Preparation for Connemara got serious in January, resulting in
440+ miles from the first. Training went well with many long
runs, all under 8 minute pace, include two twenty milers. Almost
no racing, missing Ballycotton for the first time in 6 years.
Everything except my left hamstring, which started playing up
mightily in the weeks before Lough Inagh.
To cut a boring story short, my taper was longer than I would
have liked. Reached race morning very uneasy, discomfort in the
Congrats to Ray O'Connor and his merry band of helpers for
running another very successful series of races out in the wilds
of Connemara on Sunday. It was much more _Moab Red_ than _Dreary
Green_ there, as was going to be very clear from early morning
when the sun broke through the clouds well before 9:00 AM! The
day stayed dry, sunny and warm thereafter.
The club had no representatives in the Ultra but had five in the
Full and another three handfuls in the Half.
Last November I posted a race report on this site from Helen Lavin, a Galway Girl currently resident in Minnesota. Helen eloquently described her trail race adventures in the Moose Mountain Marathon. In December she took part in the Fields of Athenry 10k and won a nice piece of crystal and this Sunday she'll attempt the Connemara Marathon. Best of luck on Sunday Helen and please keep sending us your reports.
Helen obviously caught something bad up there on Moose Mountains 'cos she's been off again. This time she takes us on a trip to Utah. Enjoy ...
Paul McNamara provides this week’s internet jewel. In sending on this link he says;
“I know several guys in the club are quite familiar with Jack Daniels Running Formula. In it he talks a lot about the VDOT concept. VDOT is his way of approximating VO2 max based on race performance and of nailing down various training paces based on same, i.e. Easy, Marathon, Threshold, Interval, Repetitions pace.
Athenry AC's juvenile athletes invaded Nenagh at the weekend for the first leg of the National Juvenile Indoor Track & Field Championships and competed to their usual high standards. Pride of place goes to Claire Rockall who captured the gold medal in the U18 Girls 1500m in a time of 4:53.77. Claire had a full 4 seconds to spare ahead of Eritrean born Tekea Gebrezgi of Celtic AC who was crowned national junior champion in this event only last week. Congratulations to Claire from all in Athenry AC.
Some of the best early-season road races are almost upon us now. Most important of all next weekend will see the Failte Ireland Connemara Marathon races take place amidst the stunningly beautiful Maamturk Mountains of north Galway.
History was made on Saturday 10th March 2007 when Athenry AC entered a team in the AAI National Inter-Club Cross Country Championships. This was the first time that the senior section of the club entered a team in this event. The team was comprised of Mick Rice, John O’Connor, Gary Doherty, Paul McNamara and Brian O’ Connor.