National Series Strategy: Jailbreak Cobh Standard Tri (Race 3) Handbook

June 26, 2017 Leave your thoughts Posted under

Cobh, Jailbreak Olympic Distance Triathlon is the next Club Race on Saturday July 1st.  This is also a Club Weekend Away, with many Piranha Competitors staying in the Bellavista Suites and dining Post Race in the China Sea Restaurant.

Links below:

This will be a tougher challenge than our Sprint events, but offers the opportunity of an epic swim from Spike Island back to shore, (1700m) then a scenic bike out and back, (40k) followed by a 4 loop 2.5k flat run course. For a Non Triathletes view here is Sonia O’Sullivan’s article about the race last year.

Don’t read when you are feeling nervous, but do remember she did get through it!

This note has the following sections:

  • Who’s Racing?
  • Final Schedule and Race Briefing
  • Pre Race Advice
  • Getting There and Car Pooling
  • Karen Fenton Ovarian Cancer Fund and Keepcup

Who’s Racing?

52 Athletes from Piranha are registered to race:

Pat LinehanNick WalshSiobhan FormanAnne O'LearyGordon Grant
Simon MontgomeryMiriam McCormackDarragh KittJohn StauntonStephen Eustace
Marie MoranJohn WallnuttMyles ConduitNikki DwyerLinda Clarke
Tom CurtinSarah SreenanWilliam OwensJamie OldenGerry Maher
Aidan HughesIvan EustaceFiona KellyKen HughesJohn Kearney
Siobhain DugganAidan CannyMark PringleRichie DooleyScott McInnes
Michael BarryGer FennellyMorgan McGuireMark McInerneyShane Gavin
Aileen McCarthyMichael DillonCarl ByrneJason McFetridgeKillian Nolan
Antje DannebergBrian StanleyPaul MooneyJohn MartinRoss Condy
AnneMarie CookeShannon KellyNiall McDonnellSimon LawlorSimon O'Regan
Martina Duignan Laura KeeganVanessa Fenton

Final Schedule and Race Briefing

As at the time of printing, the race schedule for the weekend is:

Friday 30th June

19:00 Registration Opens – Commodore Hotel, Cobh

22:00 Registration Closes

Saturday 1st July 

07:00 Registration Opens  – Commodore Hotel, Cobh

0700 Transition Opens (Promenade area on sea front)

08.30 Registration Closes

09.00 Transition Closes

09.30  Boats start ferrying athletes to Spike Island from transition area

09.40 Athletes assemble on Spike/acclimatization to the water

10.15 Swim Briefing on the beach at Spike Island

10.30 Race Start

15:30 Prize giving at Bandstand or in Commodore Hotel (weather permitting)

20:00 Post race party Commodore Hotel


In particular note the following:

  • Please DO NOT BE LATE.  Once the boats are gone they are gone!
  • There is only one wave, so all will start at the same time.
  • This is a demanding swim, being both in a deep channel and 1.7k long. Staying on course is thus important!
  • On the upside, it is great to have such a challenge. There are few triathlons in Ireland that afford the opportunity to traverse so much open water. You can feel proud of yourselves once again on terra firma.
  • The bike course is out-and-back, past Fota Island zoo (well worth the visit……but not right now!) and back towards Cork city with a slight drag outward. It is also a few km short of 40k, so there is scope to push a little harder than normal.
  • The 10k fun features 4 out-and-back laps, so there are plenty of opportunities to gauge your position and react accordingly.
  • There are many things more important that triathlon…………in that regard, be aware that Karen Fenton’s family will be racing the event in her memory.

See for the race briefing.

Keep an eye on your e-mail inbox \ Cobh Tri’s website and social media for any late announcements.

Pre Race Advice

Race Week

In the week before the race, being well-rested is vital. Triathletes have a (good) habit of being very committed to training and often find it hard not to train! However, the week ahead of a race is one of those times when you should take that break and not feel guilty about it. The training that matters has been done already and flogging yourself a few days before a race is not wise! However, tuning up in the form of short and sharp intervals across all three disciplines is generally recommended. Eat good and nutritious food and stay hydrated.

Make sure you have everything you might need for the day! Of critical importance is your TI card or one day licence – no licence, no race! You should know yourself what items you need, but as a guide, see the sample checklist below:




Other Options

Race Day

Outlined below is a comprehensive warm-up that incorporates all three disciplines and requires a decent amount of time. What is arguably as important as the physical side of warming-up is the logistical and mental preparation. Make sure that you have everything positioned where you want it (the logistics), ideally as early as possible, so that you can then prepare (mentally) prepare. Assuming you have allowed sufficient time, this should incorporate familiarising yourself with the course, in particular, in and around transition. If you have any particular concerns, try to limit these. For example, nervous swimmers might walk to the turnaround point to get the measure of the course and note landmarks that might be reassuring during the race; if your bike handling on a TT is rusty, navigate a few corners. Make sure your bike is roadworthy and operating smoothly (faulty bikes cause anger, anger leads to hate, hate causes suffering………..and we know where that leads!).


Before you rack your bike, try to get 10-15 minutes easy cycle- this will give you a feel for you race position, changing gears and pedaling technique. Keep this cycle at easy intensity- This can be a couple of hours before the race start and the purpose is to give you a feel for the bike (Use run/swim as warm up before race).


 When racking your bikeDo a couple of jogs through the transition and visualise where you have to enter and exit for T1 & T2. Know exactly where your bike is – memorise how to get to your bike quickly. Placing a ridiculously colourful towel on the ground by your bike is sometimes useful as it can be easy to spot as you run along a row of bikes. You can place your runners, gels, visor, sunglasses etc. on the towel so you can grab them before you head out on the run. Alternatively, note a fixed landmark (not a bike!) and practice making your way to \ from the entry \ exit point.


After racking your bike and setting up your transition completely, do a run warm up next – complete 10-15 minutes jog with 5x 10 strides seconds at intensity of 7/10. Aim to finish your run warm up approximately 20-25 minutes of starting your race, then get wetsuit on for swim warm up below.


Try and get into the water to allow time for the body to acclimatize. While you don’t want to get cold, acclimatising as best you can is very important. Dynamic movements of your arms and shoulder are suggested (e.g. circling your arms and practicing the swim motion). Start with some aerobic swimming and add 4 x20 seconds at race intensity, with 1 minute easy between each.

Getting There (and Car Pooling)

Registration and race day parking details are outlined in the Race Briefing. Presuming that most, if not all, will be arriving on Friday evening, try and register then, so you’ve one fewer thing to do on race morning.

Since there is a large number of us heading down to race it makes sense that we try and minimise our carbon footprint and carpool where possible! If you are interest in giving or getting a lift please post up on the forum and take it from there. The more information and flexibility you can offer, the likelier you are to get a lift! If you are taking a lift please take it as read that you should offer to contribute to the cost of the journey for petrol / diesel and tolls, if applicable!

Karen Fenton Ovarian Cancer Fund and Keepcup

This Race last year was raced by Karen Fenton, who got a special mention by Sonia O Sullivan in an Irish Times article for her good humour and comradeship on the run, as Sonia was finding the going tough. Sadly Karen won’t be racing this year, but in her memory members of her family will. Awareness of Ovarian Cancer and the Sustainable Keepcup (One of Karen’s hobby horses) will be highlighted by some of the Piranha Team at the Race. We would be really grateful for your support.

In memory of Karen, the Club have arranged for silicone wrist bands for club members who would like to commemorate her. We would particularly appreciate it if members would consider wearing one during the Cobh Jailbreak race.

We will be giving out the wrist bands after swimming training in Westwood this Thursday and Friday, as well as before the race in Cobh to anyone who would like one. In exchange, we kindly ask that you consider a donation of a fiver to the Karen Fenton Ovarian Cancer Fund, a very worthy cause:

More information on this is available at the following links.

Wishing you all a Good Race.

Any questions then please do not hesitate to contact either of us.

Good Luck!

Richie and Siobhan

Richard Doyle and Siobhan Forman,

National Series Coordinators.


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