3rd Win for Rachel at The Inaugural Lough Derg Tri
Monday, 23 June 2014 | Admin
Lough Derg Sprint
The inaugural Lough Derg Sprint took place on Saturday in beautiful Dromineer, Co. Tipperary. Organised by Nenagh Triathlon Club, I considered this race to be a semi-home event, as I have done some of my training with its members recently. Additionally, the club chairman, Eoin Sheehan, is my boyfriend… and I must say he did a fantastic job getting the race off the ground in the last few months and ensuring it ran smoothly on Saturday. Notably, SwimCycleRun was an event sponsor and Brian was on-hand all day to show his support.
Now, to the triathlon itself… Lough Derg was most definitely the warmest water I’ve ever swam in for a race (excluding Las Vegas, of course!). That, combined with the placid conditions, made for a smooth swim. I did my best to find feet for most of the route and had no trouble sighting the massive buoys en-route to a 13:27 split. That put me in second place in the ladies race but I quickly moved into first after a quick transition (0:39).
I was very familiar with the bike route, having time-trialled it twice in the previous two weeks. Knowing the bends in the road allowed me to stay on my tri bars throughout, except when approaching the roundabouts. It was a flat and fast course and I was very happy with my split of 30:09. After another quick transition (0:44), I headed off for the run.
To say the route was hilly would certainly be an understatement. Still, it was on lovely back roads and was peppered with motivational signs to put a smile on your face. My 20:27 split allowed me to extend my lead in the ladies race, giving me a comfortable winning margin. Although I very much want to run sub-20 for 5km, I was happy with my time, as it was a challenging course.
The atmosphere at the finish line was excellent, as participants, volunteers and locals chatted and cheered in the sunshine. And did I mention the post-race food? There were mounds of it… I would like to thank all the members of Nenagh TC for putting on such a wonderful race and ensuring that every participant enjoyed themselves. I hope the Lough Derg Sprint becomes an annual event, as I certainly would like to return next year.