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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A blog!

So my first official blog. I thought it best I start one of these as I am on one hell of a personal and sporting journey at the minute. I rounded off my 2014 Triathlon season at the Triathlon Ireland awards and it was only after all the chat and dancing when I got back to the hotel with my club mates that I was able to reflect on things a bit.

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I started off the year a nobody- lets be completely honest- and within the space of 3 months I found myself winning the biggest race of my life to date- the National standard distance champs which was hosted by Limerick Triathlon Club in Kilkee at their incredible race “Hell of the West”. I had participated in this race in 2013 but it was just to see if I could physically handle it (I had health issues to contend with from 2010 onwards. I was told to basically bin my runners, hang up my swimsuit and forget about sport!) Anyway I have been in the clear since 2013 and I am feeling better than ever. I honestly believe that having this second chance is what makes me enjoy the sport so much. I feel priviledged to be able to get up every morning and decide that I would like to swim/bike or run. We all complain and moan about training but it’s great to be able to do it! Joining GoTri in March I don’t think I expected to a) be accepted into the club like I was always part of the team or b) to make so many good friends. Even just racing this season around the country I am nearly certain I managed to have a chat with someone from every club (Triathlon is social!)

The season I had was near perfect- bad timing with studies for one or two races meant I was trying to compete with zero training or sleep in the engine, but overall it was the most enjoyable summer I’ve had to date.

I will be updating this as often as I can and I look forward to sharing some exiting news about my new sponsors for the coming season!