Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Killynure - League#7 (24th June 2014)

Back to business this week after the relaxed spin and BBQ of last week. Weather conditions were reasonably calm but also dull and cloudy.

Mechanical of the night went to Glen Pollock who experienced chain problems with his Madigan TT bike. A close runner up was Peter Morrison who had a team of mechanics servicing his Argon in the Carryduff pit lane minutes before the start. Hopefully they found Morrisons "missing" rear brake.

Good performances are not normally mentioned in this blog lest people develop big(ger) egos. However, Mr. Kanes sub 17:40 time seems a bit special and worth a mention. Just being called "Mark" seems to be worth 30 seconds in a TT.  Also, in the "super-duper-vintage" vet category it is great to see Messrs McHenry and McGuicken putting in big performances and useful times.

Finally just a mention of thanks to our sponsor McConvey cycles. Their sponsorship provides some cash which goes towards the prizes at the end of the season. Please visit their shop on the Ormeau road and mention the TT league. Ask for "Mike Millar" in McConveys for some TT advice.

Results

Girls
Judith Lonnen     00:21:51
Emma Kerr         00:24:12
Ali McConnell     00:24:54

Boys
 
Mark Kane         00:17:35
Mark Millar       00:18:59
Vaughan Purnell   00:19:09
Peter Morrison    00:19:26
Gavin Browne      00:19:48
Enda Marron       00:20:03
Michael Sinton    00:20:45
Mark Hanna        00:21:58
Desi McHenry      00:23:04
Peter McGuicken   00:24:00
Conor Preshaw     00:24:12
Glen Pollock      dnf

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

BBQ (17th June 2014)

Layby louts

Croquet (Invictus won)
The chill sisters



Emma scoffing

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Temple - League#6 (10th June 2014)

Next week is the BBQ. These social occasions are an important part of sport; the competition part should not be all consuming. If you are going can you please complete the doodle poll that was emailed out by Friday13th!

Anyhow, here's something more cheerful. A special guest blog courtesy of Ireland's answer to physicist Brian Cox, namely our own Stevie Smartt!

My wife doesn't like me in lycra. Not surprising as it's not a pretty sight, although the male competition on Tuesday evenings doesn't look an awful lot better to me. But I would guess the TT girls were unhappy not to see me in the figure hugging outfit tonight . Of course this is not because they have any different opinion to that of my wife, quite the opposite. I'm one of the weak animals at the back of the MAMIL pack that they have a chance of hunting down and picking off. Survival of the fittest on Tuesday evenings. The weak are encouraged to participate, but only for a ritual beating. 

Thankfully the human route out of the African savannahs was not led by bike pedalling apes or who knows what path our evolution would have taken. Would MAMIL dominance have meant we would all be called Mark and walk around in garish catsuits ? I don't think I'll ever be able to pull off the Morrison-Carroll look of a seriously fast TTist, so I'm staying well away from the one piece. The invention of the wheel was a probably good idea but using it as an instrument of weekly punishment was not what the Babylonians had in mind.  Why is it so hard to get faster ?

It's very simple. Power = velocity cubed. On a reasonably flat course, the limiting factor to increasing
your speed is air resistance. Rolling friction from the road is negligible and the force you
are up against is fluid friction which is proportional to your speed squared. Total energy needed to cover the course is just force x distance, so your instantaneous power output  is energy divided
by time. This means power = force x distance/time, so that's another speed factor. Which means
your power output to maintain a certain speed is proportional to speed x speed x speed.
This is why it's so hard to get even 10% quicker. You would need to increase your power output
by 30% (1.1 x 1.1 x 1.1 = 1.3). That's pretty tough - burning out 200 Watts on a stationary
bike is good going in a spin class, but to get 10% faster you need to push this to 260 Watts, constant.

Enda's power pedals are at least good for something, he's about 15% faster than me and
tells me his pedals read about 280W average. Sounds about right as I reckon I would be
down around 180-200W. Of course, better to be more efficient. So aero helmet, get lower,
pull in the elbows and …. the one piece.

Is it worth it ? Not on Killynure, once the gradients start then beating gravity dominates your power
budget. And you can't draft gravity. If you're reading this and thinking there must be some
truth in Vaughan's jest last week, you're probably right. I do have a new bike.

The results then ...

Girls
1. Judith Lowry 29.39
2. Emma Kerr 33.16

Primates
1. Mark Kane 24.28
2. Mark Millar 25.03
3. Vaughan Purnell 25.52
4. Gavin Browne 27.08
5. Enda Maron 27.12  **KHD**
6. Michael Sinton 27.30
7. Chris MvEvison 27.54
8. Dave Lonnen 28.43
9. Bill Rafferty 29.16
10. Mark Hanna 29.59
11. Steve Begley 30.18
12. David Morrisey 30.22
13. Desi McHenry 30.58
14. Paul Hetherington 31.24
15. Johnny Boylan 32.03
16. Peter McGuicken 32.33
17. Conor Preshaw 32.56
18. Carl King 34.20

**KHD = kept head down **

TT Training 2017

What's it all about?

The TT league is a series of training events for triathletes from local Triathlon Ireland affiliated clubs. These are timed sessions, not races, and there are a number of different events that reflect a fun element. The organisers are all volunteers. In June there is a BBQ and in October there is a prize giving evening.

Entry Requirements
Participants must have a current Triathlon Ireland license (either associate or full membership) - no exceptions. Participants must be a member of a Triathlon Ireland club.

Riders must have a working red rear light on their bike and sign a disclaimer before each event.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost however there is a suggested donation, which can made at the start of the season, of £30 to cover running costs.

When and where are the events?

The calendar can be viewed at the bottom of this page. The TTs take place on Tue nights at either 18:45 PM or 19:00 PM sharp from various locations - please see links for maps on this page.

In the event of having to cancel an event a note will be put on this website between 5PM and 6PM on the day of the event. One reason for cancelling would be because of bad weather.

What is the League?
The league is a series of 12 individual TTs with a competitor's best 6 results counting. There will be a separate league for the boys and girls.

Time keeping and marshaling duties?
Marshaling and time keeping duties are shared each week between the competitors.

Legal stuff
Competitors must show their Triathlon Ireland license, sign a waiver form and provide next-of-kin details before being allowed to join in. The TI membership covers public liability for any who are found to be negligent in their duty to other particapants and as such cause personal or property damage. TI also covers for members for 25,000 euro in the event of death or disability following an accidental injury.