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Base2Race Top 5 Tips For Open Water Swimming

Are you braving the cold Irish waters for your first open water swim this weekend? If so, whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, these 5 tips will ensure you survive your first open water swim at 10 degrees...  A few things I wish someone had warned me of when getting into the sea when my mind rushed with a frenetic string of thoughts:  Where’s the black stripe on the bottom?  What is that black thing floating on the bottom, is it a shark?  What just touched my foot? (probably my other foot)  What was that splash? (probably my hand entering the water in front)  Anyway, moving on from that here’s a few real tips that can help you...

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Chris Mintern Fine Tuning For Challenge Salou 70.3 Ironman

Last weekend I took part in Naas duathlon. Race distance: 3.5km run-20km bike-3.5km run. I must be getting older, it's the first time in a race that I've been shocked by the initial pace set out by all the eager juniors! "Young fellas getting carried away" - that's what I told myself anyway, maybe I'm just slowing down as a result of the middle distance training. Duathlons are tough events, tougher than triathlons perhaps, I ran sensibly and came into transition on the tail of the leading group of five athletes. I settled into a good rhythm during the early stages of the 20km bike ride, Marc Flavin & Paul Carroll were riding very well and by the turn around...

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Donadea Irish 50km National Championships

I’m not the type of person who should run Ultra’s ……2 knee arthroscopies, more than 10 cortisone injections over the last 10 years and multiple PRP injections under both kneecaps, crappy biomechanics and flat feet. Yet I do…. Why? I just seem to really enjoy running for hours and seem to have a diesel engine, once I get the pace right 😊 My first race of 2019 was last Saturday 9th February; The Donadea 50km. The 9th edition of the event. Held in Donadea forest on a 5km loop, 10 laps in total. You have 5 hours to complete it, no exceptions. As the race director says ‘Do 10 laps then fook off’It is a relatively flat course with only minor drags...

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