The multisport adventure racing bug has firmly grasped me. Born in Sligo, I have a long held an interest in cycling, road and trail running, as well as surfing and kayaking.
I’m truly happy when running the peaks of the Dartry Mountains or the Wicklow Way, or cycling the hills of the Glencar or Glenmalure Valley. In my spare time I can be found surfing the waves of Strandhill or sea kayaking in my local spots in Mullaghmore.
I work as a Physiotherapist in Beaumont Hospital. Combining my Physiotherapy and Sports Science degree, I am only too willing to impart my training and injury prevention advice to others. Although I might hold onto some competitive secrets!
My Training Week
Over the summer I usually have a race every 2-3 weeks, so lots of tapering and recovery surrounding the event. Typically a tapering week for me involves 50% of everything – distance, intensity, and number of sessions. I also include some swimming to keep me occupied.
In a typical training week it’s important to include: A long run or cycle to build endurance – I like the ‘bun run’ (a long group cycle with a coffee stop along the route!)
Hills (either cycling or running) to build sport specific strength (not as enjoyable as the bun run, but keep the intensity high and it’ll pay off on race day!)
A short fast cycle followed immediately by a similar short fast run (another high intensity session but it’s important to accustom to the wobbly leg syndrome of bike to run)
Adequate recovery – this can be ‘active’ recovery. eg leisurely cycle or swim. Or just hit the recliner and have a day off! (You need to earn this!)
Finding time is also a challenge. I’m an early riser so I often train before work. It takes time and perseverance to adjust to this (and caffeine!). I often add a run into my work commute too. A run or cycle home after work leaves the evening free.
Lastly, and most importantly, variety week to week in training will maintain motivation. Run or cycle a different route. Alternate high intensity hilly runs with a track/speed session week to week. Or do a fartlek run (google it!).