Sligo Women’s try-a-tri

Sligo Women's Programme

The fifth annual women's initiative took place on Sunday Oct 18th, in near perfect conditions at Sligo Regional Sport Complex. The women put in some hard training over the 6 weeks with the coaches of the Sligo Triathlon Club and on their own time. They trained twice a week with the coaches, Sunday evening was the swim training and Wednesday evening was the brick session (bike & run). John Graham ‘Transformational Coach’ also assisted them through training and online learning specializing in how to deal with anxiety and confidence building which all participants found to be extremely useful.

The event kicked off at 11am with the first wave of less experienced and very nervous swimmers undertaking 10 lengths. All women were out of the pool in under 14minutes and made their way to the transition area to commence their bike. Wave two set off in the pool at 11:25 and completed their 10 lengths in under 10 minutes before commencing the bike leg of the event. The bike course consisted of 5 laps (10km) of an enclosed looped course in Cleveragh Park opposite the Sports Complex.

The run consisted of almost 4km, which took the competitors through a scenic route along the riverside in Doorley Park and back up along the outside of the park, finishing with a tasty hill top sprint.

The initiative gives women confidence to participate in sport and they go forward as role models within the community. It’s a fantastic event and Sligo Triathlon Club is proud to be a part of it. I hope to see most of these women participating in our annual mini sprint event in April.

As a club coach and triathlon Ireland development officer it is great to be part of such initiatives that serve to increase female participation in the sport, increase fresh members within the club and give members of the general public a very attainable yet challenging stepping stone into the world of triathlon.

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