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Kieran Jackson is one of Ireland's many top triathlete talents. He's had a strong year so far focusing his energy on SuperLeague racing and finally the French Grand Prix racing, where he will compete with the world's best next weekend. He's also become the newly crowned Irish Sprint National Champion. We've asked him to write a guest blog on how he approaches his taper for a race.  You’ve committed to your training programme, you’ve put up with the early mornings, late evenings, wind, rain, you name it. Now it’s getting closer to your race, you want your body to be...

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Ironman Race Day Plan: 15 Tips For Success   The training has been completed. You swam, biked and ran, week in and week out to prepare your body for the task ahead. But how are you going to put it all together to complete the Ironman? We’ve put together this ultimate survival guide to help you!   Ironman Youghal, Barcelona, Nice, whatever your Ironman race may be, you’ll want to plan ahead and be prepared for anything that comes in your way. Paul here at Base2Race just recently completed his 7th Ironman in Santa Rosa. There’s no denying the fact that...

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  European Championships, Weert, The Netherlands I travelled to the Netherlands last Wednesday to compete in the European Championships in Weert- my first experience of travelling internationally in a team environment and my first big games. Preparation couldn’t have gone better and my coaches at HupHup had done all they could- the rest was down to the day. Thursday   Course familiarisation (swim, bike and run) took place Thursday morning for the Elite and Junior athletes (Girls race Friday/Boys Saturday) The swim was in a lake and consisted of 2x750m laps for the Elites including a run up and re-entry after...

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Athletes put in an awful amount of time, effort, and passion to follow their dreams, to hit their target goals, to improve on their personal bests. It all comes down to one race. Months, and weeks of hard work to reach the top. The following athletes put themselves out there and turn up every day to do work.  Eve McCrystal Pic: Billy Mol - Flickr Eve lined up on Saturday for the Red Hand Trophy cycling race, 112km, set up by the Ballymena Road Club. She had this to say about her race and one of her first outings on...

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Triathlon has exploded in participation the last number of years and rightly so, it’s very social – join a club, train with your friends, rivalry. It’s also very easy to get started and sign up to a race, there’s nearly two or more races on every weekend throughout the summer. Triathlons are great, nobody really takes them seriously at all…it’s just a bit of craic. However, there’s a certain fear when doing something for the first time, just like anything in life whether it’s a new job or completing your first triathlon, is the fear of the unknown. To help...

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