Group Turbo Sessions, Nov/Dec 2016

Cycle_toonCTC group turbo sessions are back!  These offer a fantastic opportunity to maintain some bike mileage on dark, wet and cold winter nights while not being confined to the garden shed!

All abilities are welcome.  At the start of each training block we begin with a threshold test (optional) which will be used to determine HR/power zones for the remainder of the training block.  Advice on executing intervals, the basics of good bike fit, pedaling technique and relevant strength exercises/stretches are covered over the 8 weeks.  These sessions will be structured and will progress from week to week.  No one is ever going to get dropped!

Sessions will take place Monday nights from 7pm to 8:30pm in the Highfield RFC hall.  All that is required is a bike, a turbo trainer and a towel.

The cost is €16 for eight weeks, starting on Oct 31st 2016.

If interested, please register here.

AGM Reminder Friday 4th November 8:00pm Imperial Hotel

imperial-venueJust a reminder that the club AGM is being held on Friday evening 4th November at 8:00pm in the Imperial Hotel on the South Mall.  If anyone has proposals to amend the club constitution these proposals with a proposer and seconder must be with the club secretary (Adrian Quinn) by tomorrow evening.  A copy of the club constitution can be seen here.  ctc-constitution-v5-28apr2016-final

Cork Tri Autumn/Winter Activity Schedule

Run_HBThe final items on the autumn/winter training activity schedule have been put in place the full list of activities is as follows:

Monday: Turbo Sessions  Highfield Rugby Club   7:00pm -8:30pm, spaces still available registration on the club website

Garry mason Swim sessions: The first on Monday night at 19.30-20.30, 2 lanes . 1 repeating 100’s at 1.45, 2- repeating 100’s at 1.35 ,Target Times,Max 6 per lane (12) This session we be aimed at competent athletes requiring some small corrections to Technique.  There are 4 places available here for the nest session starting 7th November.  PM Garry via Facebook.

Tuesday: Strength and Conditioning with Mike Peterson 6:00pm in Brookfield Leisure Centre, spaces still available, contact Mike directly at 087 175 3287

Tuesday: Swim session at Leisureworld, Bishopstown with Brian Clifford and Frances Buckley 8:45pm spaces still available, registration on club web page

Wednesday: Run session meet at the car park at the city end of the Straight Road at 6:30pm, just turn up ready to run

Garry Mason Swim Sessions: The Wednesday Session will run at 19.30-20.30, 2 lanes . 1 repeating 100’s at 2.15, 2- repeating 100’s at 2.30 ,Target Times, Max 6 per lane (12) Focus will be on stroke improvement ,Implementing Freestyle drill progressions ,Breathing patterns and having a goal of making swimming easy.  There are 6 places available for the next round here.

Thursday: Swim session Leisureworld, Churchfield with brendan O’Neill 7:00am, this session is full

Garry Mason Thursday morning session: Thursday Morning sessions 06.45-07.45 2 lanes -1 repeating 100’s at 1.40-1.50, 2- repeating 100’s at 1.50-2.00 ,Max 6 per lane (12) These sessions will be Coached specific Tri Sessions with, Goal orientated pre season running into the competitive season.  There are 6 places available here again contact Garry directly.

Thursday: Strength and Conditioning with Mike Peterson, this session is full

Sunday: Club long cycle, meet at City Hall at 9:00am usually two route distance options and often 3 groups at different speeds.  Beginner cycles will start in November


Wednesday Run 26th October

runner_mixBeginning to run out of light but this week will be a steady run again.  We can at least start out on the walkways but will probably come back on the better lit streets.  Meet at the end of the city end of the Straight Road at 6:30pm.  Arrive ready to run as there is no warm up routine.  We leave pretty much on time so try to be a bit early, its getting too cold for hanging around.  The last 2 weeks there was just a nice steady pace and we pretty much kept the entire group together.  Also it would be a good idea to wear at least some Hi Viz or lighting.

Reminder! – Group Turbo Sessions, Nov/Dec 2016

CTC_Logo_200_200A quick reminder that group turbo sessions will be kicking off on Mon 31st Oct.  I will be setting up a mailing list this week for all those registered and this will be used for communicating session plans and advice on a weekly basis.  There is still space available if others are interested.

The first night will be a fairly handy (re)introduction to the format of the sessions including warm up/down, drills, some intensity and advice on how to approach all of these.  The second session will include a threshold test, for those that want it.  This will be challenging but is very useful for setting HR and power zones, which will enable you to train at the right intensities.  The remainder of the sessions will follow a programme of intervals which build gradually week on week.

Each year there tends to be teething problems with gear on the first few nights.  In order to minimise this, please take out your turbo this week and do a dry run as we won’t have much time on the night to deal with ‘mechanicals’.

You can register here.

Sunday cycle, Oct 23

12039565_903467206396044_3540691929157600668_nFeeling cold tomorrow but dry and with some sun. Strong ENE’erly forecast. Suggested route this week comes in from Kieran Kennedy.  This long route makes an interesting figure of 8, incorporating a ferry ride.  Lots of options to cut the route short by either turning back for the city at Midelton (~60km) or Castlemartyr.

Leaving City Hall @ 9am.

Wednesday Run October 19th

Girl_run_toonApologies for the late notice, computer issues!!  There will be a club run this evening, meeting at 6:30pm at the car park at the city end of the Straight Road, opposite where the Crow’s nest Pub used to be.  Same format as last week, just a steady run out the walkway behind the Tennis Village and on to the path behind CIT.  The weather looks like it will be perfect, dry if a little cool.  We may have to return via the Model farm Road because of fading light.  Last week we had a really good run with a nice group, distance will probably be in the region of 10km.  Come ready to run, no warm up routine.

Strength & Conditioning Sessions with Mike Peterson

S&CLast year the club ran core fitness classes with Martin Bohane at Highfield, unfortunately due to work commitments Martin cannot take the classes this year.  Mike Peterson already runs a very popular S&C class on Thursday evenings with members of CTC.  A lot of our successful age group triathletes take this class and highly recommend it.  We have asked Mike to put on an extra class on Tuesday evenings.  The class will incorporate some weights, strength and conditioning as well as triathlon specific stretch routines.  These will be held at Brookfield Leisure Centre at 6:00pm.  The club will be putting a small subsidy towards these classes.  If interested please contact Mike directly at 087 1753287 or The classes will cost €42 for a set of 6, the proposed start date is Tuesday November 1st.

Sunday Cycle, Oct 16

12039565_903467206396044_3540691929157600668_nThe forecast for Sunday is cool but decent for early that morning but thunderstorms are due to roll in about 12pm. After a mild scalding from certain sections of the group in recent weeks relating to route selections, I’ve invited a guest route planner for this week. All praise/abuse should be directed at Paul Harrington for this week’s group spin 😉

Paul has come up with two nice options.  The Short route is only 50km long but with 538m climbing.  The Long route is shorter than recent weeks at 78km but should be sufficiently challenging with 1074m climbing.

All club members are invited to suggest routes for the group cycle on Sundays.  Two options are required.  The long ride typically is between 70-100km long while the short ride should be 50-70km long, depending on the amount of climbing involved.  ‘Lazy’ suggestions that stick to main roads, avoid all climbs or scenery will be deemed inadmissable.

Leaving City Hall @ 9am.


Information for AGM Nov 4th

imperial-venueAs announced in an earlier post the club AGM will be held at the Imperial Hotel, South Mall, of Friday evening November 4th.  As well as reviewing the past year and planning for the coming year a number of positions on club committees will have to be filled. Over the last few years the club has been relatively lucky with quite a few people stepping up and taking on the positions on the various committees without too much arm twisting.  The club is a completely volunteer run club with no paid positions.  The membership of the club over past few years has been at about 250 members.  If you have not been involved in any committee role please consider taking on something, there are a number of roles which are not at all onerous and don’t place too many time demands.  Everyone involved is also an active athlete.  Below is a summary of the main positions that have to be filled.  There are also some other positions not on the list such as the social committee and on the race committees.  The main committee only meets once per month.  Below is the section from the constitution relating to the committee positions.

The management of the Club shall be vested in a Committee, comprising members elected to the

positions of Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Children’s Officer, together with additional members

elected to the Committee, with or without specific functions. These positions are defined below:

i. Chairperson (Current: Brendan O’Neill)

The Chairperson is responsible for ensuring the Committee operates in the best interest of the Club

and its members. Their role is to co-ordinate committee activity to achieve this. Alongside chairing

committee and general meetings, the Chairperson will also help out the other committee members

where required.

ii. Secretary (Current: Adrian Quinn)

The role of the Secretary involves maintaining the database of members, taking and circulating

meeting minutes from AGMs and committee meetings as required, and shall also be responsible for

any correspondence to the Club through the Club e-mail address.

iii. Treasurer (Current: Eidin Christie)

The Treasurer is responsible for accurately recording all financial transactions made by the Club

and presenting this record in a recognised format to members of the club at the AGM. The role will

involve collecting and recording cash payments from members and sponsors and for issuing and

recording payment to suppliers and others as agreed by the Committee. The Treasurer is

automatically a co-signatory on any bank or credit card account held in the name of the Club.

iv. Children’s Officer (Current: Trevor Mahoney)

The Children’s Officer shall be responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the TI’s Safeguarding

Code for Young People are implemented fully in the Club, and to act as point of liaison between the

Club and TI and other Voluntary or Statutory Agencies where appropriate or required by Statute.

A functioning committee may be formed once each of the above positions are filled by members validly

elected to the position in accordance with this constitution. In addition to the above four positions,

additional members may be elected to serve on the Committee. It is recommended that additional

members be elected for the following roles, but not limited to.

• Public Relations Officer(s): (Current: Barry O’Sullivan and Kelly O’Connell)

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) is responsible for working with committee on sponsorship

opportunities for Club events, liaising with Event/Web Administrators to ensure website has

appropriate logos etc., issuing press releases and race reports to local media, submitting reports as

necessary for possible grant aid and exploring other promotional opportunities.


• Webmaster: (Current: Stephen Lynch)

The Webmaster is responsible for the Club website ( This role involves design

and upload of content to the site. Making recommendations on web design/improvements to

Committee, liaising with on-line entry companies, presentation of status to other Committee

members at meetings.

• Web-site Administrator: (Current: Brendan O’Neill)

The website administrator is responsible for liaising with web-master and up-dating the web-site as

required, soliciting articles and links from members, working with the Club event organisers and

ensuring website reflects correct event status.

• Events Administrator: (Current: Jeff Castles)

The events administrator is responsible for sending regular emails keeping club members informed

of upcoming events and results from previous week. Collating info on pertinent events, results and

achievements of members’, upcoming events that maybe of interest.

• Cork Tri Club Race Chairpersons: (Current: King of the Hill; Ronan Ryan, Lost Sheep; Trevor Mahoney)

Manage the race and co-ordinate the race organisation committee. Responsible for co-ordinating

the event, liaising with TI, contacting all personnel involved in supporting the event, arranging all

aspects of water safety, preparing Water Safety plan, selection of Race director. Arranging

numbers/t-shirts/refreshments/registration/prize-giving, Follow-up race report and results. Present

status to other committee members at meetings.

• Others:

E.G., Social Committee, Race Committees, Other social media, etc.

All of the forgoing shall be elected. All positions are filled by election at the AGM, with each member of

the Club present having one vote per position.

Any club member can declare their interest in a position, whereupon they must be proposed and

seconded by two members of the Club.