I watched the very first Irish Triathlons on TV in the early 80s and was fascinated by the sport. Always talked about entering a triathlon but 20 years of basketball kept me busy. I began early morning swimming almost daily in the late 90s and when I exited the water in the top two in my first tri (Focus Ireland) in 2005 I was hooked. I have entered up to 10 races a year since then, competing in National AG and National Championship events. I represented Ireland in the World AG Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2007 and Hamburg in 2008, and the European AG Championships in Athlone in 2010.
I have completed the Level 1 Swim Ireland coaching course and the Triathlon Ireland Level 1 coaching course. I currently coach the Monday Belvedere swim session and Tue NAC swim session. I am actively involved in the club in organising training days and training sessions and work with other club coaches to try to co-ordinate a broad range of training activities.
Coming from no particular sporting background I joined 3D in 2008 with the aim completing a sprint triathlon and to have some fun in the process! When I achieved this I found that the bug had bitten - and since then I have completed many triathlons from sprint to iron distance, and running races from 5km to marathon (still having fun in most of those cases!). Over the years I have been coached well by many coaches (3D and external), and I am interested using this knowledge to help others improve and achieve their own goals. I have a particular interest in run coaching, and from my various injury experiences (!), functional strength and conditioning. I believe that in order to achieve your goals, your training should always have a purpose - even if that purpose is to take it easy, enjoy the sunshine and recover before the next hard session!
Encouraged into triathlon by my brother, I figured it'd be easy due to a youth spent swimming. Unfortunately whatever fitness I had was lost since I had last swam as a little badminton, horse riding and scuba diving over the years had done nothing to maintain it. I stuck with however and gradually progressed to the point I don't usually come last anymore. I have also moved my focus solely from surviving triathlons to doing a few triathlons a year along with a focus on open bike racing, with a preference for stage races.
My introduction to coaching was being volunteered as a swim coach for the club, due to my swim background, and have now been coaching the Thursday swim session for about seven years. Over the following years I picked up qualifications in swim coaching, athletics coaching and triathlon coaching and tutoring. My major involvements with coaching in 3DTri are in coaching swim and bike training sessions and answering any questions members have about training, racing, coaching and triathlon in general.
As a coach I enjoy seeing athletes develop, progress and enjoy their achievements in the sport. This applies especially beginners who start out just able to complete two lengths of the pool
Competition- 1 marathon, 3 ironmans, 2 haute routes
Qualifications- Swim level 1, Athletics level 1, Triathlon level 2, Triathlon level 2 tutoring
Having misspent much of my youth swimming I decided to give triathlon a bash after over a decade of keeping unfit back in 2007. From sprint to Olympic to middle and long distance I've learnt the hard way that it’s not all about the swim. I've been formally and otherwise taking groups for open water sessions for the last couple of years during the summer months and have happily seen people progress from 'I'm not going out there, it’s too deep' to Howth Island swims and the like. I've been lucky enough in the last year to coach groups of swimmers on Monday evenings in Belvedere. For those that can't make the club sessions I'm more than happy to pass on advice about how they might spend that sacred hour or so in the pool to get the most from it.
I've completed the Level 1 Swim Ireland teaching and coaching courses and the Triathlon Ireland Level 1 coaching course but see myself very much the novice coach in the club with a lot to learn from the other guys and the athletes in the club. I continue to swim on a regular basis for enjoyment, sanity and the occasional triathlon - as long the swim is in the open water ;)
I have coached triathlon since 2007 with a few triathlon clubs (3Dtri, TCDtri, Cambridge TC, Galway TC), and swimming in various roles since 1997. I am interested in improving training approaches specific to the demands of triathlon races and figuring out the easiest way to get faster.
I originally gained qualifications in lifeguarding, swimming and lifesaving through Swim Ireland and the Royal Lifesaving Society. Then in 2007 I founded TCDtri (Trinity College triathlon club) and led triathlon coaching in that club, including personal coaching. This was and is still supported by doing a variety of CPD courses by the BTF, DCU sports dept, Swimsmooth and Triathlon Ireland.
- I won a sprint tri 7 weeks after breaking my arm (Lough Key 2007).
- I was 3rd in the 2011 British Quadrathon Championships.
- Top 30 in Alpe d'Huez olympic tri, long distance tri, and duathlon.
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