The mutterings of a multisporter since 2005.

I've been racing triathlons from sprint distance to Ironman for 12 seasons. Here are some stories, reflections and words... even the occasional recipe.

I started this blog in 2005, no sign of stopping yet.

3 November 2015 0 Comments

Provis Pixelite Jacket

The prolonged period of unseasonably warm and settled weather late into the Autumn has left my winter training gear firmly in its place at the bottom of the cupboard. This is a good thing. However, it has meant that I haven’t had an opportunity to review the new PixElite cycling jacket sent to me over […]

2 November 2015 0 Comments

Hard, Harder, Hardest…

The guy leading race briefing at Ironman Wales on the Saturday night revelled in his one liner: “There’s hard, harder, hardest (pause for effect), then there’s Ironman Wales.” Words like “brutal” and “savage” were being bandied around by athletes describing the course. Yet, according to Ironman themselves, 51% of the athletes taking the start line the […]

19 October 2015 0 Comments

Life in the old dog

Yesterday I lined up for the Lancaster Trail Half Marathon for the third year in a row. I like this race because it’s along the towpath of the picturesque Lancaster Canal and there is not a single step along a road. It’s a low key, low stress affair that ought to be more popular than […]

28 September 2015 0 Comments

My Top Tips for Triathlon Newbies

So you want to do a triathlon? Fantastic, it’s the best sport in the world! But where do you start? All the sage advice and opinions in magazines and online can seem a little overwhelming, intimidating or just over-filled with impenetrable jargon even for relatively seasoned competitors. And cutting through the marketing hype from companies […]

22 September 2015 0 Comments

Don’t let its reputation put you off

Over 2,000 athletes entered Ironman Wales last week. Clearly they weren’t put off by the tough reputation of the course; and they were right not to be. We were treated to a fantastic race day experience. Here are 5 reasons why Ironman Wales should be right at the top of your list of “must do” […]

20 September 2015 0 Comments

Ironman Wales: How Did My Race Plan Work Out?

So, I crossed the line successfully in Tenby last weekend to finish my first Ironman for 4 years and my 4th overall, but how did the race performance measure up against my expectations, and how did my race plan work out? In all 3 of my previous Ironman races I have gone progressively quicker on […]

12 September 2015 1 Comment

The wait is almost over

I’m lying on my bed in my hotel room. My bike has been racked, transition bags hung up and nothing else left to do except race briefing, supper and an early bed. Tenby is buzzing expectantly, cafés full, children capering around in their green “Ironkids” t shirts and a lot of tense looking athletes realising […]

8 September 2015 0 Comments

Tapering for Tenby

I want to go for a nice long bike ride. I can’t. Tapering for Ironman is a frustrating business. The idea is simple enough: reduce your training load as you get near a big event to make sure you hit the start line refreshed and raring to go. But actually doing it is much harder. […]

3 September 2015 0 Comments

Asturian Hills

Last year I achieved a long held ambition to climb up to Los Lagos de Covadonga in Asturias. It’s a climb that has famously featured in lots of editions of the Vuelta à España and involves just over 1000 metres of ascent. This year my ambition went a little bit further. Last year’s ride was basically […]

31 August 2015 0 Comments

My Ironman History

Ironman Wales on 13th September will be my fourth full Ironman. Here are the stats and race reports for the previous 3: Race Date Swim Bike Run Trans Time Report IM UK 02/08/09 1:46:52 7:32:53 5:23:22 0:22:21 15:05:26 Report IM UK 01/08/10 1:28:21 6:54:21 5:25:34 0:14:52 14:03:06 Report IM Regensburg 07/08/11 1:34:36 6:14:05 5:24:36 0:13:21 […]

30 August 2015 2 Comments

I can do no more

Ironman Wales is 2 weeks today. Yesterday I ran a very hilly 26 kilometres. Tomorrow I’m riding for 6 hours. I can do no more. Am I ready? I don’t know. Nervous? Certainly. If I look at the three disciplines in turn I will try and summarise where I am. Swimming is my least favourite of […]

6 August 2015 0 Comments

A Beautiful Ride

For the second summer in a row I find myself in eastern Asturias with my bike and I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that it’s one of the finest places on this Earth to ride said bike. Pedalling through the stands of eucalyptus on the way to one of the mountain passes in the region […]

22 July 2015 0 Comments

The Cleveland Windman

After the brutal “A Day in the Lakes” triathlon of 3 weeks ago, Saturday’s Cleveland Steelman was supposed to be a breeze (well it was, but not in a good way). I was hoping for 2 things from this event: an overall pb for half ironman (and getting under 5 hours 30 mins would be […]

16 July 2015 0 Comments

Imperfect Preparation

On Saturday I’m supposed to be racing at the Cleveland Steelman at Ellerton Park near Catterick. I say “supposed”, because last Sunday I fell off my bike. It was one of those really stupid and embarrassing crashes that occasionally befall cyclists. I’d been out training hard for 3 hours putting in some big TT efforts, […]

30 June 2015 0 Comments

A Day in the Lakes

It’s official, I am a rain magnet. Yet again I was lining up for the start of a triathlon in the rain. This was no ordinary triathlon, however. This was “A Day in the Lakes”. This race is, without a doubt, one of the toughest half-ironman races in the UK. With over 3,500 ft of […]