Drop me a mail if you have any questions. - Phil
Not written anything in here for some time now. The only thing to report on in the open water front was covered in my Apres Ironman Report from early in October. In it I talked briefly about the Missy Kayla Swim and the Great Fjord Swim and you read that here. Aside from that, all has been quiet as you'd expect for this time of year. The news now however is, that I am taking part in the Triathlon Ireland Tri Leader course on November 28th. This is a one day course that I will be doing in conjunction with my team Belpark Tri. Belpark look after the cost of the course on agreement that we opt to look after one area of triathlon training for the club for 2016. I put myself forward for open water swimming, go figure, so I thought I'd let everyone know in advance that in 2016, I'll be your man to come to if you want to come along and get involved in some open water sessions.
Drop me a mail if you have any questions. - Phil
This was the swim start of Ironman Austria 2015. Words cannot describe for you how this felt. Standing on the waters edge, heart pounding out of your chest, excitement, doubt, fear, confidence, so many contradictions. Then, when that cannon goes off, you are in there and there is no turning back. One of the greatest experiences of my life. Enjoy.
For anyone interested, myself and some others will be down at Seapoint this coming Thursday (11th June) for some open water training. Feel free to join us. Be aware the water has taken another dip in temperature. It was 10.9 over the weekend and I suffered badly after being in for just 35 minutes. Drop me a mail if you are interested. ~ Phil
Coming out of the water in the top 3 is always a mini goal for me on race day's. It's great to have mini goal's when competing in triathlon, especially in long distance event's as it keeps the mind active and develop's sooner to reach targets. In a recent podcast I listened to, Chris McCormack talked about how during the marathon he worked on 5km targets for the duration of the race. A great way to stay focused and sane.
In this short clip I nabbed a 1st place exit at last years Wicklow Mountains Olympic triathlon. I came out in 22 minutes and was pretty chuffed to hear afterwards that there were two relay swimmers who came in behind me. Beating a relay swimmer is a big deal as they can afford to go all out on the swim knowing they are done when they hit land.
Sadly the remainder of the race did not go to plan, lets just leave it at that. No fault of my own I might mention.
I get lots of emails in from people asking about wetsuit advice. The simple answer is that there is no 'suit for all'. There are a number of factors that play a part in a wetsuit working for you. The best thing to do is discuss it on a person to person basis. In my case, as an ex-swimmer, I like to 'feel' the water as much as possible. This is completely the opposite for many people who may be taking to triathlon for the very first time. A lot of people rely heavily on the buoyancy of their wetsuit and in many cases is the deciding factor on their wetsuit purchase. I have used a number of suits over the years including Foor, Orca and Speedo. More recently I have moved over to Zone3 and I can tell you that my comfort levels have improved drastically. I have both full and sleeveless options and both are super fast. No matter what sport or activity you engage in, it is true that comfort enhances performance. As a runner I feel most comfortable in Asics, in rugby it was Canterbury and now in open water swimming its Zone3. The suit I went with for the 2015 season is the Zone3 Vision. The reason for this is because it allows more flexibility and shoulder movement and in June I race Ironman Austria where it can get pretty hot. Take a look at their 2015 promo video and if you have anymore quesitons please drop me a mail. - Phil
Welcome to my Open Water Swimming section. Here I provide a simple yet encouraging service that invites you to take a dive with me. I am so lucky to have somewhere like Seapoint on my doorstep and I never intend to take that for granted. It is the perfect training ground for my triathlon and swimming events and if you are interested in joining, then please contact me. Weather/tides permitting, we can get some work done.
There is nothing more refreshing or satisfying - in my opinion - than swimming in the ocean. Learn how to get comfortable with it by training with me. Above are just a handful of my events from around the country in open water.
While this video is from last summer, I thought I'd add it to give you an idea what it feels like in the water. Lough Dan is a great place to go swimming and on this day in particular, it was glorious. If you were a fan of Vikings the TV show, yes they are the ships used on set in the background. I trimmed this video slightly but we covered two loops of a 750m swim that I would race (and win) just two weeks later. Enjoy.
Like what you see? You should, it's pure bliss and will leave you feeling alive.
Contact me if you'd like to experience it.