Wild Atlantic Way Cycle

5 days in West Cork & Kerry on the bike with the Microsoft Crew Day 1: Kinsale to Skibbereen 106 kilometres A long day - 2 days in 1 really, up at 5:20am with the alarm, to get on a bus to Cork. Seeing new faces and old friends. A quick pitstop change in Kinsale … Continue reading Wild Atlantic Way Cycle

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Charity Events at Work: What I Learnt

In September 2018, I took part in a charity fundraiser with my colleagues at Microsoft Ireland. A team of 80 people fundraised over €110,000 for Ireland’s only children’s hospice, Laura Lynn. I wanted to share my thoughts on all the great things that I learnt by taking part, both from a personal and team point … Continue reading Charity Events at Work: What I Learnt

Dingle Adventure Race: 2018 Race Report

My 7th year coming down to Dingle for an always memorable and happy weekend. This time was different. I was injured, so had to make a call the night before to drop down to the sport distance. My ankle has been sprained since a triathlon 2 weeks ago, so there’s no way I could run … Continue reading Dingle Adventure Race: 2018 Race Report

Wicklow Way Relay 2018

Rathfarnham AC Team Report By David Power, Team Captain One of the highlights of the IMRA calendar, a real celebration of team spirit, adventure and surprises. Rathfarnham AC was hoping to continue our proud history in the Wicklow Way Relay, an 8 person relay over 100 kilometers from Dublin to South Wicklow. In our way … Continue reading Wicklow Way Relay 2018

Maurice Mullins Trail 2018

8th – 1h57m One of the excellent IMRA events, which I completed for the 4th time. Conditions were calm and mild, and a lot drier underfoot thank I’d expected. It’s nice waiting at the start in Ballinstoe. Watching the Ultra runners reach their halfway mark, just as we set off. Fair play to them all. … Continue reading Maurice Mullins Trail 2018

Gran Canaria Cycling: Pico de las Nieves from Las Palmas

Route: 91km, +/-2855m, 5hrs, 20th Dec 2017 HC climb – for years I watched the Tour de France and didn’t really know what it meant. Hors Categorie – without categorisation. Climbs could be graded 1-4 depending on gradient and length. HC was invented for climbs off that scale – tougher than a Cat1. (In Ireland … Continue reading Gran Canaria Cycling: Pico de las Nieves from Las Palmas

Virtual workshops using Surface Hub

This week I got to use some cool technology which really impressed me. Imagine if the National Emergency Coordination Committee could use this technology to collaborate on the response to natural disasters like Ex-Hurricane Ophelia which hit Ireland this week? Ok, I work for a tech company who makes cool stuff like Xbox, Windows, Azure, … Continue reading Virtual workshops using Surface Hub

Cycling around the Netherlands

September 2017 Overall thoughts After 5 days of cycling around the Netherlands, there are a few great things I noticed and appreciated, which makes cycling safe, enjoyable and easy. Touring on a bike is such a great way to see the countryside. You discover so much more than going by car or train. It’s a … Continue reading Cycling around the Netherlands

Charity Cycle for Laura Lynn

On Tuesday 5th September, I'm taking on a 3 day charity cycle with 40 work colleagues at Microsoft in support of Laura Lynn Children's Hospice. Training began in June with many first time cyclists but it's great to see everyone out and ready. We have a big fundraising target of €50,000. Please donate online here … Continue reading Charity Cycle for Laura Lynn

Race Report: Jailbreak Cobh Triathlon

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jancek/34842408953/in/album-72157682945422153/ Jailbreak - who wouldn’t like to swim away from an island back to the mainland? If they can do it in Alcatraz, Cork won’t be outdone. After years of going to Kinsale, for a great race and weekend at King of the Hill, I decided to give Cobh a go, mainly due to the … Continue reading Race Report: Jailbreak Cobh Triathlon

Duathlon Race Report – RD view

This is a race report with a difference. For a race I didn't even take part in. The Phoenix Park Duathlon took place on 22nd April 2017 with over 200 competitors. I was one of the 40 Belpark Tri Club volunteers who made it happen. Here's my report from the race director's (RD) eyes. Where … Continue reading Duathlon Race Report – RD view

TI Race Organisers Summit

25 February 2017 – Athlone I.T.: I always saw a race director as a stressed looking individual busily moving around a race transition zone – clipboard in one hand, phone or walkie talkie in the other. Telling other people in hi-viz jackets where you can and can’t park your bike, or what time wave 3 … Continue reading TI Race Organisers Summit

2016 Blog Stats

My blog has been around for several years now, but it’s always interesting to check out this is there. I’d an active year in 2016 with over 30 posts.   Most popular posts Two topics proved popular: travel and race reports followed by food and nutrition. My article from 2013 “Girona: a cyclists paradise” is most … Continue reading 2016 Blog Stats

Waterford Greenway

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXayKRZjhDs It’s great to see such positivity and comments about the Waterford Greenway. It’s not even finished or officially open yet, but 2016 was a breakthrough year. I hope 2017 bring lots of new people to the area to walk, cycle and explore the beautiful countryside. The Greenway is a 46 kilometre paved trail on … Continue reading Waterford Greenway

Tramore’s Beach & Backstrand

Everybody from Tramore, and probably anyone living within an hour’s drive, loves the beach in Tramore. At Christmas time, with so many people home, you release how special it is to have on our doorstep. I’ve been walking down the beach every day. It’s a great place to meet neighbours, friends, runners, dogs, horses, kitesurfers, … Continue reading Tramore’s Beach & Backstrand

Camino Portugues: 4 days running

This is a detailed blog post about running the Camino Portugues from Vigo to Santiago over 4 days in September 2016.  Jump to these sections: Day 1: Vigo to Pontevedra – 33km Day 2: Pontevedra to Padron – 42km Day 3: Cambados to Pontecesures – 50km Day 4: Pontecesures to Santiago – 39km Gear: What … Continue reading Camino Portugues: 4 days running

Cal-Neva Lake Tahoe Marathon

1st place - 2h58m, 8th October 2016      /     Sand Harbor, NV to Homewood, CA Tahoe is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. So, when I heard they do a 3-day marathon weekend, I was in. I decided to do the Saturday marathon, the Cal-Neva which went across the northern side of the … Continue reading Cal-Neva Lake Tahoe Marathon

Trail Running in Portugal: Grande Trail Serra D’Arga

  Caminha, Portugal, 26 September 2016 This report is about running two mountain trail races in Portugal in less than 24 hours. I finished the main 33km race in 13th position after 3hrs 22mins of running over 33km. The night before I warmed up with a Sunset run over 17km. https://www.facebook.com/268751096494020/videos/1091588047543650/ I’m sitting in the … Continue reading Trail Running in Portugal: Grande Trail Serra D’Arga

Book Review: The Body Electric

Reading medical books for leisure isn’t one of my preferred hobbies. But I did just read a really insightful book called “The Body Electric: Electromagnetism And The Foundation Of Life” (see Amazon page). It was published over 30 years ago by a top researcher in the US, Robert Becker. You might think it’s dated or … Continue reading Book Review: The Body Electric