Blood, sweat and nearly tears. What a superb weekend in Donegal for my 7th of 10 charity triathlons with TRI10.
Hugely impressed with the Lakeside Msc Tri. It’s a gorgeous course, really well organised and set in stunning country, by a lake, surrounded by mountains and sea.
I loved the swim. My bike saddle killed me on the cycle which is odd because it was never that bad before; and it took all the energy out of me for the run. But I got around and I loved all the encouragement along the course, the ladies and fab kids at the water stop, and the two marshals who encouraged me to run up the last hill. I would have walked it if they hadn’t urged me on and I was delighted afterwards.
Overall I absolutely loved the experience.
Thanks also to TRI10 buddy and sponsor Jayne Orr for throwing open her home to us. It was wonderful to kick back and relax with the rest of the team.
Definitely want to come back to Donegal, and I actually think that I now want to do it all again. 😀
Don’t forget to support our charities! 😉 www.idonate.ie/tri10
SEAL of Approval
Blondie (car), sun, tent and triathlon… what more could a girl ask for?
Your money of course! http://www.idonate.ie/tri10
Of course I was coming back from a triathlon, so I had to take the bike out of the car to get to the spare wheel.
Then there were actual tears cried when …I turned around to see someone had taken my bike. It was gone. Completely. Absolutely no trace.
Fortunately. When I went into Wheelworx (where I’d been shopping) to see if they had cameras – I found my bike inside! Someone had spotted it, but missed my orange bum bent over my car, and had brought the bike inside.
So all good. Nearly. Rescue man broke another wheel stud, so now Blondie (car) and me, are loaded into a very big low loader…. and headed for my favourite garage.
Ashbourne Service Station here I come.
I’m very excited to swim in Wexford today with the Wexford Masters Openwater Seaswimming Club. It’s not that far away from where I had my 1st ever sea swim, in neighbouring Waterford. I’ve got this old photo of that day, snapped in Tramore, a summer or two ago! (1969).
I was showing #Dad (91) the photo. Squinting, as he took a loan of my reading glasses to see better, he remarked: “Gosh you’re looking great there. Who’s the big man beside you, is it Fergal (Somerville)?”
“No dad” I replied “Look a bit closer” I said. “Hang on, let me zoom in a bit”.
A guffaw of laughter suddenly filled the room “Aha, would you look….it’s me” dad shouted “Look at that. Look at me. Look how tall and straight I am”.
An hour later, Dad was still talking about that trip to Tramore and my first ever sea swim.
I need to complete 6 sea races this year, to qualify for the privilege of participating in the Liffey Swim. The ancient 97yr old race through my own city’s beautiful watery heart. Tomorrow in Curracloe will be my 2nd sea race this year. It’s Wexford not Waterford, but after today, it’s going to have extra significance. The focus has changed slightly. Dad has agreed to come too.
The sea races are a bit like that; all tied up with family and friends, the sociability of meeting with other open sea swimmers, and those that admit the fascination with jumping into a cold sea with only a swimsuit, cap and goggles, can be a bit of an addiction. A good one though.
I’m not unaware of the fact that this year, the sea swims are also helping me with my big charity challenge of completing ten triathlons in a year, with my lovely triathlon ‘newbie’ team ‘Tri10’. We are ten people, doing ten triathlons, for ten local charities at every venue where we run, bike and swim. We have currently got 3 triathlons under our belt and we are racing again next weekend, so I’ll let you know later how the training is going. Check us out on iDonate and give us a few bob over the summer. Many thanks in Advance. TeenaG xxx
It was amazing, it was hot and hilly and exhausting, but the Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon is probably one of the most beautiful events I’ve ever been at. The team all did brilliantly today and I’m so proud of the whole extended TRI10 family.