Steve Macklin - An introduction
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Steve Macklin - An Introduction
Hi everyone welcome to my 1st blog for SwimCycleRun! Here is some information on my sporting past and present so you can get to know me a little better. I hope it makes for some good reading!!!
My name is Steven Macklin a 32 year old from Cork City. I work full time for Athletics Ireland as a development officer and also coach young junior athletes at Douglas CS and Togher AC. I am a member of the GoTri racing team led by the master Stephen Teeling Lynch see www.gotri.ie. It's a great group and guys like Rory, Dave, Mairtin, the two Steve's etc always help keep me motivated, as they consistently raise the bar and jump over it. The thing I like about GoTri is their team spirit and that close team environment. I have always grown up in field sports and XC running and I am loving being part of a team. We hope to do well in the National Series this year and the National Championships. Everyone is working hard so hopefully it will be a great season for all.
Anyway, I was always a sporty kid growing up playing GAA for Nemo Rangers, Rugby for Cork Con, athletics for Togher AC and somewhere back then I always wanted to try complete a triathlon. It took until April 2011 for me to buy a cheap road bike and do some cycles and try swimming a few lengths before deciding to give one a go. I entered the Joey Hannon sprint race and finished 7th overall having no idea what I was doing. Did one or two more that summer but with no real plan. The 2012 season I was going to give a good go and started winter training and bought a TT bike. Finished 2nd to Trevor Woods in my 1st race of season in Waterville and thought maybe I could be good at this. Entered the Tramore Olympic triathlon at end of May and was in 2nd place with 500m to go but crashed hard on the bike at a corner and ended up in hospital but no breaks luckily. This set the scene for a crap summer missing lots of training and races. I was very down missing most of the season and losing fitness so I needed a change.
In October I decided I really wanted to give this sport a go as it was something new and fresh and exciting. I traveled to the South of France to meet Richard Laidlow at his triathlon training camp www.sancture-sportifs.com. Here I met the Sudways an Irish family over for the week and we enjoyed some training and had some laughs. Rich and I talked and I decided to ask him to coach me, with the plan starting early December. So I put the head down for the winter and after Christmas Rich asked Joe Lynch (National Triathlon Champion 2011) to watch over me at home. I was delighted with this as Joe was a legend in my eyes and a top guy too. I have been training with Chris Mintern and Eric Wolfe here in Cork and they have helped me a lot, watch out for these guys this season they are flying!!! So after some big training weeks from Dec-Mar I raced for the 1st time at the Naas Duathlon in March with Joe watching on the sides. I ended up winning and things have taken off since then with the following results:
- Naas Duathlon 1st
- Nenagh National Series Sprint Tri 6th
- Valentia Island National Series Sprint Tri 3rd
- Rosses Point National Series Olympic Tri 2nd
- Dublin City Duathlon 1st
So now it is the 6th of June and I have 9 days to the biggest Triathlon of my life so far, the European Championships in Turkey on June 15th. I am really looking forward to these and feeling good. This is no holiday for me I am going there for a big result, what that will be, only time will tell. I will give it 110% and leave everything out there. As Stephen T Lynch says, don't just raise the bar jump over it. Joe and Rich have been huge influences on me and I owe them so much, a big performance in Turkey would go a long way to repaying them for all their help. They have taught me to aim high, look forward and not back and have more belief in my ability. I am also delighted to be representing SwimCycleRun www.swimcyclerun.com and hope to do Mark and the rest of the guys proud.
Triathlon for me is a tough sport, challenging you physically and mentally and you get out of it exactly what you put into it. When you work hard, challenge yourself to be the best you can be and get the rewards, there is no better feeling in the world. Being fit and healthy helps you in every way of life and it should never be taken for granted. This is something I have always followed and try to preach to the young athletes I coach. You gotta love endurance sports!!! I'll blog from Turkey after the race hopefully with good news, until then enjoy your training and aim high.