Some of our athletes are finished for the year. Taking a break, looking back, knowing that you did what you could. All of these are important skills that each athlete needs to learn.
Congratulations to Tim at the London Triathlon at the weekend – goal achieved despite a season of training skewed by external pressures.
Similarly well done to Sean, performing at Bontranger 24/12 despite a massive reduction in training time and increase in life stress. One place off the podium in a harder field than last year. Some gains are not measurable by position.
Autumn is about to fall. The weather has broken and many athletes are just awaking. Keeping motivated in the lead into fall races is always hard, hours are less, weather more unpredictable, life catches up after the summer break.
Focus. Simplicity. Targets.
All of these things will allow them to continue.
Stunning week for Stoic Focus athletes:
- 2nd place Vet and 5th over all at the European 12 Hour MTB Championships for Phil
- 1st place at Round 3 of the Irish XC NPS for Claire
Summer is coming and people are going fast. Keep them coming.
Another weekend of mountain bike racing and the girls are smashing it.
1st place for Claire Breslin at the first round of the Irish XC National Points series in Cong county Mayo, and another 1st place for another athlete at the Southern XC series. The ladies are doing me proud.
More results as they come in, but the summer looks like a good one.
Belated race results for Claire Breslin who took 3rd at the Galway Biking Blitz and managed a 2nd overall in the series. Her first year training properly and its starting to show results.
Sean Downey also pulled off an excellent podium position getting 3rd in the elite/experts field at the Black Park XC promoted by WDMBC. It’s all starting well early for Sean who’s eyes are firmly set on the coming CX season.
Keep training hard, thinking smart, and the results will come.
The spring racing season has started.
A win for Claire Breslin at the Biking Blitz in Limerick.
Placings in the top 25, 50 and 100 at Hit the North for 5 riders.
Racing is good to remind the body for what is coming.
Summer and the speed season.
Winter and the cyclocross season.
Many athletes racing makes a coach tired.
Lots of thinking about training plans, whether we nailed it, if they are ready.
Always, the relief of a phone call or message post race saying it went well.
Always, the disappointing result which does not reflect the work put in.
Nationals are hard. They test us fully.
This weekend saw a range of riders across two National Cyclocross Championships reaching the peak of their season. Well done to one and all for some results that reflect the work you put in. Unlucky for those that did not get what they expected or deserved, it will come in time.
A special mention goes to the new Irish National Junior Cyclocross Champion David Montgomery who showed us what we knew he had. An excellent victory after a year of frustration.
Another two top ten placings in the Irish Senior Mens Championships with David O’Neil (Swords CC) in 7th place and Sean Downey (Cycleways CC) in 9th place. First time UCI points for both, scalps taken that mean more than the result.
Now we rest and reflect. Time to think about next season has not yet come.
Good luck to all our long term coached athletes competing at their National Cyclocross Championships this weekend.
Remember; Don’t think about the pain, use it to race harder, ignore your brain and push like it is the last race of your season.
Another busy weekend. 3 athletes racing at the national trophy in Derby.
1 ‘local’ in the veterans category rode respectably despite the prior training load.
Two Irish senior riders rode well in the final tune up for Nationals despite a last row gridding.
I mostly fettled bikes and got covered in mud. The other side of coaching.