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St Stephens Day Duathon Teach Lir

posted 4 Jan 2011, 07:21 by Kevin Monaghan
With the severe weather still hampering our attempts at road cycling, this year’s trip to Teach Lir in Crookedwood for the Christmas Mini -Tri was all the more appropriate for those of us wanting to get rid of a few of the dreaded festive pounds. However, even this event didn’t escape the effects of Mother Nature as the swim had to be cancelled due to Lough Derrevaragh being frozen over.

Not wanting to be outdone completely, Dave planned a mini duathlon which took us all around the lovely scenic lands on the shores of the famous lake. With numbers slightly down on previous years, no doubt as a consequence of the weather, we all lined up for pre race photos. Then with a light shower keeping us from “overheating” the ten hardy lads and lassies headed off on a run around the perimeter of the farm. On completion of the run we geared up at the boathouse for the mountain bike leg of the race. At this point we were joined by our club secretary, Carmel Buckley on her brand new bike which was getting its maiden spin. Off we went through the forest trails, along the frozen stream and across the gallops to the woods overlooking the lake and the fijordlike hills sweeping down to the shore of this fabulous glacier lake. From here we were on the homeward stretch but with the infamous river crossing still to be negotiated. This annual test brings out the best in this determined bunch but with the freezing temperatures, everybody approached the obstacle with trepidation.
First to go through the rapids was Peter Rimmer followed closely by Dave Fagan, Paul Crowley and Richie Lenehan. Next, it was up to the less experienced Shay O’Toole, Mark Monaghan, Lorcan Daly, Dave Flynn, Carmel Buckley and Vera McCool. To be fair, most of us  made a valiant attempt with only one or two getting slightly wet which shows a great improvement on recent years when the majority would not even try to cross, so well done to you all.
Thanks also to Paula Murray for her assistance en-route who, although she abandoned the cycle, ran the complete track and even did gate duty at several points. From here we made the short trip back along the lake shore to base where we quickly dismounted and completed a short run before heading for a badly needed change into dry clothing. With the swim cancelled we retired to the den for some fabulous homemade soup, BBQ chicken and sausage sambos finished off with hot whiskeys and chocolate biscuit cake......real athletes diet.
Many thanks to Dave, Annemarie and family for another festive cracker and already we are looking forward to the 2011 event.” – Shay O’Toole