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.

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 […]

22 June 2015 0 Comments

Worried

I confess that I’m feeling a bit worried, intimidated even, about Sunday’s “A Day in the Lakes”, triathlon. It’s a half-ironman in distance, but that’s just the start of it. The bike leg climbs Kirkstone Pass and Shap Fell, prior to a fell run with about 700 metres of ascent built in. So, it’s not […]

14 June 2015 0 Comments

A Bit of a Brute

After a long wait until the start of the season for me, the races are now coming thick and fast. Yesterday was the Windmill Race, a new addition to the annual Caton Gala. This is a popular village event with parades, fair display and stall though in the last couple of years it has been […]

7 June 2015 2 Comments

Keswick Capers

I’ll be honest and say that the prospect of an open water swim in Derwentwater at 8:30 this morning wasn’t exactly top of my bucket list as I headed for Keswick up the M6. I held out no great expectations for this, my 40th triathlon. I have struggled all May with a bad chest, so […]

5 June 2015 0 Comments

Miserable May

Yesterday I went out for a spin on my bike. Nothing unusual in that, except for the fact that it was the first ride in 2015 in which I wore a short sleeved jersey. I cannot remember a year where it has been so cold and wet for so long. Not to mention the wind! […]

28 May 2015 0 Comments

I blame Greg Lemond

“Lemond” by user:Chris Timm – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. I still have my pair of Oakley Razorblades. I blame Greg Lemond. Back in the 80s I was into climbing and mountaineering and the height of sunglass technology were my classically teardrop shaped Bollé glasses with weird little leather flaps […]

25 May 2015 0 Comments

It pays to shop around

Triathlon has a reputation for being an expensive sport. With a kit list as long as your arm and a cycling market willing to put ever more exotic lightweight and aerodynamic equipment on the market to tempt those chasing marginal gains it’s easy to see how the sport could be viewed as appealing to city […]

24 May 2015 0 Comments

What is a good time for a triathlon?

Up popped a link to an article on 220triathlon.com entitled, “What’s a good triathlon time?” I thought it might be quite interesting but sadly turned out to be not much more than editorial padding. In summary, the article suggested the following: Super sprint: sub 1 hour Sprint: sub 1:30 Olympic: sub 3 hours Half Ironman: […]

4 May 2015 0 Comments

All Change

Having thought that my race calendar would basically follow the same as last year, I’ve decided that I’m not ready for the Beaver Triathlon on 16th May so I’ve changed my races for the summer. I’m going to start with the Olympic distance at Keswick on 7th June. This should be good practice for the […]

4 May 2015 2 Comments

Wiggo’s Last Ride

I bet Alex Dowsett allowed himself a little smile as he pulled back the curtains on Sunday morning to look out at the slate grey northern skies pouring forth rain. He’d already done his business on Saturday in the molten atmosphere at the Manchester Velodrome. He could now spend a perfect hour in bed reflecting […]

3 May 2015 1 Comment

The Perfect Hour

Who knew that watching a bloke ride 200 times around a 250 metre track would be so compelling? The Hour Record, until a few years ago, was one of the great and most prestigious titles in cycling. True legends like Fausto Coppi and Jacques Anquetil are prior holders before Eddy Merckx put the record out of […]

16 April 2015 0 Comments

Now for Something Completely Different

Over the last few years I have focused pretty much exclusively on half and full ironman distance races. But today I’ve been offered a media place in a new race distance – Starter Sprint Triathlon. It’s shorter than a sprint, so is absolutely perfect for anyone wanting to dip their toe in the triathlon water. […]

27 March 2015 1 Comment

4 Years Older

I was rooting around in a drawer this morning and found my Ironman medals. It is now 4 years since I finished Ironman Regensburg. A nasty achilles injury ruined 2012 (a dnf, a dns and one late season tri was all I managed). 2013 wasn’t much better – trying to properly rehabilitate the achilles meant […]