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Busy couple of weeks for Kettlebells Ashbourne, between training and races, there’s a whole lot going on.
Boyne 10k: Yesterday we piled into cars and arrived en masse in Drogheda for the Boyne 10k. Big race, lots of runners and supporters and a good ‘challenging’ route with hills galore. That’s where the prowler and bike came into play. No matter how tough a hill is it can’t be tougher than either of those! Massive thanks to Eimear Ni Dhubhláinn for all her help organising the group registration.
Well done to Gareth, Connor, Ingrid, Sharon, Elaine, Avril, Edel, Mags, Mark, Shane, Emma, Mick and Lynsey on cracking (Or “savage” as Shane calls it) times (with honorary Kettlebellers Stephen, Julie, Alissa and Audrey playing a blinder). Everyone’s been training very hard for the past few months and it really showed yesterday. As we were safely ensconced in Fox’s in Ballymadun for rehydration and recovery we got the news that we’d come third in the Ladies Team category for Lynsey, Ingrid and Sharon’s times. Get in there!
Tour de Meath: Putting his money where his mouth is, our fearless lead Aidan took part in the Ratoath GAA Tour de Meath cycle last weekend. Barely broke a sweat!
Quest Glendalough Adventure Race: The first adventure race of the season for Kettlebells Ashbourne and a good test. Tough route, of cycle-run-cycle-run-kayak-run with lots of hills and plenty to do, no bother to them. Tiernan, Gareth, Ingrid, Nicky, Dave and Rob did us proud with everyone coming in in good time. Gareth was 12th overall, 2nd in his age category, and Ingrid 11th lady home and also 2nd in her age category. A big shout out to Rob on his first adventure race where he was thrown in the deep end (!). We’ll have to see if there was a photographer at the kayak section! 🙂
Roundwood 10k: Just a few miles away was a far more civilised 10k trail run around the lake at Roundwood. Emma, Ruth and Lynsey did themselves proud before heading over to Glendalough on cheerleading duties. The next day Sharon and Avril headed off to Duleek for the Cycstic Fibrosis 10k mini marathon and flew it.
Strength Camps: Meanwhile back at the ranch training is going all guns blazing at the moment. The Ladies Strength Camp is heading into week 5 and the one-month fitness test done last week shows all the hard work is paying off.
The next course of the Men’s Strength camp is starting next week and filled up before the latest one ended! Anyone interested in signing up for a strength camp can get in touch and we’ll get names together for another one. They fill up as soon as they are announced so with enough numbers another one can be scheduled.
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Southside on the “Dort”! These rain-soaked beauties you see below are the hardy bunch that travelled South Side to do the Gaelforce Bray 10k Cliff Run. Great times by everyone with Gareth Donnelly finishing in 19th place our OVER 1,300 ENTRIES. Ingrid Brangan, not to be outdone, was first lady home in her age category, in a savage time. Brilliant stuff from everyone and well done for battling the elements.
A first first: Gareth was also first home overall at last week’s Ardgillan Parkrun, something that he’s been dancing around for a while so we’re not sure how he’s going to better it now he’s got it!
23rd April: Quest Glendalough Adventure Race
A few have entered this already and it is sold out but click here to be put on the waiting list.
23rd April: Roundwood 10k Trail Run
For anyone who prefers to eeeease themselves into the trail running/adventure race season, there is a 10k trail run at Roundwood on the same morning. It reads as a very flat run, very scenic and only €20! Looks like a could are heading there too and the more the merrier.
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National domination continues. This week Mullingar was on the cards with Avril Bailey-Flood and (honourary Kettlebeller!) Julie Flood flying the flag. It was Julie’s first half marathon and she loved it, while Avril ran a personal best. Brilliant stuff, well done girls.
Some of the next fixtures on the calendar:
- Gaelforce Bray 10k on 2nd April
- Quest Glendalough adventure race on 23rd April
- Roundwood 10k Trail Run 23rd April (apparently very flat route)
- Boyne 10k on 1st May
Strength Camps: The Men’s Strength Camp is in full swing and now they’ve got their techniques down, we can get on with the tough stuff!
The new edition Ladies Strength Camp started yesterday and our first session was straight into the fitness test, focusing especially on technique from the get go.
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Race season has begun! After last month’s Windmill Run, next on the agenda was the Carlingford Half Marathon attacked by Edel Carberry Quinn and Mags Ennis White. Great weather and a nice tricky headwind and the two flew around, great stuff. Not to be outdone, Ingrid Brangan and Gareth Donnelly headed off to Wicklow on Sunday for the Debra Wicklow Mountains Half Marathon and got another cracking day and great running.
Next outing looks to be the Bray 10k on 3rd April, a Saturday evening. We had a good group there last year and it turned out to be a really nice run so it you fancy an evening by the seaside just let Aidan know.
Strength Camp: The Men’s Strength Camp filled up quickly and has already kicked off. Good fitness tests by everyone and good weight work at the last session, only week one, there’ll be big improvements by the end of the course.
Once the Ladies Strength Camp was announced 3 spots went straightaway and the next three were filled in a matter of days so we’re ready to start that on Tuesday 22nd March. Again, it’ll be a focus on creating strong, lean muscle formation and as there were a few who missed these courses, we hope to launch another soon. Let Aidan know if you’d like to put your name on the provisional list.
Friday Night Challenge:
We’ve had two challenges since our last Weekly(ish) Roundup, with Patricia Stack and Gareth Donnelly coming away with the silverware on Friday last. There was a “nice” little finisher just to make sure everyone got well worked with 60 seconds on the new rowing machine. It just makes things a little more interesting!
Friday night classes used to be the stuff of nightmares and returned to their former glory recently with a lovely: 5 Burpees, 10 Squat Jumps , 15 Pushups, 20 Headcutters, 25 Lunges with the kettlebell X 5 rounds!!
Tara 200: Leading by example and putting us all to shame, Aidan did the Tara 200 cycle on Sunday, doing the 200km at an average speed of 28km per hour. He’s in training for something big so this was a good test and excellent marker for his training.
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Windmill Run: First event of the year for many and an EXCELLENT marker to show how hard everyone’s been training this year, with personal bests coming from all corners. Great turnout and brilliant running.
Small Group: The first small group personal training course of the year is coming to an end this week. It finishes with a fitness test that will be compared with the test done in the first session 8 weeks ago. The group has trained very hard so I’m looking forward to seeing how they get on.
Strength Camp: There is just ONE spot left in the new 8-week Men’s Strength Camp set to start on Friday. Get it contact to grab it.
Friday Night Challenge: Twist in the tale this week as there was a good bit of work done before the challenge. There was a nice long session of sets of atomic push-ups, burpees and reverse lunges before 500metres on the new row machine. Well done to Tommy Quinn and Lynsey Dreaper for getting through their 500 metres in the fastest times.
HRV Course: I spent the weekend at a training course designed to fine tune your training by monitoring your heart rate in order to all you to get the very most from your training plan. Very interesting and will be hugely effective for personal training in particular.
Not bad going for a week!
P.S. And for your viewing pleasure, here’s a video of Gareth Donnelly finishing in 40.28 seconds!
Windmill 2016 – Gareth