The swimmer boys were in the pool this morning. Not sure if it was a regional or national squad. You know the ones. Tiny waists, massive shoulders. Like upside down traffic cones with six packs.
Owen Martin raced Ironman Arizona last weekend and in the process qualified for his tenth Kona in ten years. Arizona was Owen’s third Ironman this year. Read More
We had an Irish athlete travel to Shanghai and take a Kona slot last week. Click on through for details… Read More
The early part of the week was very focused on recovery. The latter part not so much…
I got slightly carried away at a 3/4 marathon that we were doing as a training day on Sunday and ran it quite hard.
It turned out to be a day to ignore what the Garmin was telling me (that I was going too fast) and listen to the what the legs and body were telling me (to go faster)
In the end I ran considerably faster and for longer than I would have thought I had any right to given my current fitness and training level.
Anyway, onto the numbers… Read More
I’m now almost a month into training it’s funny how the first couple of weeks back are in a lot of ways the hardest.
Re-establishing the routine and getting used to the early starts in the mornings again. Becoming organised and planning ahead to make sure I’ve the right gear with me for the days sessions.
It takes a couple of weeks for that stuff to be just a regular part of your day. Something that you do without really thinking about it. But that routine is now more or less set and the training is once again just a normal part of my day and week.
So far the it’s going really well. In fact I’m starting to reach the point where I should back off and recover for a couple of days. I should see the warning signs for this by now. But I never do (or maybe I just choose to ignore them…) Read More
How to train for your first Ironman or 70.3 and how to get faster at middle and long distance racing
- Rob and Ais will be giving a talk in store aimed at both first time and improving Ironman triathletes.
The class will cover the following topics:
- How to build an Ironman Training plan.
- How to structure training sessions.
- Where to focus your attention and work.
- Which areas are most important to work on.
- What are the most effective Ironman and 70.3 training sessions
- How do you get faster
The class is free but places must be booked. Click on through for details of how to reserve a place..
Singapore based Irish athlete and coach Colin O’Shea took out the win in his age group at the weekend. He also placed a very impressive fifth overall in the hard Powerman Malaysia middle distance duathlon. Read More
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.