2014 Summary

As we near the end of the first week of 2015 I thought I should mention a few thoughts on the year gone by. Firstly I hope this year is just as good, and I hope this blog is interesting along the way!

A quick idea of my results for the year can be seen here,

https://lonanadventurerace.wordpress.com/results/

Or by clicking on the results column above.

As you can see I raced in 10 competitive races and had some good finishes. My most rewarding races were those where I beat times from last year. Gaelforce North and Sea to Summit went really well. Connemara Rough Diamond and Dingle Adventure Race were excellent races which I made debuts in this year. The races included summitting Mount Brandon, Mount Errigal, Crough Patrick twice, Diamond Hill and a few smaller hills along the way. I climbed Carraun Touhill, Irelands highest peak, for the first time in 2014 as part of training. I have decided that the mountain running is definately my thing and I will try to do more of it in 2015.

As with any sport there are lots of ups and downs along the way. This year came with a bit of everything. I had falls on Mount Brandon in the Dingle Adventure Race and on Mount Errigal in Gaelforce North. These falls are part of the game and part of making you a better and stronger competitor, I hope ! I experienced some bad conditions, some lovely weather and amazing scenery. I met lots of great athletes and experiencing more and more comradarie along the way. Myself and Shaun Stewart shared a can of coke as we raced for first and second place up in Donegal, while a very helpful guy swapped water for a gel after I lost my bottle on the bike stage in Gaelforce West.

As always the most rewarding time, after months of hard training, is the moment we cross the finish line. It was really amazing this year to cross the line at some of the events and see my family and friends there to welcome me and show great support. They are the people that really understand how much work goes into making that finish line. Thanks dudes 🙂

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Midweek in the city

A 20km cycle and a 5 km run today. I kept the pace high and was happy with run after cycle. I have had pains in my hip flexer muscle over the last week but today it had improved.Cycling around the city isn’t much fun and really slows you down. I decided after today I will start some cycles further away. Both to increase hill work and to get away from the crazy drivers around the city! Another match tomorrow evening. Probably my last of the season. All guns blazing for adventure races from here on in 😉

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Kayaking Friday

With some short kayaking during races it comes as an added bonus that my job involves some kayak patrols! Today was a tough trip through some rough terrain. We were navigating a river to find out if the stream was passable to fish and if there were any pollution problems. Photos explain it all. 3 hours of fun and I am tired tonight ! ImageImage

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These are just a taste of the fun we had!!

My Workout

I ran with MapMyRun! Distance: 6.97km, time: 29:50, pace: 4:17min/km, speed: 14.01km/h.
http://mapmyrun.com/workout/434265309

I ran a little below pace tonight as hamstring has been tight. Followed with a 20 minute core session at home. On the foam roller now to loosen things up a bit. A 7km run was ok though at 4.17min average per km. Hopefully some recovery this week and I will be flying again by the weekend. A tough season of training has taken it’s toll with a few small injuries creeping in over the last week or two . This of course is normal at any level!