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.

20 July 2014 0 Comments

Groundhog Day

In the words of Steve Earle, “And the rain came down.” I’m beginning to think I have upset someone. The second half-ironman of the season, and the second complete drenching. I didn’t think it was possible to be wetter on a triathlon than I was at the Beaver in May, but yesterday’s Cleveland Steelman came […]

18 July 2014 0 Comments

Ploughing a Lonely Furrow

Today has not been a good day. A simple trip to Staffordshire to pick up a trailer for the family holiday turned from a 5 hour jaunt into 8½ hours of traffic hell courtesy of the M6. It doesn’t take much on a Friday afternoon to turn this particular motorway into a car park and […]

15 July 2014 0 Comments

Defining Shared Space

Last week I came across a very interesting blog post on the  “As Easy As Riding a Bike” blog about the redevelopment of the centre of Poynton on Cheshire as a “shared space” scheme. I was particularly interested in this post because I used to live very near to the town in question and practically every […]

15 July 2014 4 Comments

With Fresh Eyes

I have long felt that the riding around the Lune Valley and Silverdale area is as good as it gets in the UK. Yet, it’s still easy to get complacent about the training loops that you regularly follow on your doorstep. Last week I was delighted to be able to host two friends from Florida […]

26 June 2014 0 Comments

The Fourth Element

Two weeks ago I failed to hit my PB for an Olympic Distance triathlon, not because my run wasn’t up to scratch, my bike didn’t pass muster, or even because my swim lagged behind. No, I lost just over the 20 seconds I needed in transition 2 between bike and run when the tongue of […]

20 June 2014 0 Comments

Objection to Fracking Plans in Lancashire

It is with alarm that I see a planning application has been made to frack wells in Plumpton. Cuadrilla is the applicant and the planning reference is LCC/2014/0096. It is really important that residents of Lancashire stand up and oppose these applications in order to demonstrate to the council that we don’t want fracking in the […]

16 June 2014 0 Comments

Lucky 13

The Southport Marine Triathlon was my 13th Olympic distance race. I haven’t done one since 2011 so I wasn’t sure how it would go. I knew the course was flat and fast but also exposed and prone to wind, but if the conditions were right I felt I would be in with a shout of […]

12 June 2014 0 Comments

Racing again, so soon!

At times over the last couple of years this blog seems to have developed into a prolonged whinge about injury and recovery so it’s really refreshing to be previewing a second race only 3 weeks after the last one. At last, I seem to have put my achilles problem behind me and my running is […]

4 June 2014 0 Comments

Licking your wounds

photo credit: ratterrell via photopin cc Most of us have stressed our bodies at some point enough to initiate really stiff and sore muscles the following day. I vividly recollect the first time I ran a marathon at the age of 20. Me and my two buddies completed the Potteries Marathon in 1982 in a […]

25 May 2014 3 Comments


When I peered out of my window of the rather basic hotel room at 5:30 a.m. I feared the worst. Despite checking every weather website I could think of in order to find a good forecast, there seemed to be unanimity among the soothsayers, crystal ballers and meteorologists, it was going to be wet. Very […]

19 May 2014 0 Comments

Third Time Lucky?

On Saturday I’ll be lining up for the Beaver Triathlon for the third time. Set in and around the grounds of Belvoir Castle near Grantham, the race is one of the earliest middle distance triathlons on the calendar. Being a Just Racing event it’s well organised and relaxed as you’d expect for an outfit that […]

15 May 2014 0 Comments

Barefoot and back on the blog

After almost a month of not posting on my blog an article by renowned sports scientist Ross Tucker prompted me to write again. It seems that Vibram, producers of the Five Fingers minimalist, or barefoot running shoe have been fined a whopping $3.75m for making unsubstantiated claims in their advertising. Now the attentive reader will undoubtedly […]