** Race report – Ironman 70.3 Dublin ***

It may have taken a while but we have a report on the block! Thanks to Carmel for taking the time to share the Ironman experience with us and again well done to all the lads who undertook the challenge, it has been a really phenomenal effort in the level of preparation and dedication over the season and can only act as a source of inspiration to all other members of the club. Thank you!

Ironman 70.3 Dublin

Denis Ryan, John Moylan and Carmel Finn travelled to Dublin on August 14th for their first Ironman 70.3 event. The day began with a 1.2 mile swim in the Irish Sea from Sandy cove to Dun Laoighaire. Having attended a workshop there a week ago with East Coast of Ireland we were prepared for the biggest challenge in the water and were pleasantly surprised to find a flat calm sea with hardly a swell (polar opposite of The Hell of The West in Kilkee). This gave us faster times than anticipated and less anguish for John and Carmel!

Denny was first out of the water in 37:12 followed by John 13 minutes later and then Carmel. We all settled on the bikes and it was a pretty scenic route along the Dublin Bay coastline before turning on to the Quays and following the River Liffey through the city and out to Kilcock for a 56 mile route returning to the Phoenix park. The route is quite flat with a couple of early hills to challenge us and get the heart rate up!

After a mild balmy morning in Dun Laoighaire, the headwind was fresh once out of the city and a few icy rain showers made Carmel wish she had brought a coat! Thankfully by the turnaround point we left all that behind us and had an uneventful spin back to the Park. Unfortunately for Denny this wasn’t to last as his wheel caught a kerb and he was thrown to the ground. Being the Ironman he is he jumped back on the bike and sped to T2 with blood pouring down his leg and went straight out onto the run course with only thoughts of finishing in his head.

There were 3 loops to run for a total of 13.1 miles. The atmosphere here was electric. We were very fortunate to have a fantastic support crew behind us all the way on this journey and they were out in force at different points of the course to help lift the spirits and boost us on. Along with the Ryan, Moylan and Carey families & Sheila Geaney were Nenagh Tri club members Mary Duggan with Aoife and Greg Starr, who didn’t take part this year but watching him last year inspired us all to give it a shot! There was a lot of noise from music and cheering in some areas but also quieter spots which were calm and peaceful and allowed us catch our breath.

All 3 of us were ecstatic crossing the finish line and are so proud of our Ironman 70.3 medals. Many thanks to Nenagh Triathlon Club, a magnificent team effort got us there in the end. Congratulations to Cian McCormack and Paul Nevin on their superb performances on the day.






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