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New Year Resolutions ensure Huge Numbers

posted 9 Jan 2012, 16:02 by Kevin Monaghan
With temperatures on the mild side on Sunday morning it was great to see such big numbers arrive at ORS. We had no less than two A groups, three B groups and C groups taking to the various roads. It certainly looked like everybody was keen to keep to their new year’s resolutions! It was great to see so many of the club members togged out in the new club jackets. Well done to all it looks brilliant to see our club colours represented across the high roads and by-roads of Westmeath and further a field.

"A" Group Ups the Ante

Today seen the start of our Base 3 phase in our winter training programme. Base 3 training involves the longest weekly training hours in the training year and the Sunday spin focus will be on including routes which are as hilly as possible to increase leg strength and endurance. After a quick briefing from team leader Mark Horohoe on the upcoming weeks training we split into two groups and took to the road. Sticking to the plan we decide to head north to Oldcastle via Crookedwood, Collinstown and Dromore, riding a steady pace the kilometers rolled past not with ease put a comfortable pace! As anyone who has cycled these roads there is not a single flat road to be found, and soon we were to find another road with a nice assent, the climb to Lough Crew! The climb itself is a steady long drag, perfect for the power training we were looking for.

After the climb was over we took to the Cstlepollard road into a strong head wind, where we stopped for quick refuel. From ‘pollard we came home via Coole, Multyfarnham and as if we hadn’t enough climbing done piggery hill! All in all when we got back home we had over 85km completed! Well done to all and special praise must go to Mark and his advisors from putting a lot of work into our training plans.

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Group B Notes Sunday 8 January 2012
Oh my God what a turnout of new winter jackets.  It’s on days like these that you truly feel glad to be a member of this club.  The number for the B Group was so big it had to be split into 3.  Robeard O’Ceallaigh, Conor Isdell and I each took a group.  It was decided that the route to be taken would bring us to Moate via Loughnavalley and Ballymore. 

the wind on our backs we had we had a great spin home on the old N4 to Rochfortbridge taken in Gneevebawn Hill for the first time this year (and it never seems to get any easier).  With pace averaging 30Km/h and 105Km under our belts, everyone  got home safe, dry and a little tired but looking forward to the season ahead.

Mark Horohoe briefs the A group troops before Sunday's spin
Mark Horohoe briefs the A group troops before Sunday's spin