Come to Carlow

Early in each March  3D members head away together for a training/social weekend. For 2017, the destination was Carlow. It's a great chance to chat & catch up with your club mates & meet new people. The main goal is to have fun & enjoyment with like-minded individuals. However, it's also about some serious bike mileage and for many of our novice triathletes, it is the first time they will tackle the challenge of two ~100k bike ride :)

The bike starts early Friday morning. The routes south (all guided) are graded so that while novices have relatively flat roads the more advanced groups will have some tough climbs. There are scheduled coffee/lunch stops on the cycle. Volunteer support drivers are on hand to transport luggage and to assist with any difficulties along the route. On Saturday there are optional swim, run sessions and talks from guest speakers. Then on Sunday the club bikes back to Dublin.

So what's included?

  • 2 B&B, 2 lunches & 2 dinners in the Seven Oaks Hotel in Carlow.
  • Transported luggage
  • Bike storage at the hotel
  • A coach led stretching session
  • A coach led pilates session
  • A coach led run session
  • A coach led swim session
  • A workshop on a topic relevant to triathletes/guest speaker ( This year was Natalya Coyle, double Olympian!!
  • Massage (extra cost)
  • Many drinking partners
  • New friends

I've never biked!

If you are new to cycling you should aim to cycle every weekend from January – building up the mileage so that you soon become comfortable cycling 70+km. The Saturday group spins are aimed at helping you achieve this. You must attend at least three club cycles in advance of the training weekend. Our bike coaches will then be able to assign you to the appropriate group for the spin to/from Carlow.

There is the option to get the train to Carlow & cycle back with the group, get the train both ways or even drive. We always need two drivers to allow the weekend to run smoothly & to transport luggage, so we are delighted to welcome cars drivers also.

What do I need to bring?

Most importantly a recently serviced bike and a bike helmet - and everything else of a long day out on a bike (food and drinks for the bike, 3 spare tubes, tyre levers, pump. After that, all the usual kit you would use for the different training sessions. The list can go on :) but closer to the date of departure, a list will be emailed to members.