Rachel gets the Tri Season off to a Good Start!

Monday, 28 April 2014  |  Admin

Joey Hannan Race Report

 

Sunday’s Joey Hannan Triathlon marked the start of my 2014 racing season. As a proud member of Limerick Triathlon Club, I must say that the event was a resounding success, with over 700 people participating across try-a-tri, sprint and olympic distances. In fact, my mother made her triathlon debut, cruising through the try-a-tri race in the sunshine. As for me, I did the olympic event. The recent end of the basketball season has provided a little more time and focus for tri training. Having done a handful of 10km races and duathlons since Christmas, it was nice getting ready for a full swim/cycle/run.

 

My swim was slightly disappointing, as my time of 26:37 doesn’t really do justice to the off-season work I’ve done in the pool. It’s difficult to avoid congestion in a pool-based race as everyone lines up according to estimated, but often inaccurate, split times. Still, I could have shown more savvy and aggression in placing myself in a better position so as not to be held up. The bike was a better experience, as I finished the 37km route in 1:03:39. The two-lap, 10km run course around the UL campus was filled with enthusiastic marshals and spectators. My 40:26 split was solid but leaves plenty of room for improvement. Overall, I was very happy with my performance. I crossed the finish line in 2:13:27, improving to second place from last year’s third.

After some finish line chatting and refueling, I gathered up my gear, had a quick shower and made my way to the prize-giving, which got underway during halftime of the Munster match. I would like to thank all the marshals and volunteers who contributed so much time and energy to the event. Everyone who participated had only positive things to say about Limerick Triathlon Club. Thanks to my parents and boyfriend, Eoin, for their tireless support.

 

There is plenty of work to be done in the three disciplines so I look forward to new training challenges this week and beyond. Next stop, Lough Cutra!

 

Thank you to Damien Jackson / TI Media for permission to use his image.

Full Damian Jackson album of the race here.

 

Thank you to Gordon Thomson/TI Media for use of his photo.

Full Gordon Thomson album of the race here.

 

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