Beautiful morning on Ben Lomond this morning with Stuart. Couldn't manage 2 reps on it, last night was my great excuse for that. The weather forecast was garbage so it turned out to be pretty mild with a tiny bit of wind 😁😁😁😁
Last night turned out to be exhilarating! What started off as an impromptu daft idea, became an awesome run! 😍 The weather was pelting down, incredibly windy and wet but it was great to do 11 miles and get to the top of Conic Hill, never been up it in that sort of wind before that was really strong! Cheers for the invite and photo 📷 @finleybecks
When picking a fight with a few Norwegian orienteering lads, maybe a Fjord wasn’t the best arena 😂. We have one. They have...many 😁
Opened my knee on a rock trying to catch these lads (in first pic), but they didn’t falter once. Battles like these have made me love shorter (<=10M) races again — action packed, full of risky moves you have to weigh up, and flirting with the redline all the way 🔥. Every second counts. Nothing thrills me more than being in the thick of that 😎.
Turf Warrior was worth a seven hour round trip, even just for the views. If you’ve not seen the Killary Fjord and the scenery around it, you’ve not seen Ireland at its most beautiful. If you don’t agree, you should see an optician, who should then beat you with a stick from one end of Connemara to the other. I wanna take a few days off next summer to come back up and explore the hills there.
As for the event itself, I loved it. Was a great opportunity to practice the rugged side of obstacle racing, though it was over too quickly 😐. I got rinsed towards the end by two guys who turned out to be serious Norwegian orienteers. I lead the charge for a good bit, but they were far sharper on the rocks than I was. I took a fair few knocks and bruises trying to shake them off through the race, as I thought they were just energetic adventure racers who I could wear down eventually. Should have a four month break from obstacle racing now, so I’m glad 2018 ends on a high. Beat me or lose to me, I don’t care a whole lot either way — I just want a battle 🔥. I got that today 😊
This event is an unsung hero on the obstacle calendar here. It’s a fair trek, and it falls when a lot of the lads are into their off-season, but it’s a great one. Good facilities, lovely staff who really care, and it’s a right rugged race too.
Emerged from the weekend on the back foot, so this was in doubt, but it’d be a shame not to go. Not sure why I wasn’t there last year, but the previous year’s race marked the end of a phase for me. It was the last race I ran before I had a watch, before I ran my first trail race, and before I visited Carrauntoohil. That makes it feel so long ago now 😮
I really enjoyed the event though back then. It was the harshest race I ever ran in Ireland (this really is Ireland’s equivalent of Tough Guy, and I’ll fight ya if you disagree), and that’s how traditional obstacle racing used be like. The organisers were some of the nicest I’ve met at any event, and the location is the most scenic place I’ve seen in Ireland. As it’ll probably be four months until my next obstacle race, I really should hit this one again this weekend 🤔
Just a few pics from the weekend at @ocrwc. Even though I had no goal at all at this, I really enjoyed every bit of it.
My obstacle racing plans for 2019 aren’t fully nailed down yet, but the bigger picture for the first half of the year will be to primarily support the Irish scene, and hopefully get to UK for a few Tougher Mudder races.
After finishing second and third in Munster Leagues the past two years, I’m going to graduate myself to getting stuck into the Munster Championships in 2019. This should reduce my IMRA race volume, while upping the standard.
Have a nice mix of races to finish off 2018 — Turf Warrior, Senior Cross Country, Long Way Round, Glenageenty Half, and a few Parkruns and evening races in town hopefully. Aside from an easy week or two over Xmas, I’m not going to wind down much before 2019’s races.
While I’m largely self-coached and self-motivated, I’d like to give a mention to those who’ve helped polish me a little recently. Aidan at @ninjafitcork in Cork treated me to some good PT sessions focused on obstacles, and the guys at @the_three_pillars in Clonmel have improved my core a lot, as well as giving me somewhere to do a little obstacle practice.
So after a good four days of complete rest, after a race that didn’t stress my body too much anyway, it’s time to hop back on the wagon now 🔥 #irishfitfam#ocr#trailrunning#ocrwc#toughmudder#tmireambassador#clonmelac#inov8#1000milesocks
Enjoyed every bloody second of @ocrwc at @nuclearraces. Went there with no ambition of keeping band or anything, and hadn’t really done much event-specific training until the last month or so. I failed five obstacles I think, but my grip lasted, and so did my hands. My legs were able to do quick strides all the way to the finish too. I could have done another lap easily, but just need some polish on my technique. Getting over my nerves and conquering the Dragon’s Back only a few weeks after jumping from a height at Hell & Back without hesitation tells me that some deep rooted fears are finally being put to bed. My strengths have gotten stronger, and my weaknesses are fading — I’m not far from being where I want to be now 👌. Even if I don’t do many races abroad next year, I will be visiting this venue again. Hopefully I’ll get time to do a proper write up about this one. I just loved it 😊 #irishfitfam#ocrwc#nuclearraces#inov8#1000milesocks
Almost time 😎. Not here to take over — only here to take part. Have no expectations though, so almost nothing will disappoint me today. Today will just be a fun day out for me, but I’ll still make sure to give it a genuine effort. Bring it on 🔥 #ocrwc#irishfitfam#inov8#1000milesocks
Almost ready to hit the road for OCRWC tomorrow in the UK. While it’ll be the biggest race I’ll ever have taken part in, I’m only treating it as a fun day out. If I get stuck on an obstacle, I’ll just move on. I’ve had a great year already, and just wanna have the craic there tomorrow. If I do better or worse than I thought I’m capable, I’m not bothered. This is just a day out for me this time. Kit is all packed, including my ever trusty World Cup ‘90 towel that goes everywhere with me 😁 #irishfitfam#ocrwc#kitbrix#inov8#1000milesocks
Sourdough loaf. Too good I couldn't resist sharing it on here. Not all running related photos, this is my new hobby now it seems 😀. This baby started off 17 days ago, and yesterday after 14 hours it was ready to eat! #naturalyeast#livinganimal
Nice jog up and around Slievenamon on a truly lovely day. So nice having somewhere like this only a five minute drive away. Went up here today with two of my obstacle racing pals, as a final technical run before @ocrwc next weekend 🔥 #irishfitfam#trailrunning#ocrwc#inov8#1000milesocks
Next weekend’s plans 😍. My first world championships participation in any discipline, and the most high profile race I’ll have competed in so far. I’ll just play to my strengths for as long as I can — rapid between the obstacles, and slow and controlled on them — we’ll see how that works out. Have had a really successful year of racing so far with five wins already, so I’m not all the bothered with how I do here — just here to make up the numbers this time, but I’ll leave everything out there all the same 🔥 #irishfitfam#ocrwc#1000milesocks
Great colours of Autumn - No filter needed today, one of my favourite loops! Loch Long heading around to Loch Goil, then Lochgoilhead and over the bealach between 2 corbetts and back to the car, awesome 13 miles with friends, tattoo help up well! #nofilter