by Doug Veale
First, last – it matters not, Never say Never!
This report represents is a series of firsts, my first race report and my first time doing ‘The Hell of the West’ (HOTW) Kilkee amongst other things. This is remarkable for a number of reasons but mainly because I remember making a definite decision, over two years ago never to enter any race with either ‘Hell’ or ‘Beast’ in the name!
by Robert Kelly
A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.
Preparation: Barry, Aideen, Laura and myself had been discussing strategy all week. We had gone into great dept over organisation, timing and tackling the transition. Others may take the credit but it had been my idea and if it went wrong it would spell disaster. Luckily the plan worked – the taxi arrived on time, we made it to each changeover and now we were on our way to the airport. All that preparatory work ringing taxi companies, organising times paid off. As Peter might say “Achtung Failing to prepare pixiehead, preparing to fail Ja”.
By Anna Rowan.
The club championship points had been a talking point of many the recent T3 training sessions. The girls being x points and the boys being y. But who was counting? Everyone was. The pressure to preform was on: The plans to party at electric picnic were off. The main contenders began to consider: Will I do Mourne or Dunmore? What will that mean for my points? Who else is racing, and where?
By Cahir O’Higgins
“To hell or Connaught” was the choice Cromwell gave the Irish. They would either be killed or go to Connaught, where they would die anyway because it was such a kip. So what better way to honour our modern day version of the lord protector, (Mr Kern) by attempting to kill ourselves whilst going through hell in Connaught. The place has improved a bit since then but you would be forgiven for understanding where he was coming from, on a wet day, when you hit west of the Shannon. Big plus, the weather stayed decent for the race.
by Ed Crotty
When I agreed to train with a friend for a one-off triathlon in 2004 (Dublin City), I never imagined that I would be bitten by the tri bug and still be training and competing 10 seasons later. But I’m still plugging away, still enjoying being fit, making new friends, and still learning new things each year. A lot of these things I could have implemented in my first season, and they would have either improved my time from the beginning, made me look cooler ( ) or simply been more fun. Here are 10 things I’ve learned over the years that I wish I’d adopted from the beginning (note none of these tips are related to swim, bike or run technique, if you are looking for these then I’d advise you to join a tri club to gain access to a professional coach):
I suppose the man responsible for the whole Roth madness is Conor McNamara! Conor led the way back in 07/08 and got our little gang into the triathlon scene. It was the build-up to Conor’s first IM in Frankfurt that got me wondering how the hell someone could ever even start to think about entering one! Would i ever manage even the swim? That was at a stage when I was a sack of cement in the water and a good swim session consisted of 5 lengths spread over 35 mins with a further 35 mins talking pure shite in the sauna in DLR. All the while expertly critiquing the technique of actual swimmers out in the pool!
by Dara Kilmartin.
‘Beast of the East’ seemed like a curious name for a triathlon so I signed up a few months ago knowing that I would miss its counterpart ‘Hell of the West’. After almost unbroken sunshine for weeks and temperatures in the high 20s, early Sunday morning 21st July was a merciful break….cloudy, high teens and there was even a chilly breeze with dew evaporating slowly as I made my way into a midge infested rough cut field to park for registration.
Like Ed C. I too wondered what the big issue was with HOTW. As my knees have a fear of hills, I had neglected the kindly intones of those in the club that emanate from Limerick and Clare on this subject. However thanks to Laura having an extra bed I decided why not – a really good reason to do one of the most difficult races in Ireland at Olympic level. Next find someone to sleep with and we’re off.
By Ed Crotty
After 10 seasons of triathlon I decided this should be the year for me finally to check out what was so special about Hell of the West. Registration on Friday night gave the first clue that this was a unique event. The crew from Limerick TC were so friendly and accommodating, and the goody bag was easily the best I have ever seen, with the high quality red jacket alone worth the entry fee.
by Anna Rowan
My objective was three fold. 1: Do not die, 2. Do not get disqualified 3. Do not get penalised. I firstly collected my brand new bike and continued to Athy.