Ben Malone is the male club captain for 2017. We wanted to get to know Ben a bit better, so check out the interview below.


WHAT SPORTS DID YOU PLAY IN SCHOOL AND COLLEGE?

I sailed competitively from a young age until about 5yrs ago when I decided to try my hand at triathlon.

HOBBIES AND INTERESTS?

I enjoy cooking, traveling and watching most sports! I’ve also recently tried my hand at falling off bikes during cyclecross races.

WHEN AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TRIATHLON AS YOUR SPORT?

In my final year in college I was at home a lot writing my thesis so decided to buy a bike to get me out of the house as I didn’t have the time to sail as much as I would have liked. I was already a regular runner so I thought I just need to go back swimming and I could enter a triathlon which is exactly what I did. My first triathlon was Port Beach in 2013. I loved getting out and training and exploring country roads and the race atmosphere really sucked me in. I stuck with it and have grown to love it more and more.

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL WEEK CONSIST OF?

Every week is different. I probably take my training a bit more seriously than the average athlete and so tend to squeeze a lot into my week. I usually swim in UCD 3 mornings a week and try get another easy session in over the weekend. I work in Dun Loairghe and love to get out running on the pier at lunch time once or twice a week, I also do the club run session with Emmett in UCD on a Thursday evening which is a fantastic new asset to the club. The weekends mean longer sessions with a long bike on Saturdays and a longer run on a Sunday. I’ve found strength and conditioning has been vital to good performances and staying injury free so I try to get to the gym 1-2 times a week. Commuting to work on the bike is another good way to keep up time on the bike. During the summer I love to swap the pool for a sunrise swim at the 40ft.

WHICH PART OF TRIATHLON WOULD BE YOUR STRONGEST OR FAVOURITE?

I go through phases but I really enjoy the freedom of the bike, it’s a great opportunity to get out and explore new places (especially if they have good coffee shops!), the bike is also very social, I cycle with a close group of friends which is great for the body and mind! I also love getting out on the club spins as they are always a chatty and versatile group. My best is probably my running.

HOW DOES BEING A MEMBER OF BELPARK ADD TO YOUR EXPERIENCE OF THE SPORT?

The past number of years my main goal has always been the same, to enjoy triathlon as much as I can. Being part of a club has been a fundamental part of making sure I enjoy the sport as much as I can. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people and it’s always a great social atmosphere.

WHAT ARE YOUR MOST SATISFYING ACHIEVEMENTS IN TRIATHLON AND LIFE?

Finishing the National Series in 3rd place in my age group in 2015 was a great achievement and also winning the Maurice Mullins trophy at the Skerries triathlon in 2016 was a great honour. 2016 was also the year I successfully got from my house to UCD pool on my bike without a single pedal stroke.

As for life I think we all face challenges and I think discovering how sport and the people you meet through sport can help keep your mind and body in good shape has been very satisfying. I’m also proud of what I achieved through sailing, representing my country a number of times (never very successfully!), being involved with different clubs and getting to compete and work in some very cool places. Winning best fancy dress at the 80’s themed Belpark 30th birthday party was also a wonderful moment.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER BUSY INDIVIDUALS TRYING TO BALANCE THEIR CAREER, PERSONAL LIFE AND TRAINING SCHEDULES?

Time management and patience is everything. To get the most out of your time you need to build up and adapt your routine slowly and make it work for you and your life. You’ll discover lots of small ways to capitalise on the time you have to make the most out of it. The time delay function on the washing machine will be your new best friend! I’d also add that there is a wealth of experience and knowledge in the club to tap into to help make the most of your training and racing.

WHO INSPIRES YOU IN LIFE AND SPORT?

I’m easily inspired. The Brownlees or Richard Murray for being themselves and giving 110% on every outing, Annalise Murphy for her sensational come back to win Silever in Rio, Chrissie Wellington (read her book!), the guys and girls competing at the top of the off shore sailing scene in the likes of the VOR or Vendee Globe, I consider these to be the toughest races in any sport in the world, my girlfriend who is bouncing back from a tough year health wise, Kevin Keane for his inspirational dress sense both on and off the race course.…the list could go on and on!

IF TIME, TALENT AND MONEY WERE NO OBSTACLE, WHAT EVENT OR ADVENTURE WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO TAKE PART IN?

The Archipelago Raid in Sweden. It’s a race that has always been a source of fascination since Irish man Damian Foxall won in 2006.

2017 Goals

Again my goal is just to enjoy training and racing as much as I can. I will race the National Series and would hope I can get some age group results during the season. I also hope to do my first middle distance race at the Lost Sheep in September.