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Conor McGandy

📁 OTC Triathletes 🕔12.March 2017
Conor McGandy

What inspired you to try a triathlon?

In 2012 I had got back into swimming after a long spell out of action by a friend and rekindled the love affair with the sport through a few open water events. I was already doing a good bit of running and a few 10km events. After the 2012 Olympics and seeing Gavin Noble from my local swimming club perform so well I decided I wanted to give it a shot so I bought the cmg 1.0 from a local bike distributor and started to blindly turn the wheels to see where it would take me.

Where and when was your first triathlon? What was the distance?

Roe Valley Sprint 2013, four months after joining the club. I drove up from Enniskillen that morning, had a quick race briefing from ex member Conor McNally who had finished his race in an earlier wave and took off in my borrowed tri-suit. Buzzing the whole drive back I was hooked!

Do you have a favourite race?

Very hard question as Ireland has some fantastic races in beautiful locations. I think it has to be Causeway coast. Idyllic setting, well run and tough honest race.

One piece of advice you would give a triathlon newbie

Join Olympian TC of course, when I joined in February 2013 for a bit of swim training I raced about ten triathlons that year.

Where’s your favourite place to ride your bike?

Love getting an opportunity to get in around the Mournes. Belfast is great as you are out of the city in ten minutes and the network of good cycling roads is endless.

Ironman – Yes/No/Again?

I enjoy the 70.3 distance, I have competed in Ironman Dublin 70.3 and Challege Galway Half to date. Ironman Austria is on my bucket list but I’m letting Ciaran Hartley recce the course this year.

What do you do in the real world, outside triathlon?

I work in the IT industry for a Belfast based software company.

What’s next for you in 2017?

I’m looking forward to getting back to some racing as the winter can start to drag. I usually try to do a couple of new races and tackle the old faithful’s to see how I have improved. I would like to finish the season off with a 70.3 race and have my sights set on the Lost Sheep in Co. Kerry.


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