The Seal of Approval…Triathlon #06

 

"TRI10 complete 6/10 triathlons. Just 4 more to go! Today we raced at lovely Dromineer with Nenagh Tri Club, in aid of Irish Seal Rescue. #triathlon #adventure"
TRI10 complete 6/10 triathlons. Just 4 more to go! Today we raced at lovely Dromineer with Nenagh Tri Club, in aid of Irish Seal Rescue. Ok, the elephant in the room is the seal in the lake. Just go with it, ok? 😉
"SEAL of Approval: What a beautiful day at Dromineer for our Nenagh Tri Club #TRI10 challenge in aid of Irish Seal Rescue. A party the night before was NOT the best way to prepare, but I gave myself a stern talking too, and I think I may have turned out my best effort yet. It was so good to catch up with my Tri10 family again too. Next challenge is Donegal in two week's time. 󾭞🏼#triathlon #charity #adventure"
SEAL of Approval
What a beautiful day we had for the race.  A party the night before was NOT the best way to prepare, but I gave myself a stern talking too, and I think I may have turned out my best effort yet. It was so good to catch up with my Tri10 family again too. Next challenge is Donegal in two week’s time. 💪🏼#triathlon #charity #adventure

Hells Angels…Triathlon #05

"Watching me watching you... Thanks #GeoffreyCarmodyDesign for capturing my 'piece to camera' for #TRI10 at #hellofthewest2016 #triathlon"
Watching me watching you… Thanks #GeoffreyCarmodyDesign for capturing my ‘piece to camera’ for #TRI10 #Hellofthewest  #triathlon
"The #TRI10 girls did great! The Hell's Angels relay team finished their Olympic Tri at Hell of the West in 3hrs 38 mins, and teammate Martina spent an epic 1hr 4mins in the water to finish her first EVER 1.5k swim in a courageous feat of endurance. C'mon the girls. #triathlon #HOTW TRI10 = 10 newbies, 10 triathlons, 10 charities http://www.idonate.ie/mobile/fundraiser/11258810_tri10-s-fundraising-page.html"
The TRI10 girls did great! The Hell’s Angels relay team finished their Olympic Tri at Hell of the West in 3hrs 38 mins, and teammate Martina spent an epic 1hr 4mins in the water to finish her first EVER 1.5k swim in a courageous feat of endurance. C’mon the girls. #triathlon #HOTW
TRI10 = 10 newbies, 10 triathlons, 10 charities – http://www.idonate.ie/tri10

Momentary Bliss…

"Blondie (car), sun, tent and triathlon to follow... what more could a girl ask for? Your money of course! http://www.idonate.ie/mobile/fundraiser/11258810_tri10-s-fundraising-page.html"

Blondie (car), sun, tent and triathlon… what more could a girl ask for?

Your money of course!  http://www.idonate.ie/tri10

Absolutely loved the Hook or by Crook triathlon, stunning scenery, adored camping, felt like a big kid and didn’t do at all bad out on the course.
I could get use to this!  #Charity #Triathlon

Air Brains…

"Got a puncture on the way back to Dublin for daddy's day! An hour later I've called a rescue truck after breaking off one of the wheel nuts, and failing to open the other three. This despite the best efforts of me, two men, and a mallet!  

Of course I was coming back from the 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."
Got a puncture on the way back to Dublin for daddy’s day! An hour later I’ve called a rescue truck after breaking off one of the wheel nuts, and failing to open the other three. This despite the best efforts of me, two men, and a mallet!

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.

By Hook or By Crook, we did it…Triathlon #04

Teena Gates's photo.
Teena Gates's photo.
Teena Gates's photo.
Teena Gates's photo.
Lovely time with TRI10 in Waterford. I’ve learned I’m more scared about coming downhill on the bike than worried about pushing up – but boy, you got to admit, they do hills well in Dunmore East.
The swim course leaves one beach and arrives at another – absolutely beautiful, I’ve got to come back here. Another thing about our TRI10 journey is all the lovely parts of Ireland that we’re getting to see.
I’ll say nothing about the mountain we had to climb AFTER the swim, to get back to transition. But I’ve got to confess, I think I rather enjoyed the run!!!
Next week we move our charity challenge to Co Clare 😀
www.idonate.ie/tri10

Rocking up the Sea Swims

dad 1st sea swimI’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

 

cutra tri group

 

 

A Sprint to the Finish…Triathlon #03

"We DID IT. TRI10 pulled off Sprint and Olympic distances in beautiful sunshine today at @triathyireland That's THREE of our TEN triathlons for charity. Check us out on iDonate and give us a few bob. We're 10 newbies, doing 10 triathlons, for 10 local charities around Ireland. Today we were raising funds for MS Ireland. This was my first Sprint distance in the beautiful countryside around Athy and its gorgeous river. I'm so chuffed and so proud to be a member of this brilliant team. #TRI10 rocks 󾭞🏼 󾰀"
We DID IT. TRI10 pulled off Sprint and Olympic distances in beautiful sunshine today at @triathyireland That’s THREE of our TEN triathlons for charity. Check us out on iDonate and give us a few bob. We’re 10 newbies, doing 10 triathlons, for 10 local charities around Ireland. Today we were raising funds for MS Ireland. This was my first Sprint distance in the beautiful countryside around Athy and its gorgeous river. I’m so chuffed and so proud to be a member of this brilliant team. #TRI10 rocks 💪🏼 😀
www.idonate.ie/tri10

The Castle Series… Triathlon #02

Lough CutraThats the way to do it! @loughcutracastle #TRI10 #Triathlon
Two days after returning from the Camino, I’m triathlon racing in Galway with TRI10 for ten great causes. Would sure make my blisters feel better if your helped by clicking the link below 😃🙏🏽

 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.

 Don’t forget – ten people, ten triathlons, ten charities: www.idonate.ie/tri10

Camino Chicks….

"Yay.  I've got wifi gratis (but who knows for how long) so very quickly...  thanks to @[100007362072705:2048:Vera Baker] for passing on the update. I made it to  Hornillos del Camino today, that's 36,000 #Fitbit steps and 23k. The feet are no worse, and I actually feel stronger this evening, so the old body must finally be adapting. Looking forward to dinner and then hitting the road tomorrow for day 4... at 06:15 󾍛🏽 #CaminoChicks #TeenaOnTour 󾰀"
Yay. I’ve got wifi gratis (but who knows for how long) so very quickly… thanks to Vera Baker for passing on some updates on Facebook! I made it to Hornillos del Camino today, that’s 36,000 #Fitbit steps and 23k. The feet are no worse, and I actually feel stronger this evening, so the old body must finally be adapting. Looking forward to dinner and then hitting the road tomorrow for day 4… at 06:15 🙏🏽 #CaminoChicks #TeenaOnTour 😀

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