Check out a great read from Art O Neil finisher Loren Harnet
Art O’Neill Challenge – Race Report
“You’ll be grand”, he said, when I expressed major concerns about completing the Art O’Neill Challenge to Paul Tierney. That was the 20th October last year. I was in final prep for the last adventure race of the season, and Paul himself had gone into ‘retirement’ after a remarkable performance at Gaelforce. The rest of the year was looking very civilised indeed for me, with plans for MNM, running speed sessions, perhaps a half marathon in early December, Strength and Conditioning, and handy Sunday cycle spins to build up for the following year. What’s the word I’m looking for? Oh yea, recovery! Alas, it was not to be.
Obviously, with such a short preparation time, and coming from a low mileage base, there were lots of tough and painful training sessions, but I want to say at the outset, that I enjoyed every minute of every session with the team. Those that trained with us for the Killarney Adventure Race will remember the craic we had up the mountains over the summer, and we had as much if not more fun preparing for AON – just over longer distances!
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