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Blackstairs Adventure Race 2018 – Race Report

By | 2018-05-14T22:35:18+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , , , , |

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

By | 2018-04-27T21:01:00+00:00 April 27th, 2018|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , , |

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

By | 2018-04-20T17:31:05+00:00 April 20th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , , , , |

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

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

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 [...]

25 Health Benefits of Cycling

By | 2018-03-29T12:18:20+00:00 March 29th, 2018|Categories: 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 [...]

Kayathlon.ie Magazine – Spring Issue Now Available

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

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!

The Inside Track – Quest Kenmare Race Preview

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

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 [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Aine Mahony

By | 2018-02-28T17:52:58+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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

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

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 [...]

The Inside Track – Gaelforce Dublin 2018 – 49k Route

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

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 [...]

The Inside Track – Gaelforce Dublin 2018 – 29k Route

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

Injury Prevention – Goose Knee by Lifefitphysio.ie

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

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 [...]

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

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

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, [...]

Trail Running in Winter!

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

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! [...]

Race Report – Westport Sea2Summit

By | 2017-11-14T23:25:36+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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

By | 2017-11-06T20:12:07+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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

By | 2017-10-12T17:36:55+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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

By | 2017-09-21T17:19:55+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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

By | 2017-09-11T23:41:31+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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

By | 2017-09-06T17:54:00+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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!

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

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 [...]

The Inside Track – Quest Achill

By | 2017-08-30T09:46:55+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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!

By | 2017-08-15T14:44:59+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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

By | 2017-08-02T23:32:32+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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

By | 2017-07-19T23:45:03+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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

By | 2017-07-13T14:20:58+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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

By | 2017-07-03T23:17:49+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Equipment|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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!

By | 2017-06-30T12:09:41+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Categories: Motivation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 – Ciara O’Neill

By | 2017-06-29T15:25:15+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 15. There was 25 minutes to go before registration for Gaelforce West was closing. I saw someone parking up in a packed car park just outside the registration office and there was just enough space for myself to get squeeze in behind. In unison, we both hoped out of our vehicles, exchanged a [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Nigel McCord

By | 2017-06-27T17:35:12+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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

By | 2017-05-19T23:58:09+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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

By | 2017-08-27T12:02:00+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Categories: Kayaking, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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

By | 2017-08-27T12:10:05+00:00 March 11th, 2017|Categories: Injury Prevention, Tips & Tricks, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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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