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Records tumble for the Irish in Austria


Iron Woman Wolfe storms to new record Cork native Joyce Wolfe has smashed the Irish Women’s Ironman Record taking some 30 minutes of previous record held by Tara Nolan.

The Women’s record now stands at 9:15:42 which breaks down as a 58 minute for 3.8km swim, 5:04 for 180km bike and 3:07 marathon.

Wolfe took part in the highly competitive Ironman Austria last Sunday (3rd July) finishing 7th amongst the professional females. The road to Ironman glory was not an easy one though with Wolfe suffering a fractured jaw in a warm up race just 7weeks before Austria.

Wolfe stressed she wouldn’t have made it to the start line if it wasn’t for her support crew. “I want to thank my parents who ensured I didn’t lose too much weight by keeping me supplied with mashed dinners while I struggled with a soft diet.” “Doing a 5 hour ride like a nervous wreck that is constantly stopping for pit stops as fluid is the only source of crabs isn’t easy.”

The training required for such an event is intense with Wolfe clocking up over 20 hours a week in order to mix it with the pros. Add this training load to a full time job as a chartered physiotherapist managing two practices in Cork and it’s easy to see the commitment and dedication required….not to mention the early mornings.

The next target is Galway Ironman 70.3 on September 4th. 1000’s of people are expected to race this event including many top professional but Wolfe is again hoping to be near the top in this half Ironman race.

Not to be outdone Triangle Triathlon Club’s Martin Muldoon set a blistering pace to finish the Men’s event in 8hours 50minutes bettering Liam Dolan’s previous Irish record. The Derry man still claims to be scare of water but not many would believe that after the weekend’s performance. Owen Martin (8:58) and Matt Molloy (9:02) also posted times quicker than that previously set by Dolan.