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.

27 April 2016 1 Comment

5th Time Lucky

My record at the excellent Wrynose or Bust┬ásportive is lamentable. I have entered 5 times and my results for the first four are as follows: 2012 – Did not start: illness 2013 – Did not start: last minute family holiday 2014 – Did not finish: chain broke at 105 miles and I was too cold […]

18 April 2016 0 Comments

Building Up To Bolton

The season is coming together quite nicely at the moment. Aside from some super stiff calf muscles from running too hard on the flat I’ve managed to remain pretty much injury free. My mileage for both running and cycling is well ahead of last year (we’ll skate over the swimming, as usual) and the events […]

28 March 2016 0 Comments

Hammer Time!

Forgetting your cycling shoes isn’t a great way to prepare for the opening cycle sportive of the 2016 season for me. It led to a frantic dash home followed by a mad dash down the M61 to Poynton and event HQ at Poynton High School. Luckily, Team Torelli had the fastest ever event registration system […]

22 March 2016 0 Comments

The Dreaded Diet Question

Spring has sprung, the daffodils are blooming even as far north as the Lune Valley, where I live. Minds turn once more to the fast approaching race season: Ironman UK is less than 4 months away and there is plenty of racing to be done before that to get myself in shape. Standing on the […]

10 March 2016 0 Comments

Weasel Words

So the best paid female sports star in the world has been caught cheating. Am I the only one to feel uncomfortable with the media reaction to this news? Several sports stars have come out and said how brave Sharapova has been in fronting up and admitting her mistake. Head, her racquet sponsor, are renewing […]

4 March 2016 0 Comments

Injury Strikes

I only have myself to blame…and Strava. 2016 had started well, I was up on my training numbers from previous years and had even started to do some mileage on the bicycle. I was aware that I probably needed to step it back for a week or so as one or two niggles had started […]

22 February 2016 0 Comments

To tape or not to tape

If you’ve ever been to a physio in recent years, there’s a fair chance that you’ve come out covered in gaudily coloured tape carefully added to various parts of your body in complex strips designed to stimulate the muscles and aid recovery. This stuff is expensive and is, to a large degree, accepted as a […]

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 […]