Week two is done and dusted. As I explained in the last few weeks, I am taking up the Triathlon Ireland ‘Try a Tri’ challenge, whereby over six weeks I will be training for my first Triathlon. Then on Saturday 14th November at our Sport4Life Conference & Expo in the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar in front of special guest, the current Gold Olympic Triathlon Champion, Alistair Brownlee, approximately 40 women will compete in our first Tri.
Wednesday night last we had our second pool session, myself and over 30 other women, mainly from the Letterkenny area, were put through our paces and the challenge for myself and many others is to conquer the art of breathing and getting the head in the water. It’s slow progress, as it really is all about getting back to basics and starting from scratch but at least for the first time I am trying to swim with my head in the water but it’s very difficult to teach an old dog new tricks. After an hour in the Aura Centre I felt I had swallowed half the pool. I definitely need to practice!
On the bike
Last Sunday morning was beautiful as we gathered in the carpark of the Aura Leisure Centre at about 8.45am. With everyone kitted out we headed off on a 14 km cycle, turning left at the Aura and heading in the Glenties direction.
Again like last week the first half was getting a feel for the bike and then the second half was all about building up speed and ‘pushing on’, we were going nicely. Then it was back to the Aura it was park the bikes and straight away off on our 3 km run. The term ‘jellylegs’ is used for the sensation you get when you try to run after the cycle and trust me the term is very appropriate.
So after two weeks I am worried about the swim, the cycle is new to me but getting there and running after you do 14k on a bike is a very different thing to just running, but the training is helping.
Michael Black, Club and Coach Development Manager with Triathlon Ireland explained that Triathlon Ireland have invested heavily this year on encouraging more participation from women and are delighted with the numbers taking up their ‘Try a Tri’ programmes for women as this is the first year they have made a concerted effort nationally under the ‘Women in Sport’ initiative.
This is the first ‘Try a Tri’ for women in Donegal and although there are only two Triathlon clubs in the county, they hope to build on this and are looking at rolling out this programme in other areas of the county.
So I am now another week closer to my ‘Olympic’ dream, the cycle and the run I am happy enough with, if I could just master the head in the water! Lots of homework to be done! Sure we’ll give it a ‘Tri’ anyway!
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