Pulse Port Beach Sprint Triathlon (Race 6) Handbook

September 5, 2017 Leave your thoughts Posted under

Season 2017 is wrapping up nicely – and Pulse Port Beach Triathlon is one of the last races of the season, almost heralding the wind-down after a fairly frantic few months (If you think races are hard try and do a Handbook for them!). There will be plenty of time to rest and review the season, but not for a few weeks yet. In the meantime, club and individual honours are at stake, so don’t take the foot off the gas yet… the Men’s Team are leading the National Series and the Women’s Team are on the Podium!

Pulse is a great race to give it your all: A sea swim with a beach start divided into 3 waves, a closed road for the bike and a short run with a slight descent after the turnaround point. In previous years the weather has been clement so fingers crossed for Saturday! The race should pose no problems for those of you who’ve been following the NS strategy through the season, as you’ve become acquainted with the challenges that completing a triathlon poses.

This note has the following sections:

  • Who’s Racing?
  • Final Schedule and Race Briefing
  • Pre Race Advice
  • Getting There and Car Pooling

Who’s Racing?

63 Piranhas are Racing Pulse Port Beach:

Jacqui DunphyAdrienne DalyMaura OrmistonAva Cooper
Sarah SreenanSusan WylieDavid Bray
Rob Keenan
Simona Siskauskaite
Audrey Phelan
Fiona KellyJorge Collado
Frank Kehoe
Eimear McHugh
John MackenCathal O'Sullivan
Tara Fitzgerald
Tom Curtin
Martin DunneShay Phelan
Fintan Phelan
Paul O'Donovan
Alex Colin
James Hoare
Aidan Canny
Declan Connolly
Gareth Robinson
Aileen O connor
Brendan Cope
Jamie Gahan
Diarmuid Meldon
Claire Gorman
Mathilde Failly
Rory Hickey
Miriam Grogan
Bryan Walsh
Adam Goslin
Lorraine Carrabin
Aidan Hughes
Richie Dooley
Simon Lawlor
Marie Moran
Kevin Beades
Michael Barry
Nicola Hickey Crowe
Roisin Pakenham
John Wallnutt
Brian Stanley
Lukasz Batruch
Myles Conduit
Catherine Leavy
Brianne Mulvihill
Siobhan Forman
David Bradish
Aine O'Sullivan
Darragh Kitt
Morgan McGuire
Philip Sykes
Ross Condy

Gareth Williams
Martina Duignan
Shane Gavin
Pablo Perez Rodriguez

Final Schedule and Race Briefing

As at the time of printing, the race schedule for Saturday, 9th September 2017 is as below.

Registration and Transition Times

Registration Opens : 11:00

Transition Opens:  11:00

Registration Closes:  12:30

CAT1 Transition closes: 12:40

CAT1 race briefing: 12:45

Age Group Transition closes: 12:55

Age Group race briefing: 13:00

Wave Starts

CAT1 Male 09/09/2017    13:00

CAT1 Female 09/09/2017 13:10

Age Group 1 09/09/2017 13:20

Age Group 2 09/09/2017 13:30

Age Group 3 09/09/2017 13:40

In particular note the following:

 Registration takes place beside transition, at Port Beach.

  • The swim entails a beach start and thus a mad dash to the water. Once in, most of the swim is parallel to the shore one way, so if there’s a wind, that could be a factor.
  • The transition from when you stop swimming to when you start cycling is longer than usual and all the time taken there counts!
  • The cycle route takes place on closed roads and follows a circuit with a couple of sharp bends, but otherwise is reasonably straightfoward.
  • The run is an out-and-back route of around 4.5k.
  • Obey the rules of the race and respect your fellow competitors and the marshalls.
  • Above all, don’t allow for any regrets later………push all the way to the finish!

Race briefing available to download here.

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 yourself what items you need, but as a guide, see the sample checklist below:




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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.  Note the Roads Close in Port Beach at 13.00h so give yourself plenty of time to reach the Race Venue. The triathlon takes place at Port beach, just north of the village of Clogherhead in Co. Louth and accessed via local road L2244. (GPS 53.827153, -6.261462). Registration, transition and parking will all be at the same location. The Google Maps Location is NOT Clogherhead – It is Port Beach, Mitchelstown, Co. Louth (Otherwise you end up going through Drogheda which can be busy on a Saturday).


Travelling from Dublin and further south you will exit the M1 motorway at Junction 12, proceed to the end of the slip road, and turn right onto the R169, direction Dunleer (note: the M1 is a tolled road between Dublin and Junction 12, cost is €1.90 for a car). At the next T-junction, turn left onto the R132, direction Dunleer. Continue on the R132 into the village of Dunleer. In the centre of the village, turn right onto the R170, direction Clogherhead. There is a fenced compound belonging to a hardware store at this junction. Follow the R170 and then the R166 towards Clogherhead. There are a number of sharp junctions along the road, remain on the R170/R166. Continue along the R166 until you see a yellow sign directing you to turn left for the Triathlon (you may see signs before this for Port beach, please ignore these and do not turn off the road until you see our sign). Continue to the end of this road and then turn left onto the Coast Road (this will be signposted with a yellow sign). Continue along this road for approximately 2 km and you will reach Port beach. If you miss the turn and end up in Clogherhead village, turnaround and proceed back towards Dunleer. You will come to a crossroads with a church on the right hand side. Turn right at this crossroads following the road signs for “Coast Road” and “Port beach”. Continue along this road for approximately 3.5 km and you will reach Port beach. Easy, right?! J

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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