Ooops - I didn’t put my name onto my first post, which you can read here.
So I am Sinead Walsh, currently treasurer of Limerick TC and I also do a little swim coaching for the club. Outside of triathlon I work full time, am a wife, mother to 2 active primary school kids and enjoy travel, cake and red wine. You can take the woman out of West Clare, but you can’t take West Clare out of the woman, so despite nearly 25 years since I left I will always be a Clare girl.
As the distances and hours start to ramp up, March can be summed up as windy but consistent. Much of my Tuesday to Friday training has stayed with the same hours, but now some speed intervals are part of the Wattbike and run sessions, so the intensity has increased. Weekend spins are now up to 4.5 hours. Many of the spins were in very windy conditions making it impossible to try and keep a steady heart rate – I always seemed to be slogging into the wind or flying with a low HR and the wind behind. The clock change has really made a difference to all our spirits but I won’t be packing away my winter cycling gear just yet. I was delighted have followed my plans, only missing one 45 min run from the programme for the whole month. Starting out on this plan I would never have imagined I would have the resolve do a 4 hour plus bike on my own, but with other commitments I often have to go it alone, and it’s not as bad as it sounds.
The Club held four talks in March, all of which I found useful. It was fascinating to hear how those at the other end of IM train – Garron Mosley’s commitment and passion are amazing. I have a big personal interest in food and nutrition and Fergal O’Connor took some of the fluff away with his straight talk on Nutrition for Age groupers. Last week Niall Collins had us looking at some of our strengths and weaknesses on the Psychological aspects of sport ( and how to work on them) and Feargal O’Callaghan gave us an inspirational insight into his epic Marathon de Sables.
I am starting to think now about practicalities like clothes and nutrition for the day. I am finding although I eat on the bike, I am tending to be hungry especially if I haven’t eaten enough the day before a long spin so I am going to try and pay more attention to this as I ramp things up further.