Club Training: 15/12/19

A miserable, cold weekend led to the cancellation of both club cycles including our Christmas Hamper Ride. We will likely make our first Winter Warrior cycle in January a hamper ride so stay tuned for details about that. 15 riders did turn up on Saturday morning but with freezing temps and hail showers right up to 10:30, 5 of those abandoned. The rest decided to wrap up warm and do the route anyway. Icy roads led to a cancellation on Sunday so people stuck to the turbos or waited till later in the day to head out. So far it’s been a pretty awful winter for training with multiple days missed. I can barely remember a nice day on the bike for the last few months. Hopefully we have had the worst of it. The days will start getting longer from this week on so at least that’s something!

Training: this is the final week of official club training for 2019. The club will be buying lunch for everyone at our Sunday lake spin cycle.

  • Monday: Circuit Training with Bertie – GAA complex at 7:00pm
  • Mid-week turbos: sessions are arranged through Viber.
  • Thursday: running speed set with the Tri Club at 7:00pm at Nenagh College.
  • Saturday: main club cycle – 9:00 at the Hotel
  • Sunday: long distance club cycle – 8:00 at Tescos.
  • Run sessions: early morning 6:00am, Mon, Wed, Fri from the library.

Kenmare Training Camp: accommodation has been booked down in Kenmare for a 3 day long winter training camp. It’s a good opportunity to get some quality training in and to get to know your team mates a little bit better. We are trying to get a good team vibe going, so as to have a good crack at racing next year. You can come down for 1, 2 or 3 days of cycling, whatever suits. Expect long distances and plenty of hills. Dates – 27th, 28th and 29th. Contact Kenneth if interested.

Rás Team: if you are interested in doing the Rás with Nenagh CC then get in touch. If we can get a team of 5 or 6 together looking to train hard for this and to commit to a full season of racing in the build up to the race then we will look to enter this race. It is likely that this year’s Rás will be less traumatic than other years as it’s only 5 days and most of the pro teams won’t be there. They are also likely to allow some A3 riders take part. Start thinking about it, get permission off the other half to train properly for it, then commit. The earlier you commit the better.

Pyrenees Trip: the club are taking on a big challenge this year. We are taking on Le Raid Pyrénéen Cycle Trip – Cycle 720km, with over 11,000m of ascent, all in 100 hours. If you needed something to keep you focused for the year then this is it. We are taking deposits at the moment – €300 is to be paid now. There is a viber group set up for this. Add your name if you are interested in going. This is the trip John G went on last year and it comes highly recommended but you have to do the training for it or you will suffer!

Weekend Training: Fair play to the 10 lads that hit the road on Saturday morning. It was bitterly cold. One shower and you would be turning for home. Thankfully the rain stayed away for the duration of the Nenagh – Roscrea – Nenagh route. As there was supposed to be a race, we made the decision to make it a hard training session. With the help of a strong tail wind we were in Roscrea in no time. A combination of tiredness and a heart breaking head wind meant progress was very slow on the way back. We did up and overs for 3/4s of the cycle and finished with single file when there were too few able to roll through. Two shhnakes went for it at the end but mistimed their kick into a headwind, died a death, and were soon passed again. It was all good fun though if you are into that legs burning feeling. Getting the heart rate back up again takes some getting used to.

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