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Adventure Racing Ireland – A New Dawn

Last Sunday evening marked the start of an exciting chapter for sport in Ireland as Adventure Racing Ireland (ARI) was officially formed! ARI was conceived over the past 6 months by a group of outdoor enthusiasts and avid adventure racers who felt passionate about AR and want to grow, promote and develop the sport on the [...]

By |2020-10-22T12:42:19+01:00October 22nd, 2020|Categories: Adventure Racing Ireland|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Top 10: Race Jersey’s

A topic which will surely cause more ripples than the lakes of Killarney in the first week of October. We opened our extensive race jersey collection and after much debate have ranked our top 10 in order of preference...hold on tight...this is going to get messy... 10. Killarney Adventure Race '15 [...]

By |2020-10-12T16:06:38+01:00October 12th, 2020|Categories: Equipment, top 10|Tags: , |0 Comments

Time2Rewind: Gaelforce West

Stone walls and the grass is green!!! We all have rituals of some shape or another. For me, it's car packed, Spotify on, Gaelforce West awaits, that can only mean one thing...the Saw Doctors and the "N17" will be the first song of choice as I leave home. Stupid I know, but it is what [...]

By |2020-09-03T19:29:43+01:00September 3rd, 2020|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Time2Rewind: Quest 12/24

With everything that's going on at the moment and with not much racewise to look forward to we thought we would use this opportunity to remember the great days out we had in the past. First up, Quest 12/24. Why this race? Well this weekend marks exactly one year from its last running. For those [...]

By |2020-08-23T01:35:10+01:00August 22nd, 2020|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , |0 Comments

Quest Geo: 9 Locations – 2 Days

It's a couple of sleeps before race day. Usually by now, I would have game plan or something that resembles a game plan in place. The route would be checked, the vert calculated, the tough sections noted. But not this weekend. This weekend something new is on the horizon. Quest Geo. The Killarney crew, Elite [...]

By |2020-08-05T20:18:34+01:00August 5th, 2020|Categories: Event news|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Gaelforce Connemara 2020: Important Pre-race Information

We are days away from Gaelforce Connemara. The good folk at Gaelforce have been working hard trying to keep the event alive and within the parameters of the ever changing Covid 19 Government restrictions. So, we have put together a quick list of important points that every competitor needs to adhere by. Each of the [...]

Continental National Series 2020 Announcement

dsa It’s good news Friday!!!! We are delighted to announce the recommencement of the 2020 Continental National Adventure Race Series!!! Little did we think when we crossed the finish line at Quest Kenmare on 7th March that 118 days later we still would not have toed the start line at another race!!! It’s been [...]

By |2020-07-03T10:30:36+01:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: National Adventure Race Series|0 Comments

Check Out Our New Adventure Racing Tshirt Range!

By |2020-05-21T21:54:24+01:00May 21st, 2020|Categories: Shop|Tags: , |0 Comments

Strava…There are changes on the horizon

Well all good things... For the avid Strava fans out there, you will probably have seen an email land in your inbox over the last 24 hours or so. There are changes afoot with what features those on the free subscription can use. You will no longer be able to use the compare segments section [...]

By |2020-05-19T11:04:09+01:00May 19th, 2020|Categories: Equipment, Training|Tags: |0 Comments

To Zwift or Not to Zwift…That is the Question!

We recently ran a poll on our Facebook page to see how many of you were on Zwift. Results indicated that about 30% who replied were using it. A lower figure that actually surprised us due to the sudden hype around it and growth in global numbers. There has been a massive spike in numbers [...]

By |2020-05-04T14:03:11+01:00May 4th, 2020|Categories: Cycling, Virtual Racing|Tags: , |1 Comment

Go Virtual Adventure Racing!

As we have all seen, a lot of our staple adventure races are getting cancelled or postponed to a later date due to the Corona virus. Are you left with that empty feeling? The longing for the challenge. The trails. The bike. The craic. The comradery. Even with the latest guidelines Leo & co have [...]

Virtual Cycle in Support of TheGreenWave.ie

As a show of solidarity for our frontline workers and our commitment to #stayathome direction we are getting behind The Green Wave and the great work they are doing. They are providing social and emotional support to those fighting this battle in the trenches and working with small coffee shops and local businesses to bring [...]

By |2020-04-02T17:04:18+01:00April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 Updates, Cycling, Event news|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Event Updates

With everything going on with this fun spoiling Covid-19, events are dropping faster than me with mid race cramp. But it's a necessary precaution as the health and safety of competitors, friends and family nationwide will always take precedence over the events. We will be working along with event organizers nationwide to keep you abreast [...]

By |2020-03-23T17:15:34+00:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 Updates, Event news|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How to Run Alone!

With all that is going on and races being cancelled/postponed left, right and center, all our best laid plans, training schedules have been thrown out the window...right? Well not necessarily... It's a strange title for a blog but it's something that may be a foreign concept to a lot of people out there. Like every [...]

By |2020-05-07T10:20:10+01:00March 20th, 2020|Categories: Running, Tips & Tricks, Training|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Bike Theft – Secure your Strava

We have all seen/heard of the recent rise in bike theft from homes, workplaces and more scarily out on your favorite routes. This has been largely put down to the bad guys becoming tech savvy and using the tools we use everyday training to follow our movements. Technology like Strava. Did you know, if you [...]

By |2020-02-08T11:42:29+00:00February 8th, 2020|Categories: Cycling|Tags: , |0 Comments

Art O’Neill Challenge 2020 – Review Video

We headed to Dublin Castle to take on the Art O'Neill Challenge in aid of Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team. The AON is a 53km(ish) self-navigated foot race from Dublin Castle through the Dublin/Wicklow mountains to Baravore Car Park in Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow, Ireland that starts at midnight. Dave & Greg and 198 other nutters took [...]

By |2020-01-29T08:29:03+00:00January 28th, 2020|Categories: Race Reports, Videos|Tags: , |0 Comments

Time to MTB

If you follow us on Instagram, you’ll no doubt have seen our mountain bike escapades at some point. If you haven’t, go check it out, our pics are awesome Mountain biking takes you to some pretty epic places and the views can be breathtaking. Now before anyone else says it, I’m the first to admit that [...]

By |2020-01-24T13:30:30+00:00January 24th, 2020|Categories: Cycling, MTB|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Triathlon to Adventure Racing…all you need to know

So maybe you are a triathlete and wondered what was all this adventure racing malarkey about. Is it the same as triathlon and what do I need to make the transition, even just to try it out. Main Differences In no particular order, the disciplines. On the surface of it, they are quite similar, you [...]

By |2020-03-09T13:34:29+00:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: Triathlon|Tags: , |0 Comments

Stop That Runny Nose!

EIR - Exercise Induced Rhinitis Do you suffer from a continuous runny nose every time you go out for a run or spin on the bike. No matter how much Vitamin C you pump into yourself, it just won't stop. In 2019, I was in the middle of the second cycle of Quest Killarney (Expert route). [...]

By |2020-01-15T18:51:08+00:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: Injury Prevention, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , |0 Comments

Competitor Spotlight – Shane Herlihy & Caroline O’Rourke

Our next people to go under the spotlight are a husband & wife team. They show that having a can do attitude, nothing is beyond the realms of possibility. Oh and they have some awesome kids too! We got chatting to Shane and Caroline at Quest Killarney, and already knowing most of their backstory, [...]

By |2020-01-05T10:22:09+00:00January 5th, 2020|Categories: Spotlight, Yoga/Pilates|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Our XMAS Bumper Special is Now Out!

Our Christmas Bumper Issue is now available. In an action packed edition, we have another wedged issue with articles including The Continental National Adventure Race Series 2019 in review… Competitor Spotlight: Shane Hurlihy & Caroline O’Rourke Ollie Kirwan: An insight from the Race Directors chair Gadgets, Gear & more: We checked out the latest gear to [...]

There aren’t too many people out there who look at Irelands toughest Adventure Race (The Race in Donegal – 250km of running, cycling and kayaking in 24hrs) and think “I wonder if I ask nicely will they let me do 2 back to back loops of the course”…It takes a certain type of athlete/gobshite to [...]

By |2019-12-18T16:58:11+00:00December 18th, 2019|Categories: Race Reports, Spotlight|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Continental National Adventure Race Series 2019 Awards

Continental National Adventure Race Series 2019 The 2019 Continental National Adventure Race Series winners were officially presented with their trophies by Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland at a presentation hosted by Series sponsors Continental Tyres Ireland, MultiSport Adventure Ireland and Kayathlon. Huge congratulations to the winners, it was a brilliant year of racing, the [...]

By |2019-11-19T13:57:42+00:00November 19th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How Exercise Can Help Beat Depression!

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 [...]

Gear Review: Road ID App – Safety First

With the day light hours getting shorter and the night’s drawing in, we shift our attention towards training and more importantly training safety. If, like us here at Kayathlon, you like to head off into the trails to catch some miles, some peace and some quiet, then you are more than likely going to be [...]

By |2019-10-03T14:47:41+01:00October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Equipment, Tips & Tricks|Tags: |0 Comments

Yoga for Athletes – Part III

In a previous issue, we examined Tree Pose and all its magical benefits-one of these being that of enhanced focus and balance, using what is referred to in yoga as, ‘drishti’ or point of focus. This is where we fix our gaze on a stationary point, be it an object, an extended finger tip, our [...]

By |2019-09-30T20:50:39+01:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Injury Prevention, magazine extract, Yoga/Pilates|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Race Preview: Tuff Inish Adventure Race

Back now for another year, we see the 12 hour/ 132km Donegal race taking competitors again to the edge of their physical and mental abilities. This is what experienced adventure racer, Andrew Wallace told us before the his first outing last year... Quest Killarney would be my biggest race any year so this will be [...]

By |2019-09-27T14:10:07+01:00September 27th, 2019|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

National Series Form Guide: Quest Lough Derg

We are off to Killaloe and Ballina for Quest Lough Derg, the newest event in the Quest Calendar and a new challenge for 1,500 adventure racers! Sport The sport route in Lough Derg will provide some unique challenges for our regular Sport contenders, at 57km is one of the longest sport courses but [...]

The Importance of….Bike Fitting

Can I have a show of hands please. I include myself in this by the way. You go and buy a brand-new shiny bike. You wash it more than your first-born child. You make sure the chain is pumped and the tyres oiled to the nth degree. It looks fast. You look fast. But are you [...]

By |2019-09-16T11:54:10+01:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Cycling, Equipment|Tags: , |0 Comments

Gear Review: Hydration Packs – Osprey Duro 6

Hydration pack. A vital component in every endurance athletes arsenal. Especially as we are now in the middle of a relative heatwave. Keeping on top of this, will keep you trucking for longer. But it's not as easy as it sounds. Finding the right equipment apart from the hydration formula can be an absolute minefield. We [...]

By |2019-09-07T10:05:30+01:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: Equipment, magazine extract|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Race Report – Boyne Adventure Race ’19 by David Lowe

2019 is the first year that I haven’t played GAA in over 20 years and to say I was at a loose end was an under-statement!! I had it in my mind at the start of the year to go running, what or where I was not sure but I decided I would target a [...]

By |2019-09-04T10:21:16+01:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Race Report – Quest 12

Go back 12 months...I cross the line. I have done it. I'm bo!!oxed but I'm buzzing. 13hrs 10 mins. I didn't make the 12 hours but zero fups are given. The high lasts for weeks on end. But slowly it begins to eat away at me. I need to get under the 12. That was [...]

By |2019-09-07T09:26:38+01:00September 1st, 2019|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Competitor Spotlight – Luke McMullan

So what can we say about our next racer to go under the spotlight. Although relatively new to the sport, his racing record is about as roller coaster as you can possibly get. Wins, DNF's, DQ's, stories of unheralded selflessness. It's all in there. Ladies and Gents, we give you Luke McMullan... SPOTLIGHT TIME WHERE [...]

By |2019-09-07T09:48:17+01:00August 26th, 2019|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Race Report – Off The Bloom ’19

A 7:30 am start from Waterford had me arriving in Kinnity around 9:30 for a second crack at the Off The Bloom (Elite) race. Last year the race had been a last minute decision, after myself and my good friend/fellow racer Ian O’Connell decided that it was too long to wait for a race between [...]

Competition Time: Win 1 of 2 Entries to the Quest Lough Derg Adventure Race

Forget Electric Picnic tickets or All Ireland tickets...we have the hottest tickets there has ever been since Willy Wonka announced his factory tour!!!!! We have got our hands on 2...yes 2...exclusive entries to the newest and most eagerly awaited event on the Adventure Racing calendar - Quest Ireland Lough Derg.  Sold out for weeks, we want to give [...]

Quest 12/24 – Essential Advice for Newbies

The Do's and Dont's The bigger the challenge the greater the reward! In 2018 Quest 12.24 was everything they said it would be and more, they even delivered the weather. There was sweat, tears and thankfully not too much blood as the inaugural event took Adventure Racers from Sneem to the top Carrauntoohil, to [...]

By |2019-08-20T20:01:23+01:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: magazine extract, Race Previews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

National Series Form Guide: Off The Bloom

It’s back!!! We’ve had an 8 week break since the last Continental National Adventure Race Series Expert event at Gaelforce West back in June but its unlikely many of the Expert Series contenders have been resting too much over the summer. A quick look through the start list shows the majority of the main contenders [...]

Race Report: King of Greystones Triathlon

It was that time of the year again, where I literally take the plunge into the world of triathlon. The King of Greystones Charity Triathlon (try-a-tri) to be exact. Roll back 15 months or so, I decided after a glass or 2 too many of vino to sign up for the race. What's so crazy [...]

Race Report – Race2Glory ’19 (Sport)

The call was made late on the eve of the race on the back of a long couple of weeks hard training and racing. The body was tired and sore but the word on the racing circuit was the Race2Glory was a unique event and the lure was too much to resist. Plenty of time [...]

National Series Form Guide: Race2Glory

Race 2 Glory - Kiltimagh - It’s the 5th race in the Continental National Adventure Race Sport series, we’ve reached the halfway point and it’s getting serious now and every point gained is vital! The 40k course is designed by Padraig Marrey (who was part of the gallant band of 11 warriors who each made [...]

Yoga for Athletes – Part II

As far as yoga poses go, this beauty is highly underrated. To many the most obvious benefit from tree pose is balance, but there are so many hidden gems that lie within, that can be particularly benefit the adventure athlete. All forms of yoga are beneficial to the athlete. 1. BALANCE When people fall out [...]

Into the West with Gaelforce

The conversation usually goes like this, being asked for the millionth time..... Everybody: “Oh you do triathlons?” Me: “No, I can’t swim....I do adventure races (cue puzzled looks)...running, cycling and kayaking, it’s off-road stuff, usually a mountain involved....” Everybody: “Oh like Gaelforce!!” Me: “Yes....they’re the ones”... So 2019 sees the welcome return of Gaelforce [...]

By |2019-06-19T09:59:50+01:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: magazine extract, Race Previews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Exclusive Viewer Discount: Adventure Foods from Team-Alpha.ie

Every now and again, we stumble across something different and that we could use in our outdoor adventures . While Adventure Racing is our primary outlet and what we mostly do...we can also be found spending days out hiking in the Mournes, the Wicklow Mountains, the Maamturks, The Reeks, Comeraghs...actually, you could find us anywhere!!! We’ve [...]

Competition Time: Win a Pair of Entries to the WAAR.ie

The awesome folk at WAAR.ie have given us a Pair of Entries to give away for the upcoming race on 11th May in Donegal to celebrate joining the Continental National Adventure Race Series(Sport category). One of the best upcoming races of the calendar, this event is not to be missed...   To Enter, pop over to [...]

By |2019-04-24T14:56:00+01:00April 24th, 2019|Categories: Competition Time|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Kayathlon.ie Magazine – November Issue

Our November Issue is now available. In an action packed month, we have another wedged issue with articles including Race Previews: The season finale Sea2Summit Readers Race Review: David Power looks back at Quest Killarney Competitor Spotlight: Marie Buicke tells us all about her love of Adventure Racing. How it started and why she keeps [...]

The Inside Track – SCAR ‘ 18

The fifth annual Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race takes place this year on Saturday, October 20th and looks set to be the biggest yet with up to 600 competitors taking part. We took time out to talk to Sean Mahon, Race Director and member of Skibbereen Lions Club about why SCAR is a little different to most adventure [...]

By |2019-01-30T15:13:44+00:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Race Report: Quest 12.24

The scene was set. The months of prep were done. Nutrition was dialed in. It was time. Time to step up to the next level. Quest Adventure Series had announced back in 2017 that they were upping the ante. There were calls from the more seasoned adventure racer that they wanted something bigger, tougher, harder. [...]

By |2018-09-12T13:25:07+01:00September 12th, 2018|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

Kayathlon.ie Magazine – September Issue

Our September Issue is now available. In an action packed month, we have another wedged issue with articles includingRace Previews: Quest Achill, Gaelforce North, FearmanaghQuest 12.24 - A test like no other: We took on Quests first ever Ultra down in the Kingdom and boy it did not disappointRace Nutrition: How to properly fuel during an [...]

THE STEP UP – FROM CHALLENGE TO SPORT DISTANCE

Like the thousands before you, you have tried this Adventure Racing lark and you caught the bug. Only thing is now you want to up the ante and move to the middle distance but haven't a clue where to start! well...read on! We constantly get questions about the different aspects of adventure racing and one of [...]

By |2019-09-27T20:57:02+01:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Cycling, Kayaking, Tips & Tricks, Training|Tags: , , |0 Comments

5 Reasons to Run on Different Surfaces

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 [...]

By |2018-08-15T14:04:26+01:00August 10th, 2018|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Kayathlon.ie Magazine – August Issue

Our August Issue is now available. In an action packed month, we have an issue wedged with race previews, Quest 12/24, Off The Bloom, BAR Boyne, Cavan Kayakarun, Top 10 toughest mountains you will find on the event calendar, we try our hand at MTB, Competitor Spotlight shines on 'Because We Can' racer Matt Casey, [...]

GearReview: Ons Cloudventure

So there has been a lot of noise coming from the Swiss Footware company ON's and the general trail running community about the new revolutionary grip technology. We decided to take a closer look DOES IT HELP OR HINDER US ADVENTURE RACERS? Have to say overall they were very good especially in this dry weather [...]

By |2018-08-15T17:05:28+01:00August 1st, 2018|Categories: Equipment|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Inside Track – Race2Glory Kiltimagh

Ok, so there are no kayaks, but you will be waist high running through the waterways of Kiltimagh, scrambling under cargo nets, climbing moutains and pedalling like a mad man or woman. That'll do nicely Race2Glory takes place on July 14th at 10am in Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo. There are two options available: a 40km [...]

By |2018-08-15T16:08:10+01:00July 13th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Kayathlon.ie Magazine – July Issue Now Available

Our July Issue is now available. Packed with race previews, Gaelforce West Ultra review, GoPro Hero 6 Review, Champion racer Moire O'Sullivan, and buckets more cool Adventure Racing stuff. Download your copy now!  Or View it online We hope you enjoy it! Issue 3 - June 2018 You [...]

Gaelforce West 2018 – Race Report

It was 6am. Dave Gowan & I sat on the transfer bus, waiting for it to fill up before we were to head off to the rendez-vous point. We were decked out in the brand new team kit but something wasn't right. I was having problems with my socks. When I looked down I was [...]

Kayathlon.ie Magazine – June Issue Now Available

Our June Issue is now available. Packed with race previews, tips & tricks, trail runner reviews, Adventure Festivals, and buckets more cool Adventure Racing stuff. Download your copy now!   Or View it online We hope you enjoy it!

By |2018-08-15T16:10:49+01:00June 8th, 2018|Categories: Magazine|Tags: |0 Comments

The Inside Track – DAR Dingle

The Iconic Yellow Jersey. The breath taking back drop of Dingle peninsula. Mount Eagle. Mount Brandon. Ventry Beach. Slea Head. Conors Pass. Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh. An after party and a Dolphin thrown in for good measure. All this and more. It's what brings racers back year after year. That's what we came across last year [...]

By |2018-08-15T16:11:33+01:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Quest Wales – Race Report

Let the Adventure Begin! Here at Kayathlon, we often wax lyrical about an adventure race being more than the actual race itself. Well this weekend we headed for Quest Wales and it certainly didn't lack in the adventure stakes. The road/boat trip was well, simply put, epic! The following events I'm about to write [...]

Blackstairs Adventure Race 2018 – Race Report

A fantastic event, a glorious day in Wexford and a post-race BBQ, what else do you want? Actually, the only thing missing were those famous Wexford strawberries, but we’ll forgive the organizers on that one! This race is a must for any Adventure Racer, the 7 steps is well renowned as one of the toughest [...]

Quest Glendalough 2018 – Race Report

19k Challenge Route Report by Padraig O'Connor I had big plans for Glendalough this year. The 57km expert route in 2016 was one of my earlier Adventure races and while I enjoyed it I hadn’t enough training done and it turned in to a slog at the end, 2017 and again training wasn’t what [...]

The Inside Track – Quest Glendalough 2018

The annual pilgrimage to the home of St Kevin is almost upon, but we will be praying for the fine weather we received last year. And early indications are that the gods have been listening to our novenas. It's due to hit the high teens with plenty of sun. In 2017, Quest Glendalough scooped the [...]

The Inside Track – The Race Donegal

Just days to go until more than 80 brave competitors/lunatics take to the mountains, waterways and roads of Donegal where they will push themselves to their physical and mental limits as they tackle one of the toughest 250km Adventure Races in the world. With on average a third of participants failing to complete the course, over [...]

By |2018-04-12T11:58:31+01:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

25 Health Benefits of Cycling

Ever wondered how good those miles you have clocked up on the old nelly were for you...well very good actually. Find below an awesome infographic courtesy of the guys at doctriathlon.com. It outlines why cycling rocks and gives you 25 very good reasons to keep cycling! The health benefits of cycling include a never-ending list [...]

By |2018-03-29T12:18:20+01:00March 29th, 2018|Categories: Cycling|0 Comments

Kayathlon.ie Magazine – Spring Issue Now Available

Our Spring Issue is now available. Packed with race previews, tips & tricks, endurance fuel reviews, Red Bull Flugtags, and buckets more cool Adventure Racing stuff. Download your copy now!   Or View it online We hope you enjoy it!

By |2018-03-27T22:45:11+01:00March 27th, 2018|Categories: Magazine|Tags: |0 Comments

The Inside Track – Quest Kenmare Race Preview

Into The Unknown Usually when there is a race on the horizon, one of our motley crew has done it. Someone to tell us what to expect. But when a brand new race is announced, it gets the imagination going. What do we know about the area? How will the race break down? Will there be [...]

By |2018-03-12T14:27:06+00:00March 12th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Competitor Spotlight – Aine Mahony

Fresh from her heroics at Gaelforce Dublin, we caught up with top ladies podium placer in the Expert route, Aine Mahony. She kindly agreed to go under the Spotlight. What is your name? Aine Mahony Where are you from? Cullahill, Co.Laois How old are you? 30 Occupation? Physiotherapist in the Mater University Hospital, Dublin What got you into Adventure [...]

Race Review – Gaelforce Dublin

All week I watched the weather, worrying about rain, wind, frost and even snow. If you are familiar with the Dublin mountains, they tend to have their own eco-system. Where the rest of the capital may be drenched in sunshine, the Dublin mountains can be slow to loosen the grip of recent weather fronts. As [...]

By |2018-02-26T13:55:08+00:00February 19th, 2018|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , |4 Comments

The Inside Track – Gaelforce Dublin 2018 – 49k Route

You may be forgiven for thinking that Dublin is flat...The hills in Gaelforce Dublin are less forgiving. One thing about Killary Gaelforce, you can be sure anything they put their name against, will really test you. Gaelforce Dublin is no different. A race that put you through your paces with particular emphasis on the cycling [...]

By |2018-02-13T22:20:39+00:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Inside Track – Gaelforce Dublin 2018 – 29k Route

You may be forgiven for thinking that Dublin is flat...The hills in Gaelforce Dublin are less forgiving. One thing about Killary Gaelforce, you can be sure anything they put their name against, will really test you. Gaelforce Dublin is no different. A race that put you through your paces with particular emphasis on the cycling [...]

By |2018-02-14T12:44:57+00:00February 12th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , |0 Comments

Irish companies to get tax breaks to install bikes, gym equipment and showers.

You are probably blue in the face from asking your boss, can we stick an auld exercise bike into that unused room in the back! But now, you have even more reason/ammo to ask again. The government is introducing tax breaks for companies to install showers, bikes and other exercise equipment in the workplace. So, wattbikes [...]

By |2018-01-07T21:04:24+00:00January 7th, 2018|Categories: Equipment|0 Comments

Injury Prevention – Goose Knee by Lifefitphysio.ie

I write this now, exactly 6 months to the day that I over-cooked my tendons on mount Brandon! Most days of my week are made up of chatting to patients about a very important topic called load management.  This basically boils down to a simple rule to follow which is “Don’t shock your system, fool it [...]

By |2017-12-11T13:55:23+00:00December 11th, 2017|Categories: Injury Prevention|0 Comments

Silly Season is upon us…to train or not to train…

Christmas parties and silly season are approaching rapidly. If you are in training, "Oh Crap, I can't do this anymore, it's just not worth it", or "Wohoo!!! Bring it on" are probably crossing your mind when the mention of Chrimbo sesh rears it's head!!! More than likely, you will be swinging out of the work Christmas tree, [...]

By |2017-12-11T12:59:53+00:00December 11th, 2017|Categories: Injury Prevention, Nutrition|0 Comments

Trail Running in Winter!

We receive many questions from people new to Adventure Racing and one of the most popular ones is about trail running. What should I wear, how far do I need to run, is it difficult....So we have broken it down here for you all. Hopefully answers some of your questions...but keep them coming! Go green! [...]

By |2017-11-19T21:15:00+00:00November 19th, 2017|Categories: Running, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Race Report – Westport Sea2Summit

Last Saturday morning saw two members of Team Kayathlon, Greg & Padraig, take on Westport's Sea2Summit. From a top 20 finish to a mid-pack finish after being plagued by punctures. Read how the guys got on below. Top 20 Target Heading down to Westport for Sea2summit has become a bit [...]

Race Review – SCAR – by Bernard Smyth

With Cork suffering the worst of the effects from hurricane Ophelia, there was a big doubt over SCAR actually going ahead this year. An email from the organisers after the storm indicated that roads were blocked, 50+ trees down and a real danger that, if held on the original date, more trees or debris from [...]

Ann Horan’s Toughest Quest

Earlier this week I bumped into a jubilant podium placer in the Ladies Expert Race in Quest Killarney, Ann Horan. She had just come in third in the longest of  the courses. Previous to that, we briefly met after Quest Achill where Ann placed fourth. She seemed in extra high spirits this time around and as [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Barry Dempsey

The likelihood is that you have come across our next Competitor to go under the Spotlight. And the likelihood is that he will have had his camera out making the most of the awesome scenery. But don't mistake him for a photographer, this year he completed his 7th GaelForce West. He doesn't do things by [...]

Quest Achill – Race Review

The Wild Atlantic Way showed its power and force this weekend as over a 1000 competitors headed for Quest Achill. Due to severe winds the kayaking section had to unfortunately be cancelled but it didn't take away from the race as there was now a new unscheduled obstacle to overcome... No matter which route you [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Bernard Smyth

This weeks Competitor Spotlight is about a man who has an awesome job. Part of this job is getting people in tip top shape for Adventure Racing. He is regularly seen bringing hordes of adventures to races. He is good at his job. He is not bad at racing either ;) I give you Bernard [...]

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! BIG COMPETITION!

Over the last few months, we have been busy working away in the backroom and are delighted to finally announce the launch of our new Adventure Racing Magazine which will be available for FREE DOWNLOAD on Monday 2nd October. As part of our launch, we are running a competition. We need a front cover and [...]

By |2017-09-05T17:32:03+01:00September 5th, 2017|Categories: Media Broadcast|0 Comments

The Inside Track – Quest Achill

Ahead of yet another sold out Quest Achill Adventure Race, I thought I would give you a little preview of this great event. If you're a first timer, you're in for an awesome time. You will take on the dramatic mountains, sandy beaches and rugged Wild Atlantic coastline of Achill Island. There’s an option of three routes [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Paul Kelly – Racing to Make a Difference!

This weeks Competitor Spotlight is a little different than our usual spotlight. Paul Kelly, a relative newcomer to the Adventure Racing scene, took up running only 4 years and has come a long way since those first faithful steps. The work he is doing simply cannot go unnoticed. It's a subject that sadly is coming [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Owen Fletcher

Competitor Spotlight - Week 15 - Owen Fletcher. A couple of weeks back, we held a draw for 2 pairs of Columbia Montrails runners and one of winners pretty much photo-documented himself trialing them out. Some of the imagery was stunning & some was quite funny. Part of the prize was a free entry to [...]

Moxie Adventure Race – Race Review

Last weekend, at Moxie, I took the plunge in the world of the expert distance races with the big hitters of adventure racing. Well it's safe to say I wont be jostling for podium positions there. This route was called the Moxie Pro (53km route) and it lived up to the billing... Moxie noun [...]

The Inside Track – Moxie Adventure Race

With days to go, the nerves are beginning to tingle and the planning has started. Bike checks, weather checks, water and carb loading...Check out this handy guide... Usually we would get the event organizers to do a quick preview but this time we got a past competitor and friend of Kayathlon.ie, Margaret Erwin if she could break the "sport" [...]

Exclusive 53 Degrees North Discounts for All Kayathlon Readers

53 Degrees North are giving all our Kayathlon.ie followers an exclusive discount to everything you need to get your adventure started! Click on any of the products below for more details. Exclusive Items [...]

Today, I am the Storm!

3 weeks ago I took on DAR Dingle. I had a point to prove at this race as last year it ate me up and spat me out. I went into that race with zero training done and was just back from a 6 week chest infection. So the gauntlet was put down and I [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Nigel McCord

Competitor Spotlight - Week 14. It has been a while but the competitor spotlight is back and we have a few beauties lined up. First up, is a man from Carlow who saw the craic his mates were having Adventure racing and said he would have some of that...and has looked back since. I give [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Lucy Pye

Competitor Spotlight - Week 10. This weeks spotlight moves to the Mourne county...Co. Down. Lucy Pye. Now a  regular on the Adventure Race circuit, Lucy is a self confessed outdoorsy nut, some one who just cant sit still. A perfect recipe for multi-sport racing...And lets just say the rest is history :) How old are you? [...]

Kayaking for Adventure Racers – Getting On-board by Mike Jones

Getting on-board This is the first in a series of blogs to help build your confidence and skills around the one bit of the race you probably haven’t trained for! That’s OK though I am sure you have been kayaking before on a school tour or on a summer camp and you ran across the boats [...]

The Importance Of…Listening To Your Body

Whilst training, it's sometimes easy to get carried away and think you're invincible. Do not get me wrong, it's so important as a self-motivator to be in the frame of mind that no hill is too steep or no distance too long...It's essential that we get in a positive frame of mind to maximize our [...]

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