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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Having a splash in the new kayak..

Sean got out over the weekend on one of the rivers close to where he lives in Galway.

As you can see after all the recent rain there is a fair bit of swell in the water which meant a decent flow and a fair bit of chop. It is all about learning though and some simple things like forgetting to take out the scupper plugs can make a massive difference in how the boat handles.

 

This is the first section. After deliberately scooting past the exit point he turned to see how the boat would go up stream…. it didn’t!!! 🙂

This was expected, so he carried on down to the next set of bridges at Kilcolgan just before heading out to sea where a nice paddle would bring you out by Moran’s of the Weir. There is a second video being edited of the lower stream which flows through a lot of flooded land and with several small weirs it was again very choppy in places.

All in good time for the Coast2Coast this weekend!!

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Going Coast to Coast in Ireland

Time for me to step up to the plate and register for some other races in 2015.

My wife has expressed interest in Adventure Racing so after a bit of discussion and looking around we settled on taking on the Non-Stop Coast to Coast Challenge from Co. Sligo to Co. Down in May for our own bit of team building exercise:

16 – 17 MAY 2015 – ENNISCRONE, Co SLIGO – NEWCASTLE, Co DOWN

NON – STOP & 2 DAY MULTISPORT RACE ACROSS IRELAND

Ireland, an island steeped in history and mythology with scenery which rivals that of any other sights around the globe. For many years visitors have flown or sailed to Irish shores to take in these sights and to go home with great memories of this fantastic island. For one week in May many travelling will have their sights set on a truly iconic event – the 26 Extreme Coast to Coast Multisport Race Across Ireland.

Traversing Ireland in a west to east format the route of the 26 Extreme Coast to Coast will pass through unspoilt rural locations, through quaint villages and along one of the most famous waterways in Ireland – The Shannon – Erne Waterway. Whether you choose to race the NON-STOP version or the TWO DAY version you will follow a route which winds its way along 316km of the best cycling, paddling and running terrain Ireland has to offer. Competitors will be truly astounded at the scenery and challenge laid down before them in this fantastic event.

The event starts with a run on Enniscrone beach in Sligo and then follows a bike, paddle, bike, run format until we get finished in Co. Down. We’re entered to do the Non-Stop version so will be tackling the following in one continuous go (links will bring you to the route maps):

Beach Run 5km
Road Cycle 107km
Paddle 26.5km
Road Cycle 17km
Road Cycle 122km
Off Road Run 35km

One Day Distance

312.5km

 

 

Ireland – Coast to Coast – Saturday 16th to Sunday 17th May 2015
Course Option: Non-Stop
Team Type: Pair
Class: Mixed
Club: Team #TriHarder AR

Team Type Name: Gotta Run

Team Member 1: Sean Conroy
Team Member 2: Edel Conroy

Apart from enjoying the experience and completing the main goal for us is to see how we get on together working as a different kind of team, without the kids around!! 🙂

As most Adventure Racers will know there is a dynamic to the team and how it works together before and during a race. It is this dynamic that I think will be different because we are a couple and life partners too. I’m really looking forward to this as it opens a whole lot of new doors for us. What else could be better than finding out that both of you love Adventure Racing?!

Imagine a whole new world opening up for holiday destinations!! 🙂

See you out there!

Sean