06/04/2020 - Update on Covid-19 & Triathlon

Over the last number of weeks life has changed for our community, and indeed for all of Ireland, as we adhere to Government measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. Triathlon Ireland would like to keep you up to date with the latest developments for our sport and the measures we are taking to adapt to the current situation.

The 2020 Multisport Season

In line with current International Triathlon Union (ITU) and European Triathlon Union (ETU) recommendations, Triathlon Ireland have taken the decision to postpone all sanctioned events up to and including 30th June 2020. This difficult decision has not been taken lightly but is necessary for the safety of our members and in order to give our race organisers the chance to reschedule their races. Indications are that the current social distancing guidelines are likely to be extended and we want to give our participants the chance to plan for a season once it is safe to start again.

The situation with Covid-19 has the potential to change quickly and as such, this date may change in the future. We will keep our community updated with all changes as and when they happen.

Triathlon Ireland CEO Chris Kitchen said;

“We are in very testing times and our primary concern has to be the health of the Nation and accordingly each other - our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted, along with our sincere thanks to the Health Professionals and all the people involved in keeping the country going. Triathlon is more than a sport, we are a community and I know we will do our bit to help get things back to normal as soon as possible.”

“Triathlon Ireland had taken the decision to postpone our competition season for March and April in part under government advice but also in line with the ITU and ETU, the governing bodies of our sport. Whilst predicting how long the crisis will be with us is impossible at the moment, we have taken a pragmatic approach and to provide a sense of direction to our event organisers and our members, have now decided that we should retain the season closure for events until June 30th.”

The Triathlon Ireland Events Team have been working closely with all the affected events to reschedule dates for later in the year, with success in nearly all cases. We are doing everything that we can to ensure there is a race season in 2020. Once it is safe for you to race, we will be ready! We are hoping that it is going to be a busy second half of the year, with lots of races to choose from.

The Triathlon Ireland race calendar will be updated once we have confirmed the rescheduled date for an event, please check here for updates.

CLUB TRAINING

At the moment, club training for Triathlon Ireland affiliated clubs is suspended until 30th April. We will review this date and update in line with current Government and HSE guidelines in coming weeks.

ONLINE SESSIONS

We have begun to host online Core and S&C sessions with members of the Triathlon Ireland staff on Facebook Live. You will be seeing some familiar faces pop up on these and in our turbo sessions over the coming weeks! If there is anything you would like to know more about or any training sessions you would like help with at home, get in touch with digital@triathlonireland.com and we will see if we can do an online session on the topic!

See below the current schedule of sessions:

DayTimeSession
Tuesday8amStrength for Triathletes with High Performance Coach Lynne Algar
Wednesday7pmMid-Week Bike Workout live on YouTube and Zwift
Thursday8am20mins of Core  with National Head Coach Michael Black
Friday8amPilates for Triathletes with Anna Frankland of Reform Pilates
Sunday9amZwift Social Ride

We will be posting the details of each session on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, so keep an eye on our social and join in! Each session will be visible on our Facebook and YouTube Channel after they are finished for you to follow along in your own time.

COACHING

As Triathlon Ireland is not currently able to run face to face courses, we are inviting Tri-Leaders and Level 1 coaches to start pre-reading for their Level 1 and Level 2 coaching courses online. Participants will be able to complete the majority of the online course work on the ITU Learning hub until such time as courses will start again. 

FAQs

We realise that our community will have a lot of questions about what is happening at the moment, please see some FAQs here. If your query is not answered here, please get in touch at reception@triathlonireland.com.

As always, please adhere to current Government and HSE guidelines. Up to date information on Covid-19 is available from the links at the bottom of this page. It is important that our community adhere to Government guidelines on staying at home and restricting exercise to within two kilometres of your house. Stay within these parameters and only exercise with those from your household until such a time as Government advice changes. 

The triathlon community has banded together with many clubs and members working together online to share sessions and provide support, thank you - keep up the good work! We are all in this together.

Stay safe.

Triathlon Ireland

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Further Information on COVID-19 is available from the HSE website.
There is also advice from the Department of Health in Northern Ireland on its website.


Last Updated: 06 April 2020