What a January it has been for the West of Ireland. I can honestly say all my outdoor sessions in January were far more enjoyable, weather wise, then any last summer. The sun was out, for the most part, the mountains were reasonably dry and I think I managed to get some good hours training in. The lead up to The Race 2017 has truly begun. In 4 weeks time all my training will have to be in the legs before a little rest coming up to race day. Here is a little idea of my training schedule over the last month. As you can see it is a mixed bag of training with different disciplines but all in all I have managed as much as I could fit in.
Some of the highlights of the month included Mweelrea hike as shown in my last blog post, a cycle around Lough Nafooey, a hike on the Maam Turks and a nice cycle around East Galway last weekend. The rest of the month was made up of training, gym work and to top it off I managed to secure a national Bronze medal in the Cross Country championships in Tuam. My first ever cross country run (8km, 32 mins).
A little embarrassed to put this on the blog but why not. It may be a while before I find a medal again!! Sprint finish..
The new club, and my first ever running club, Castlegar AC.
I took this shot a few days after our early January cycle on the hills in this area. A cracking area to train. I hope to get back out there a few times before The Race.
A view of Lough Inagh from the Turks.
We may spend alot of time giving out about the West of Ireland, but what a place it is on a good day. This shot taken from Letterbreckaun Mountain during our 24km crossing of the Turks sums up that day.
I hope my next big report is my race plan for The Race in Donegal. As I prepare and get nervous about the length and possibilities of such a race, it also adds to the excitement of the event. I just hope I can get around the course in a good time and let this race launch me into a good 2017 season. I would be confident in saying that 2016 was a learning curve and 2017 will be more using some of this knowledge to improve. That learning curve never ends, but can always be put to good use.