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Equipment Review – Headlamps

By | August 25th, 2017|Categories: Equipment|Tags: , , , , , |

The evenings are getting darker, earlier...For some, that means moans and groans. For others that means woops and high 5's. For those who love trail running, the thought of not having to wait till the early hours to get some night trails in, is a mouth watering prospect. So last night, a group of like minded [...]

The Inside Track – Gaelforce West

By | June 17th, 2017|Categories: Race Preview|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Alas the iconic Gaelforce West is almost upon us. For some, this is one of the first adventure races they have taken part in. Certainly one of the most demanding. A course that pulls no punches. Measured at an impressive 67km, which takes in, amongst other things, a scramble up Croagh Patrick, many consider this not a race [...]

Kayathlon hits a few milestones

By | June 12th, 2017|Categories: Media Broadcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Over the weekend Kayathlon.ie reached a few milestones. We made it to 6 months and our Facebook following reached 1,111. I would like to use this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you for your support and following. You have been immense.  You guys make it all worth while. We have made great friends [...]

DAR Dingle…the calm after the storm

By | June 12th, 2017|Categories: Race Review|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The wind has calmed and the dust has started to settle after DAR Dingle. What a race! Highly regarded as one of the toughest races on the calendar and again, with the extra help of gale force 8 winds, it certainly didnt disappoint.  The conditions were so severe, the kayak stage had to be cancelled but [...]

ROAD TRIP!!!

By | June 9th, 2017|Categories: Race Preview|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Adventure races, are designed to push you beyond your comfort zone. And that's not just your physical comfort zone. Also your geographical comfort zone. For most one of the best parts of racing is the road trip. You get to go to the most remote & beautiful parts of the country. For some, it's a [...]

Dave Gowan – Taking Control – His Inspiring Story

By | June 1st, 2017|Categories: Motivation, Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A while back Kayathlon.ie in conjunction with Quest held a competition for a free entry to Quest Glendalough. The winner was chosen at random. The winner was a guy called Dave Gowan. Not only did Dave win the draw, he won the blooming race too. After the dust settled, I spoke to Dave and well, [...]

The Inside Track – DAR Dingle – Race Preview

By | May 28th, 2017|Categories: Race Preview|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In less than 2 weeks, 1,100 + competitors  will take on the next race on our calendar. DAR Dingle on the 10th of June. For many, this will be their first time competing in an Adventure Race and also DAR Dingle. The majority of whom will be competing in the 43km sport route. This is a great of [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Barry Cronin

By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 11. Ever wondered what it takes to dine at the top table of Adventure Racing. To be regularly spotted in podium position photo. Well Barry Cronin, has taken the time out of his hectic schedule to let us know what he does in order to "Deliver the goods" each time (cryptic). [...]

How Exercise Can Help Beat Depression!

By | May 18th, 2017|Categories: Motivation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Unfortunately, suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 50 in Ireland and the UK. In the UK alone, 100 men take their lives every week with young males three times more likely than women to commit suicide. And it’s a growing problem to men in their 40s. But thankfully now, what [...]

The Importance of….Doing your Race Research!

By | May 16th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , |

Doing your race home work could be the making and breaking of you! Especially if its your first time competing in that race. Let me elaborate on that. Adventure/multi-sport races are about endurance. Spreading your energy levels out. So not knowing what is around the corner could be the undoing of you. I have seen first [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Mark Young

By | May 16th, 2017|Categories: Running, Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 9. This weeks spotlights moves to the rebel county...Cork. Mark Young, who is clocking up events nicely, goes under the light next... Enjoy :) What is your name? Mark Young How old are you? 37 Where are you from? Near Bandon in West Cork What got you into Adventure/Multi-sport racing? What [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Greg Dillon (audio)

By | May 8th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Listen to Our Podcast With Endurance FM Since the site was launched back in early January, I have been shining a spotlight on competitors (of all levels/standards) and it has been a great success. But in doing so, I have been asked each and every time when will I put myself under the spotlight. So [...]

Gaelforce Connemara – Race Preview

By | May 4th, 2017|Categories: Race Preview|Tags: , , , , , , |

Oscar Wilde once described Connemara as a "Savage beauty". And Gaelforce Connemara this weekend is just that...a savage beauty. Connemara itself consists of uncompromising, rugged landscapes with never ending coastal in inlets. Hence where the name of Connemara came from...(Conamara) is Irish for 'Inlets of the Sea'. Move inland and you are greeted with endless [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Margaret Erwin

By | April 25th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 7. Our next competitor to go under the spotlight is our first lady to do so. Margaret "Mags" Erwin. She is an all action, straight talking, self professed chatterbox with a zest for life! Enjoy :) What is your name? Margaret Erwin..(Mags) You should never ask a lady her age…but if [...]

20 Top Race Tips

By | April 20th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , |

With The Blackstairs Adventure Race, Clare Island Adventure Race & Gaelforce Connemara Adventure Challenge fast approaching, it's important you will not be left wanting at the starting line. Check out these 20 tips to help you make the most of your day!       1. Gear Up If you are a [...]

5 Reasons to Run on Different Surfaces

By | April 18th, 2017|Categories: Running, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , |

1. Injury prevention In order to minimize the opportunity of getting injured, you should really try and get off the hard surfaces. Those high impact surfaces. The ones that batter the joints i.e. concrete, tarmac. Over time these will absolutely crucify the body. 2. A change is always good Monotony can be killer. Motivation levels can [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Padraig O’Connor

By | April 14th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 6. Our next competitor to go under the spotlight approached me at Quest Glendalough last Saturday out of the hustle and bustle of excited racers doing last minute checks, warm ups and carb intakes. From answering race query online earlier in the week, Padraig spotted my branded kayathlon.ie base layer top and came [...]

So what is next on your race calendar?

By | April 9th, 2017|Categories: Cycling, Kayaking, Running|Tags: , , , , , , |

About know, if you were one of the lucky 3000 plus competitors who took part over the weekend in either Quest Glendalough or Shore2Summit, you are probably already beginning to plot your next outing. Check out our new and improved event guide for the coming year and get planning... http://www.kayathlon.ie/events Also stay tuned as we will [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Outdoorsy Guy…Ciarán McCann

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: Running, Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 5. With Quest Glendalough looming, I began to research actual footage of trails of Wicklow on Youtube and came across a channel by a fella called "Outdoorsy Guy". Turns out he is an Irish guy who has done a good few races on the circuit. Really worthwhile checking his channel out. Some [...]

Kayathlon.ie Goes Global!!!

By | April 5th, 2017|Categories: Media Broadcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We have some exciting news. Kayathlon.ie are delighted to announce that we will be interviewed on a brand new internet radio station Endurance FM on the 12th April on all things multi-sport/adventure racing in Ireland. This is testament to the ever growing race popularity in Ireland. Who or what is Endurance FM? Endurance FM is the world’s first radio [...]

Race week – Carb loading?

By | April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Nutrition, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , |

With big calendar races like Quest Glendalough & Shore 2 Summit coming this weekend, the queries have started to filter through again. One of the more common questions we receive is on "Carb Loading" and do I need to carb load and if so how much? So before I answer that, lets see why we need Carbs at all... [...]

Conquer Heavy Leg Syndrome

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Cycling, Kayaking, Running, Tips & Tricks, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For anyone who has ever gotten the heavy legs after transitions, you know it can be very frustrating. But there are ways & tricks to get around it. Before I tell you those, lets get to understand why exactly it happens. Reason 1: When cycling, the blood is mainly directed up into the quads in what [...]

The Story of Liam Delahunty – Prepare to be Inspired!

By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: Motivation, Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Every once in a while a story comes along that makes you stop and think. A story that puts your own stuff into perspective. This story I talk about is the story of an Irish man. But not just any man. A man who wants to be in charge of his own destiny despite the odds. [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Shane Flannery

By | March 16th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 4. So recently, Kayathlon.ie teamed up with Killary Gaelforce to run a competition to win a couple of free entries to Gaelforce Connemara on the 6th of May. From our hat, we pulled out the name of Shane Flannery. It transpires that Shane is doing a wee little challenge called the [...]

Quest Killarney Countdown!

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: Race Preview|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It's Q minus 4 days. All roads truly lead to the Kingdom of Kerry this weekend. And in particular Killarney. At this stage you're probably dissecting the race, stage by stage, hill by hill, from energy gels to water intake, every possible variable right up to the after party. Should I be carb loading. How [...]

Introducing Mike Jones, Our New Blogger

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: Kayaking, Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Introducing Mike Jones Adventurer, Our New Blogger. I mentioned a while back that our blog would soon be joined by a man who frankly encapsulates the adventurous spirit. If you were to ask anyone who knows Mike, of his whereabouts, they would point you in the direction of the water, a mountain or something that involves [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Denis O’Sullivan

By | March 6th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 2. I was up on our Instagram page and my eyes were drawn towards a picture of huge hoard of Adventure Race medals. They belonged to a guy called Denis O'Sullivan.  To say I was impressed was an understatement...there was definite medal envy in there too. And as if big brother was watching, [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Jonathan O’Meara

By | March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The site has been live now for 2 months and we have been banging on about how good Adventure/Multi-sport racing.  So we have decided to call on other racers to give their opinions and why its so great. First up is Jonathan O'Meara. Jonathan, in 2015 made the leap from the ranks of triathlon to Adventure racing. Since then, [...]

Cue the Montage Music

By | February 24th, 2017|Categories: Motivation, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Was just getting ready last night for a run in the stormy weather, in preparation for Quest Glendalough on April 8th, I reached for my mp3 player and thought to myself what will I use tonight to help get me around...and I dug up this gem...The Rocky Soundtrack. What a classic. One, for me, that has [...]

Bad Weather…Storm Doris, is that all you have got?

By | February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Motivation, Running, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I woke earlier than usual this morning. I could hear the gale flexing its muscle outside. #StormDoris was not in a very good mood. I hadn't planned on doing anything physical this morning as I have a couple of things on and was planning to get out later in the day. So I went back to the [...]

Hill Running in the City

By | February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Running, Training, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I recently posted a blog called Conquer Your Everest which discussed the importance of trail/hill training in preparation for a race. A couple emails filtered through about having no access to hills and looking for an alternative. So in response, read on :)While having access to hills obviously is an advantage, its not essential. If you live [...]

Conquer Your Everest

By | February 21st, 2017|Categories: Motivation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

They say ignorance is bliss, "they" never did a multi-sport race.  So if you have just completed your first race last Saturday in Killary GaelForce Dublin and are probably thinking to yourself, I wouldn't mind doing that again but are wondering what would you do differently next time to better yourself. That's what went through my [...]

The Calm After the Gael

By | February 19th, 2017|Categories: Race Review, Running|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The first major adventure race of year "Killary Gaelforce Dublin" is complete. If it was your first, I suspect you are both buzzing and sore.  You are probably rerunning the events of the race, the cycle, the trek to the summit of Kippure, the kayaking on Blessington and that feeling of crossing the finish line as [...]

5 Race Day Mistakes

By | February 17th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

So the big day has arrived and you are bursting the traps trying to get out and own that mountain...well take note of the following pointers to avoid disaster. Every athlete at some stage or another has fallen foul to a couple of these...no matter what level they are at. Rest There is an old Irish [...]

What Do I Need To Get Started…

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Your first steps into the world of multi-sport/adventure racing may be daunting but fear not. I will admit when I first decided I was going to give it a go, I was intimidated, not least by the race itself, the training involved to get me up to speed but from a financial side of things. What [...]

Awaken Your Inner Tom Crean

By | February 6th, 2017|Categories: Motivation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We have all seen the Guinness advert about the famous Irish explorer called Tom Crean. Well its time to awaken your inner Tom Crean. Its in our DNA. As an Irish person, I truly believe this. History has shown that we have explored every inch of this blue planet, sometimes out of necessity, sometimes out of [...]

Roll on the 2nd Day Aches…

By | February 1st, 2017|Categories: Injury Prevention, Tips & Tricks, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Until late last summer, I would equally look forward and fear the 2nd day pains...You always knew that in order to get those pains, you have been doing something right. As the old wise ass in the dressing room would gleefully proclaim "Sure that's just weakness leaving the body". And to a point he would be [...]

Back to the Grind!

By | January 30th, 2017|Categories: Motivation, Running, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The winter break is over...and an extended one I might add. Bar two outings in early January, not a yard was covered since November 26th after RunTheLine 13Km moutain race (http://runtheline.ie/). A great race but at that stage I was finished after a grueling season. According to my Runkeeper app, I clocked up 98 sessions in 10 [...]