28th July 2014
Commonwealth Games Glasgow
Well that was one hell of a week in Glasgow. I’m currently on the plane on route to Geneva to join up with my training squad again. That week went so fast and what a week it was. Some words that summarise the experience for me in no particular order…
Triathlon, Strathclyde Park, Avonbridge Hotel, Super Sprint Relay, Tropical conditions, non wetsuit swim, Beef and Chicken Fajitas, de branding kit, Tollcross Swimming pool, 1,500m freestyle, Hampden Park stadium, 5km finals, anti doping, new Irish kit, super friendly CWG staff, fast swimming, hard hill, serious security, athletes dining hall, Bamboos night club, athletes village, family and friends, Revolution, #TeamNI… Etc…etc.
Here is a wee run down of the week.
Monday 21st July
-Morning run drills in Morzine with Aileen and Jodie
-Drive to Geneva airport
-Fly to Edinburgh with Aileen and Jodie on Easyjet… Long checkin queues
-Arrive in Scotland, transferred to team base by Debbie, Avonbridge Hotel, beside Strathclyde Park
-Cycle race course, dinner with N.Irish Triathlon team, bed.
Tuesday 22nd July
-Relaxed morning, lazy breakfast
-SBR easy course familiarisations and briefings, pontoon draw.
-check all kit is race legal, physio flush out
-Team meeting about all logistics around race, dinner bed.
Wednesday 23rd July
-Early morning bike ride and run
-breakfast/chill/prepare race kit
-Lunch time swim, activation and usual race warm up.
-Physio flush out, dinner, watch opening ceremony on TV, bed.
Thursday 24th July RACE DAY 3pm (1.5k swim, 40km bike, 10km run)
-Run drills and jog early, super relaxed breakfast.
-Final race kit check
-Usual race build up, nutrition, music, stretching, getting into the zone, watch ladies race on TV
-to race site at 12noon with team mates Russell and Harry
-watch the final few KMs of the ladies run, Jodie… Gold, Aileen 6th, burnt up a few adrenaline hits from the excitement of watching/shouting at them, Awesome stuff ladies!
-1.30pm transition opens, 20min bike warm up, 20min swim warm up, get set in Athletes lounge.
-3pm and we’re off. Fast swim, hard bike, brutal heat for Scottish Standards, hard 10km run! finish 12th, satisfied.
-Randomly selected for drug testing, 2hrs straight after crossing the line, missed all family and friends.
-physio flush out that night, bed at 2am… Watched TV coverage from race.
Full race results – http://www.triathlon.org/results/result/2014_glasgow_commonwealth_games/268733
Triathlon Ireland report -
Friday 25th July
-7am Breakfast with newspaper, great to relax over breakfast.
-9am Team relay briefing, S/B/R course familiarisations
-lunch at 1pm
-3hrs relaxing, Physio flush out
-diner, team relay meeting with Tommy getting us all super pumped up, bed at 10pm
Saturday 26th July RACE DAY (Team Relay) 12.30pm 4*(300m swim, 6km bike, 1.6km run)
-morning run drills and jog
-to race venue at 10am, really pumped but more enjoyable build up than individual race
-normal warm ups, race order Aileen, Conor, Eimear, Russell.
-Aileen finishes to tag me in lead pack, swim, bike and run probably harder than I’ve ever done.
-I finish in 3rd place, 3 secs behind 2nd place.
-We finish in 6th place great performance from N.Ireland’s team relay team.
-catch up with my parents and friends and family for 30mins pre going to athletes village.
-Village is awesome, party with all the triathletes, family and friends in Bamboo in Glasgow City centre… Loooong night, great Craic.
Full race results -
Triathlon Ireland report -
Sunday 27th July
-physio flush out
-track athletics, 5km final, explore athletes village
-final triathlon meeting
Monday 28th July
-watch 1,500m swim heats at Tollcross pool
-pack for leaving
-Travel to Edinburgh airport, fly to Geneva, drive 2 hours to Avoriaz, back to normal training tomorrow.
The Commonwealth Games are Awesome!