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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Dublin City Marathon 2017

November 27, 2017 1 Comment

by Killian Nolan Background & overview: My marathon PB going into this was 2:43:30 from October 2016 in Dublin, DCM 2017 was my 8th marathon (6th time doing Dublin) and there has certainly been cumulative learnings and gains along the way. I don’t necessarily believe that I am especially talented at running, and my running style has been described as…

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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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