Tim’s First Triathlon

By Tim Mackey

I was going to be 40 soon.  Very young kids, busy work life, busy home life, not much time for my own exercise or anything else for that matter.  I was watching my dad’s health rapidly deteriorate over the past few years, at least in some part due to complete lack of exercise since his 40s.

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Liam’s Dublin City Marathon report

As Ed says I gave him a somewhat obtuse answer to his question about my strategy an hour before the race actually started. The answer was not so much to confuse and sow seeds of doubt in Ed’s mind as to my tactics but reflected a host of unknowns which I had been unable to properly square off in my own head.

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Ed’s first Dublin City Marathon

By Ed Crotty

dublin marathon 2018 logo06:30 Sunday morning, Race Day.  I get up before the alarm or backup alarm (!) go off.  I got a solid 4 hours sleep and then a few more fitful hours after that, not bad considering that I lost almost the whole night’s sleep on Friday night (since I learned that the night before the night before is the most important, that’s become the night I can’t sleep in race week – go figure !).  But I know from experience that won’t affect how I will race today so I’m not bothered.

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Robert Kelly’s reflections on Mallorca 2018

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Everyone in good form at airport. Couple of Moscow Mules with the girls to take the edge off. Ken skipped the burger and chips and was eating a salad in a vain attempt to shed a couple of ounces but as an experienced campaigner I knew he’d be fooked either way. Like a lot of the newbies he was picturing Callary Hill as the benchmark but Calvary Hill would have been more apt.

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From Couch to Ironman in year and a half

October 3rd 2016 I was sitting in my living room, I took out my credit card, got on the Internet and entered Ironman Barcelona 2017. The race date was October 1st ’17 which seemed like a lifetime away. I was full of excitement and posted my entry on Facebook, the epic journey had begun!

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Paul’s Irish Times 70.3 race report

The day has barely dawned on a blissfully calm morning on Dublin Bay, and 2,500 strangely-clad people in gaily coloured caps are lined up on a beach in Sandycove. A horn sounds as the sea fills with a long procession of swimmers, their arms windmilling and their legs kicking with impressive frequency.

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Paul’s first Olympic Triathlon

t3_paul_cullen_picWho would have thought it? After a dark winter and a cold spring, the hottest day of the year arrives in time for Athy’s annual triathlon extravaganza. I know many of you who have been competing by the Barrow for far longer than I say that Athy regularly gets good weather, but that’s not the way I remember my first-time effort at the Sprint last year.

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Oisin’s Ironman 70.3 Race Report

by Oisin Quinn

oisin_cropped_pic_1It happens exactly at the first water station on the run.  I see him.  Maybe 100m ahead. The distinctive T3 tri suit with the ‘Big’ logo covering the padded seat zone.  It’s Gary.  He is a lap ahead of me.  But something is wrong.  I’m catching him.  As I draw level we exchange words of encouragement.  Quickly the conversation gets more serious. “Have you seen Chuck?” he asks in hushed tones. The run course has two double-back sections, so you have a good chance of seeing a clubmate.  Or a rival.  But neither of us has seen Chuck.

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Derek’s first triAthy

derek_action_picWhat image springs to mind when thinking about the sport of Triathlon?  Surely it is the image of Long, Lean and sinewy athletes in their Neoprene suits (Which Fit and they can breathe in, a bit like the Scuba Action Man I had when I was younger, about 6 months ago) floating in the water awaiting for the starter’s gun when they explode into action.

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Laura’s Lost Sheep 2014 Race Report

by Laura Shilling

laura_shilling_avatarI took the Friday off work and decided to take my time on my road trip to Kenmare… I took in the lovely sites of Kildare Village (would be rude not too) and contemplated how I was going to race this one while listening to my 80s music (being a child born in the 80s of course!!)… I was still tired after Dublin the previous week so thought best to have it as a B race… less pressure and could go out and just “enjoy” the day!!

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