As many of you may know Aisling and myself have become quite involved in dog rescue. We take in and foster pups until they are rehomed. But the dog rescues are the real heroes who take in abandoned, ill and neglected dogs and find them homes.
The Happy Irish Dogs Calendar 2018 has been produced by Sambor of Happy Irish Dogs to raise funds for the Dublin Husky Rescue. 100% of the money raised goes to rehoming, feeding, medical care of abandoned, abused or neglected dogs that are taken in by Andy at the Dublin Husky Rescue.
The calendar even features our own two Boxer dogs on the cover, Cooper and Pupper the Screwball.
You can buy the calendar online here or in store at Wheelworx, Fonthill
Every euro spent is sent directly to the Dublin Husky Rescue including the postage if you choose shipping as opposed to in store pickup.
We are having the first of the years free Bike Maintenance Class at Wheelworx in February. Click through for details.
My first Ironman marathon started out quite well. I ran the first 10k in about 50 minutes or 5 minute kilometres. The second 10k however started to hurt and I slowed down to about 6 minute kilometers. By the time I was on my third lap I was walking each aid station and taking on an energy gel at every one. Considering they were only about 1-2km apart meant I was taking on a gel, coke, water and whatever else I could stomach every 10-15 minutes. Needless to say it didn’t go well.
My third and fourth 10k’s each took about 75 minutes and like I said involved walking every aid station and towards the end I was stretching that walk a little further every time. I was also very ill by the end and finished in almost 4.5 hours despite the fact that my first 10k was run at 3.5 hour marathon pace.
Three months later I watched Ais do her first Ironman in Sherborne in the UK and she not only posted the third fastest women’s marathon of the day, beating all bar two pro women in the process, but she did it with a big smile on her face. It was the most impressive thing I’d ever seen. Click on through to read what I learned from Ais and how I managed to get my Ironman marathon time down to just over 3 hours.
In the second in a series of posts examining six of the most successful Irish Ironman athletes we look at a number of critical elements that they all possess. With over 80 combined Ironman races and 29 Kona qualifications they have cracked the Kona code and they share their secrets here.
The athletes are Matt Molloy, Alan Ryan, Owen Martin, Martin Muldoon, Declan Doyle and Bryan Mc Crystal. In actual fact all of the Kona qualifications are attributed to just five of these guys. Bryan hasn’t qualified yet despite being the fastest Irish Ironman athlete we’ve ever had. He is the current Irish Ironman record holder after breaking the existiong record twice in less than two months in 2015. Bryan races as a pro and the qualifying is different for professionals than age groupers.