IRONTWIT

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.

9 February 2016 0 Comments

A Relief To Be Racing

After such a miserable, gloomy and wet winter, it was a relief to be pulling on my running shoes in anger to actually race. To be honest, the forecast was pretty much as it has been since November: rain, and more rain. This time it was the impending arrival of Storm Imogen that was the […]

21 January 2016 0 Comments

Banishing the Winter Blues

After the wettest December ever recorded I would forgive any athlete from hanging up their shoes and sitting inside peering out at the rain until the spring arrived. However, with Ironman UK coming up in mid July I seem to have found the motivation to keep going out. Admittedly, the bike has remained in the […]

1 January 2016 0 Comments

A Year In My Footsteps

I’m writing this on my sofa with my feet up. It’s January 1st so no surprise there apart from the frozen peas strapped around my left ankle. After an almost entirely injury free 2015 it was sod’s law that dictated that I’d injure myself on the very last run of the year. I arrived at […]

18 December 2015 0 Comments

Irontwit is 10!

I have just realised that yesterday this blog reached its 10th Birthday. In that time I have posted 495 blogs (if I’d planned this better this would be the 500th post, too). Still, that’s an average of 50 posts a year and about 4 a month. I have never been particularly interested in visitor numbers […]

2 December 2015 0 Comments

2015 – The Toughest Year Yet

2015 for me was all about returning to Ironman racing. After 3 seasons of half ironman and Olympic distance racing I felt I had recovered sufficiently properly from my Achilles problem to up the ante once more and compete in an Ironman. Ironman UK had already sold out by the time I decided to enter […]

2 December 2015 1 Comment

My Favourite Triathlons

Updated November 2015 and first published in 2010 These are my favourite triathlons. Most of them I’ve done more than once, and you’ll notice that they are all lake or reservoir swims (except Windsor, which is a river swim, and Wales which is a sea swim). They also all have countryside based bike legs. Not […]

2 December 2015 0 Comments

Hard, Harder, Hardest… Part 2

A continuation of my Ironman Wales race report part 1. Rather than have a cavalry charge of 2000 lemmings into the sea, the organisers at Tenby sensibly opted for a rolling start. So, after the hooter sounded my pen of similarly useless swimmers had a good 10 minutes of shuffling before we entered the sea. […]

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. […]