Welcome to this months edition of the club newsletter. We have had a very busy month as you can see with members partaking in numerous events around the country. We also had a very successful day at our annual Try a Tri and we would like to thank everyone involved in the set up and running of this event.

Upcoming events to keep in mind are the Chairman's dip on the 6th of May. The second running of our Aquathon on June 29th and our Race of the year which this year will be the Two provinces triathlon on July 16th. More details on all of these on Facebook and via emails.

Finally this month will see the coming together of months of hard work and dedication for Donnacha and Kenny as they head for Ironman Lanzarote. We wish them both all the best and will follow their progress on the day closely. Have a great one lads..!!

Race Report

National Duathlon Championships in Mondello, Co Kildare

Well done to Siobhan and Dympna on the 2nd of April at Mondello Park at the National Championships. This event was a 6.6k run, 40k bike and 3.3k run. To add even more to this tough event conditions were extremely challenging with driving rain and baltic conditions - both girls gave everything on the day with Siobhan an excellent 9th and Dympna not far behind in 14th

Try a Tri 2016

Congrats to our winners from the Tri a Try. We had some fantastic racing with our own Ciaran Gilhooly taking home first male and Sinéad Phelan First Lady. Well done all and thanks again to Finbarr and team in Feelystone, Boyle for the wonderful trophies...

Connemara Half marathon

In Connemara Fergal took on the challenging half marathon running a mighty 1.31..well done Fergal......see attached results:

Ennis Duathlon

Well done to Tojo who continued his very strong performances in duathlons lately when tacking the Ennis duathlon. A superb 9th. We also had one of our newsest members in Natalia Guzenko compete in this event so both well done and welcome to Lough Key tri club to Natalia!

Sligo Triathlon

Race Report: We had a nice crew head down the road on the 24th to the Sligo Pool based sprint triathlon. Well done to Ciaran, Bernie, Martin and Conor who all put in great times on a very channelging bike course...full results in the link

Gang @ Sligo Triathlon

Shannon Blueway Adventure Race

Race report: We had a mighty crew out in Leitrim Village for the 2nd annual Blueway adventure race. As tough an event as you will get with running, kayaking and cycling with the small manor of climbing Sheemore to test the legs and lungs!! A superbly organised and ran event by everyone involved with lovely t shirts, great stewards and a fantastic spread of grub after! Well done to Fergal and all involved. First from the club home was Paul Little who finished 4th overall with Siobhan putting in a brilliant performance to take first female. Results attached:....

Open Water Swimming Tips

Swimming in open-water (river, lake or ocean) is very different to swimming in the clear warm waters of a swimming pool. Besides adjustments that you may need to make to your stroke technique (which we will discuss shortly), the biggest factor for most people is adjusting to this strange environment and overcoming the fear and anxiety that it often represents. The simple tips below, can help master the transition of converting yourself from an efficient pool swimmer into an effective open-water swimmer.


Some say there can be a 10% increase in speed from a good suit but one thing that is certain is its warmer. But many new users feel that whilst they love the buoyancy and warmth,swimming in it just feels plain 'weird'.

Complaints of heavy arms and shoulders are common. The reasons for these problems boil down to one of two things:

- the fit of your wetsuit / how you put it on

- the technique that you use when swimming in your suit

Getting your suit fitted for you is absolutely essential and we'd always recommend trying a suit on first before buying it; you're taking a gamble with an online purchase.

Even with the right fitting suit, many people hurry to put their suit on before a race and so fail to put it on properly. Make sure you pull the suit as high up into your crotch as possible and get a partner to 'shoe-horn' your shoulders in by pulling the suit on around your upper back.

Once on, a little bit of water down the neck of the suit will both prepare you for the shock of the cold and also provide a little bit of lubrication between you and the suit.

The wetsuit inevitably constrains your stroke technique somewhat. Try adapting your stroke to combat this - don't aim for a really high elbow recovery as you'll simply fatigue your shoulders by working against the material of the suit. Instead, adopt a slightly straighter arm recovery technique and swing your arms over the top. Make an effort not to force this movement…work with the suit, not against it.

If you are someone with good natural buoyancy and feel your legs/feet are too high and unbalanced in a suit then you try raising your head slightly when you swim and looking slightly further forward. This will help bring your legs down a touch and give you better balance with the suit on. This problem is more common with women as they carry their buoyancy lower down their body.


The most important aspect of the freestyle stroke technique is breathing. Pure and simple. If your breathing technique is not efficient in the pool, then you will also struggle in the open-water.

Focus on your body and your breathing. If you do struggle with your breathing and relaxation in the pool, don't see this as stopping you swimming in open water. Instead. see it as a prompt for improving your breathing.

Anxiety in open-water is normally caused by extrinsic factors in the watery environment around you - depth, cold, not being able to see far (if at all!) and having other swimmers in close proximity to you. All of these factors lead to the same physical response - holding your breath.

Holding your breath immediately increases the anxiety further, things start to feel out of control and you may even feel a sense of panic. For many their race is off to a very bad start - or even finishes there and then. Focus instead on intrinsic factors that you can control, for instance breathing, hand entry and smooth strokes. At the race start, block out everything that's happening around you - all those things can take care of themselves. Instead, just focus on yourself, the starter and your first 'sight'.

If you do start to panic during the race then just pause or flip over onto your back for a few seconds. Take a few deep easy breaths, recompose yourself and keep those deep easy breaths going when you start swimming again.

Everyone feels some anxiety in open water, even great swimmers - it's normal. So believe in yourself, you can beat it.


Sighting techniques are needed to navigate accurately around the swim course. No matter how good your sighting technique, it always costs energy or speed to sight whilst swimming. This is because when you lift your head, your bum and legs want to sink. But not swimming straight means swimmer further! So you need to find the balance that best suits you. Only practise will do that.

Find the balance -

1) sighting creates extra drag and slows you down

2) if you're not swimming straight you are wasting lots of

energy (and speed) constantly changing direction.

Breathing to one side in training can cause problems. To swim straight you need a symmetrical stroke and the natural way to become symmetrical is with bilateral breathing. Maybe that's not what you wanted to hear if you find bilateral a challenge but that's the truth. Spend time developing your bilateral breathing in the pool and it will have a massive benefit on your speed in open-water.


When sighting, raise your head as little as possible to see ahead. Sighting - lifting your eyes out of the water to see where you are going - is very important to navigate accurately around a swim course.

You may think that sighting is as simple as lifting your head to look forward and see where you are going but it needs a great deal of skill and technique to do it well. The world's best triathletes and open-water swimmers can sight without disrupting the rhythm of their stroke or their body position in the water, and this is key.

Time your sighting just before you're going to take a breath. So if you're about to breathe to your left, lift your eyes out of the water just before by pressing down lightly on the water with your lead arm (in this case it'll be your right). Only lift up enough to get your

eyes just out of the water. Then turn your head to the left to breathe, as you do so, letting it drop down into the water to a normal position.

By keeping a low head position when sighting and then breathing to the side you can keep normal body rotation in your stroke. This helps keep the rhythm of your stroke going and your speed up.

It should be a fluid, rhythmic part of the stroke as opposed to 3 separate movements. There's a good chance you won't see exactly where you need to be going with one look forward - but don't panic if you don't see much first time. Over several strokes build up a picture in your mind of what you are looking at and where you are going. It will gradually become clearer and clearer as you progress forward. It does depend on water conditions and visibility but normally you'd look to sight about every 9 strokes.

Do your homework in advance of the race and know the layout of the course. Most importantly, be familiar with large immovable objects on the horizon to sight and know how they line up with the course buoys round the course. For instance, the first buoy may be 500m from the start and it's unlikely you'll be able to see it in the melee of the race start. So, knowing a large tree/ building/ hill on the horizon and where it lines up with the first buoy will help ENORMOUSLY. Sight on it instead of the buoy and you'll hit the target in no time.

Make no mistake, efficient sighting technique and the ability to swim straight can make a huge difference to your swim time. In a race no-one wants to swim any further than they have to! Time spent in the water is the best way to master it.


Sighting is not just off the buoys, once you've seen the buoy take note of

anything large behind it. For example trees, hills, houses, the sun! etc.

If a mountain is in the same direction as the buoy you are aiming for, use

it. If its bigger it'll be easier to spot and therefore you'll spend less

time with your head in the air.

You can also use side references, such as in Glendalough where the cliffs

run parallel with you. So if you take note of it on your breathes you can

use it to stay heading the direction you want.

Also you can use chop and waves to stay on course. The wind may whip up

waves on any water surface, and these wont change in the time it takes you

to swim a race. So take note of where waves are hitting on you as you head

toward the buoy. Then keep them hitting that spot and you should stay on

course. For example, you are heading out to the first buoy and the wind and

therefore the waves are coming from your right and a little to the front.

They are hitting you on the right ear and shoulder. Keep them there, if the

waves start hitting more onto the top of your head or onto your side then

you've gone off course.

Article reproduced from Open water Swimmer.ie

May Race Calander

Annual Chairman's Dip!!

Our annual start to the open water swim season begins with the Chairman's dip. Friday the 6th is the date. Keep an eye on Facebook and whatsapp for further details but we always get some brave souls to test the temperature for us!!

Cold anyone!!!!

Starts 14 May 2016 @ 9.30am and every Saturday from then on. It's free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your bar code. Full details on the link below...






  • Monday: Cycle at 7.30 from Esquires. Easy 90 mins
  • Tuesday: Run @ 6.45am from Aura / Run Training with Graham @ 6.30pm from Aura
  • Wednesday: Short cycle with either a TT or hills in Boyle
  • Thursday: Run 6.45am from aura/ Run training with Graham @ 6.30pm from Aura
  • Friday: Proposed easy run in Lough Key
  • Saturday: Club cycle from Esquires
  • Sunday: Easy run in Forest park
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...................


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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