Saturday, 23 August 2014

Kinsale Regatta Sandycove Swim 2014

Swim Smooth: My Favourite Book About Swimming!

 Please note that there are a few rules to follow when swimming at Sandycove.

This is Ned's post from the Sandycove Swimmers page. Please note the safety issues.

The Kinsale Regatta Swim was a success. The positives: 37 showed up on time for the adult swim, registered (it was FREE) and did a lap - SAFELY (within 40 minutes). The safety boats came, a volunteer took the times and the Regatta committee then continued with the kid's swims. We awarded the silver cup to the swimmer closest to the time I guessed for them. They all told me a number....but I typically adjusted it a bit. It is called a secret handicap. Everyone has a shot...Dave Mulcahy was spot on the 30 minutes and won the cup! There were 2 sets of Gold, Silver and Bronze which went to fastest men/women (no distinction made for togs/wetsuits). A few things didn't work.....and only by telling all will it help for the future. First: a few swimmers showed up late and missed registration...the tide doesn't wait and this is a safety issue. Parking is always a problem for an allow more time. Second: unregistered swimmers went for a lap just before and just after the start time....which made a "count" impossible for the safety crews. We don't own the not for me to stop folks. Maybe next year we'll make the red Sandycove cap mandatory so we can tell

The results below were organised at the last minute by a last minute draftee. The times may not be accurate but I know that my own time was. Names are what I could make out from the hand writing but you should be able to figure out who you are.

Let's just be grateful to Ned Denison for organising this super fun free swim!

1. Michael 21.41
2. Ned 22.39
3. Andrew 23.55
4. Craig 24.16
5. Adrian 24.19
6. David 24.22
7. Ted 24.49
8. Danny 25.08
9. Finn 25.50
10. John 26.05
11. Sinead 26.14
12. James 26.46
13. Carmel 27.13
14. Marcel 27.43
15. Rory 28.30
16. Dave 28.41
17. Rory 29.12
18. Cel 29.40
19. Dave 30.00
20. Gwen 30.08
21. Gordon 30.14
22. Gary 30.22
23. James 31.16
24. Ruth 31.28
25. Yoyteti 31.58
26. Ros 32.05
27. Tim 32.19
28. Keiron 32.29
29. Paul 32.43
30. Siobhan 33.12
31. Sevy 33.16
32. Barry 33.34
33. Marian 33.41
34. Mazz 36.05
35. Maria 36.12
36. Susan 38.40
37. Andrew 39.25

Saturday, 26 July 2014

'King of the Hill' Kinsale Triathlon 2014 with Videos

The Cork Triathlon Club put on another superb race at the 2014 King of the Hill triathlon in Kinsale.

This time my partner participated while I ate ice-cream with the kids and drank coffee. T'is a tough auld life. ;-)

All the reports which I heard were positive. The swim appeared to be longer this year at around 900m. Last year the swim was a little short so we know that next year it will be bang on 750m.

Here is a clip of the top competitors exiting the water:

It was unusual to see close company behind Chris Mintern on the swim as Chris normally has a healthy lead coming out of the water.

Of course as expected Chris was first into T2 and gave us a demonstration of a speedy transition:

After the race there was a great buzz as the competitors discussed the race:

Thanks must go to all race directors, organisers and marshals. 

Here is Adrian Quinn enjoying the race from the sidelines:

To reach the finish line is always special and these girls were obviously delighted:

Here is Fast Eddie:

And another snap of Chris and friend:

Let me know what you thought of the race in the comment section below.

Happy training!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Puncture Proof Tyres???

Of course there is no real puncture proof tyre that would be suitable for a competitive type of road bike as the tyres would probably be too heavy (especially with thick tubing on the inside).

However the Continental Ultra GatorSkin 700 x 28C DuraSkin Tyre is very, very good and I have recently heard people raving about them. Basically the tyre is black carbon three ply.

This is what Amazon says about the Continental Ultra GatorSkin 700 x 28C DuraSkin Tyre

A durable carbon black mixture, a well- regarded puncture protection system and the Duraskin anti-cut fabric turn the Gatorskin, formerly known as the Ultra Gatorskin into a real long distance runner; Constructed from 3 plies, totalling 180 TPI; Weight: 360 grams; Handmade in Germany;
The Continental Tyre Ultra Gatorskin is a durable, fast yet tough tyre at a really nice price. The Duraskin external mesh forms a protective sheild over the entire casing to prevent cuts, puntures and abrasions. The slick German made natural rubber tread is designed to perform well in wet/wintery conditions. Features: The ONLY tyre you need for your winter / training bike The most popular 700x23 tyre in the UK Duraskin cut-resistant layer from bead to bead Quality German made natural rubber tread Praised by both the press and thousands of satisfied users

  Here are a few Amazon Reviews:

Great tyres - much better puncture protection than non-Gatorskin tyres and good grip too. I have total confidence in these tyres and the limited rolling resistance is great as well.

great tyre very fast and surprisingly grippy and so far no puntures ( I have only done a few hundred miles)

Been using them of over a year and not a single puncture . Cycled all the way from London to Paris and back, plus 20 miles 5 days a week commuting to work. Still good !

Great riding and very durable. Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect PerfectPerfect Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect

For A Greater Selection of Puncture Proof Tyres Look Here:

Continental Gatorskin/Duraskin Folding 700c 23mm Road Bike Tyre - Black, 28 Inch Continental 

GatorSkin/DuraSkin 700c 28mm Folding Road Bike Tyre - Black, 28 Inch Continental Gator 

Skin/Dura Skin Folding Road Bike Tyre - Black, 28 Inch

Competition: Whose legs are these?

This is a straight forward competition. Try to guess who the above person is and post your answer in the comment section below.

The winner receives glory and honour. :-)

Good luck!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Top 3 Best Sellers in Cycling

The following 3 items are current best sellers on

 Each item has at least 100 reviews so you know that the items have passed the quality test. Buying through Amazon is totally safe and secure.

Just click on any link to read more information about the product.

Happy browsing!

Polar H7 Bluetooth 4.0 Heart Rate Sensor Set for iPhone 4S/5 - Black

The Polar H7 Bluetooth 4.0 Heart Rate Sensor Set for iPhone 4S/5 - Black  is rated 4.3 / 5 on from 241 reviews.

To start with I want to add a personal note to say that I own a Polar heart rate monitor, though not this model, and I am very happy with it. I think Polar is a great brand for heart rate monitors.

Heart rate monitors are suitable for all types of people from those wanting to lose fat, to those training for endurance, to those recovering from a major ilness.

The Amazon page for the Polar H7 Bluetooth 4.0 Heart Rate Sensor Set for iPhone 4S/5 - Black contains a wealth of information so be sure to check it out

Briefly however according to several features of the Polar H7 are:

  • Provides live, accurate heart rate to any Bluetooth smart ready device and compatible mobile training apps, including Polar Beat
  • Uses Gym Link to connect with the majority of Polar heart rate monitors and with compatible gym equipment
  • User replaceable battery. For optimal battery life, detach transmitter from chest strap after every use
  • Long transmission range (~10m)
  • Compatible with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad (3rd & 4th generation), iPad mini
  • Compatible with selected devices using Android 4.3 or later (HTC: One, One M8, One Mini; LG: G2, Nexus 4, Nexus 5; Motorola: Moto G, Moto X; Samsung Galaxy: S3, S4 and S5, Note II, Note III; Sony: Xperia Z1)

Here are some reviews about the Polar H7 Bluetooth 4.0 Heart Rate Sensor Set for iPhone 4S/5 - Black found on

Arrived in super fast time. Well packaged and after using this item a few times on a couple of 7 mile runs I found its working perfectly.

works as it should do and Samsung Galaxy S4

First class to the usual standard you get from Polar.
This is the third and best belt I have had from them.

GoPro HERO3+ BLACK Edition - Camcorder - (12MP, WiFi)

The GoPro HERO3+ BLACK Edition - Camcorder - (12MP, WiFi) rates 4.3 / 5 on Amazon.Co.Uk from 121 reviews.

The detail about the product is really quite unbelievable (I mean that in a fantastic way) so click on the above link and read way.

A brief summary would include the following features:

  • Video resolutions up to 4K
  • 1080p60 / 960p100 / 720p120 fps
  • 12MP photos up to 30 frames per second
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • SuperView™ and Auto Low Light modes
  • Waterproof to 131’/40m
  • GoPro App + Wi-Fi Remote control
  • Control your camera remotely—start/stop recording, adjust settings and more
  • See what your camera sees with live preview
  • View Photos and play back videos¹
  • Copy photos and videos¹ to a GoPro album on your smartphone or tablet
  • Share photos and videos¹ via email, text, Instagram™, Facebook or other app
  • Browse and delete files on the camera's memory card
  • 131’/40m Waterproof Housing
  • Higher Capacity Li-ion Battery
  • Quick Release Buckle
  • Vertical Quick Release Buckle
  • 1 Curved + 1 Flat Adhesive Mount
  • 3-Way Pivot Arm
  • USB Charging Cable

As you can see the features are very extensive so click the link to read more about the GoPro HERO3+ BLACK Edition - Camcorder - (12MP, WiFi)

Some reviews about the GoPro on

A 16th birthday gift for my Grandson Patrick - his grin is looped over both ears and he is in love - the product is amazing

The video quality is amazing. Small and light. Perfect for outdoor sports (up close). The battery is ok, I get around an hour of footage with the wifi off.
I use it for longboarding and get great videos.

Everything about this item is amazing. Hands down. Just get one, you need it, you know it

Kryptonite Bike Lock & Flex Cable

The Kryptonite Bike Lock & Flex Cable is rated 4.3 / 5 from 319 reviews.

Amazon describes the product as thus:

Product Description
Popular lock package containing U-lock and bonus braided steel flex cable. Best security for moderate to high crime areas, with a standard length shackle.Reinforced sleeve over crossbar and cylinder provides enhanced security protection with a reinforced internal housing increases resistance to twisting and leverage type attacks. Features: 13mm hardened Performance steel shackle resists cutting and leverage attacks. Includes 4 KryptoFlex double loop cable for securing front wheel or accessories. Reinforced hardened cross bar design provides increased protection. High security, disc-style cylinder. Anti-rattle bumpers reduce noise during transport. Product dimensions: 4 x 9 (10.2cm x 22.9cm) Product weight: 3.60 lbs (1.63 kgs).
Box Contains
Here is a review from Amazon called 'Superman Proof';
not even superman can take my bike now. I've always known superman one day may turn bad and when that day comes if he wants a bike ride it won't be on my bike haha
For further reading click here: Kryptonite Bike Lock & Flex Cable

Sunday, 20 July 2014

West Cork Emergency Rescue 50 Mile Charity Cycle

West Cork Emergency Rescue 50 Mile Charity Cycle

Whilst on holidays in Schull recently I participated in the West Cork Emergency Rescue Charity Cycle.

I heard about the cycle after registration had closed but I contacted a lovely man called Garry, who was the chief organiser, and he got me into the cycle.

On the morning of the cycle rain hung in the skies so, since I had left my cycling rain gear in Cork, I found the nearest cycle shop and bought a very cool Nalini rain jacket.

Garry had given easy directions to the Skibbereen fire station so finding it and parking was not a problem. Funnily enough I was expecting 20 - 50 people to show up but there were well over 100 people there when I arrived. I guess around 300 cyclists did the cycle.

The route was from Skibbereen - Bantry - Durrus - Schull - Skibbereen, a total of around 50 miles.

Upon departure we were led on a lap around Skibbereen town to the delight of the locals who stopped and clapped in support.

Despite having to navigate Mount Gabriel later in the ride the toughest section was definitely from Skibbereen to Bantry as the headwind was fairly strong and the rain, whilst not torrential, was heavy enough at times. There were some nice uphill sections too but nothing too taxing.

We pulled into the Bantry fire station and were welcomed with tables of food. Sandwiches of various kinds, yoghurt, fruit, sport bars etc plus a multitude of drinks. It was very well organised.

I was pleased to meet Herbie from the Schull Triathlon Club and had a good chat with him. I also spotted a jersey.

The pace car was fairly slow from Bantry to the uphill after Durrus but that was probably a safety aspect as the roads were still wet and there were sharp corners to navigate.

The climb on the side of Mount Gabriel was easy enough and I actually rode the same route, from Schull to Durrus and back to Schull, later in my holiday.

We stopped at the Schull police station for a feed of fruit and yoghurt before jumping back on the bikes and pelting it back to Skibbereen. We regrouped just outside of Skibbereen and were led into and around town by a fleet of rescue vehicles with sirens blaring.

When we arrived back at the Skibbereen fire station there was a huge BBQ spread awaiting us. This wasn't cheap BBQ food either. This was quality food. They even had beer on ice and to top it of the rain had disappeared and beautiful sunshine was out in force.

It was a great day so thanks to Garry and all the volunteers!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

The Baltimore Sprint Triathlon 2014

One of my favourite endurance training books (click image to Look Inside)

I want to congratulate the West Cork Triathlon Club on hosting a great race.

It was an early start for most of us as we took the scenic drive out west. The tri coincided with the first day of my two week holiday in Schull, hence this late report, so I was pleased to leave Cork City behind for a little while.

The registration area was easy to find and registration itself was straight forward. The goodie bag contained several gels, a drink bottle, swim cap and a great T-shirt. Similarly the transition area was easy to find and set up was nice and relaxed with plenty of space for all competitors.

I bumped into Andy from the Offshore Surf Shop in Kinsale and had a great chat as we had only recently met. Eventual winners Katie Cooke andChris Mintern as well as John O'Connell and Annmarie Power (2nd woman home) were all there as well and I had a chat with each pre-race.

The swim was quite choppy and I got of to a great start, swimming hard for around 50m before settling into my stroke. Unfortunately the guy to my right decided to swim sharply to the left and pushed my head under just as I had a mouth full of sea. I panicked and ended up swimming nearly half the swim doing breaststroke. At the last turnaround buoy I got back into freestyle mode and had an enjoyable swim back to shore.

I swallowed a bit of sea water during the above episode and actually felt quite sick in T1. I actually debated whether or not to throw in the towel but I thought that I'd feel better on the bike. So, unbalanced I jumped on the bike and gradually felt better.

The bike course was out and back and it was interesting to see how large Chris Mintern's lead was. The guy can fly!! The ride to Skibbereen was largely uneventful apart from getting stuck behind a car about five minutes from the finish.

Heading out of the run I still wasn't quite feeling myself so, thankfully, I took it rather slowly. This stood me in good stead for the run up to the beacon. It's a lovely, scenic run and the hills add to the challenge. I had been warned about the final hill in town and had conserved enough energy to climb up without too much problems.

I hit the finish tape behind several people who I finished in front of in TriMonkstown. So while Baltimore was not my best tri it was a very nice race none-the-less.

There was a healthy spread of fruit and sugar-rush muffins at the finish as well as plenty of water. Plenty of athletes stayed behind for a post-race chat in beaming sunshine. All in all I think that the race was a great success.

If you participated I'd like to hear your opinion of the race in the comment section below.