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 May 2016 1 Comment

Apple Watch as Training Aid

Being a hopelessly tech addicted family I suppose it wasn’t that surprising that my dearest wife thought that an Apple Watch would make an ideal Christmas present for me. Although having done the usual thing of having said we weren’t going to be buying each other expensive presents this year, and me having done the […]

23 May 2016 0 Comments

Is it possible to be a cyclist and not be a little bit angry?

A few weeks ago I was riding with a friend up a big hill on the Wrynose or Bust sportive. As we were on a quiet, wide main road with excellent visibility and it was 10 o’clock on a Sunday morning we judged it safe to be riding 2 abreast (as we had been doing […]

22 May 2016 0 Comments

Getting the excuses in

Today’s Southport Triathlon didn’t quite go to the script. To be fair, I wasn’t expecting to get close to my time of 2:34:14 which I set in last year’s race. I comprehensively trashed my legs running a hill marathon last weekend and I was still in recovery mode. Nevertheless, I hoped for a time around […]

21 May 2016 0 Comments

Overdoing it?

Tomorrow is the first triathlon of the season for me. I don’t think it’s going to go well. It’s Vital Events’ Southport Triathlon and a flatter and faster course you could not hope to find. Moreover the weather forecast is pretty benign with sunny periods and a light breeze – the wind always being a […]

16 May 2016 0 Comments

Tough Test

Sedbergh is a lovely little town nestled beneath the Howgill Fells which are either an outlier of the Lake District or in the Yorkshire Dales, depending on your point of view. In good weather the open and rounded fells offer beautiful walking country with fantastic views in every direction. But that openness together with a […]

13 May 2016 0 Comments

Fell Racing

On Sunday I’m on the start line for the Howgills Trail 13 race. This is going to be a hilly one. The Howgill fells are fabulous grassy fells above the small town of Sedbergh on the eastern fringes of the Lake District. Once you are on the tops it’s great becuase you can run from […]

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 […]