My First Ironman – Copenhagen 2019

Joanne sums up her first Ironman experience in Copenhagen. "Completing an Ironman has been one of the best experiences of my life, and my biggest achievement to date!"

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Martin Kirwan – The Road to Kona

This is my story from starting triathlons to sitting on a plane en route to race in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, the mecca of Ironman triathlon. This trip has been years in the making and to be honest something that always seemed to be just out of my reach over the last few years of competing at Ironman distance. It was a combination of the right race, at the right time, patience and a whole lot of luck.

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Ironman Copenhagen 2018

Ironman Copenhagen 2018 Throughout the lead up to this race I must have read every Ironman Copenhagen race report I could find online. I have read the Belpark reports from 2017 at least 5 times each, looking for any bits of information that could provide me with a better insight in to what to expect...

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I’m Valerie and I live in Idaho…which is the Wild West!

Trail running means taking precautions for rattlesnakes, bears, mountain lions and the occasional moose! Originally from California I had grown up exposed to the typical 5-10 k runs, and then various distances of triathlons. Moving to Idaho has exposed me to the world of Ultra marathons—something I never would have anticipated being a part of...

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Hurling To Triathlete – The Journey

Anthony Kirwan’s transition from GAA to Triathlon. I suppose I’ll start at the beginning. I played hurling all my life and loved every minute of it, I played senior for my club Mt Sion and inter county for Waterford.  I met Martin when I had the massive task of managing my club Mt Sion, I needed...

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My Journey from Try a Tri to Ironman Barcelona

Susan Hayes Try a Tri to Ironman, why and how I came to stand on the start line of Ironman Barcelona 2017! I had never really been big into fitness, sporty in school but as soon as I hit college and my twenties the sport was dropped for nights out and it pretty much stayed...

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Ironman Barcelona 2017

Back for Ironman Barcelona 2017, how quickly a year goes by! Last year 15 Focus on Fitness athletes took on the challenge of racing Ironman Barcelona, a great success with all crossing the finish line. This year 12 Focus on Fitness athletes took on the challenge, three going back to do Ironman Barcelona 2017, and 9 of...

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Don Ryan Ironman Barcelona 2017

Congratulations to Don Ryan who finished his first Ironman in Barcelona this year. Have a read of his (Ironman Barcelona 2017) story from his brother in laws running blog! Ironman – A Year in the making!  Background: I started running in 2009 with the intention of getting fit, faster and maybe completing a Marathon or two...

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Fat To Fit To Fanatic

Like most people into triathlon I like reading race reports and hearing about other people’s experiences so I hope you can take something from this. It’s not often you will get this much conversation from me, so grab a seat,  a coffee and enjoy my story of how I got into multi-sport events and somehow...

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Hardman Ironman 2016 – Mark Rainer

The above two pictures are the result of an incredible 2016. Not only finishing my first Iron distance race but coming 8th overall and 3rd in my age category and as a result I received that little beauty up there from triathlon Ireland. A bit about where I was at before I gave Martin Kirwan...

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The Race 2017 – David Mc Connell

The Race 2017 Looking back now I am not sure why I was drawn to The Race but something about running trails in the dark, mountain running and learning to kayak appealed to me and it seemed like it would be a great challenge and huge adventure. Entry opened at the end of March 2016...

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The Race 2016

SET THAT NEW PERSONAL GOAL I had been watching this event with interest since it started in 2014, having competed in 7 Ironman races over the last 7 years  this looked like the challenge to change things up a little. In 2015 I decided to give The Race a go but missed the entry!  So...

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Katie’s 2016 – There Are No Limits!

As 2016 draws to a close I think it is only natural to think about and reflect on the highs and lows of the year.  For me 2016 was a pretty big year and sitting here now I find it hard to believe all that I achieved. To understand why 2016 was such a big...

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Dublin Marathon 2016

The October bank holiday weekend is a date saved by a lot of runners who finish off their year with the 26.2 mile tour of Dublin city. The event is in it’s 36th year and was sell out for the first time in its history; this may have been helped by the move from the traditional...

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Siobhan Kennedy Race Report Ironman Barcelona 2016

Siobhan Kennedy Race Report Ironman Barcelona 2016 When Martin asked me to write a race report, I sighed a deep sigh, I am really not a race report type of person but, could I refuse?  Ironman Barcelona 2016? What can I say, a great race, a great location, great company, a great support crew and...

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Ironman Barcelona 2016

Ironman Barcelona Ironman Barcelona is a new race on the Ironman Europe calendar. In it’s 3rd year it has grown to be the biggest Ironman race in Europe; over 3,000 entrants from 73 Countries signed up for the event. After being there I can see why. Ironman Barcelona 2016 Focus on Fitness It doesn’t seem like 12 months...

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Inside The Race

Inside The Race Mooloolaba, Ironman 70.3 World Championships 2016 Marianne and I left Ireland for Brisbane, bags packed, dogs with Mammy and ready for an adventure. The travel was going to be hard but I was well prepared. I had lots of fluid and high carbohydrate snacks to keep me going. I also used a...

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Super Series 2015

The aim of this piece is to highlight the progression that comes with time and commitment to a goal. The goal is made from a way of training presented by Martin Kirwan of focus on fitness and the commitment comes from both sides, Martin and Me; Eoin Lyons. Three years ago I started triathlon and...

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David Connolly

The best thing about working with Martin is that he clearly remembers what it was like to start from scratch and because of this he understands what you are going through and is there to support you through it all.

Brian Jacob

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Katie Ryan

I have been told at the track that we run so well together it appears like we are one person running.

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I heard of Martin through a friend and cannot speak highly enough of the motivation, encouragement and self-belief he has instilled in me.

Tony Hughes

Through Martins personal involvement in my training, observing and tweaking elements as the year went on, my 2015 season consisted of me consistently knocking 7-8 minutes and sometimes more.

Seamus Wall

Whats special about training with Martin is that regardless of how many people he is training he has a massively individual approach and takes into account each persons level of fitness/performance, goals, challenges and balancing training with everyday life.

Kate Nolan

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Ger Nolan

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Nigel O'Sullivan

I am absolutely delighted to have completed my first Half Ironman, the biggest event I have ever done!

Siobhán Keating

Transitioning from Indoor Cycling to Road Cycling

This is the first week that we can now cycle any where within our county. Is everyone else as excited as I am?? Over the last 3 months, many of us brought our Spring cycling training back indoors due to Covid-19 restrictions. We worked hard on the turbo trainer to keep our fitness levels up,...

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Keeping Motivated

It was great to speak with Ciara Losty, Sports Psychologist, last week to get some advice on getting through this strange time. With the lockdown being extended to May 5th, here are a few simple, but effective tips to help you through this time. Focus on what you can control With so much going on...

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5 Cycle Routes in the South East of Ireland

Looking for a change of scenery for your weekend rides? Sick of the same routes time and time again? I have compiled 5 cycle routes in the South East of Ireland for you to try.

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