After what was a mammoth season for us all both as individuals and more importantly as a team. We gathered to chat through what we need to do move forward and to celebrate our teams achievements.
see below our winners
Best male- Rory Sexton
Best female- Anna Crooks
Most improved male- mark Jeffers
Most improved female- Mags Jones
Best junior – Maebdh Hurst
Unsung hero- Patricia Haugh
Club person of the year- Liam Kennedy
Best racing disaster – Trevor Askin
A glorious day in Co. Galway was captured by the pictures of smiles and victories.
Our victories came in many ways, we had athletes returning from injury, we had athletes chasing race personal best, athlete’s attempting their first race – be it as part of a relay or dipping their toe for the full event.
Most importantly we had a team spirit of encouragement and fun …… winning always helps
Rory Sexton and Team captain Mairtin Grealish led the way on the day with big performances on the men’s side
The ladies were not to be outdone with Anna Crooks and Maebdh Hurst leading the kittens to victory
29th HOTW 13
Triskaidekaphobia !!!! The fear of the number 13
The big fear for me this year was the swim it took me 49 minutes last year and I was drained from it. I fell off the bike going up by the reservoir just veered off the road. So to say I was nervous would be an understatement .The week leading up to Kilkee I didn’t get more than 5 hours sleep a night just could not sleep.
So it finally came around. Months of training completed by the team. the season was well under way. There had already been pb’s, podium finishes, new champions, tears of joy and tears of disappointment but this one was different. This was kilkee, hell of the west.
They speak of it like the old pro golfers speak of Saint Andrews, the way footballers talk about
Wembly and the cup final. This was kilkee, hell of the west. The triathletes Mecca. The triathletes Cup final.
I know there will be much more interesting reports when it comes to HOTW 2013, but I thought I would put together a couple of lines on my first Olympic triathlon!!
The nerves started kicking in on the Monday !! I know I had a week to go but I wasn’t sure what to expect especially having missed the two training weekends in Kilkee. Anything I had heard about Hell of the West was that it wasn’t called “Hell” for nothing – I began to think I should have picked a different Olympic triathlon as my first one.