By Caroline Howe
We all know the last year has been a trying time for everyone. Unable to do the things we’ve done without giving it a second thought. Unable to travel far from home. Unable to see friends and loved ones.
Athy Triathlon Club has always been a club that not only encourages activity but also has a huge social element to it as well. Our club is a great advocate for looking after physical and mental health. And we need this now more than ever.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with a calendar of activities – both active and social – for our members. We have already had a Zoom Kahoot quiz night that was a great success. Lots of fun and banter.
Here’s a look at what we have in our calendar for the next while.
Fitness activities for the adults:
– A weekly strength and conditioning class on Monday nights via Zoom with Billy Stevenson from Tango Fitness
– An incremental running programme incorporating three runs per week – provided by Liam Kelly
– A bike turbo session on Thursday nights with Niall Foley
– A social Zwift (cycling app) Sunday cycle for any club members to join.
Fitness activities for the juniors:
– Zoom strength and conditioning ‘with a twist’ J classes with Zuzana Hruz Day
– Our juniors also use Triathlon Ireland Zoom classes three times a week that incorporate some bike turbo and dryland swimming exercises.
But it’s not all activities – we’re also going to have ‘Speakers Corner’ nights, where we invite nutrition and coaching experts to talk with us on Zoom and give advice around nutrition, training et cetera. We’ll also have some elite athletes chatting to us about their life stories, their careers, the ups and downs, and so on. A great opportunity to pick the brains of the people we look up to.
And last, but probably most importantly, we have our social nights. As mentioned, we already had a great night on 13 February, where people got competitive in our Kahoot quiz, expertly hosted by Stephen O’Neill decked out in tux and all for the occasion. It created some great craic and banter and has us wanting more! And more we shall have.
For example – Cooking with the Kavanaghs – where Padraig Kavanagh will be walking us through his delicious and ‘now rebranded’ Kavanari spaghetti dish. Get your aprons at the ready for this delight. Also planned is a movie night – TikTok style! And an Easter scavenger hunt.
All of this is sure to keep the big and little kids active, entertained and help to keep the spirits up for the next while.
If you’re curious about the club, or would like to be involved, don’t hesitate to drop us a line on our Facebook page ‘Athy Triathlon Club’, or to our email address [email protected] and we’ll be more than willing to answer any of your questions.
We hope you are all keeping well and are staying safe.