First time for everything!!!
Here we are already a couple of weeks into the race season. Seems like years since Castleconnell. It’s been a long winter of training. Having missed the Limerick and Kilkee Duathlon’ s (due to circumstances outside of my control ) I was mad to get a race under my belt before the Ennis Duathlon.
I said I’d give the Keeper Challenge (mini) a go. I did this race last year and I was comprehensively beaten by a seasoned adventure racer Jerry O Sullivan, so I decided it would be a good gauge to see if this structured training craic actually works…
Up early that morning and out for an easy jog, then out to Newport for registration. I met Paul Tierney out there fresh from his exploits at “The Race” but fresh enough to try his hand at the main Keeper Challenge. I also met an old GoTri friend of mine James Skehan who had come out of retirement to do the Keeper Challenge. He’s been in a long taper since Galeforce West back in August.
This weekend I lined up for my second race of 2014, Letterkenny Duathlon, I was determined to have a solid race and back up my win at Limerick duathlon.
I knew the race would be fast from the get go, there would be a good field of athletes on the start line and in fact news had leaked who would be on the start line via facebook!
So the race season has started once again. I’m relatively new to this sport but I feel like I’ve been doing it all my life. Decided to throw the kitchen sink at it this winter and started out on a voyage with Stl .
It’s been a long winter slog. I’ve hated him , I’ve wanted to kill him but he makes sense at least most of the time.
I think as a club we underestimate how much he does for everyone. Over the winter just past he was my coach, my agony aunt and my punchbag. Anyway enough of the ego building.
Limerick duathlon was the first race we looked at as a training race. Anyone who knows me knows there’s no such thing. E
veryone at the start line was full of excitement and anticipation except mark Jeffers who has been afraid to race yet this year. We need you back chief .
Anyway there were the usual targets at the start line. Could it be the year I beat paddy Quinn of Ennis tri? Too ambitious!!! . Well see in the open water.
The first 3.7km was gone in a flash and I arrived into transition in a decent spot. Onto the bike and pedal like hell. I was hoping teneriffe would pay off and it did.
I caught and past a number of team mates and targets who I would not have caught last year. To be honest I was as surprised as they were . According to Trevor I was 13th off the bike.
Just pushed for the next 3.7 km and finished a respectable 20th overall with a 9 minute pb.
Just to note what a great turnout from our club this year .
Some first timers and some seasoned triathletes and adventure racers but I think we had the best turnout of any club. Oh and Bernard had his first win .
Last weekend I opened my 2014 season with a win at west Clare duathlon based in kilkee. After a bad race there last year I was keen to make up for things heading down. The first run was 2 laps of a 2km circuit out to the golf club along the cliff with the wind and hill making things hard. After 300 metres I found myself on the front and set a steady pace and was leading by 40 seconds or so into T1.I increased my lead on the bike as the strong tailwind made it an easy spin to Doonbeg.
After the turnaround it was a different story however and the block headwind meant it was a slow spin back to Kilkee with the hill making it even slower.
Nonetheless I had a comfortable lead built up at this stage and maintained for the last 2km run to finish ahead of Derek Flanagan also of GoTri. The race was well run and a nice one to get back to winning ways…………
Always around this time of year niggles start to appear . knowledge is key and learning how the body functions will help better understand how to train and prepare for better results
watching these 3 video will help you understand the what , the where, the whys and more importantly the hows.
I know what your thinking – I just used to put on my shoes and run out the door and come back with a smile. I bet you did that up until you started to pick up a few niggles and now your real running journey starts