Jul 2013 02

team pic ennis duathlon

 

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.

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Jul 2013 02

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!!

dara swim pic

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.

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Jul 2013 01

Mullagmhor race report

Sprint distance 8th place overall
Conditions: long ruff sea swim, windy wet bike, hilly windy run

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The last time I raced mullagmhor I came 3rd in the irish sprint champs with Eanna winning Tim second and yours truly 3rd.

My lead up to the race was good and we had a lovely surprise in the hotel the night before being upgraded to a suite in the clarion hotel. Jens getting the perks of a traveling triathlete coach :-)

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Jul 2013 01

I am always nervous before a race. Whether its a 5KM road race, a TT or a triathlon the nerves always set in. But certain races have a reputation and this is one of them.

Anna crooks kilkee champion 2013

When I first moved to Ireland I was told that HOTW was the race to do. I first did this race 2 years ago, my first Olympic race in Ireland and I still remember how hard it was. I was 5th that year and very much a newbie. The thing about this race is you never know what to expect but you know it will be hard. If its your goal to complete or your goal to compete when you stand on the beach looking out into the sea I think everyone is in the same boat.

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Jul 2013 01

Tri-Athy and Kilrush Tri
Top tens and a podium.

 

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Wow the journey of late has been a late one ….. Many light bulbs and many moments that have kept me busy.

The last few weeks have seen Jenn and I do a lot of traveling and with me covering a lot of miles to and from Dublin.

Hospital appointments baby shopping and triathlon coaching makes for interesting times. I haven’t written a post since 15 weeks and counting -//- oops

The last few races ;

Tri Athy – 7th
Kilrush – 3rd

Ill try my best to give a personal synopsis on each (memory can be brutal honesty or cloudy dreaming )

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