PIRANHA NEWS | Reports

Ironman Barcelona 2018: Just getting to the start line

October 21, 2018 Leave your thoughts

by Gerry Maher Obstacles are put in your way to see if what you want, is really worth fighting for. — Unknown I joined Piranha Triathlon Club in March 2016. After a decade or more of little physical exercise, bar commuting by bike to work, and an attempt at doing a Sprint triathlon, where I breast-stroked the swim, blew up…

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Berlin Marathon: Breaking 3

October 17, 2018 Leave your thoughts

by Shane Gavin Hope you can endure this race report; it is a bit of marathon in itself!! Once I found out I gained entry into Berlin Marathon in January, it immediately became my A race for the season. Inspired by Kipchoges project Breaking 2, I started to formulate my own project to break the elusive 3 hour mark and project…

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JAILBREAK …………………the view from the back!

July 25, 2018 Leave your thoughts

by Susan Wylie The Piranha crew who escaped from Spike Island this year was about 20 in number and all successfully escaped the famous prison island in Cobh, Co. Cork. This is my escape story ……… It was my first time to attempt the Jailbreak triathlon, I was intrigued by the concept when I heard other club members talk about…

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Failure is not an option

July 16, 2018 Leave your thoughts

by Aidan Hughes Failure is not an option was on the t-shirts worn by a group of spectathletes as I got out of the car at stupid o’clock on race morning and it was my mantra for the day.  And the day was no ordinary day – it was a day that had broke me and rebuilt me for almost…

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Ironman, I feel like a superwoman

July 13, 2018 Leave your thoughts

by Claire Gorman I joined Piranha back in January 2016 and was absent for the first few months until the fear of completing a 70.3 that August became too strong to ignore. I had come across Piranha while writing about the Ironman 70.3 in Dublin and, despite having very little experience in triathlon (a try-a-tri and a sprint where I…

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Hook or by Crook by Rob Frewan

June 20, 2018 Leave your thoughts

By hook or by crook” is an English phrase meaning “by any means necessary”, suggesting that any means possible should be taken to accomplish a goal The appropriately named Hook or By Crook was to be the setting for my third sprint since joining the club back in January. The first race of the year came at the Carlow Tri,…

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Joining the Piranha Triathlon (Swim) Club

May 25, 2018 Leave your thoughts

by Marlon Major It was October 2017, I was having a pint with a fairly new friend, Bernard Hanratty.  He was energised and chatty….  He had just come from swim training.  And he couldn’t stop talking about his breathing, his strokes and his form.  He went on to talk about running sessions and then cycling sessions.  Honestly, I didn’t know…

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Carlow Sprint – Ava Whelan

May 22, 2018 Leave your thoughts

Background Last year I joined Piranha and completed 3 enjoyable sprint races beginning with Carlow. This year my training kicked off with warm weather training in Lanzarote during January with my goal for the year to complete the national series and also the 70.3 Ironman Dun Laoghaire in August. Motivation: As with any competitor, we all have goals which we…

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Entering the unknown

December 8, 2017 Leave your thoughts

by David O’Shea I could see the red path in the distance, the sun was splitting the stones, palm trees waived from side to side, and the crowds roared “David O’Shea, David O’Shea”. I felt like Jesus arriving in triumphant style into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Was this heaven, or could this be hell? I woke from my trance to…

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