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.

11 October 2017 0 Comments

Changing Direction

As the 2017 season peters out in a welter of Atlantic depressions thoughts inevitably turn to 2018. I still have a sportive to do this year before I finally bring down the curtain on a bit of a strange season for me, but it hasn’t stopped me from flexing the plastic and getting 2018 organised. […]

13 September 2017 0 Comments

My Triathlon Bucket List

Having reached the grand old age of 54 and competed in 50 triathlons, I have fallen into, I suppose, a fairly reflective mood as the 2017 winds up. I’ve been thinking about what remaining goals I have in this sport I’ve come to love so much. As age and injury begins to take an increasing […]

7 September 2017 0 Comments

Sprint Triathlons Are Tough!

Last night was the final midweek sprint triathlon of the year at Capernwray Dive Centre. This 4 race series is developing into quite a popular fixture in the northwest tri calendar. Judging by the different tops on display most tri clubs in the region were represented. COLT, of course, had the most entries with 16 […]

7 September 2017 0 Comments

Spare your outrage!

The huge media interest in the Charlie Alliston case (even the Guardian couldn’t help itself and used emotive language in its headline on the conviction) is providing a completely skewed and anti cycling bias. Internet trolls have been given free rein to let loose their views on blogs, twitter and newspaper articles. Even Mrs May […]

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6 September 2017 0 Comments

50th Triathlon

Today’s Capernwray sprint will be my 50th triathlon! I had planned for it to be Ironman UK, but the cancellation of the first Capernwray sprint and the conversion of Epicman into a duathlon meant that IMUK turned out to be my 48th. Here are my triathlons in stats: ————- 10 Sprint distance races (Capernwray will […]

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5 September 2017 0 Comments

Lessons From Bolton

I’ve had some time to reflect on my performance at Ironman UK in Bolton in July. At the time I was a bit disappointed with my performance as I was 25 minutes slower than the previous year. To put this into some kind of context, by race day I had done close to 3 times […]

3 August 2017 0 Comments

Cool Times

Looking back at my race history last night’s Capernwray Mid Week Sprint Triathlon was significant for two reasons. Firstly (and shockingly) it was my first sprint distance triathlon for 9 years! Secondly, it was my 49th triathlon, leaving me wondering where I might line up for my 5oth. Why so long since my last sprint […]

17 July 2017 2 Comments

Worse than I hoped, better than I feared

The alarm beeped intrusively at 3:28 in our hotel room at the Premier Inn at Malthouse Farm. Billy Winn and I had shared accommodation for Ironman UK last year, and it seemed to work OK – no disturbance for family and dogs who could slumber on ready for their exertions on the side of the […]

10 July 2017 2 Comments

Home Stretch

The training is done, there is nothing more to be do other than have as restful and healthy a week as possible. So having a day trip down to London today, a course in Newcastle tomorrow and a day in reading on Wednesday is just ideal! Hopefully I’ll have time for a little run tomorrow, […]

1 July 2017 0 Comments

Hopes and Dreams

It has just gone 9 in the evening and I’m looking out of my conservatory window across a windy, misty and rainswept Lune Valley. At this time of the evening in two weeks I’ll be in bed contemplating starting my 6th Ironman and 4th Ironman UK. That’s 6 more than most people will ever do […]

19 June 2017 0 Comments

Tough Brick

My season is rapidly descending into a state of farce. It started well enough with an enjoyable Lancaster Duathlon followed by a favourite sportive of mine – the Jodrell Bank. The subsequent two sportives I entered (Bigland or Bust and Manchester-Chester-Manchester) were both cancelled due to lack of numbers. No matter, I was building up […]

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8 June 2017 1 Comment

The Swim Exporter App

If you have an Apple Watch 2 and you use Strava you’ll be as frustrated as I am that Strava doesn’t support swimming on the watch. You have to record any swim that you do using the watch’s native Workout app (which works really well), then manually create a new activity in Strava and fill in […]

5 June 2017 1 Comment

The Ying and Yang of being injured

Depending on the type of injury, being injured is not necessarily a huge disaster. While I wouldn’t wish achilles tendinitis on anyone, it hasn’t stopped me from riding my bike and, more importantly, has given me more time in the pool. Looking at my stats for 2017 I have run less than half the distance […]

18 May 2017 0 Comments

Recovering

Good news! My achilles injury is definitely on the mend. Reading around the subject it seems that calf injuries are increasingly common in athletes as age takes a grip. This chimes with me as I seem to be constantly battling calf strains and ankle injuries. The biological reasons why are not yet understood but a […]

9 May 2017 1 Comment

It’s Going To Be Epic

On June 11th a new triathlon will take place near Lancaster. The Epicman, run by Epic Events will feature a swim in the River Lune, a bicycle tour of the Forest of Bowland and a run along the cycle track next to the river. At only £60 to enter it is one of the cheapest […]