Killarney Adventure Race: preview

With 5 days to go to Killarney Adventure Race 2015, I thought I’d write a quick preview since I’m really looking forward to this race. It’s my third year racing, and I enjoy every section of the course. It’s tough, fun, breath-taking and rewarding. I like racing against the best adventure racers in the country, so the Elite wave for the 70km is shaping up to be an epic battle around this beautiful part of Kerry.

My Build Up

It’s been a long year, with over 25 races in all sorts of sports already done. Some medals, some wins, a few PBs, lots of new amazing locations, a few races abroad, racing old favourites. I’ve mixed cross country running in winter, with duathlon in spring and then triathlon and adventure racing over the summer. I’ve squeezed in a few longer cycles and runs as well.

This month I’ve enjoyed competing nearly every week – a new 5km PB; 5th in Achill ROAR, then running 3 marathons in 3 days along the Camino from Santiago, followed by another PB in the Porto Half Marathon. Just about time to recover for final triathlon of the summer, the Sprint championships last weekend. There’s even another 5km in Sandyford in Thursday night – I’m tempted to race it, but think I’ll jog around, since it passes my office front door.

So I’m all set – injury free, 3 adventure races in the bag, so only 2 more for the National Series list. Killarney and Sea to Summit to come. Then I can really say I’ve done enough. Oh but then there’s cross country for the winter. Darn! At least being injured you have an excuse to stop 🙂

Movers & Shakers

Looking at the national adventure race series points table, it’s great to see most of the top 10-15 competitors are on the start lists. The Cavan duo of Dessie Duffy and Killian Heery are probably the men to beat, as they’ve consistently battled out wins over the summer. Behind them Lonan O’Farrell has been having a good season and should be strong all round, with Eric Wolfe always around top 3.

I reckon I’ll have my hands full with a large group of competitive athletes – Adrian Hennessy has done lots of longer stuff this year so not sure if his speed is there. Aidan McMoreland is focusing on an October marathon, so the tough bike course might catch him. Barry Cronin has been improving but the long course mightn’t suit him. Local Jerry O’Sullivan does well on this course, and Noel O’Leary from Dingle also knows his way round, but not sure how much he’s been racing.

So I’ll be pushing for a top 5 position – my biking is a bit stronger this year and I’m looking forward to making time up on the long run up Mangerton. Hopefully my descending is better. My Achilles heel could be the kayak – if the wind blows and the lake is choppy, I’ll lose time to the leaders. It’s only 1.5km so I’m gonna push hard to limit the gap.

So whether you’re racing the sport or elite races, enjoy it. You won’t find a better way of getting a whirlwind tour of the lakes & mountains of Killarney!

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