When did you first get into Triathlons?
2011. There was a suggestion that there might be a triathlon in Carrick on Shannon in May of 2011. I thought that I’d like to take part in Carrick’s first triathlon and starting training with like minded people like Donal Kennedy and Bernard Murray. The Carrick triathlon never materialised but we kept training nonetheless and I did the Sligo Try a Tri in April that year.
What was your first?
Apart from Sligo Try a Tri, my first was Spiddal. It was on 21st May 2011 (a date forever etched in my mind). Weather conditions were horrendous, the sea was wild and it was surely a baptism of fire. I was joined there by Donal, Bernard, Tom Cronin, Andrew Flynn and Damian Brehony.
What has been your favourite event to date?
Tri Athlone 2011 – the weather was beautiful and there was a fantastic festival atmosphere in Athlone that day. As an added bonus I came first in my category and won €45!
What would your most important tip for anyone starting triathlons?
Get good comfortable clothing and equipment and just enjoy it. It’s a great way to meet new friends and exercise at the same time. Be grateful that you are able to do it.
What bike do you cycle?
Specialized Allez (customised in club colours!)
What wetsuit do you wear?
What sportsperson (across any sport) do you most admire?
Internationally: Muhammad Ali
Nationally: Former Leitrim footballer Micky Martin
What other sports or hobbies do you partake in?
I still play Gaelic football and hurling, I played soccer with Carrick Town for over 400 games, I play golf (badly & rarely).
What are your goals for the coming season?
To do 3 olympic and 3 sprint triathlons. Maybe one outside Ireland. Also, I intend to do a couple of the An Post cycle tours and a few local runs.
What do you believe to be your strongest attribute with regards to competition, and what area do you feel you could improve on the most?
I don’t get too nervous or uptight before events; I think that helps with my performances.
I need to be more efficient in transition (I’m a bit too relaxed) and my swimming technique could improve a lot.
What are your favourite and least favourite training sessions?
I like all training sessions, I’m just delighted to be taking part and mixing with club members. The hardest part of any early morning training session for me is getting out of bed. There’s never a training session that I don’t feel good after doing it.
What piece of training / racing gadgetry could you not do without?
I’m a disaster with gadgets. I always forget to set my speedometer or stopwatch. I’ve been meaning to get a heart rate monitor for ages and still haven’t got it. So, I’m not really attached to any gadgets.
What one performance to date are you most proud of and why?
My first and only Olympic distance triathlon to date – Blacksod Challenge in Belmullet last September. It was a big deal for me to swim 1.5k in a very choppy sea and then cycle and run on a challenging course. But I had a great feeling of achievement afterwards even though it took me three hours!