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Tralee Tri Club Duathlon Series with Kingdom Endurance

Tralee Tri Club Duathlon Series with Kingdom Endurance

Well with all this winter training everyone is doing, I bet you are all itching to race! Water temperatures will still be on the chilly side until May, so to keep you ticking over in the month of April, we are bringing back our club Duathlon series with Pat and the lads  at Kingdom Endurance in Tralee.

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This is strictly limited to members of Tralee Tri Club.

Four Duathlons on four Mondays in April, starting at 18:30 from Kingdom Endurance in the Monavalley Industrial Estate. Cost is Euro20 + booking fee. Places limited to 20 max (so book quick).

Dates and distances are below

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Monday 4th April: 3km Run, 20 mins Turbo, 3km Run

Monday 11th April: 3km Run, 20 mins Turbo, 3km Run

Monday 18th April: 5km Run, 20 mins Turbo, 5km Run

Monday 25th April: 5km Run, 20 mins Turbo, 5km Run

Turbo Trainers will be provided. Bring your own bike!

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Tralee Triathlon Club 14K Trail Race

Saturday 19th March 2016 – 11.00am

Tralee Triathlon Club 14K Trail Race

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A recent recce was carried out on the Trail course for our Tralee to Camp Run Event due to be held on the 19th March. Unfortunately I’m disappointed to report that large sections of the Trail have been eroded and washed away and other sections are water logged after the storms of winter.

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In the interest of HEALTH & SAFETY within the Tralee Triathlon Club our Event will now change location, our new Venue will be GLANAGEENTY!!!!!

”LOOP LENIHAN’S LOOP”

There will be two options available to runners.

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OPTION A: 14.5km distance run, starting from O’Riada’s Pub (on the main Tralee to Castleisland road) heading up to the gates of Glanageenty Walkways, completing LENIHAN’S LOOP and continuing back down to finish at O’Riada’s Pub.
Anybody doing this OPTION meet at O’Riada’s Pub car park at 11.00am for a Pre-Run briefing by Milosz.

OPTION B: 9.5km distance run, starting at the gates of Glanageenty Gateways and completing LENIHANS LOOP to finish at the gates from where you started.
Anybody doing this OPTION meet at the Gates to Glanageenty Walkways at 11.00am for a Pre-Run briefing by Bridget.

Water Stations & First Aid will be located at the Gates of Glanageenty & at the half way point of Lenihan’s Loop (approx.).

Bring a dry change of clothes for afterwards.

Both groups will gather afterwards in O’Riada’s Pub where some well-earned grub will be provided.

Booking link stays the same through Event Brite & is available in the comments section.

Entry Fee €15. Closing date is Saturday 12th March.

This Event is available to
“Tralee Triathlon Club Members” only & Costs €15.

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Tralee Tri Club Trail Runners

Sufficient level & Experience of Trail Running is advisable.

Saturday Trail Running with Tralee Tri Club & Milosz

We meet every Saturday morning at 10am and we do either Glenageenty in Ballymacelligott (John Lennihan’s Trail) or Tonevane in Blennerville. Euro4 payable to Milosz per morning.

If you want to read about trail running with Tralee Tri Club, read club member Randall Whartons entertaining blogs below:

https://rigbag.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/trail-running-with-tralee-triathlon-club/

https://rigbag.wordpress.com/2015/09/13/showing-the-triathletes-how-its-done/

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Thanks, Bridget

Tralee Tri Club Running Coordinator

Tri Kingdom Come 05/08/2017

 

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TRI KINGDOM COME 2017

Tri Kingdom Come 2017 Race Entry

After the phenomenal success of our club event Tri Kingdom Come last year Tralee triathlon Club are delighted to announce August 5th as the date for the next Tri kingdom Come event.

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Stunning Footage of the 2016 Event

Click here to view the picture gallery from 2016

We are also delighted to announce the Fenit RNLI Lifeboat station as our charity partners again this year and we look forward to working with them to raise more funds for this fantastic service that is run solely by our local brave volunteers. Last year we were thrilled to raise €2000 for this more than worthy cause.

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THE RACE

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The Sprint comprises of a 750 m swim, 20 km cycle and 5 km run, all taking place along the stunning Wild Atlantic Way. This is a nice flat course and perfect for athletes trying to better their times or beginners looking for an easy course for their first triathlon!

Enter The Sprint Distance Race Here

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There is also a sprint relay option – a brilliant way to introduce new people to the world of Triathlon or do it as a workplace challenge -just form a team to compete.

Enter The Sprint Relay Here

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The Try a Tri distance – the perfect option for beginners to the sport will be a 250 m swim, an 8 km cycle and a 2.5 km run.

Enter The Try a Tri Race Here

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Check out our footage shot last summer of the swim/bike and run routes:

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Landers Sponsors Tri Kingdom Come bike and run sample

 

THE DAY

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Start time is estimated to be between 11.00 and 12.00. The swim will be tide assisted again this year ensuring that everyone achieves a great time. Last year we had very happy swimmers as PB’s were smashed by many!

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We have always had closed roads for the duration of the event and we anticipate having closed roads again this year.

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After the amazing competitor feedback from last years event we have invited Jules Hall-Weakley back again to provide entertainment on the day and for the after race BBQ that will  be provided to all competitors and volunteers after the race.

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We are also delighted to welcome back Stephen Kelleghan of TI Media to document the day with his amazing photographs. This year he will coordinate a team to do an even more amazing job than he did last year and cover more sections of the race.

We will also have a few additional entertainment surprises up our sleeves!

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Afters

Watch our social media page for news of the after party — come in numbers and plan to stay the night!

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Race briefings with all of the required details will be sent out to all registered competitors closer to the date.

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Tralee Triathlon club and Fenit Development Association are looking forward to welcoming you to one of Ireland’s most scenic Triathlons next August bank holiday weekend.

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Entries will be opening very soon in time for the Christmas present rush!

Follow us on our Tri Kingdom Come Facebook Page and on Twitter to keep up to date with all event news!

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Tralee Tri Club Aquathon 17th Jan 2016

Happy New Year to you all. 2015 was a great year for the club and I’ve a feeling that 2016 will be even better.

We will have a club Aquathon in Tralee Sports Complex on Sunday 17th Jan 2016. This is only open to 2016 members of Tralee Triathlon Club.

We would strongly encourage both old and new members to take part, especially new members and those who are learning to swim. Go on, bite the bullet and give it a lash!

To join the club or renew membership, please go to the Triathlon Ireland Website, join Triathlon Ireland and select Tralee Tri Club as your club. More info availavle here: http://traleetriclub.ie/club-news/tralee-triathlon-club-2016-membership

Book your Place:
You may use the link below to book your place. There is no charge. You may use this link to take part in the aquathon or volunteer for timing, marshalling, photography or to help out with refreshments.

Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/tralee-triathlon-club-aquathon-sun-17th-dec-tickets-20309052924

Distances:
Sprint Distance: 750m pool swim & 5K run (outdoor)

Super Sprint Distance: 250m swim (10 lengths of pool) & 2.5K run (outdoor)

Schedule:
Sun 17th Jan 2016

Volunteers and participants are requested to meet at Tralee Sports Complex Reception at 10:30am for briefing.

Swim sessions will run between 11 and 12, followed by the run. Refreshments will be served in the room near reception from 12:30 to 13:30.

 

Refreshments will be provided after, however we welcome any sandwiches, homebaking etc.

Please drop us a mail to info@traleetriclub.ie and let us know how you can help out.

If taking part, please select Sprint or Super sprint option and approx time slot you think you will complete the swim if doing the sprint distance so you can be designated an appropriate lane.

Click on the links below for info on two of these events organised by the club in previous years:

Dec 2014: http://traleetriclub.ie/club-news/indoor-aquathon-7th-december

Feb 2014: http://traleetriclub.ie/club-news/get-tri-gallery

Thank you to Paula Casey, Club Training Events Coordinator for organising this event.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Thanks, Siobhán
Chairman, Tralee Tri Club

Winter Training Schedule

Please note that all lessons in 2016 are available to Tralee Triathlon Club Members only.

 

Trail Running

On Saturday mornings we are doing Trail/Mountain running with former Olympian, Milosz Wojcik. Milosz is no stranger to the podium having won adventure races and is a multiple Champion of the Hardman Iron Distance Triathlon (Killarney)

Meet every Saturday at 10am at the parking area near the Equestrian Centre in Tonevane (Blennerville). Charge is Euro4 per person, payable to Milosz.

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Interval Running Sessions

Wednesday evenings interval running sessions with Maria O’Keefe McCarthy. Free of charge to Tralee Tri Club Members. Maria has represented Ireland at International level and recently won Silver at the 5000m Masters in Lyon, France.

Meet at Skinny Mile – Top Part Car Park on Rock Street, opposite the side entrance to Dunnes Stores NCR

Meet usually at 6:30pm … check Facebook for any changes (be there at 6:20pm to be on the safe side)

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Maria O’Keefe McCarthy, Tralee Tri Club Running Coach

Cycling

Club Spin each Sunday morning at 10am – this is weather dependant. Keep an eye on the club Facebook page for any last minute changes.

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Our next monthly cycling time trial will take place on  31st January. Join the dedicated Facebook group here

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Turbo Training with iBike (Joe O’Shea)

Tralee & Kilarney – Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

Sessions are available at 6.30+7.30 on Mon & Tues night in Tralee, and 6.30,7.30,8.30 Wed nights in Killarney. Sessions start on the 2nd of November. There is a special subsidised rate for each 7 week programme of €60 for  TTC members.

You will not need to bring your own turbo trainers for these sessions as iBike will provide them.

To book your slot please text Joe @ 086 6087104.

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Swimming

We have Intermediate & Advanced Swimming Lessons on Friday mornings at 7:15am and Friday evenings at 8:30pm. There are beginner lessons on Friday Evenings at 7:45pm. There are two levels catered for in the beginner lessons: Non-swimmers and beginners/improvers. These levels are explained further below.

All lessons are 45mins in duration and are held in the Tralee Sports Complex. There is no additional cost for entry to the pool. Our club swimming coach is John Edwards (Wild Water Adventures, Kingdom Swimming Club coach, Safety Officer with Tralee Bay Swimming Club). John is a fully qualified swimming coach and lifeguard.

All current lessons are sold out. Contact the club if you are interested in joining future blocks of swimming lessons.

Intermediate & Advanced Swimming lessons: These lessons are for athletes who can comfortably swim multiple lengths. The lanes in these lessons are split by speed of swimmers. The aim of these lessons are to improve technique, and increase distance and speed. This is done through instruction and drills to perfect specific areas of technique and build power, endurance and speed. These classes are not for non-swimmers or for beginners/improvers.

Beginner Swimming lessons: There are two levels within this class

Beginner Improvers: These lessons are for athletes who can manage to swim a length or two.

Beginner Swimming lessons for Non Swimmers: These lessons are for athletes who cannot swim. If you can’t swim a length of a pool, can’t do the breathing, afraid of the deep end or are afraid of water. These lessons are for you.

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Strength & Conditioning with Nisus Fitness

This runs on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8pm in Nisus Fitness Tralee. Booking for the 12 week block after Christmas has now closed. Contact the club if you are interested in joining the next block of training.

Joe O’Connor of Nisus Fitness has coached All Ireland Champions and is currently the Strength & Conditioning expert on TVs Irelands Fittest Family. He has worked with international squads and is currently working with the Limerick Hurlers.

 

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Joe O’Connor, Nisus Fitness

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See you at training!

Tralee Triathlon Club Time Trials are here!!!

Its all about the bike!

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If you want to improve your times and performance in Triathlon, you should focus on your cycling….. simples!. The bike leg of a triathlon is where you will gain or lose the most time. This is because the cycle part, in any triathlon, is the longest in both time and distance. On average, across all distances, about 50% of your race is spent on the bike, with less than 20% on the swim and about 30% on the run. FACT!

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swim bike and run times average for triathlon distances
Average times for swim, bike and run in each race distance

 

Group Cycling vs Individual Cycling

Triathlon clubs can encourage improvement in members relatively easily through effective swimming lessons and running sessions. Catering for the broad range in abilities in cycling is a different matter entirely.

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Group cycling has many advantages. It is more sociable and enjoyable to cycle in a group. There is backup if you get injured, get a puncture or other mechanical issues. You are less likely to skip a group cycling session as others are counting on you to show up, and turning up for a regular group cycle scheduled at the same time and day each week is a lot easier than facing a lone cycle (especially if the weather is poor). Cycling in a group is great too for developing bike handling skills, picking up tips and advice and for hearing about upcoming events, deals, new gear, components etc. You get it… group cycling has huge advantages!

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Triathlon, however, is almost entirely an individual sport. Drafting is illegal in most triathlon races, so cycling in groups is not ideal in preparing for these race situations. To train effectively and to improve performance, each cyclist should maintain the pace which keeps them in the required heart rate or power zone for each interval in a session, and not the pace at which the group is travelling.

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Due to the distances to be covered, it is difficult to balance both the individual required effort to make improvements and to keep groups of cyclists together.

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How do most triathletes & triathlon clubs address this?

Mostly, the serious triathletes out there train alone, sticking to strict intervals and zones so that their workout is effective. These triathletes sacrifice the social aspect and other benefits of training in groups. Leisure triathletes on the other hand, tend to do group cycling more, sacrificing rapid individual improvement in favour of a slower improvement in the groups cycling performance as a whole.

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Best of both worlds

The best of both worlds is to train in small groups of similar ability, take turns on the front, thus creating ideal interval sessions. This results in little sacrifice for the individual cyclist in terms of the effectiveness of the training session, but has huge benefits otherwise. You are more likely to get the sessions done if there is a regular group counting on you to be at a certain place and time each week. It is also a lot more enjoyable, and lets face it, life is short. If you are aiming for a longer distance triathlon, you will be spending a long time on the bike each week, so it may as well be fun!!

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How is Tralee Triathlon Club going to facilitate this?

We are going to run monthly Time Trials. These time trials will have a number of aims:

  1. Individually, set time markers, so that each member can monitor their own progress over the months.
  2. Group cyclists into groups of similar ability for club cycling sessions. If you do extra training and make rapid improvements, you won’t have to wait long for the next time trial to be assigned to a new group. This essentially will make our club cycling sessions more effective for everyone.
  3. Encourage participation at all levels.
  4. Maintain a leader board to encourage competition and motivate members to improve their cycling.
  5. Reward members who displayed the biggest improvement over the year at the end of season night out/awards night.
  6. Improve the level of cycling in the club as a whole.
  7. Mechanism for selection of members for a club racing team.
  8. Meet up regularly as a club, encourage comradarie, and have fun.

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On one Saturday, every month, we will meet initially at the Iron Bridge (rail bridge) after the Earl of Desmond roundabout on the Tralee to Castleisland road at 1:30pm for registration with the first cyclist setting off at 2pm. As the months go on, we will introduce time trials on hilly routes.

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Each member who wishes to participate in these time trials and in the club group cycling sessions will be expected to take their turn and volunteer for at least one time trial for time keeping and registration. If you are on time keeping duties, you can still complete the time trial before or after the club time trial if you wish using your Garmin or other sports watch which records distance & time. Your time will then be included in the leader table.

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This initiative won’t cost anything to club members but we believe it will be hugely beneficial to all members regardless of their ability. Its success depends on as many club members taking part as possible, so join up!

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How do you sign up?

We have a Facebook group for the time trials. Search for ‘Tralee Triathlon Club Cycling Time Trials’ and join, link below:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/143655122655862/

The dates for each monthly time trial will be announced on Facebook. We will also create an event for each time trial. Please indicate that you will attend each time trial by joining the event.

The October time trial event is available at the below link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/905728392852737/

If you are not on Facebook, don’t worry, we will send an email to all club members letting them know when the next time trial is planned. You can email the club to indicate if you will be taking part or volunteering for time keeping duties.

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Tralee Triathlon Club is also considering becoming affiliated through Cycling Ireland as a Cycling Club. This means that members who wish to race competitively will be able to represent the club and will be able to purchase their race licence through Tralee Triathlon Club. Feedback on this initiative was overwhelmingly positive when we surveyed members at this years AGM.  john joe

 

It will be interesting to see the improvements at the end of the year! And, you never know, you might win something!

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We will also continue our club spins on Sundays at 10am from Lidl carpark in Tralee.

 

Turbo Training

Damian’s turbo sessions are booked out, however iBike winter turbo training sessions are on again and available for booking. There will be a total of 14 weeks training broken into 2 x seven week programmes. The 1st seven weeks will focus on building strength and power aswell as perfecting best position and technique. These session will also see a little speed work mixed in. The 2nd seven weeks will focus completely on high intensity drills and speed work, aiming to get the most from all the power sessions done before Christmas. Sessions are available at 6.30+7.30 on Mon & Tues night in Tralee, and 6.30,7.30,8.30 Wed nights in Killarney. Sessions start on the 2nd of November. There is a special subsidised rate for each 7 week programme of €65 for 10 or more TTC members, and €60 for 20 or more TTC members.

You will not need to bring your own turbo trainers for these sessions as iBike will provide them.

In order to subsidise at the €60 rate, we want to make sure that enough club members will benefit. Please indicate your interest and select which slot you would prefer using the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/turbo-training-tickets-18925488646

To book your slot please text Joe @ 086 6087104.

As always, your feedback on the time trials, club cycling sessions, Cycling Ireland Affiliation and Turbo sessions is very welcome!