Welcome Rachel Clancy
Friday, 17 May 2013 | Admin
Welcome to SwimCycleRun!
Here is some information on my sporting past and future plans so you can get to know me a little better.
I am from Limerick but have spent many years living abroad. I was in Canada from ages 7 to 11 and attended college in the US on a basketball scholarship. I played loads of sports growing up, particularly basketball and soccer. In Canada, my brother and I took to skiing, ice hockey and snowboarding as well but that obviously stopped when we returned to Ireland. I played soccer to a high enough level, representing Munster and having trials for Ireland.
In basketball, I have represented the National Team over 100 times. I wore the Irish jersey all over Europe from age 12 to 22, when the Senior Team was withdrawn from competition due to lack of funding. I played Division One college basketball at Duquesne University and then California Polytechnic State University while getting my biology degree. I also played professionally in Madrid for a season after graduation. Since returning to Ireland, I have rejoined UL, who I played with in secondary school. We have won the Superleague regular season and cup titles the last two seasons. Although I spent most of the last nine months in Dublin doing an MSc in Sport/Exercise Management at UCD, I returned to Limerick for matches every weekend. Aside from that, my entire training focus has been on triathlon.
I started triathlon in February 2012. I had read Ger Hartmann’s book “Born to Perform” the previous Christmas and was inspired to start a new challenge. He was heavily involved in Limerick Triathlon Club from the beginning and spent a lot of time in the US like me so it was a very interesting read. I bought a basic bike, joined the Limerick Tri Club and moved forward from there. Initially, I just wanted to train for something completely different to basketball. I enjoy the variety in triathlon. Now that I have progressed a bit, I’d like to keep pushing and see how far I can go. There is so much room for improvement!
Mark Dempsey has been my coach since last May. He used to race competitively and now coaches triathletes, swimmers and runners full-time. He has really helped me progress in the last year in all three disciplines. My background as a professional basketball player means I am very focused and coachable. So I basically do whatever Mark tells me to do. After all, he’s the expert! I see him a few times every week and we often train together.
My strength last season was probably the run because I had a foundation laid from basketball. Over the winter, I worked particularly hard on my cycling, hoping to transform that weakness into a strength. I did some early season bike races to boost my power and improve my handling. Also, my training spins are with a strong group of guys so that really pushes me.
I am happy with my results so far this season but know that I can get a lot better. I won the Limerick Duathlon, finished 7th in the National Duathlon Champs, came 2nd in the North Tipp Sprint and finished 3rd in the Olympic race at Joey Hannon. My finishing time at Joey was 27 minutes faster than last year so I’m definitely moving in the right direction. I don’t have particular target splits for a race but the trend this season has been to do damage on the bike. My swimming has seen me consistently finish with or near the top bunch of women, at around 25 minutes for 1500m. I then push hard on the bike and pass as many racers as I can. There are a lot of really strong runners this season so it’s tough to keep away or pass people after T2. Sustaining a faster run pace off the bike is something I
Next up, I have Tri an Mhi, the middle distance National Champs. I am also doing Up the Creek (sprint), Hell of the West (Olympic),TriAthy (Olympic), Little Bo Peep (Olympic) and Dublin City (Olympic). I might add in another race here or there. My big race of the season is in Las Vegas in September. I qualified for the half-ironman World Championships in Galway last year so I will be competing in the blazing sun on September 8th. I can’t wait!
So that’s a quick factsheet on my past and snapshot into my future. Thanks for reading!