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Moving for Mental Health

Our #ATCMovingForMentalHealth initiative has now been ongoing for one month. And we aren’t finished yet.  Such a simple concept, but such an effective and positive outcome. The launch of this initiative back in early January served to encourage our members to keep a focus on their mental health as well as their physical health, and just as importantly to create a space for keeping in touch and staying together as a group. What has fundamentally transpired is a renewed energy amongst members, an environment where every member from beginner to elite is offering and being offered words of encouragement and a clear desire to keep moving and keep active to reap the benefits for our health.  We have reinforced our sense of community, our dedication to inclusivity and our desire to provide a fun, supportive and inspirational environment for all our athletes. What an amazing vision for our club for 2021!  #athlonetriathlonclub #athlonetriclub  #ATCMovingForMentalHealth #TrainingTogetherWhileSt
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A background to our Club

 A very warm welcome to all our New Members and the many followers who have joined us!  Did you know that our club, here in the heart of the midlands, is around for almost 13 years now? Athlone Triathlon Club was established in 2008, when a small number of local athletes, who were training and racing as individuals, came together to form a club.  The club grew rapidly over the first few years, attracting a lot of newbies seeking to try out the sport of Triathlon; many of whom really took to it and are still involved with us today! We have tasted success many times over the years, with multiple members winning National Championship titles in their age groups, and success abroad in international competition. Our members have travelled worldwide to take part in amazing events such as World and European Championships, and grueling Ironman events.  We established a Junior section in the club, which is now entering it’s fourth year, and is continuing to grow strongly. Our amazing Junior athl

Mick’s Trip Down Memory Lane

Join us as Coach Mick takes a trip down memory lane to the inaugural days of Triathlon in Ireland and his recollections of the start of his love for the sport over 30 years ago. ⭐️  “Throwback to the 80’s, and a new crazy sport called triathlon was born. After a conversation between a long distance swimmer, cyclist and runner, each claiming that theirs was the toughest sport, they came up with the mad notion of doing them back to back, and so it happened.  It came to these shores with the first triathlon taking place in Skerries in 1983, and numbers participating grew quickly. Probably the biggest and most prestigious event on the Irish calendar, the NCF (North Connacht Farmers) sponsored All Ireland Triathlon took place in Rosses Point in Sligo from the mid 80’s. This was an absolute brilliant and amazing event, consisting of a 1.9k swim along the full length of Rosses Point strand, a 90k cycle around the foot of Benbulbin and through Yeats country, and finishing with a 21k run taking

Our 2020 Highlights ⭐️

Despite the unprecedented implications and challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, at Athlone Triathlon Club, we look back on 2020 as an incredibly positive year in terms of our Club’s growth, achievements, unitedness, and comradery. Our club has emanated positive energy and encouragement, supported its members well-being both physically and mentally and maintained, promoted, and nurtured the Sport of Triathlon across all ages and abilities.  The spirit of our club has grown to new heights this year and we look to 2021 with unequivocal hope and determination. Join us as we take a look back at the year where we trained together while staying apart;  #athlonetriathlonclub #athlonetriclub #TrainingTogetherWhileStayingApart #AthloneTriJuniorClub

⭐️ A Word from our Chairman ⭐

 Dear Members, As we look at beginning another uncertain year I really feel that as a club we have some real reasons to be optimistic.  At the start of 2020, we all had our own individual sport goals that we hoped to achieve and many plans made for training and events. Little did we know that it would dramatically change before it even began, with Covid and the many restrictions that ensued leaving the sporting landscape looking very bleak.  Luckily, however, we are blessed at ATC to have a great committee and two of the very best and most innovative leaders within the sport as our coaches and mentors, who went above and beyond to ensure that it was indeed a year to remember - for all the right reasons. As a club we were more active than ever despite racing being formally cancelled nationwide. We had 20 plus weeks of at home coaching support and a catalogue of events to suit everyone at every level with duathlons, aquabike, triathlons, TT’s, endurance swims and much more, for both juni

Christmas Mile Challenge

This weekend marked the end of our last club challenge for 2020 and what a brilliant end to the year for us!  Following 12 weeks of specific training from Coach Mick and sheer drive and determination from our members, 28 Juniors and Seniors set out throughout this past week to battle the cold conditions, run their fastest mile and record their time in comparison to the current World Records for age and gender. A fantastic but very tough challenge and a unique and diverse standardising of results which opened the playing field up to every single athlete partaking!  With a throwback thought to our first Lockdown activity of 2020 and our Stay at Home Duathlon; it’s very befitting of the current circumstances to see out this Covid year with another incredible “Stay At Home” challenge, more united and more determined as a club than ever before.  Congratulations to all our runners and well done.  🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♂️ 👏🏻 ⭐️ #athlonetriathlonclub #athlonetriclub #TrainingTogetherWhileStayingApart #At

Virtual Turbo is here to stay

After recently completing our first ever 10 week block of Virtual Turbo training sessions, with great success and a resounding thumbs up from club members who participated, it looks like Virtual Turbo is here to stay!  Coach Mick Macken shares his thoughts on bringing virtual training to Athlone Triathlon Club and we hear from our Club Members and what they really thought...... “By being unable to travel or train indoors, our popular club turbo session, which was as much a fun social get together as a training workout, was unable to go ahead. It was definitely going to leave a big void in our club activities, and was going to be a huge loss in these dark gloomy evenings over the winter months. We wondered about doing it on line, if we could meet up and see each other and chat face to face, push each other and motivate each other to get the best out of ourselves, all from the safety of our own homes? After a few discussions and trials with John, our I.T. consultant, we took the plunge,