With the triathlon season drawing to a close for 2022 it’s time to update members on our planned training sessions, timetables and events for the next few months. Before I do that, I want to take this opportunity to look back at the past few months and acknowledge the huge workload undertaken by the club committee and members in running our summer club events.
Firstly congratulations to both our Race Directors – Daire Reilly (KOTH) and Katie Hickson (Lost Sheep) for organising and running our two very successful club races. Neither event could have taken place without the support of the race committees and the army of club volunteers and marshallers. I’m sure anyone who has spoken to our race committees will have been aware of the constant challenges facing the committees this year and the hard work involved in staging these races. A special word of thanks also goes to Paul Moore for the incredible work he has done behind the scenes with both races.
Also a huge thank you to our Aquathon coordinator (John o’Shaughnessy) and Time Trial coordinator (John o’Connell) along with club members who volunteered as Time Keepers and Kayakers over the summer months.
Our Junior Coaches were also kept busy with the Junior Aquathons and Duathlons held earlier in the season. Thanks to Trevor and Adrian for their help in running these sessions.
Also we cannot forget the role our club coaches, tri leaders and bike leaders play all year round in preparing so many of us for the racing season. The results can be seen with club members making podium finishes, achieving age group success and completing endurance races such as half ironman or full Ironman distances.
Thank you also to our social committee Maria Collins and Gary Grant who have been busy arranging afterparties, picnics, training weekends and constantly keeping us updated on Instagram and social media.
Summer time trials at Cobh Cross are coming to an end. Our last time trial will be Tuesday 20th Sept at 6.45pm. There will be a fun element this week with a “predict your time” competition on the night. Just tell the time keeper how long you expect the TT to take. No Garmins allowed! We will have a prize for the club member who is closest to their predicted time. As light is fading please note the earlier start time of 6.45pm. You can register here
Dock Beach Aquathon
The final club aquathon at the Dock Beach Kinsale is set for Thursday 22nd Sept. Again please note the earlier start time of 6.50pm and registration is available here. We will have some water bottles and swim hats to give out on the night. Thanks to all our Kayakers and timekeepers who have volunteered over the summer months.
We are planning an accompanied swim around Sandycove Island, for members who have not lapped the island yet. This will be weather dependent, on the 24th Sept @ 5pm. Swimmers should be capable of comfortably swimming 2km in a pool, and have some open water experience. We will have kayak support and a 2:1 ratio of new swimmers to experienced swimmers, so volunteers are required to help out also. At the moment we are well down on experienced swimmers so please sign up if are available to help. Registration is available here
Coached and Stroke Development swim sessions will resume at LeisureWorld Bishopstown and Churchfield. Tuesday evening sessions (8-9pm) will begin from Tuesday 11th October – 13th December and Thursday morning (7-8am) Churchfield from 13th October – 15th December. We are aware Tuesday evening sessions sell out quickly and we will advise in advance when registration will open. Keep an eye on the Broadcast group and club website.
Members can also avail of subsidised sessions with Gary Mason. These sessions are limited and there is a standard required for each lane. Further details are available here
Our Wednesday run sessions have moved to the UCC Sports Grounds Curaheen better know as “The Farm” which is located here. We will continue at “The Farm” for the next two weeks until 29th September. Please note due to the fading light we will move to a 6.30pm start time. After that we will take a 3 week break. Wednesday running sessions will then move to the Business & Technology Park, Model Farm Road.
Sunday Spins will continue every Sunday Morning at 9.am Lapps Quay weather depending. As the weather begins to change please dress appropriately and ensure your bike is in good working order. After a busy summer of cycling we are seeing loose chains and issues with gears so please consider getting your bike serviced. . Also we are constantly looking for new ride leaders. If you are interested or would like to find our more about the role of a bike leader please get in touch with Bryce
Spinning sessions will resume at LeisureWorld Bishopstown from Tuesday 11th October with Catriona O’Sullivan leading the class. As with previous years the club will subsidise these classes. Cost for members is €50 for a 10 week block and there will be a limit of 15 per class. Registration will open up shortly. Note this is a 10 week block and its not possible to purchase an individual class but swaps are permitted.
Strength and Conditioning
Club Member and Strength and Conditioning coach Nicole Butler (Base Fitness Health) will be running a strength and conditioning class for members at Curraghconway Business Park, Frankfield. This will be a 10 week program starting Monday 3rd October for 10 weeks and will be limited to 8 per class. These classes will be subsidised by the club and cost €120 for the 10 weeks. Registration will open shortly
Depending on demand and availability DT fitness may run a separate Strength and Condition class.
Bikram Yoga classes.
Yoga classes will restart Thursday evenings from 13th October 8pm at Bikram Yoga studio , Lowlands Industrial Estate, Tramore Road for a 10 week block. The club will continue to subsidise the class however we will need a minimum of 15 people to sign up for the class to go ahead. Cost for members is €120 (Normal cost is €165). Please note there are no refunds for members who cannot attend classes but it is possible to offer your place to another club member. You should also note this clashes with the club Thursday night Swim session at LeisureWorld.
Club Gear Shop
We will open the club gear Verge shop in October. This will be the ONLY opportunity to purchase winter club gear. We will be subsidising the Club winter jacket and gilet this year. The shop will open for about 10 days and the closing time of the shop will be strictly enforced this year. No late orders will be permitted as this incurs a significant cost to the club. Once the shop is closed there is usually a six week window for items to be delivered so expect deliver early November.
Separate from the club Verge shop we are looking at ordering CTC Zip Up Tops for members. We are currently examining the quality and design and are waiting on an order of samples. Further details to follow.
End of Season Party
The social committee are busy arranging an end of season party for club members. Keep Saturday 8th October free. The plan is for a pizza/beer party in Cork city center. Further details to follow once reservations have been confirmed.
Club membership for the remainder of 2022 has been reduced to just €30. If you know someone interested in trying out our club for the remainder of 2022 they can sign up via Triathlon Ireland. Membership for 2023 will open in November 2022 and will cover you for the remainder of 2022 and 2023 at which point the cost will revert to €60
Finally thank you again to all our members for their continued support over the busy summer season. Our club has grown to its largest membership ever this year with almost 300 members choosing to train with Cork Tri Club. The comradery and support shown to club members at so many races but in particular over the Ironman Youghal and Lost Sheep weekends this year shows what a great club we have built and something all club members should be proud of. Time now to take a well deserved rest for the next few weeks.