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[RACE REPORT] Kate’s View: The Beast of Ballyhoura 2015 – The return of #TriHarder AR

This is Kate’s race report from #BeastofBallyhoura. Enjoy…

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[RACE REPORT] The #BeastofBallyhoura – Out of the Darkness and into the Night – The Final Push

So sometime around midnight we arrived back in the hall to get some sleep, wrecked after a stressful day on the mountains.

It was not restful sleep as people kept banging in and out through the door, it didn’t help alleviate the fatigue at all and the floor was cold, but you know what? It could have been a whole lot worse.

We sorta roused ourselves, likely each of us hoping one of the others would broach the subject of stopping but that was not going to happen! If your name is Jose, then the answer was “NO WAY!!”

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[RACE REPORT] Trekking the #BeastofBallyhoura (see what I did there? ) – Part 3

It’s just after midnight and the moon is out.

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[RACE REPORT] Awakening the #BeastofBallyhoura – Part 2

Ok so the first bit wasn’t really about racing, more about the preamble. This is the race proper.

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[RACE REPORT] – The #BeastofBallyhoura puts smiles on the faces of #TriHarderAR – Part 1

Ok. I’m going to keep this race report short….

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[EVENT] #TriHarderAR at the Moxie Adventure Race 2015

Sunday morning last saw me – up ‘n’ at ’em bright and early for the trip from Galway back into the depths of Wicklow to the Blessington Lakes specifically for the Moxie Adventure Race. I was registered for the Moxie Pro so there was a 60km course of run / bike / run / kayak / bike waiting for me.

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[EVENT] Setanta Orienteers – Irish Rogaine Championships 2015

Well, that was an epic event!

All easy looking back now and appreciating the event for what it was, it was not so pretty when you were in the thick of it that’s for sure!!!

None of us had a clue about rogaine or the art of rogaining when we first heard about it. It was an event that popped up on my Facebook timeline at one stage and I was suitably intrigued enough to read more. Setanta Orienteers were set about hosting the Irish Rogaine Championships in the Wicklow mountains. There was enough mystery about the proposed area of coverage and starting point to appeal to our collective adventure spirits and in no time at all the 24hr rogaine was to be a backbone navigation ‘training’ event for our Beast preparations.

orienteering

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Coast 2 Coast – The Event (Part Deux)

Following on from where we left off at the Share Centre feeding ourselves with homemade lasagne and x1 packet of crisps it became apparent that despite what we believed from the briefing there was no requirement for the non-stop racers to dib in at the centre and most of the other racers obviously were not stopping.

We were only ten minutes halted to grab a quick bite and toilet before we were off again. Darkness was down at this stage, we met one other team coming in as we went out and back onto the road with our support van following behind.

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Coast 2 Coast – The Event

Following from The Preparation

Saturday saw us up and about the house early with the kids. It was a dry, fine day but being the West of Ireland that could change by the time the morning cup of coffee was finished!

We all busied ourselves, Edel was flat out making sandwiches and packing lasagne, I was mucking about at the van fitting Siju lights on the bikes and installing the compass on the kayak. Maurice was assembling the air bed and helping with ensuring all was on board that would be needed. That was alright until I realised I’d left 2 boxes on the kitchen floor back in Galway.

The stress levels were about to go through the roof as I frantically tried to remember what was in the boxes..

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Coast 2 Coast – The Preparation

So easy to look at something in hindsight and find fault and very often the purpose of attributing of fault is to justify your own shortcomings.

On one hand I am delighted with the weekend spent Coast2Coast racing with my wife – all that I expected and hoped would happen did. We came down off the mountain tired but closer than ever with renewed vigour and appreciation for each other.

On the other hand I expected more.

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