We hold a number of weekly run training sessions, each designed to focus on a different aspect of triathlon running. To view the current run schedule, please refer to our Training Calendar. If you would like more information, or if you are not a member and would like to attend a session as a guest, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday mornings, there’s a choice of two endurance run sessions:
- A group run in the Phoenix Park. This session, conducted at conversational pace, is designed to build and develop an aerobic base. From time to time, during the off-season, this session becomes a trail run in the Dublin Mountains. Athletes can use this session as their weekly long run or can cut it short and use it as an easy or recovery run.
- A shorter, but faster paced session at the parkrun in Tymon Park. This can be used as a tempo run or as a periodic time trial to baseline fitness and measure progress.
Interval Run Training
On Wednesday evenings we hold a weekly track session at Tallaght Athletics Track. This consists of run intervals conducted at, or just above, lactate threshold pace. The focus is on developing speed endurance and working the higher end of the aerobic system; run drills are also used for warm-up and technique enhancement.
Triathlon running is about being able to compete as close to your straight best time, even when fatigued from the swim and bike. Brick training will help with this. We run regular brick training sessions during spring and summer when triathlon season is in full swing.
A brick workout refers to the stacking of two disciplines during the same workout, one after the other with minimal to no interruption in between. As you switch modes of exercise, your heart rate increases significantly as your body tries to shift the blood flow from the muscles of the first exercise to the demands of the muscles of the next.
During a brick workout, you not only train your body and mind to adapt, you also get to practice transition tasks like putting on your socks, getting your helmet and sunglasses on, and changing your shoes. Transition is often described as “the fourth discipline” of triathlon.
These are short segments of uphill running, repeated in an interval fashion. Held in winter, during the triathlon off-season, the focus here is on developing off-season leg strength and improving running form.