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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.



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)


Maria O’Keefe McCarthy, Tralee Tri Club Running Coach


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


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.



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.



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.


Joe O’Connor, Nisus Fitness

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See you at training!

Fergus Foley Special Recognition Award 2015

And the award goes to…… Leanne McCarthy

Leanne at Ironman Dublin 70.3, August 2015

Again this year, the Club has achieved new heights, in terms of membership, level of training, increased participation and achievements of club members. We had over 140 members this year, which is a fantastic achievement for a relatively new club.

None of this would have been possible without the support of our sponsors. Fergus Foley Physiotherapy was the main club Sponsor again this year.

The Fergus Foley Special Recognition Award is given to the club member who not only had outstanding sporting achievements, but who also served the club, demonstrated team spirit and was involved through the years in getting Tralee Triathlon Club to where it is today.

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Tralee Triathlon Club at the Seven Frogs Triathlon, September 2015

Leanne McCarthy has been a member since the start. She has served on the committee for over three years. She is a former Chairperson and secretary of the club.

If you joined the club in recent years, more than likely, Leanne was your main point of contact, from booking training, ordering gear, dealing with queries and providing advice.

Leanne is one of those people who doesn’t seek the limelight. She has worked away in the background, doing the often thankless work that no one sees. She is positive, encouraging, selfless and has bucket loads of club spirit. She rocks!

Siobhan Griffin presenting the Fergus Foley Special Recognition Award 2015 to Leanne McCarthy


As well as her work on the committee, she is a triathlete, and a highly accomplished one at that. Triathlon isn’t her only love though… she has also played Rugby and is a member of the Tralee Pipes & Drums band. Her voluntary work goes far beyond the Triathlon Club and you’ll often see Leanne out of the road coaching her fellow band members for upcoming local running events!

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Leanne McCarthy with Maura Shortt at the Killarney Women’s Mini Marathon

She has a soft spot for Minions for some reason. If any of you are wondering why the club hoodies are bright yellow, you can blame Leanne. I reckon she wants us all to look like Minions!

She is a busy woman, but has managed to fit in a few races and podiums this year!

February: Tralee Valentines 10 miler RR
March: Tralee 1/2 Marathon, Fenit Coastal Cycle, Puck Warriors Duathlon
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Leanne McCarthy at the Tralee Half Marathon, March 2015
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Leanne at the Fenit Coastal Cycle, March 2015, with Annie, Tim, Suzanne, John, Vicky and Catriona
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Puck Warriors Duathlon, March 2015
April: Good Friday 5 mile RR, Run for Cycle Against Suicide, Joey Hannon Olympic Triathlon
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Feet First Good Friday Run
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Run for Cycle Against Suicide

Joey Hannon Tri

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Joey Hannon Olympic Triathlon, University of Limerick
May: Cycle Against Suicide
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She has north Kerry blood! Leanne with her Dad, Dan McCarthy, at the Cycle Against Suicide, May 2015
June: Dingle Adventure Race, Up the Creek Triathlon, Garda Duathlon (3rd place)
Dingle Adventure Race, June 2015
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Leanne, giving it welly at Up the Creek Triathlon, June 2015
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Leanne at the Up the Creek Triathlon, June 2015 with her Mom Ann, Maura, Damian, her sister Vicky and Catriona
July: Lee Swim, Cycle Tour of Kerry (2 days), Thomand Swim, TTC Olympic Club Tri
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Tralee Tri Club Olympic Triathlon July 2015
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Leanne at the Lee Swim July 2015 with Annie, Maurice and Catriona
August: Dublin 1/2 Ironman
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Leanne at the Dublin 70.3 Ironman – she smashed it!
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Tralee Tri Club at Ironman Dublin 70.3: Sharon Cahill, Suzanne O’Sullivan, Damian Morrison, Catriona Kelly and Leanne McCarthy
September: Glin Triathlon, Ardfert Harvest Cycle, Garda Triathlon (2nd place), Killarney Womens Mini Marathon, Seven Frogs Tri, Adare to Survive
Leanne, recieving her prize. Leanne finished third in the Garda Duathlon in June 2015 and came second in the Garda Triathlon in September 2015.
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Glin Triathlon, September 2015
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At Adare to Survive with Nisus Fitness, September 2015
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Ardfert Harvest Cycle, September 2015
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Tralee Tri Summer Series – with Maura Shortt
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Tralee Tri Club Summer Tri Series – with sister Vicky
Leanne and her family are all heavily involved in the club. Her sister Vicky was also a committee member and if she is not taking part herself, she is usually around with the camera getting the action shots.
Leanne’s Dad, Dan McCarthy, is also a member of the club. He bit the bullet this year and was one of our many impressive newbies to take to open water and complete his first Triathlon. Well done Dan.
Finally, Leannes Mom, Ann, in Sinead Staffords words, is like a mammy to the rest of us. She comes to all our triathlon training events, mini triathlon races and Sunday swims and always has a word of encouragement or praise. She has a heart of gold.
At our Sunday swims, Mrs McCarthy provides the tea and coffee, biscuits, buns and what ever else she can rustle up. What a family!
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Leanne with her Mom, Ann, at the Tralee Triathlon Club AGM. Leanne received the Fergus Foley Special Recognition Award 2015 and her Mom, Ann received a Special Recognition Presentation, a bouquet of flowers, presented by Sinead Stafford
Thank you Leanne, for all your hard work, for your club spirit and for all your encouragement.  Well deserved! Respect!
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Leanne’s Award