Welcome to Tralee Triathlon Club

Blog Post

Damian’s Ironman 70.3

New Year New Challenge

Hi all ,

My name is Damian Morrison and I live and work in Tralee and Co Kerry . I am married with 2 children . I have been a member of Tralee Triathlon club and taking part in Triathlons for just over a year.


A Year of Firsts

The last year has been a fantastic year of firsts for me . First time joining a  sports club .(Tralee Triathlon Club ) , First time putting on a wet suit , first time training in a group , first time swimming distance in the ocean , first time completing in a sprint distance triathlon , first time competing in an Olympic distance triathlon .

All of these firsts were at first scary , daunting and at times I felt they were not achievable but through all of these challenges there was a great supportive club behind me , sometimes with advice , sometimes with gear , sometimes with a few inspiring ” fecks ” and sometimes with a cup of tea and a chat .

There were a lot of people who supported me in achieving my goals for last year,  Annie,  Catriona, Norman, Amy,  Maria, Jackie and many more but in particular Annie, Leanne, Norman and Catriona. Their passion for Triathlon and getting people involved in the sport is infectious. They made me feel that any challenge could be overcome with planning and cups of tea. I believe that if I contacted them on a Sunday to say I think the club should think about a climb up Mount Everest the first response would be ” we could do that no problem “. The following day a training plan would be on face book and the Sherpas would be on stand by .

The year has been fantastic and my only regret was that I am now 40 and I should have taken up this mad sport years ago .Triathlon is a very individual sport .You must get in the water and swim unaided , cycle many kms and run even more .but the journey there is what makes Triathlon so special even the parts of that journey that really challenge you out of your comfort zone.

Dipping my toe in the water

I remember my first ever swimming lesson with the club. I could barely swim a length and felt anxious and even a little sick in the lead up to it . The evening came and as I ventured out to the pool with the expectation to seeing Michael Phelps clones in the pool..It was a relief  to see people with the same fears and anxieties and by the end of the first session I may not have been able to swim 1.500m but I had the support of a group of people that would get me there . Swimming was always my main concern  and getting out of the water at every event had me muttering and kicking myself under my breath as I found it so tough . The day of my first open water will live forever in my memory. I had never in my life put on a wet suit  apart from the day I purchased it .If I was nervous  before the pool swim I must admit i was terrified at the thought of my first open water swim . Even putting on the wet suit for the first time was a battle .It honestly took about 30 mins to get the suit on even with the help of my long-suffering wife .I even brought Maeve out with me that day to keep my nerves under control. Wet suits are great for the cold and buoyancy but not too great at hiding the spare tyre . I looked at myself in the reflection of the car and thought “you look like a middle age twat what are you doing here” . Again this is when experienced Triathletes and the cub come to the fore.They were out in force and chatting and giving advice to the newbies.It was then into the water and my first ever brain freeze from the cold . Experienced members were paired with newbies and looked after them so well . A few expletives and a few paddles later and we were back on land having tea and doughnuts . I had actually survived . Many swims and many cups of tea were had on Sundays at 4 and it really became a fantastic weekly event that I actually  looked forward to every week . Six months later I completed a 1,500m open water swim in my first Olympic triathlon in Kenmare.


A well deserved cup of tea!


Triathlon has changed me

The Summer in Fenit was one of the most enjoyable I have had for many years and was the base for the majority of training and events. A lot of races and tough training sessions but also a lot of being out in the water on beautiful evenings and having a chat in the water surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the world . Corny oh so corny,  but true.


Valentia Sprint Triathlon

Although cliched my first year in Triathlon really  has changed me .It has changed me . I used to work every hour that god sent .I actually used to work over 60 hours per week and just to a bit of running and cycling to keep the weight off . I now see work as important but achieving personal goals just as important . It has reduced my stress levels but above all changed what I think I can achieve .If some one had told me 12 months ago that  I would swim 1.5km in a lake , cycle from Killarney to Kilorglin and back and run in the national park for 10k and see this as a birthday present to myself for my 40th I would have said they were off their game but this is true. I challenge anyone to look at the club pictures from that day and not see what a special club Tralee Triathlon Club is for those that really embrace the ethos of the club.


Killarney Hardman Olympic Triathlon

New Challenge

The challenge at the start of this year is  what can I do to this year to just match the highs of last year and the answer is to compete in my First ever Half Ironman. I have been asked over the last few weeks by friends and family why would you do such a thing to yourself . Your knees will be destroyed etc . Most say that I am mad and good old mid-life crisis is kicking in but I now know that Triathlons are what I love to do  and Half Ironman becomes the next goal . I know it will be a real challenge but its good to set the bar high.


Dublin Ironman 70.3


 The early training sessions have been great. Lots of giving out to myself , lots of sweating , lots of tough sessions , lots of being pissed off because my swim is poor , lots of time sacrificed for training, lots of sore muscles  but lots of great banter , lots of great support from club members , lots of cups of tea and chats , lots of new goals being achieved and surpassed.

As part of this journey to my half Iron man I have started this blog. Not sure if anyone will even read a word but if one person reads this and gets involved in this crazy sport it will be worth the effort

Going to be a great year

The following two tabs change content below.
Damian Morrison

Damian Morrison

Damian Morrison

Latest posts by Damian Morrison (see all)

Related Posts


Tralee Triathlon Club 2017/8 Training Calendar All Training Sessions and Training Events are open to


Meet your committee for end of 2016 to 2017 (Elected August 2016) CommitteeNamePosition John QuilterChairperson Paudie MurphyVice

Tralee Tri Club New Season Coming Soon

Our new Committee is in place and are working frantically in the background to construct

Tralee Triathlon Club RNLI Quiz Night – 5th July

Club Quiz Night in aid of RNLI Tralee Triathlon Club, in association with the event

Tralee Tri Club Mini Tri Series 2016

Club Mini Tri Series  Well, we are a Triathlon Club, so we want to give

Countdown2Tri Program

             Tralee Triathlon Club has launched its Countdown2Tri Program. This program

Summer Training Calendar

Tralee Triathlon Club Summer Training Calendar All Training Sessions and Training Events are open to

Club Track Session

Sunday, 24th April 2016 Well done to all our adult and junior members who took

Injury Prevention and Nutrition for Triathlon Lecture

Injury Prevention and Nutrition for Triathlon Lecture Want to prepare for the Triathlon Season ahead? Want

Train to Train – Strength & Conditioning with Turbo sessions at Nisus Fitness

Train to Train – Strength & Conditioning with Turbo sessions at Nisus Fitness Well, after

Tralee Tri Club Duathlon Series with Kingdom Endurance

Tralee Tri Club Duathlon Series with Kingdom Endurance Well with all this winter training everyone

Tralee Tri Club Aquathon 17th Jan 2016

Happy New Year to you all. 2015 was a great year for the club and

Tralee Triathlon Club 2016 Adult, Junior & Family Membership

2016 Membership Tralee Triathlon Club 2016 Adult & Junior Membership is now available on the

Winter Training Schedule

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

Tralee Tri Club Nutrition Talk with Joe O’Connor, Nisus Fitness

Want to loose a few pounds? Don’t want it to impact on your training/race

Tralee Triathlon Club Time Trials are here!!!

Its all about the bike! If you want to improve your times and performance in

Fergus Foley Special Recognition Award 2015

And the award goes to…… Leanne McCarthy Leanne at Ironman Dublin 70.3, August 2015 Again this

Open Night for New Members

On Wednesday 14th October at 8pm, Tralee Triathlon Club will host an open night

Get Lean for Christmas with Tralee Tri Club & Nisus Fitness

Tralee Triathlon Club have again partnered up with the best to deliver a top class

Catch Up Race Report – Race 4 (Full Sprint & Try-A-Tri)

(This race report is for our full sprint and try-a-tri training event held on

Catch-up Race Report – Aquathon (Race 3)

This race report is from our aquathon which was held on Friday, 10th of

The Class Of 2015 – Graduation Tri Race Report

Even though we won’t be having our club race this year we had to


There was plenty of new faces at the second in the series of mini

Summer Mini Tri Series : Race 1

Leanne lays down the law You know it is officially Summer when the annual Tralee

Road To Ironman Austria 2015: A Blip…

This is a year of firsts, the first time I have trained properly, the

Primed Coaching Triathlon Camp
Primed Coaching Triathlon Camp

Triathlon Camp Weekend Oliver Harkin of Primed Coaching  made it down from Newry to our

Bike Maintenance Workshop

Bike Maintenance Workshop On Sunday afternoon we gathered at the band hall in Garvery’s carpark


Injury Prevention with Fergus Foley How do you win over a roomful of triathletes? Deliver an

Ironman Medals
Annie’s Ironman Blog

From the Beginning It’s 3 years on from my frantic Fr Ted style blog ‘Marathon

Tralee Triathlon Club Indoor Aquathon
Indoor Aquathon 7th December

Aquathon! It’s that time of year again when after a very mild autumn the winter

Aquathon this Sunday!

Tralee Triathlon Club Indoor Aquathon This Sunday 7th Dec  we are holding an aquathon training session

Strength & Conditioning Phase 2
Strength & Conditioning Phase II

Max Strength Phase What are we doing in this block of Tralee Triathlon Club’s Strength

Club Membership

2015 Membership Open Club Membership is now open for 2015! New members can join via the

S&C Nisus Fitness
Strength & Conditioning

Our first phase of the Strength & Conditioning classes with Joe O’Connor and his

Joanne Allmann
My First Triathlon

Me ? Do a Triathlon ? Yes I did ! Read her story …. In my

Damian's First Triathlon Season
My First Triathlon Season

Me ? Do a Triathlon ? Yes I did ! Read his story …. Well I

TTC @ Dingle Sprint event
Dingle Triathlon

Tralee Triathlon Club @ Dingle Triathlon Cracking day for it today. It started out a bit

Tralee Triathlon Club Intermediate Advanced Winter Training launch
Intermediate/Advanced Training Launch

Exciting Times Ahead! Impressive turnout for the launch of our training plan for the coming year

Tralee Triathlon Club Aquathon Series

Tralee Triathlon Club Aquathon Series What a great turnout tonight for the first of the

Mini Tri Series 2 Swim
Mini Tri Series 2 – Gallery

(more…) The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Tralee Triathlon Club Established 2009 Latest posts by

Mini Tri Series 1 Gallery 3

(more…) The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Tralee Triathlon Club Established 2009 Latest posts by

Mini Tri Series 1 Gallery 2

(more…) The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Tralee Triathlon Club Established 2009 Latest posts by

TTC Mini Tri Series Group
Mini Tri Series 1 Gallery 1

I think we can safely say that the first event of Tralee Triathlon Club’s

Tralee Triathlon Club - Cycle Against Suicide 2014
Cycle Against Suicide 2014

Cycle Against Suicide 2014 – Tralee – Newcastle West What a great day out for

Puck Warriors Duathlon
Puck Warriors Duathlon 2014

Warriors, Come Out To Play Yipee! First Duathlon of the season done and dusted. Well

Brick Session 2014-03-23
Brick Session

What a Difference a Day Makes! I think a lot of people went to bed

Tralee Tri Club Half Marathoners
Tralee Marathon & Half Marathon

Great event today! Super job done by Marcus Howlett and all of the team

Sunday Morning Brick - Siobhan
Sunday Morning Brick

What did you do this morning? Well done to everyone for turning out for the

Get Out and Tri! Feb23 2014
Get Out and Tri! Gallery 2

Leanne’s photos of last weekend’s event. (more…) The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Tralee

Get Out and Tri!
Get Out and Tri! Gallery

The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Norman Fitzgerald Latest posts by Norman Fitzgerald (see

Tralee Triathlon Club Lecture Series – Sports Nutrition

Aoife Hearne What a super turn out for our second lecture this year! Full house

Tralee Triathlon Club Lecture Series – Sports Nutrition

Aoife Hearne – Sports Nutrition Tralee Triathlon Club is proud to present Operation Transformation’s own

Get out and Tri this Sunday

Tralee Triathlon Club Indoor Triathlon Series This Sunday 23rd Feb at 10am we are holding

Tralee Triathlon Club Lecture Series – Lecture 2 – Sports Nutrition

Sólás Building, IT Tralee – 20th February @ 8:00pm Operation Transformation’s in-house dietician Aoife Hearne comes to

Photos from old website

Just some photos from the old website. The main repository for club photos over the

Tralee Triathlon Club & Fergus Foley
Tralee Triathlon Club Lecture Series

Fergus Foley – Injury Prevention Great start to our lecture series with our club sponsor