End to a great first season

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What a roller-coaster it’s been. I attended the Triathlon Ireland Awards which were held in Dublin on Sunday 1st November. Throughout the summer the focus was just training and racing with little time to dwell on poor performances or great club wins. A large group from GoTri Triathlon Club went up to celebrate the 2014 season’s achievements. We became the first club in Ireland to complete a clean sweep of the team titles winning the Women’s, Men’s and Mixed team National Championships. We also took home a large number of National titles and numerous medals. Triathlon Ireland put on a great show and it was nice to see that everyone made an effort to dress up for the occasion.

I was delighted to win the Overall Female National Series title as my clubmate, and someone whom I would have looked up to a lot starting out this year, had won the same trophy last season. To receive it was a huge honour and the list of female triathletes before mine puts into perspective how big a win it is. It’s also a fantastic achievement for my coach Stephan Teeling-Lynch and GoTri to manage to retain the cup.

I can honestly say I enjoyed every single race- even the not so great ones. The fun I had at them with my teammates and the friends I’ve managed to make from them, made all the hard hours of training worthwhile- the post-race banter was always worth the long drive to races too (Kenmare was a particularly fun weekend!) As the curtain falls on the 2014 season all eyes are looking towards 2015. I don’t know what’s in store next year but I’m looking forward to trying to build on everything. Winter training officially began on Monday and while I thought I’d still be fit after marathon training kept me ticking over I felt like a hippo trying to cycle when I hopped onto my bike! Lots of work to do…

Anne O’Leary, CEO Vodafone Ireland presenting me with the Overall Female National Series winner trophy

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