Lessons from a first Olympic race – Eimear McHugh

September 14, 2017 Leave your thoughts

How not to do your first Olympic: and other lessons. Not intended to dissuade any newbie from attempting their first! Piranha welcomed me as a new member in January this year: a Newbie and not a runner, cyclist or swimmer to boot, there was much work to be done. But work on me they did and having finally learned how…

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Alp D’Huez – Race Report

September 4, 2017 3 Comments

by Diarmuid Meldon It’s that time of year again where I find myself writing a race report.  Which means I’ve attempted a race that I probably shouldn’t have attempted.  This year’s race was the long distance Alp D’Huez Triathlon.  I can’t remember who told me about it.  But as soon as I heard, I knew I had to try it. …

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Westpost Tri – by Neil Murphy

July 26, 2017 Leave your thoughts

After nearly eight months in a triathlon club, I figured it was time to actually give this sport a tri. Multiple ‘big’ and apparently ideal beginner triathlons came and went, but life, work and laziness prevented me from entering. Finally on June 17, a weekend away in the West of Ireland was offered. It also coincided with the Westport Sprint…

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Tried a Tri, and Survived – Chloe Doran 

June 29, 2017 Leave your thoughts

I joined Piranha a few months ago looking for a new physical challenge, and some training variety after years of pounding the concrete on the running scene. Within weeks of joining, I was encouraged by other members to enter the Carlow sprint triathlon to get a baseline of where I was at. Safe to say, I thought they were crazy.…

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Anything is possible!

February 10, 2017 Leave your thoughts

Triathlon, well it all began for me at a wedding in Durrow Castle in 2010, there was the usual group at dinner the night before, and the conversation was all about Triathlon; Ivan Eustace was telling us how himself and Mark Swan had launched themselves into the sport. I was sitting across the table from Stephen Eustace and the two…

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An unlikely IM…ironman by Ger Vowles

January 16, 2017 2 Comments

Background I was never the most athletic growing up, playing a small bit of football and hurling with the local parish team, and in school. College in the late ’80’s into the ’90’s was more of a fashion statement than a career defining road through academia or even future wealth and fortune. Sport and exercise was always a poor relation…

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Sean Barry – Kona Ironman WC’s 2016

October 25, 2016 2 Comments

Build-Up About the time I was getting back into proper training after winter it seemed to start with me witnessing an accident with someone knocked off their bike in front of me and being seriously injured. This played on my mind for a long time thinking do I really want to get into major cycling outdoors again. However the dice…

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John Wallnutt – Ironman Weymouth 2016

September 26, 2016 3 Comments

11th September 2016 Full distance Ironman was never in the plan this year, but as the season progressed it began to appear in discussions while out on training spins. This was only possible for a number of reasons. Firstly, I married a wonderful understanding partner in crime 27 years ago, and it was partly her idea!!! Background… But let me…

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JK Challenge Roth Race Report

August 1, 2016 2 Comments

Challenge Roth Challenge Roth, “the world’s largest long distance triathlon” or as I’ll remember it, the race Jan Frodeno stole from me. It is an incredible event in a small town. In the days leading up, I met people from Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand who had all flown across the world just to take part in Roth. Weather…

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Diarmuid’s Race Report – Ironman Bolton 2016

July 26, 2016 1 Comment

Me, Myself and Triathlon: I’ve completed a few triathlons over the years with borrowed wetsuits/bikes and even runners but last year (2015) I finally bought a road bike and had signed up for the Dublin Half Iron and our very own Dublin City Tri (I hadn’t joined Piranha yet). I think the half went so well that I decided then…

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