2013 Club Race Report
After a false start due to changeable weather in June, our 2013 sea race successfully went ahead on July 12th.
It was a warm sunny Friday evening, perhaps too sunny in that as all swimmers swam parallel to the shore, with every breath they took in the direction of the shore, they were rewarded with a blinding glare. The course itself ended up being over 1300 metres, and the sea was calm and warm.
The Dublin ladies were the clear team winners, whilst the men returned the second position in the team points. Roisin Kelly, Eleanor Bourke and Niall O'Sullivan were all podium finishers. The fastest Dublin swimmer in the men's category was Rory McGlynn, and in the ladies' category it was Mary Rose Keegan.
There are a few nice shots of the day in the following presentation, click here
A special thank you should be expressed to Mairead who made the day possible, and to Eithne, and Eileen who helped coordinate everything.
Coached Swim Training v Training Alone
Niall O'Sullivan, President of Dublin Swimming Club talks about why he prefers coached training sessions over training alone.
I regularly swim two pool sessions a week, one at a lunchtime on my own and one with my club – Dublin Swimming Club. I far prefer to swim with others and with a coach. Below, I reckon, are the benefits of coached sessions:
- With a group I train harder ...and train better (the competitive instinct kicks in).
- You are more likely to coast when on your own, especially towards the end.
- A coach will give great advice on technique.
- The coach will bring more variety to the sets.
- You don’t just do front crawl – which reduces likelihood of repetitive strain injuries, e.g. on your shoulders.
- You meet your team members, get to know them better and have a bit of banter and craic.
- Swimmers are grouped by ability so not normally in a lane with slower swimmers as happens in public hours.
- Sessions are prepared with an eye to upcoming competitions so tailored to time of year etc.
- At €7 / €8 per session this is only slightly higher or comparable to most pools that have pay as you lane swimming – so broadly same cost but you get a coach on the deck.
- In the case of Dublin Swimming Club, you get to swim in two of Dublin’s best pools – UCD and Sportsco – for the club’s coached sessions.
Another DUBlin DUBle
On another glorious day on South Wall, Dublin's quartet of Matt, Niall, Ceall and Mark lead the Dublin men to their second victory of the campaign. Also swimming for the boys in blue were Niall R, Daniel and Diarmuid.
In the second race of the day Mary Rose, Michelle, Orla and Eithne brought Dublin home to team victory. with Maeve, Janice, Sandra and Molly putting in strong performances.