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2012 a review

Pre February 2014 Posted on Mon, February 03, 2014 22:17:17

With the Olympics over I went about getting back in shape and had a great race in Nice with my French team Poissy coming 4th and helping team poissy to win the overall prize. Mum, Dad auntie Geraldine and cousin Aisling came to cheer and it was a fab way to kick start the return.

Onto Yokohama and I was in happy to exit the water at the front, but an awesome race it wasn’t. 14th wasn’t too bad either.

I decided to go home in between (something I regretted) and was to finish my year in Hong Kong and Auckland, with the plan to do a wee race en-route to the big one. Unfortunately I came down with something and had to pull out of the HK race hoping to get better in time for Auckland.

I was still coughing up green stuff but I thought id give it a go. Again I swam well exiting 2nd and was safely in the front pack. The bike pack was lined out with the corners/ climbs and down-hills. The gremlins got the better of me, telling me I was still sick and I got dropped from the front pack and the second pack passed by shortly after. The snots were tripping me, but I continued on my own until I was so embarrassed with the shame of getting dropped twice. I pulled off to the side when I seen davy and coughed up my lungs and cried a fair bit.

I soon cheered up and davy and I drown our sorrows in the vineyards of Waiheke Island, getting married on the beach without telling anyone at home. Maybe racing as Aileen Reid will change things a bit?

Il admit I have strengths and weaknesses like everyone else but I hope to address them next year! As I said to someone recently, ‘I know I can be good sometimes, so if I can be good more often that would help’.

It was still my best ever year, I competing in the Olympics for Ireland, I came 2nd in the World Tri Series in Madrid, 2nd in Ishagaki World Cup, 2 great races for my French team, and was ranked 7th at one stage, even wearing the no1 hat in Hamburg.

I’m hopefully there’s a good platform for next year, and I have some exciting news shortly on that front!

Sun, November 18, 2012

An Olympic Blog – 4 August 2012

Pre February 2014 Posted on Mon, February 03, 2014 22:15:10

Just want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone.
To Chris, Tommy, Deirdre, Declan, Martina & Ken. Best support team ever.

To all at Triathlon Ireland.

All at the OCI & SINI.

Mum, Dad, Ruth & Conall for being an awesome Morrison family.

Davy Love u.

All the Derry, Lisburn & Malin Head supporters.

And to everyone who got up at 6am to cheer and wave irish flags in Hyde park, you guys were everywhere.

You all were the ones who helped me get up off the ground and back on my bike.

Love u all.

Madness since Madrid – 22 June ’14

Pre February 2014 Posted on Mon, February 03, 2014 22:12:58

Things have been mad since my silver in Madrid. Gav and I had an official TI media day when our selection was announced and I had a few days easy and to gather myself again.

Me n gav doing our blue steel. One of the photographers said he could stare at him all day! your in there gav.

I borrowed some children to inspire when the torch relay was about Lisburn- my niece Charley and Amelia.

I was really chuffed to receive emails from people saying their kids were watching and cheering for me. So much so I agreed to answer a few questions for young Daniel Sherwood if I could use it in my blog. Though something tells me his daddy might have come up with some of them?

What’s your weakest discipline? How have you managed to improve this in the last few years?

My weakest discipline has always been cycling, but I have been working hard with my coach to ensure I can compete with the best in the world on the toughest bike courses, such as Beijing and Madrid.

What’s you favourite training session?

My favorite swim set is 40x50s, where there are sprints and recoveries.

16, with every 4th one fast off 45 seconds.

12 every 3rd one fast off 50

8 every 2nd one fast off 55

Last 4 ALL fast off 60 seconds.

It’s a hard swim set where you get increasing more rest at the wall, but less easy swims.

And also the one you don’t like?

My least favorite session would be a 4hour cycle in the cold or rain. But these sessions still have to be done, so I just have to get on with it.

How do you stay motivated even in the off season when your not racing?

I really do like to race, so my coach will allow me to compete in cross country events and swimming galas. Its not always about competing against others for me, but trying to improve on my best times from previous years and also about having fun on the domestic scene with team mates from City of Derry Spartans (my athletics club) or teaming up for a relay with Lisburn City Swim club.

As our climate is not hot and humid like where you have raced, how do you prepare for these type of races?

I am lucky to be able to have access to the Sports Institute Northern Ireland, where I train usually twice per week. Before the Beijing Grand Final last year I had done a few of my runs sessions on the treadmill in the lab, the temperature was regulated to what expected temperature was in Beijing. It was hot but it was good to be able to have experienced running in such heat before the event.In events like that it is important to be well hydrate in advance of the race, so I sip on water with electrolyte before hand.

How much has the standard and speed in ITU races moved on from when you first started racing them?

There are more women able to compete at the highest level now, so both the speed of the run, and the number of women able to run at speed have increased! Before I started racing Vanessa Fernandes and Emma Snowsill dominated the races, but now there are 15 women who are capable of winning a medal at the London Olympics. There are also changes in racing tactics, such as using ‘Super swimmers’ such as Great Britain’s Lucy Hall, who will no doubt be first out of the water in London, but will string out the field making it really fast during the first part of the race.

Would you like to do any long distance races in the future or will you stay at the Olympic distance?

At the minute I’m totally happy racing ITU, I don’t intent to race Ironman ever.

What are your goals and aspirations for the future?

When I stop racing I hope to start a family and do some coaching, I’d prefer to coach kids than adults though as I have a background in coaching both swimming and athletics as well as being a qualified PE teacher.

Thanks to;

Daniel Sherwood

5th Class, The Model School, Kilkenny

Teacher Mrs Tulloch

Madrid WTS Silver! – 27 May ’12

Pre February 2014 Posted on Mon, February 03, 2014 22:12:00

WOOOO! Silver. On that last 800m I thought I might just collapse with the jelly legs I’m so glad I made it to the finish line.

In fact when I got off my bike, I was just happy to be still alive and in the race at all. That was honestly the hardest bike course ever. But after another shocking T2 I managed to pull back from a 12s deficit to catch the leaders who were running steady as a group at the front. When i got there I took a wee micro-rest (Thanks tommy) and cos it was comfy I decided to push on a wee bit without going mad. It worked a bit and we lost 2 or 3, but I didn’t look behind me until the last turn around and seen I still had a tail of 3. Pants!

I knew Nicola would kill it in the sprint so I pushed some more, and then she went with 800 to go and Barb too, my only thought was pretending the line was closer than it was.

Anyhow, It moves me up the rankings some more and gives me a good kick in the ass to sort out me T2. Maybe we can make me a new track sessions; it could become a 1lap on the bike followed by dismount, rack bike, shoe change, and go!?

Massive thanks to coach Chris who is unfaltering in his coaching and patience! Also obviously to Tommy & Davy who I could not train without.

Next up ‘TI Media Day’ Thursday. Our Olympic ‘announcement’ some training pics and interviews. If your interested give Scott a shout on

Next stop Toulouse & Kitzhbuel. xxxx

DMC Santini – 15 May ’12

Pre February 2014 Posted on Mon, February 03, 2014 22:11:03

Visit the DMC stand at this weekends bike show at the RDS to see DMC Santini custom suits!


DMC Sports Ireland, the Irish distributor for the Santini brand amongst others, has today announced a sponsorship agreement of London 2012 hopeful, triathlete Aileen Morrison. The agreement will run to London 2012 and beyond.

Commenting on the agreement, Aileen – currently ranked 7th in the ITU World Rankings – said, “For any athlete, sponsorship is important. Furthermore it is good to have the support of companies in the know, and that they see me as a good enough athlete to want to support. It’s a confidence booster for me”.

Aileen Morrison’s new tri-suit in Monica fabric with Acquazero treatment

Earlier in 2012, Triathlon Ireland announced an apparel agreement with DMC Sports and Santini. Since the beginning of the season, Triathlon Ireland wears both technical and leisure garments from the Italian based clothing company. According to David McQuaid, Managing Director of DMC Sports, an independent sponsorship of a high profile elite Irish Triathlete was the next step. “

Naturally the sponsorship of Aileen is somewhat value added to our initial kit sponsorship with Triathlon Ireland, but it is a little bit more than that. During the winter we worked all three parties on the development of a high-end world class Santini tri suit from scratch. It was there that I came across Aileen and found her to be not just professional and pleasant, but extremely willing to be involved and lend her experience. Aileen is an asset to a sponsor,” he said.

The Derry native has been in blistering form this season, already netting two podium positions, firstly at the first ITU European Cup of the season, at Quarteira in Portugal and following this on with another silver podium position at the ITU World Cup in Japan. “I met David during the winter when we were prototype testing the new suit. I’m happy to be supported by DMC because it allows me now to have the performance kit that I need to compete at the highest level in WTS and look good doing it” she said, before further adding “ DMC are also helping me with some travel costs this year which takes a lot of pressure off me in an Olympic year, by being able to go to all the races I need to go to, to enable me to move forward in my sport”.

Commenting on the new clothing itself, Paola Santini, Marketing Manger of Santini explains, “This was a project. It started from point zero. And gradually we developed in house the suits following the requests and indications of the Elites”.

“The suit is made of what we refer to as Monica fabric, elastic but very compact, it provides both muscles compression and support. But our finishing touch is the Acquazero treatment. This water-repellent treatment is exclusive to Santini and still allows the suit to maintain it’s original features”

“One request coming from our Irish distributor’s side was that the end suit was 100% customisable. Well the Monica fabric is printable through sublimation, and all suits that we will provide to Triathlon Ireland in 2012 will be printed” she said.

“The material makes for fast swimming” Aileen added.

Aileen next competes in Dunkerque in France on May 20th, before joining her Triathlon Ireland teammates for the Madrid round of the World Cup Series on May 26th.

Silver in Ishagaki World Cup (again) – 22 April ’12

Pre February 2014 Posted on Mon, February 03, 2014 22:10:07

In my second visit to Ishagaki, I picked my my second silver. I was ranked no 4 going into the race, but I knew it was Kathy Tremblay I had to watch out for after her 6th place finish in Sydney WTS last week. I was surprised by the fast run of fellow canadian Sarah-Anne Buralt, who put I admittedly had somewhat of a tactical battle with. I tried to overtake her and she didn’t let me, so I let her run in front and tire before I went for it. Sorry, but thats racing!

I did have a good swim again, exiting the water in 2nd behind Kathy. I thought we might have a small group but we ended up in one large group anyhow, which was more like a primary school slow bicycle race with a few sprints out of the corners thrown in, just for the craic.

Anyhow I stayed in the first 4 wheels to cover any breakaways, avoid crashes, and try to get myself in a good position for T2. I failed miserably on the last goal, and exited T2 way behind Kathy who had a mad dash for it on the way in (way behind in triathlon terms means 8-10seconds). I tried to close the deficit, but didn’t want to blow the gasket. Then sarah and I had our wee battle (she is infact lovely) and I came away with silver in another World Cup I can be happy with.

Earlier in the week i was invited to the press conference, which was fun. Im not sure why the lads put their hand on the hips when the dude asked us to make ‘guns’, it looks v funny!

Off home now for 3 weeks, a FGP for my new team Poissy, and Madrid WTS.

Sydney WTS – 14 April ’12

Pre February 2014 Posted on Mon, February 03, 2014 22:09:16

So its now a World Triathlon Series and this years first, in Sydney was another mixed bag for me.

Image Delly Carr- ITU Media. Thats me 3rd from left.

I exited the water 4th just after Helen & Emma Moffat, Go me. I told you I could swim.

Then had a good bike ride and just didn’t feel good on the run. A bit of funny tummy & just feeling wick, I cant explain it all, other than I know I could have run better. I will take a 28th nevertheless and remember the days i didn’t swim 4th fastest!

Never mind, onto Ishagaki on Monday with Chris, Deirdre & Gav.

Gav done well in 35th, and we were both so pleased to have the Irish support here in Australia (via some of my family and the half of ireland who seem to work here) and support on Twitter etc. Thank you guys. Lots.

What a fab pic.

Sydney – 10 April ’12

Pre February 2014 Posted on Mon, February 03, 2014 22:07:49

Just up for an early cycle around Sydney city centre. 6am gets you 10laps around the botanical gardens, with a photo opportunity.

Sydney WCS is at 7.36am Saturday 14th. And i’m no 4! Gone just pinch me. Gav is off then about 9.30 ish, and we are both off to Ishagaki, Japan on Monday for a WC on Sunday 22nd.

Hopefully a good start to a good year!

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