make as many sessions as you can in the next few weeks prior to this!

 

 

Dromineer Series

The Dromineer series continues this week…officially post-Kilkee we offer a shorter Aquathon but given the upcoming trip to Sligo we will offer the usual full round of events!

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The action will get underway at 7pm sharp so make sure you are out well in time to get your bike set-up etc. Anyone wanting to do the legs individually is more than welcome to do so and the full range of sessions on offer is listed below…..or any variation of this you would like!!!!

  • Open Water swim: 750m / 300m (pier to pier)
  • Cycling time trial: 10k / 15k / 19k
  • Run: 2k / 3k / 5k
  • Aquathon: 300m / 750m (swim) – 2k / 3k / 5k (run)
  • Duathlon: 2k – 19k – 5k
  • Triathlon: 750m – 19k – 5k

Club Group Triathlon – Hazelwood Sligo

We are now 2 weeks away and have a few spaces on offer if anyone not listed to go is interested in joining us.

At this stage we have had to put a list of names together of those going as per our list…….IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A FULL TI LICENCE IT IS YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY TO OBTAIN ONE OR A ONE-DAY MEMBERSHIP. Any names listed below without a TI number either do not have one or have not listed themselves with TI as Nenagh TC club members.

Andrew McLoughlin

 

Keith Butler

 

Johnny Meagher

 

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Mary Donnellan (Relay)

 

Eddie O’Meara

 

10000206 Paid
Ronan Walshe

 

David Molamphy

 

Paid
Geraldine Kyne

 

10005191 Paid
Sean Gleeson

 

Eoin Woolley 10001227 Paid

 

Ronan O’Driscoll

 

10004274 Paid
Catriona Cleary (Relay) 10020211

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Paid
Margaret Hogan

 

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John “Clever” Ryan

 

10014697 Paid
Brian McLoughlin

 

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Anyone that still has to pay can do so at any stage and the price for this trip will be €50 per person / relay team (same price for 1 or 2 nights) so for those going if you can give the money to a committee member at some stage!

Weekly training

Only 2 weeks left in the main Spring sessions and after that we will be changing it up a little for the last push as the race seasons continues. As always the main sessions to try and make during the week is our Wednesday evening Dromineer series sessions. We only have 2 more track sessions on Monday in Nenagh CBS so try and make them if you are free.

Swimming sessions: 2 morning sessions this week.  Tuesday morning will be a stroke development set while Thursday is a short distance repeat set.

Shorter versions for the novice lane will be supplied on the morning and will cover 1-1.5k.

 

  Tuesday 27th June  
   
Warm-up 25m r.arm/l.arm/catch/full  
  25m full stroke on return  (200m)  
  1 x 50m b/c                                   x 3  
  750m
   
Main-set 2 x 100m f/c drill 1  
  2 x 100m f/c drill 2                   x 3             (1200m)  
   
  4 x 50m f / c  
  2 x 50m b / c                                               (300m)  
   
  3 x 50m  f/c kick  
  4 x 25m f/c sprint                                      (350m) 1850m
   
   
Cool-down 200m f/c easy 200m
   
TOTAL 2800m


 

  Thursday 29th June  
   
Warm-up 200m f/c easy-stroke  
  1 x 50m b/c easy-stroke  
  200m f/c breathe on 4th  
  1 x 50m b/c easy-stroke 500m
   
Main-set 5 x 100m f/c  
  5 x 50m f/c  
  1 x 50m b/c easy                     x 3            (2400m)  
   
  4 x 25m f/c sprint                                      (100m) 2500m
   
   
Cool-down 200m f/c easy 200m
   
TOTAL 3200m
   

Running session: This week we return to the 1k repeat session as we build back up to the last week and the return of they pyramid set!

  Monday 26th June  
   
Warm-up 15min easy 3000m
   
Main-set 1 x 50m build  
  1 x 50m drill                                     x 4    (800m)  
   
  1km x 8 increasing pace  
  90sec recovery between each               (8000m)  
   
Novice 1km x 6 increasing pace  
  90sec recovery between each  (6000m)  
  8800m
   
Cool-down 800m easy 800m
   
TOTAL 12600m

The full weekly schedule:

Day Morning Evening
 Monday Run Session: 6:30pm

Nenagh CBS Track

Tuesday Morning Swim: 6:30am

Leisure Centre

Lane 1: Novice lane

Bike Session: 6:30pm

Stereame

Wednesday Dromineer series: 7pm

Dromineer Front pier

Thursday Morning Swim: 6:30am

Leisure Centre

Lane 1: Novice lane

Cycling league: 7:00pm

Gooig.

Friday
Saturday Saturday cycle 9.00am

 

Sunday  Sunday Swim: 6pm

Youghalarra pier

 


 Have a good week out there!

Jun
25
2017

Nenagh CC Updates + Summer League Report

Another weekend of less than stellar communication from club HQ; one would think we had all finished up for the season. Far from it, we are just about at peak season time for most. La Marmotte is looming on the horizon and will become very real once our 15 club members start making their way over to France from Tuesday onwards. With thunder storms predicted for this week, our club trip could end up being a Mizen to Malin part 2. Our Summer league hit record speeds last Thursday, which you can read about below. Be warned that this week’s summer league is postponed due to the club being away on our trip abroad. On the racing front it was a quiet one with just the National Champ races on the calendar with Eamon Hartnett and Cathal Murphy racing for Nenagh.

Training

All club sessions are off due to the France trip. Once this trip is out of the way things will get back to normal. It is likely that our training sessions will be a lot shorter and sharper from when we return until the end of the season.

  • Tuesday – postponed due to France trip
  • Thursday – postponed due to France trip
  • Saturday – postponed due to France trip
  • Sunday – postponed due to France trip
    • Gran Fondo – La Marmotte, Alps, France
    • Racing – Minane Bridge, Cork – separate A3 and A4 races.

Saturday & Sunday Spins

There were smaller crowds than usual out this weekend as a lot of club members were taking it easy before La Marmotte and our bikes have already been sent over. Fair play to those that got out and kept the show on the road. The excuses from some on a drizzly Sunday morning were outlandish.

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Weekend Racing

National Champs: Congrats to Eamon Hartnett on a good performance at this O/40 race on Saturday. The race took place down in Wexford and as usual there was a very large field for the Over 40s race. The average pace was savage and plenty of quality riders didn’t make it to the end. Eamon finished in 42nd position just 28 seconds down on the winner. The club also had a rider in the men’s Over 50s race. Cathal Murphy finished in 33rd overall in what was also a very competitive race. Fair play to both Nenagh riders racing against the best the country has to offer!

Killary Gaelforce: 3 club members, Shane, Gary and James Skehan went up to Westport on Saturday morning to do this adventure race. Unluckily for James he got two punctures and had to pull out. Gary was suffering from being too fat and unfit for such a hilly race. He still managed to waddle into a top 10 finish. Shane descended off Croagh Patrick like Bambi on ice to throw away a 3 minute lead on the way to the finish line. Comical stuff but at least he hung on to 3rd place.

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Nenagh Summer League: Race 12 Report

We are 3/4s way through the Summer League and the racing is just getting faster and faster. The speeds set out there last Thursday were the quickest set for manys a year and easily the quickest on the brand new (and improved!) race circuit. The average pace of the scratch bunch was over 44km for over an hour of racing. It made a mockery of the pre-race handicaps as all 3 bunches were back together before the turn around in Nenagh. Apologies to the front 2 groups as this was by no means intentional. We will make sure the handicaps of 0, 4, 6 go out to 0, 5, 8 the next day. The Doherty brothers will also have to wear resistance parachutes when they next return.

The weather was decent for racing but a strong tail wind to Nenagh meant that the start was very fast. An average pace of close on 50km per hour was recorded to Nenagh. The fact that the bunch was almost beating some motor paced Strava KOMs on the route tells you how fast it was. Both front bunch groups were caught early and unfortunately many in those groups couldn’t handle the extremely high pace and went out the back. Luckily on this route you can just pop over to the other side of the road and wait to be absorbed again on the bunch’s return to Birdhill.

The breakaways started soon after the turnaround with Con and Aaron Doherty the most aggressive. Con was the first to get a good gap on the bunch. He was left out there for a few kms before being joined by his brother and Seán Yelverton. Not long after, Peter Leahy and Mike Browne broke across and the final breakaway bunch had been formed. There were other attempts to get across but at this stage the breakaway were moving too fast and nobody could bridge the gap.

The race settled down into a front 5 pushing a great speed and being chased by a bunch of about 15 remaining riders. The bunch was making little to no inroads into the lead so by the time the breakaway got to the Ballyhane lap they were never going to be caught. The 5 lads had a real dogfight up the climb at Ballyhane with Aaron setting a new climb KOM. The other lads weren’t far behind though. Mike Browne got tailed off on the way over to Birdhill and that left 4 to fight it out for the win with Aaron taking it easily in the end, with Seán 2nd and Con 3rd. Great racing lads!

Next up: there is no summer league race on Thursday, June 29th. Race 13 resumes the following week on July 6th.

Thanks to our marshals Gary Scully, James Skehan, Bertie Sherlock and Brian O’Neill.

Finishing Video

 

Jun
22
2017

Sligo Triathlon

We have a few spare entries for the Olympic distance triathlon in Sligo on July 8th, as well as spaces for relays. If you fancy the fun and frolics in the west let a committee member know.

Jun
22
2017

Dromineer Series – Triathlon 3

Dromineer Series – Triathlon 3

Conditions wore not “el scorchio” like we achieved last Saturday for the Lough Deg Sprint, but they were not typically Irish either so we cant complain. There is always a “light breeze” to contend with on that cycle anyway! Ye might as well acclimatize for Kilkee and Gaelforce west on Saturday, and Sligo in just over 2 weeks time. Shane Scully continues to place his own course record in jeopardy with a flying time of 55mins. Any challengers next week??

 

Name Swim T1 Bike T2 Run Overall
TRIATHLON  
750m – 19k – 5k  
Geraldine Kyne 00:15:10 00:02:10 00:36:35 00:01:15 00:13:00 01:08:00
Odie O’Driscoll 00:13:55 00:00:50 00:36:55 00:00:30 00:13:00 01:05:00
Seamus Duggan 00:15:00 00:02:50 00:31:42 00:00:31 00:19:00 01:09:00
Colm Glynn 00:14:30 00:34:30 00:00:55 00:23:00 01:12:00
Gary Scully 00:10:34 00:01:20 00:32:05 00:00:50 00:10:00 01:03:00
Shane Scully 00:09:16 00:01:04 00:27:20 00:17:20 00:55:00
Eoin O’Donoghue 00:10:00 00:01:06 00:28:44 00:00:30 00:21:00 01:01:00
 
TRIATHLON
1.5K – 19K – 10K
Eoin Woolley 00:28:00 00:32:04 00:02:10 00:44:45 01:47:00
Stephen Greene 00:33:00 00:33:28 00:00:47 00:44:45 01:50:00
DUATHLON
2K – 19K – 5K
Eddie Hynes 00:08:10 00:01:20 00:38:53 00:00:37 00:22:10 01:11:00
Deirdre Finn 00:09:12 00:01:03 00:41:15 00:00:40 00:22:50 01:15:00
Lorreta Duggan 00:09:45 00:01:25 00:43:10 00:01:20 00:25:20 01:21:00 
Shane Connolly 00:08:45 00:00:46 00:33:09 00:00:35 00:22:45 01:06:00 
AQUATHON  
Ger Carey 00:16:30 00:03:00 x x 00:31:45 00:51:15
750m Swim  
Brian Geraghty 00:14:00 x x x x 00:14:00
Majella Moyles 00:18:00 x x x x 00:18:10
David Molamphy 00:15:00 x x x x 00:15:00
19K Cycle  
Charlie Hogan x x 00:29:07 x x 00:29:40
6K Run
Brenda x x x x 00:29:30 00:29:30

We were also joined by 8 juniors last night who all swam like fishes and ran like gazelles! They completed a peer to peer swim and various runs.

Michael Kyne and Conor Kirby tried to outrun Ger on the 3k route.

Robert Duggan completed 2K.

Oisin and Oilleog O’Driscoll, as well as Faye Molamphy and Alli O’Brien made light work of the hill and completed 1.2K.

Next week their mentors are not going to be quite as nice to them so a timed race will be scheduled.

Thanks to all who turned up and we will do it all again next week as part of the run up to Sligo. The schedule says its Aquathon time but we will accommodate all activities.

If you start early please make sure to do your own times as I wont be able to with the official start at 7pm.

Again, best of luck to all members heading to Kilkee and Gaelforce west. We’ll put out the child of Prague again for ye!

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