One of the things that has been in demand from club members is a structured training programme to enable improvement in performance. To this end CTC has gone into and arrangement with Driven To Tri (DTT) to develop such a programme for the club. The sets are divided into three categories, A-Noble (Beginners), B-Keane (Intermediate) and C-Reid (High Performance). The coach we are dealing with is Harry Wiltshire. It will be up to every member to place themselves in the appropriate category. We have the first 4 weeks of the first 12 week programme and this will be circulated as soon possible, hopefully tomorrow, it will not be initially posted on the web page as this would make it available to the general public. The club will name an individual for each of the categories as a contact point with Harry and any questions or concerns can be directed through the contact. The weeks are based on 3 sessions per week for each of the disciplines, Harry recognises that everyone will not, whether for family of work reasons, not be able to fit in all 9 every week, everyone will have to adapt the sessions to suit, try to get at least 6 of the 9. Also if a strength and conditioning session can be squeezed in it would be good. CTC will try to incorporate the sessions into club training, Wednesday run, Sunday/Saturday bike spin and Brian Clifford has said that he would try to incorporate the swim sessions to the Tuesday/Wednesday swims. It is up to individuals to ensure that they are medically fit to take on the sessions. For absolute beginners it would be a good idea to have a medical check-up before starting, below is the advice directly from Harry.
“ This is a general programme, so it is essential that all athletes have consulted their doctors prior to commencing any training. We are not dealing directly with athletes and these sessions are for Cork triathlon club. Ultimately it is Cork triathlon club who are responsible for the sessions. If ANY injuries are sustained, please ensure that athletes stop training and seek medical advice”.
Cathal O’Donovan was presented with the West Cork Sports Star of the month for November. The award was presented in the Celtic Ross Hotel last Friday. The Southern Star Newspaper and Celtic Ross are joint sponsors of the award. There is also an interview in the Southern Star with Cathal on the biking accident that he had while preparing for the world duathlon championships.
Messages have started coming through the various media about joining Cork Tri. For those that are new or proposing to become new members, the procedure is as follows: Log on to the Triathlon Ireland website, link is below, join TI and when the option comes up select Cork Tri as the club of choice. There is the option of joining TI as a Full or Associate member. If you plan on doing more than 2-3 events during the year it probably makes sense to take out full membership as those with associate membership have to take out a One Day Licence (ODL) for each event they enter. Members of Cork Tri can keep up to date by looking at the website, the Facebook page and in addition there is a weekly newsletter circulated to all registered members. The membership list is updated from the TI database every couple of weeks.
Sessions as usual will be held on Tuesday evenings at 8:45pm and Wednesday mornings at 7:00am. The Tuesday evening sessions can take up to 40 people and Wednesday mornings are limited to 14 swimmers. The last set, October to December were not well supported on Tuesday evenings. To make continuation of the sessions viable we have to have reasonable numbers participating . To that end we are opening a window of 4 weeks for registration, if we do not get the required numbers the club will have to review the viability of continuing with the pool rental and coach retention.
The sessions are scheduled to begin on Tuesday 14th January 2014 and Wednesday January 15th.
Register for Tuesday session
Register for Wednesday session
For anyone not feeling the after effects of the Christmas Party, there will be a cycle as usual from City Hall at 9:00am. The suggested route is Cork, Crossbarry, Bandon direction with the option of a shorter spin for those that need it. It is possible that a coffee stop might be very desirable on this particular Sunday.
The suggested routes for this Sunday’s cycle are below. Main group will go up the Windy Gab and into Coachford, coffee for those that want it at Griffin’s Garden Centre on the way home. Option of a shorter route for those that don’t think they will make the 70km.
A – Easy ~ 50 km: City Hall – Anglers Rest – Coachford – Grifffins – Anglers Rest – City Hall
B – Hard ~ 70 km: City Hall – Killumney – Thady inn – Windy Gap -Coachford – Grifffins – Anglers Rest – City Hall
By the way if the picture is cropped the November scone special is €2.50
Good News! Both King of the Hill (Kinsale) and Lost Sheep (Kenmare) are National Series races and Lost sheep is the TI Middle Distance National Championship Race. No pressure on the race committees then!
Some people have asked for the full brochure on the S & C workshop at the Mardyke Arena
Mark Jarvis Workshop Brochure – Mardyke Arena