Club Updates: 27/01/20

We are heading into February and with that we are just 1 month away from the start of the season. 4 weekends of cycling is all you have left to get ready. The adventure racing and triathlon seasons aren’t that far off either. Expect the intensity of training to increase and there will also be two more winter warriors to look forward to. On the racing front we had some of our runners in action, with the highlight being David Sheahan finishing in 3rd at the County Novice Road race. Our cyclists were in a race of sorts too, with WW2 taking place on Saturday. It was great to see Kenneth and Con both showing some excellent pre-season form. Hopefully we will see two promotions and some big stage race performances from the lads in the months to come.

Training

  • 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.

Run Results: congrats to David Sheahan who came 3rd at the County Novice in Moyne on Sunday. Eoin Woolley was also racing in a 5 miler in Dublin and there were some at the local Nenagh CBS 10km as well.

Guardian Sports Awards: take place this coming Friday and it will be a big occasion for the club with Shane nominated as December Sports Star of the month for winning the Elite Adventure Racing Irish title. This is another big sporting moment to add to the many accomplishments the club has since beginning in 2013.

Winter Warrior 2: Report

It was a lovely day for the winter warrior ride and we had a healthy turn out of around 30 on the road. We settled on 3 decent sized groups for the race with handicaps at 0, 12 and 18. There was a strong enough wind blowing and this certainly made things a little bit tougher, especially on the way back. After just over 1 hour 30 minutes of riding we could all safely say we were wrecked. You just don’t get that quality of effort in training.

The scratch bunch set a very high tempo on their way out the road with Paul Kennedy pushing hard. Many in the group were unable to roll through or were just dumped out the back. Things settled a little as the scratch group got closer to Roscrea. Heart rates were brought under control and the rolling became a little more consistent. There were a lot of bodies on the side of the road with mechanicals and a lack of fitness after the winter showing in some.

At the turn around in Roscrea the 3 bunches were still separate, but the other groups had lost plenty of riders so their pace was dropping as they peddled into the headwind. The middle bunch were swallowed up before Dunkerrin and the first bunch were reeled in at Moneygall. This allowed the real racing to begin.

Nenagh CC were keen to take charge of the breakaways so first off the front was Shane Scully. His break didn’t last too long and when caught Kenneth Kennedy tried his luck off the front. He too was reeled in and then Shane and Gary Scully both broke over the top. They stayed away for a while but were caught on the hill before Toomevara. The next break was the winning break as Kenneth Kennedy, Paul Kennedy and Con Kennedy (none related) broke over the top of the two lads.

Nenagh had a 2 v 1 scenario in the break so were happy with that although the chances of two of our lads taking Paul were always going to be slim. Art Mozdzer and Benney Delaney made attempts to get over to the break but couldn’t quite get there. There were plenty more break attempts from the bunch behind but all to no avail as the two lads stayed well ahead. Coming to the finish, the two Nenagh CC lads tried to work over Paul but just weren’t strong enough to handle him. Paul took a strong victory and the winning hamper ahead of Kenneth in 2nd and Con in 3rd.

That race was a shock to the system. It lets you know exactly where you are and what you have to do before the start of the season in March. We will have two more Winter Warriors in February so make sure to make it to them.

Weekend Training: we were all a little bit worse for wear on the Sunday after the race. Even still, we took to the road and put in another 4 hours of training in what proved to be damp, cold conditions. It was gas seeing all the lads in the racing group shivering away at the coffee shop while the lads in the leisure group were all happy out. It pays to have some seasonal padding on winter mornings like this. Much of the chat was about the race the day before and how much of a shock it was to the system. It also proved a reality check for some. The tough talk about what possible this season died down a little after but I am sure we will start it up again once WW2 is a distant memory.

 

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