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.

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 […]

2 May 2017 0 Comments

The Tendinitis Curse Strikes

5 years ago I got a nasty case of tendinitis in my left achilles tendon. The stats speak for themselves. That year I managed a miserly 157km of running with long gaps between. It was brought on by an over ambitious attempt at a fast 10k road race in which I hadn’t warmed up sufficiently. […]

20 April 2017 1 Comment

Still Raceless

A couple of weeks ago I posted about the Bigland or Bust Sportive being cancelled and the pressing need to get my act together to sort out my race season. Looking at various events databases made me plump for the Torelli Manchester-Chester-Manchester sportive, a 100 mile jaunt around Cheshire. I got my entry in, but […]

20 April 2017 0 Comments

The Extra Mile

Anyone who rides regularly will appreciate the service of a decent quality cycle mechanic to keep their trusty steed in fine fettle, and I am no different. I’m sure there are jobs that I could do on my bike, but I prefer to spend the time riding the thing. So apart from cleaning it (I’ll […]

18 April 2017 1 Comment

Running Problems

2016 was the strongest running year I’ve had since staring triathlon 14 years ago. I ran 1,302km over the course of the year and smashed my Ironman marathon best at Ironman UK. I also managed something that I never have before, and that was to run every day for a whole month, notching up 272km […]

5 April 2017 0 Comments

Raceless

Just when I’m thinking I need to up the ante with racing and training up pops an email in my inbox informing me that the Bigland or Bust sportive that I had intended to ride at the end of April has been cancelled. The organiser cited lack of advance entries as the reason. Having entered […]

20 March 2017 0 Comments

Doping in amateur sport

The BBC have pushed hard a report that they commissioned into doping in amateur sport. On the face of it the kind of figures that they are quoting are extraordinary and alarming. 50% of the 1000 sportspeople that they questioned believed that doping was widespread. Everyone asked in the survey apparently was either a member […]

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20 March 2017 0 Comments

Do you know Andy Holgate?

I’ve come to a decision. When I finally get around to writing my long awaited autobiography it will be entitled, “Do you know Andy Holgate?” It’s inevitable that whenever I rock up at a triathlon or sportive wearing City of Lancaster Triathlon Club (COLT) kit, someone, at some point will ask, “Do you know Andy […]