The first cycle in November went pretty well today. We were in a race against time with wet weather due in the afternoon. With 78 miles for the racing lads to get through, they had to keep a nice pace going to get home dry! We were trialing a new route this morning that brought us out to Dunkerrin, Cloughjordan, Borrisokane, Terryglass, Puckaun and back to Nenagh. The road from Terryglass to Nenagh has always been a leg sapper and with a head wind to also battle against, it was going to prove very tough today.
The early bunch on the road were met by sunshine as they headed out towards Toomevara for the usual pre-cycle warm-up. The pace of this cycle was kept a little lower this week. As a rule we try to make sure that the first interval session is the easiest with each subsequent session getting a little faster. If you find that you are flying on the first one and are out the back on the last then you are clearly going too fast on the first one – save your energy.
At 9:10 the combined bunch pulled out onto the road and headed out towards Dunkerrin at a leisurely pace. With the wind at our backs everyone was finding the going pretty easy. The first bunch split came in Dunkerrin. This was a planned 10 mile rolling over interval session. The first bunch got a nice head start which they held all the way to Cloughjordan. The narrow, winding roads sometimes made the rolling over a little bit tougher but it is good to practice keeping things together on these types of road too – you are not always going to have a big hard shoulder and plenty of space for maneouvering!
The combined bunch cycled through Borrisokane and out towards Carrigahorig. Those that were too tired or that were distanced earlier turned for home – we will hopefully see ye all again next week – make sure to put in some good work on the bike during the week. At Carrigahorig, the bunch once again split in two. The final interval session was always going to be a tough one as it was long and bumpy and into a head wind. Therefore, the first bunch got a sizeable head start; although this bunch has improved so much that they probably don’t even need a head start anymore.
Two or three cyclists started to feel the pinch on the way back to Nenagh. The combination of time on the saddle and speed over the hills were wearing people down gradually. The first bunch made good progress back to Nenagh and worked well together into the wind. The chase bunch were also going well but a mechanical problem (broken chain for Kenneth – he doesn’t know his own power – or perhaps he just sucks at putting on chains) caused a long stop for the group and that made catching the first group an impossible task – it wasn’t for a lack of trying though.
By the end it was a tired Nenagh CC team that rolled back into Nenagh. That was a tough day in the saddle but don’t worry, we won’t be doing that route again for another 5 weeks! Great stuff everyone!!!
- Sunday Club Cycle: starts at 8:00am at Tescos. We will be doing the lake cycle (70 miles). If you missed today’s cycle then make an attempt to be there tomorrow. The more the merrier.
- Tuesday Turbo: 7:30pm in the running complex. Numbers are starting to increase but we should be seeing 5 or 6 more people at this quality session. If you are struggling to keep up with us on a Saturday then make sure you get your ass to this training session. We have spare turbos for any senior cyclist that wants to give it a go. Just turn up a few minutes early and we will help you get started. No excuses – just be there!!