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3 - Training Camp and Race - 8th May '08

pre Dec '08Posted by aileen Mon, February 03, 2014 20:23:39
The first race of 2008…

After the long drive the TI camp got off to a start on Thursday with some swimming in Clara Co Offally. We managed a swim & run that day. The training was relatively easy, so we knew it would be down to business Friday morning. And that it was..

We found our way eventually to tullamore track and set up our turbos for a session I had done before, time trialling on the bike for 8 min then off and straight into a run set starting with 800mtrs. Silly Aileen thought she knew how it felt and would be grand. Woopsie, got too excited and went too fast on first one, near puked and thought was gonna die. Chris says casually… ‘that’s what oxygen debt feels like’. Lesson learned!

Later Rob came to help turn the knife even more with a 90min ride with some sprints. I managed about 23 seconds of a 30 second sprint before I feel like I’d fall off.

Saturday was just as eventful when we thought we’d do some bike skills. Aileen doesn’t know how to turn a corner, so Chris thought it would be a good idea for Jag to stand in the middle of the road whilst I practiced going around him into a left hander. Wasn’t that lovely of Chris to volunteer Jag like that. Jag has so many useful traits, a man of many talents. I wasn’t allowed to use my brakes, poor Jag!. Then when they decided that wasn’t hard enough they made a gate we had to pass through both of them! Death wish or what?

The weekend was rounded off with plenty of runs, drills, swims, strength and conditioning, and most importantly food from the guy who does the catering. That stew was great mate. As always the Quinn’s at Clara house were the perfect hosts.

So, off we all head to Limerick for our first outing of the season. Joey Hannon.

I was entered for the Sprint event 2 weeks previously, and after the boys started calling it the ‘Try a Try’, I was feeling a bit novicy, so I went and changed my mind in the car in the way up. Good job as Chris had already got the coin out to flip for heads or tails. Elena was entered for the Olympic distance so I thought it would be nice to race. Though that meant not racing Clare as she was in the sprint.

Didn’t sleep a wink, that I had casually mentioned a glass of wine the previous night. I was hoping someone would say it was a great idea, but that didn’t happen, boo hoo. Race day and I suggest Brian Campbell take out the lane. It was a bit slow paced (sorry Brian) but my fault I should have over taken. My cycle was pure pants, no other word for it. Tired legs, but they felt fine on the run so no excuses. Elena made up the 5m gap by Finnegans roundabout (you wee so and so..) and shouted at me not to sleep on the way past. That girls calves and quads are like nothing I have ever seen before. Onto to the run and I caught Elena at 3k or so, going on to win by 2 min I think. Whoever thought of putting a silly cycle in the middle of my two favourite events!

I met Elena at the end, she was outraged at her run, and I was outraged by my cycle.

Such is Triathlon!

2 - A New Year, A New Life - 20th April '08

pre Dec '08Posted by aileen Mon, February 03, 2014 20:22:22
Taken aboard the Triathlon Ireland High Performance squad. Jag introduces us to tri coach Chris Jones, (probably the best) he gives me a new programme, consisting of roughly 3or 4 swims, 3or 4 cycles, 5 runs, translating to probably twice the amount of training I’m used to. Going along nicely, TI squads every month and hitting between 16-20hours of training per week.

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Been sponsored by Wheelworx! Excellent news, as poor wee student can ditch the E9 Lidl bib tights in favour of the oh so striking (yet still gorgeous) blue and orange of wheelworx. How long did it take me to get into the new blue seventy wetsuit- rob says “yeah you need the next size down”, ok so it was tight. Amazing to get some new (well needed) kit, but nothing in comparison to Rob’s help with fitting for a new bike, advice and genuine caring attitude for a new member of the wheelworx team. Looking forward to racing!!!!!!!!

Went to Majorca for a training week (Easter) came off bike 1st day, thought id got away with some bruising as I managed to cycle back to hotel, but Spanish doc says wrist broken! Arm in cast for 5days missed all the cycling! Dam. But then doc changed mind, good news nothing broken. Had a great time anyhow, turboed by the pool and swam 1arm with a big plastic glove on for the week, got a doggie 1arm tan and had a well deserved break from teaching at school.

Next week been selected for the Irish University squad to race World Cross country in France. I didn’t race great, but fantastic experience to race alongside the world best, and come away with a team bronze, thanks to the girls, Fannoula, Lynda, Ciara, and Deidre.

Back home to head cycling with Rob and Elena in the hills of Dublin ON MY NEW BIKE!. Bit apprehensive on the downhills (still afraid) but great to get out with 2 great cyclists, and complete weirdos of the highest order. They say us triathletes are crazy but these guys r looped.

Supposed to be racing Pontevdra (ITU Spain), but with wrist, and XC Chris decided it was best not to race as I wouldn’t feel ready. I trust Chris and I know its for best, though I’m disappointed. Hoping to get in some home racing before any bigger races. I don’t want to go away to my first ITU race and get laughed at for not knowing anything, and was having nightmares about coming last (you remember the commonwealth coverage where the 2 random guys were last out of sea, and couldn’t really swim?).

Next on agenda, wee local race Buncrana Duathlon, followed by Joey Hannon. Missing my clubs race, (Northwest sprint in Derry) but the TI HP squad are doing it together so it should be fun.


1 - Letter from Abroad - 9th April '08

pre Dec '08Posted by aileen Mon, February 03, 2014 20:20:59
Arrived in at place we are staying yesterday. all ok, bit like mosney, 5 to a cabin, 1 bunk bed so managed not to get stuck with it, however sharing with a girl who is coughing and spluttering lots. (bunk may have been better).

Food just ok, and managed to figure out how to work the heater in the room this morning.

Visited course today. its a horse racing ground, so the ground is very uneven. 4 laps with 1 hill (only 3 times hill) On the good side its quite mucky and on the even better side its raining now so it should get worse, suits us fine.

Team kit isnt as good. I've been issued with green knickers and bra. I am not wearing knickers, after some quiet inquiries I discovered one of the male team managers (brother dooley) has got a pair of team shorts I can borrow thank the lord. Race is at 3pm tomorow and I think there should be 50-80 in the womens race. we start in pens so I'll be at the back the one with blood gushing from my shins with spike marks, or alternatively I can be found lying on the ground at the finish 25m later.

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Not much else fun, bit weird not swimming or cycling. but I should be well rested. there is a pool on site but they told me it was closed today- (on a saturday!).
Food soon, this keyboard is terribly french, the a,q,m,w and all the other thingies are in the wrong places so this has taken ages to type, you better all appriciate it!


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