Hi all, we hope you had a good week.
Tuesday and Thursday evening we had our usual winter turbo training sessions take place and they are going very well with members getting in some very good base training.
Numbers were a little bit down this week for our club spin with a few regulars missing due to sickness, but we still had enough of a turn out on the morning to be able to split into the 2 groups. Below is a report from the red group.
Red group report.
Despite the chance of rain forecast, our red group had a decent turn out this morning. With numbers boosted by the recent promotion of Gerry and a few New Year’s resolutions, the group headed out the lumpy road to Puckane. The early pace was set by Pat Bergin but after a few Km’s Pat decided that the power output was exceeding his recovery output and dropped back to cycle with the orange group. Early points on the board for clubman of the year, Kudos Pat. The group rolled over at a steady pace but shouts from the recently promoted member of the red group saw John O’Carroll roll over to allow the aforementioned member set the pace as we entered Puckane. However the pace being set by John now occupying the inside lane saw a reorganising of the group and a re-evaluation of early enthusiasm… Owen pushed ahead to get in some interval training that would see him re-join the group in Ballingarry while both Rob and Eva took on the pace setting to Ballingarry where the red group was joined by John Caulfield. Despite some moans and groans coming from the group, the steady pace with liberal amounts of zone 2/3 riding continued through Borrisokane and Ballingarry and up to the friendly café in Bike Park Ireland for a well-earned cup of coffee and banana cake. Despite red being the colour associated with energy, strength and determination three riders headed back the shorter route to Nenagh while the main peloton headed on the scenic route taking in Shinrone – Milltown and Dunkerrin. Owen and Rob set the pace on the inward leg and despite a head wind, the group made good progress back to Nenagh. The last few Km’s were unusually social with no surges or attacks, testament to the hard work over the last few hours? Some left over Christmas goodwill? Who knows? A very enjoyable morning on the bike was had by all, well done guys and girl : A special kudos extended to Pat C and Gerry who dug in deep and stayed with the group.
Thanks for the report Charlie Bucket.
This week’s Club Training spins are as follows:
If any of you are heading out for a winter spin put up a message on WhatsApp and you may get a bit of company.
Tuesday: Club turbo training session from 7pm to 8.30pm in Stereame. Contact Pat on 087 6744400 for details and directions.
Thursday: Club turbo training session from 7pm to 8.30pm in Stereame. Contact Pat on 087 6744400 for details and directions.
Saturday: Intermediate cycle 40/50km in distance, leaving Woodies at 7.30am. Anyone who wants to is very welcome to join in on this spin. You can contact William on 086 2447888 for more details.
Saturday: Winter training spin leaving 9am from Woodies carpark. Route is decided on the morning by those present. If anyone wants to change the time for this put up a message on the Whatsapp group and see if it suits everyone.
Sunday: Leaving at 9am from carpark at Moynans. (This weeks mentor is Rob Dalton)
Depending on numbers, we’re going to split into three groups with defined speeds to try and help people get back out and make progress in both technique and fitness.
The 3 groups are;
- Firstly a “Green” group that will be for beginners/leisure and that group will be held at 20-24kph average. This group will have a senior rider mentoring and controlling the pace to ensure it stays low enough for any beginners. If we don’t have anyone who wishes to ride this slow then the mentor will go with the Orange group.
- The next group will be the “Orange” group which is an intermediate group and will be controlled at 25-27kph average. We have plenty of intermediates that are fit enough to control this group but for the next few weeks if we could get another senior rider to volunteer to go with them to help fine tune the groups riding etiquette and control the pace so the group works well together and doesn’t split, the same way the senior group works, it would be much appreciated.
- Finally we’ll have a “Red” group which will do in the region of 28-32kph average depending on who is out.
We’ll split into the different groups in the carpark, with Red leaving first, then Orange and finally Green. The routes will be similar with the same start, middle(coffee stop/change groups) and end. The orange and red groups will cover the same route but there is also a green group spin that should only take about the 2 hours cycling. For anyone reading this and sitting on the fence about whether to come out and give it a go, come on out and try it. You’ll be well looked after, just come in and be ready to leave on your bike at 9am from Moynans. Ask one of the lads to point out that weeks mentor to you and introduce yourself to them so they’ll know if they have any newcomers.
By all means don’t be afraid to have a go at moving to a faster group than normal as there will still be plenty of chances to cut it short or change groups at the halfway point.
So, for this week’s Green route, it’s: Moynans – Toomevara – Moneygall – Coffee @ Obama Plaza – Back to Nenagh.
And for the Orange & Red it’s Moynans – Borrisokane – Cloughjordan – Moneygall – Obama Plaza – Toomevara – Ballinamona Cross – Dolla – Silvermines – Old N7 – Nenagh.
Have a great week out there folks!!