If you are thinking of taking up a new hobby in 2018 have a read of what it was like to join PTC from one of our newest members:

Hi guys Chas here,

I’ve been asked to give a little insight as to how I came to join the club and how it’s changed my outlook on life and i hope it gives people who might be sitting on the fence, to not be afraid and persue your goals.
Before I joined the club my fitness regime consisted of 1 night 5-a side footie followed by a match on a Saturday, if I was picked. Sitting on the bench and picking up niggles here and there I was totally frustrated. Fast forward Feb 2015 and my wife was doing 0-5k and asked would I join her for some company. Really enjoyed the running but could only manage 3km at this stage. Set myself a goal of doing the fingal 10k and after that things progressed where I completed the Dublin marathon the following year in 2016. I really wanted another challenge as I was getting a bit bored with just running.

A friend of mine suggested that I give triathlons a go, so I went to a good few open nights that were being hosted by various clubs and decide to join portmarnock there and then on 14 march 2017. I was blown away by the sheer professionalism and the friendliest. The club caters for all types of fitness levels and ability. When I started i could barely swim 3 lengths, but with the club’s support and coaching they have brought me on. The training is on another level. They train 7 days a week and you come and go as you please, we swim 3 mornings a week in the pool and do sea swims when the weather allows. 2 evenings with portmarnock athletic club and group spins at the weekend as well as turbo classes.

The comradery within the club is fantastic and everyone there is always giving helpful hints and tips to help you become the best you can.
The club has helped change my life and with only 6 months training I was able to complete the 70.3 Dublin ironman last September in 5 and a half hours. What a thrill!!! If It wasnt for the club I wouldn’t have completed it.
Being part of this club keeps you focused, keeps you motivated and puts you on the right path to achieve your goals, you will need to put in the effort, but the encouragement is second to none. IM BARCELONA 2018 let’s be having you!!!

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