I had a chance to join the high performance group for a weekend of training. 9 enthusiastic athletes got together including Ellen M.,Brendon C., Ian, Johnny,Patrick B.,Stafford, Gavin and Dave Power. We had s great time and I’ve covered some of the highlights below. Enjoy.. Tamara Maxantova
All of us arrived in Tramore late on Friday night and our accommodation was the lovely Beach Haven B & B.
There was an early wake up call on Saturday morning, and we started the day with aerobic but challenging 1-hour run along the coast of Tramore. Dave Power did a fantastic job of taking us along the beach, which consisted of mixed terrain (sandy as well as rocky route) and telling us all about the place where he grew up.
We headed back to the B&B for breakfast, which was followed by a 3-hour aerobic cycle. One flat on the way, which was fixed quite quickly, and we pedaled happily to Dunmore East where we did a little recce of the technical ascent to transition for the Hook or by Crook triathlon. We then had a chance to refuel in a lovely cafe, The Lemon tree. We were joined in the cafe by Dunmore east local Keith Bell!
The swim session was planned for 3pm and so the transition from bike to swim took us an unbelievable 10min. Off we went to the Kingfisher pool where we had 2 lanes booked. Sprints and steady efforts were on the menu and we managed it quite well!
Next planned for 5pm was a talk with olympian Jessie Barr. Jessie is a Sport Psyc PhD student who competes in 400m hurdle events. I have to say that this was my highlight of a day…I really enjoyed it and I like the way Jessie engaged the whole group in conversation about their strengths and characteristics as well as how to improve the performance based on a self talk.
We finished the day with a good hearty dinner in a local pub.
Sunday was a rest day! ( no, just kidding 😀 ). After a big breakfast followed by packing we headed for a 4-hour cycle along the coast. Unfortunately I felt quite under the weather and had to turn back after 45 min of pedaling. It was hard but the right decision in the end. Ellen filled me in on how the rest of the day went 🙂
The rest of the group continued along the hilly coastal route all the way to Clonea, which included 1000m of climbing. The road home was slightly flatter and allowed the group to work efficiently together with lots of ‘up & overs’ at a brisk pace. We finished with a trip to a garage where Brendan C. insisted on washing all of the bikes! A well deserved lunch followed in Moe’s Café back in Tramore. There was a fear the group would be stuck washing dishes when we realised that bank cards were not accepted for payment but luckily Johnny ‘money-bags’ Morris had the cash to sort everyone out!
The final event was a talk with Kieran Jackson, National Duathlon champion & Triathlon Ireland Elite development athlete. Kieran generously shared his experiences of different racing & training environments, balancing sport with other commitments & importance of “smart” goals.
I really enjoyed the training weekend. It was nice to get the group of people together and getting to know them, as well as getting the training done in a different environment. I am looking forward to attend/engage more of those in the future and I would highly recommend it .
Special thanks to Ellen Murphy who organized all the action!