Lough Key Triathlon Club January/February 2016

Welcome to this months Lough Key Triathlon clubs newsletter. Some fantastic race results to report along with information on upcoming events. Also a new section added this month with Donal having the honour of our first Member profile..who'll be the lucky second profile next month....!

New members and Try a tri information days will be a big focus for the month ahead ( See poster below). Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested. Also a very busy month for existing members with a bike fit taking place on the 6th and Colin Griffin giving a running workshop in Lough Key on the 7th before our first information session. Finally a final reminder to please ensure you renew your membership for the year ahead.

Lough Key Try a Tri 2016 will take place on the 10th of April. The on-line entries for this will open very soon

Lough Key Triathlon 2016 will take place on the 4th of September.


Rowing Club 5k

Well done to all who took park in the 3rd Annual Carrick Rowing Club 5k on Sunday the 10th. We had a nice group from the club tackle this event on what was a testing, hilly course. Event was won by Carrick AC's Clive Glancy with Paul Little taking 2nd and Graham Allen 3rd. Well done all.

Butchers Block Naas Duathlon

Fantastic performance's from Siobhan and Dympna at the butchers block duathlon on the 17th in Naas. Siobhan finished 2nd with Dympna 5th. Dympna also won her age group. We wish both ladies best of luck in race two.

GloHealth All Ireland Masters National Cross Country

Great news from Dundalk where Michelle Lannon ran brilliantly in the National Masters Cross country championships. Michelle finished 2nd in her age category and 4th overall in a field of over 200 finishers!!

Knockma Duathlon

Siobhan Murtagh had a brilliant second place finish in the Knockma Duathlon finishing less than a minute behind the winner (see results below)

Member Profiles

Donal Kennendy

When did you first get into Triathlons?

As a young boy I witnessed the original Sligo Triathlons of 1984 in Rosses Point and always wanted to do one, but never got the opportunity because I played football. Once I gave up football I started to train for the Sligo Try-a-Tri in 2010

What was your first?

I did 2 x Try-a-Tri's in Sligo. First in October on a hybrid bike with no real knowledge, I puked in transition afterwards and Nicola (my wife) asked me if I would ever do one again. Two hours later I was talking about training for the 2nd Try-a-Tri in April (I came 4th, I think)

What has been your favourite event to date?

My favourite event so far has to be Ironamn France, Nice. The athmosphere and set-up was just world class. (Sssh 2017 maybe !)

What would your most important tip for anyone starting triathlons?

Consistency is key, always be doing something, don't take fits and then stop. Also spend 50% of your time on your weakest discipline, 30% on your next weakest and only 20% on your strongest. Practice transitions, its FREE time.

What bike do you cycle?

An Aliminimum 600 Euro road bike for winter and training and a TREK Equinox for racing. It really doesn't matter, its the one thing Lance was right about "its not about the bike"

What wetsuit do you wear?

Rocket Science Elite, this I love. I have had the opportunity to try on many types of wetsuits with a job i had, and I find that the fit is snug and it has greater flexibility. It doesn't have as much buoyancy as some wetsuits but I don't mind. (contact me if you want one !)

What sports person (across any sport) do you most admire?

In Gaa I admire Seamus Moynihan, he was the best in every position he played, (if they had put him in goals he would have been the best). Michael Schumacher, as he always kept striving to be the best and push the boundaries, also I loved the way he just intimidated people and took risks.

What piece of training / racing gadgetry could you not do without?

Really I could do without any gadgets at all, I really am not technically minded and sometimes prefer to go on feel.

What other sports or hobbies do you partake in?

In a previous life I played Football, Hurling (badly) and enjoyed Soccer, but Triathlon pretty much takes up all my leisure time, either training or coaching

What are your goals for the coming season?

Just signed up for Challenge Galway Half-distance. A few adventure races and a few more open water swim races. Definitely Lough Gill 10km Swim again, a great experience

What do you believe to be your strongest attribute with regards to competition, and what area do you feel you could improve on the most?

My strongest attribute is that I enjoy training and have gained a knowledge through coaching and the thing I could improve on most is the use of technology and testing (I'm not technical at all)

What are your favourite and least favourite training sessions?

I love swimming but especially open water and my least favourite would have to be running, I just never seem to get any better at it.

What one performance to date are you most proud of and why

Spiddeal 2012, I finished 5th, out-sprinted for 4th and the age group win by 1 second, but it was the first race I felt that I was in contention and really racing. Also Iron-man France, as it was a journey into the unknown and I was delighted that I was able to complete it.






  • Monday: Turbo @ 8pm in Leitrim Physio
  • Tuesday: Run @ 6.45am from Aura / Run Training with Graham @ 6.30pm from Aura/ Swimming Lessons
  • Wednesday: Swimming lessons 7 am / Turbo @ 8pm in Leitrim Physio.
  • Thursday: Run 6.45am from aura/ Run training with Graham @ 6.30pm from Aura/ Swim lessons 9pm
  • Friday: Pilates @7am
  • Saturday: Club cycle from Esquires, if weather unfavourable Turbo in Leitrim Physio. 8.15am.
  • Sunday: Easy run in Forest park

Top turbo tips

1 Fluids…ensure you drink loads during any turbo session, as dehydration will affect your performance

2 Calibrate your bike each time, i.e. same tyre pressure and resistance

3 Have a record of your session so you can evaluate your progress

4 If the weather is really bad split turbo session into 2 blocks rather than one long block

5 Play some good music when you’re doing the hard sets something to help you get those legs pumping


As always the best way to stay in contact about training is through the Whatsapp group, just let us know if you would like to be added to this text...................


The 3rd annual Tony Mc Gowan Run will take place on the 14th Feb 2016 @ 1pm. As before they will be running the 10k and 5k Race and they will have the 2.5k family Fun run/walk.

Second race of the Butchers Block Naas duathlon series is on February 21st.

Bradley Clinic 5M Road Race & 4K Walk will be at 11:00 on Sunday 21st February 2016. Registration is at the Sports Complex opposite Aura Leisure Centre. Start is outside the main Avant Card entrance a short jog away and the Finish is back at Aura Leisure Centre after a challenging 2 lap, hilly route.

Conamara Duathlon

Part of the National Duathlon Series this scenic, short but challenging duathlon takes place on the 27th of February. An Cheathrú Rua (Carraroe) is 42 kilometres (26 miles) west of Galway city, along the R336. Follow the signs for An Spidéal (Spiddal) when leaving Galway. As the area is a Gaeltacht area, look for signs for An Cheathrú Rua as opposed to Carraroe.


Contact...Please feel free to contact us at any stage with suggestions, ideas or observations on any aspect of the promotion of the club. I can add articles, photos, race reports and training plans to the newsletter each month along with updating the facebook page as soon as information is available. Together we can always ensure each member and as many non members as possible know what is happening in our club.

Ashley Molloy (Pro) 086 8296876/ ashleytmolloy@hotmail.com

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