Only 3 doing the laps for group 5 today. Brendan, Alan and Noel. Linus and Dermot decided on doing something more civil and left us to it. We managed 5 decent 18min laps, working well together and suffering like dogs trying to cope with numerous attacks up and down hills. Meeting trucks and oily patches when doing 55kph in dense fog tested our handling skills well today, nevermind potholes, puddles, gravel and tractors. After a committee meeting of 6 destroyed quads after rep5, we headed for coffee happy in the knowledge that Alan would now stop with the attacks.
Reckon it's time to find some roads that don't look like they've been bombed. The lad below gave us a wave on lap 4.
The Ashford Duathlon bike section involves a good 9k approx loop. Road surface is pretty good, a bit bumpy, but no bomb damage! I did repeats on it last week and used the section on the Cullenmore Bends as the recovery phase. I reckon it would be good prospect for the Saturday Spin efforts.
NOTE TO ALL GROUP LEADERS, PLEASE LEAVE 3-4 MINS GAP BETWEEN GROUPS WHEN LEAVING ASHFORD AS GROUPS ARE GETTING VERY "BUNCHED" UP AND ARE CAUSING BLOCKS TO TRAFFIC.
Block 3: Week 4 Hard
Given the dodgy roads last week (sorry my bad), we'll move to so more friendly territory this week.
Group 1 - 55km - Leader – Conor MacGowan
Av - 20-22 KPH
Ashford - Aghowle - Garryduff XR - Moneystown - Tom Rilands - Annamoe - Laragh - Rathdrum - Glenealy - Miltown Lane - Ashford
Group 2 upwards - warm up for 1hr, and then introduce Race Pace Intervals of 10mins, working as a group, with 5mins recoveries.
Route for group 2
Ashford - Bel Air - Glenealy - Rathdrum - Clash - Aughrim - Woodenbridge - Avoca - Rathdrum - Glenealy - Burkes Sprint - Ashford
Group 2 - 65km - Leaders - John Darcy / Debs Crean (please split into 2 groups if group is too large)
include 3x10mins race pace intervals once you have reached Ballinaclash
Route for groups 3, 4 and 5
Ashford - Bel Air - Glenealy - Rathdrum - Clash - Aughrim - Woodenbridge - Avoca - Shelton - Arklow - Brittas - Wicklow - Ashford
Group 3 - 80km - Leader - Owen Morris
include 4x10mins race pace intervals once you have reached Ballinaclash
Group 4 - 80km - Leader – Dave Gillespie
include 5x10mins race pace intervals once you have reached Ballinaclash
Group 5 - 80km - Leader – Jim Corbett
include 6x10mins race pace intervals once you have reached Ballinaclash
Still sunning themselves in Lanza
Saturday, will be a cold day, with sunny spells and showers of rain or hail. The showers will be well-scattered in most areas, but in the south, showers will be heavy and prolonged and they might turn to sleet or snow. Maximum temperatures 5 to 8 Celsius, in a moderate mainly northeast wind.
Growing old is Mandatory.... Growing Up is optional.....
Group 2 was quite big today as it also included New to Tri/Recovery group-so we had to split up. Our smaller group went looking for some of the New to Tri who had set off earlier, not knowing that the route was now changed as they were being amalgamated with Group 2 .We had to head up to Aghowle, then Moneystown, we did not find them , so headed down to Rathdrum to continue the specified route. So we started with 6 and finished with the same 6.
A big thank you to Dave. 65 km in 2.5 hrs, 25kph, for a very windy day. and a lot of climbing.
Group 4 & 5 amalgameted today doing 5 intervals on a 75.75k route with a 27.1kph average speed. We changed the route slightly heading straight back the N11 from Arklow, as we felt it would be safer doing the intervals on the bigger road. Started off with 7 - Linus, Anthony, Darren, Dave, John, Ronan and myself. Ronan headed for home at Avoca and 6 rolled rolled into Ashford in various degrees of distress. Good spin and great weather.