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Mark Kelly

When did you first get into triathlon ?



What was your first?    

TriAthlone Olympic as part of a relay with Damien Brehony and the legendary Dan Burke from Limerick. I had the bike leg while Damien had the swim and Dan the run. Came a very close third in a big field on the day, missed second by 10 seconds. First full ‘Tri’ event was the Lough Key Try-a-Tri in 2012


What has been your favourite event to date?  

Humbert Sprint in 2012 – great lake, fast bike but tough hilly run


What would your most important tip for anyone starting triathlons?

Take your time – spend time at all 3 disciplines – I made the mistake of ignoring my swimming for the first while and always end up playing catch up on the bike leg which is very frustrating.


What bike do you cycle?

Felt AR4 (Road) and Felt S22 (Tri)


What wetsuit do you wear?



What sportsperson (across any sport) do you most admire?

James Cracknell – double Olympic rowing champion but has gone on to do some massive endurance type events and survived and returned from an horrendous bike accident while cycling across the US. The documentaries he has produced off the back of these events are a must watch for any endurance based athlete for motivation


What other sports or hobbies do you partake in?

Rowing, photography and chasing my young son around the place


What are your goals for the coming season?  

Main event on the horizon is the bike leg on the Humbert Half-ironman as part of club team with Conor Redahan and Roy Kelly – looking to do well in this event. Also plan on a number of sprint Tri’s throughout the year and some long distance cycle events


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’ve trained myself to push myself harder into my ‘pain’ zone recently so can withstand higher levels of strain and hopefully go hard out for longer periods. Would have classified myself as slightly ‘soft’ in the past. Easier said than done though…..

As regards improvements – swim and running probably equally mediocre so have to do some work on both


What are your favourite and least favourite training sessions?  

Favourite: Saturday morning club spins

Least favourite : Some of Roys gems of intervals on the Castlecarra Road – Hillsprints??? 


What piece of training / racing gadgetry could you not do without?

Whatever Heart Rate monitor I happen to be wearing for the session followed closely by my bike computer


What one performance to date are you most proud of and why?  

I suppose winning the club Try-a-Tri last year – was very much a case of trying it out to see how I’d go with no expectations whatsoever