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.

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 0 Comments

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 […]

19 March 2015 0 Comments

Hiatus

noun a pause or break in continuity in a sequence or activity. “there was a brief hiatus in the war with France” It’s been over a month since I’ve posted on the blog, mainly for personal reasons: there has been a lot going in with my business and personal life that has meant that most […]

8 February 2015 3 Comments

A Beautiful Morning for a Run

-4° C read the temperature gauge on my car as I drove down a foggy Lune Valley to the M6 this morning. I was heading to Grizedale Forest Park for a trail half marathon. I was hoping that the sun would burn the fog away but as I pulled into the carpark nearly an hour […]

6 February 2015 0 Comments

2015 starts here

For the last 10 years I have started my season no earlier than late March, usually with a short sportive such as the Jodrell Bank. I’m mixing things up a bit this year. Through the winter I’ve been doing quite a bit of running and very little cycling. The weather has been partly to blame […]

6 February 2015 0 Comments

Steve McNamara and the London Taxi Drivers’ Association

So the leader of London’s Taxi Driver’s says that cyclists are London’s equivalent of ISIS. I’ll skate over the grossly offensive nature of this comment and point out to him that cyclists don’t kill people, aggressive and dangerous driving does. I don’t condone running red lights on a bicycle any more than I do in […]

21 January 2015 0 Comments

First Hurdle Cleared

I’ve posted on this blog about fracking before, here and here. I make no apologies for doing so again. I fully agree with all the arguments put forward objecting to fracking on the grounds of continuing our reliance on hydrocarbons; the possibility that it might pollute groundwater; the potential for seismic events and so on. […]

1 January 2015 2 Comments

74.2

Not a new race distance or format, but my weight in kilos on Jan 1st. The number in itself isn’t particularly significant or something I worry about, but at this time of year people like to draw a line in the sand and work to a new goal. In my case, that goal is Ironman […]

30 December 2014 0 Comments

Images

It was about  a quarter to seven on a Sunday morning in June. The Thames just above Windsor town centre seemed frozen in time, the flow barely perceptible. A few swans nonchalantly slid across the surface not bothering to look for breakfast as they knew they would feast on the scraps of the packed lunches […]

11 December 2014 0 Comments

Hi viz versus Proviz

The idea that simply donning a fluorescent yellow jacket somehow bestows upon you a level of hitherto unknown invulnerability is a concept that has long wound me up to a tee. Flourescent hi-visibility clothing has little or no proven impact on safety for pedestrians or cyclists alike. A recent study showed that wearing hi viz […]

4 December 2014 0 Comments

And in other news…

I have been wrestling with my race program for next year for a while now. Ironman Regensburg is now 3 seasons ago and I have been agonising whether to step up to the plate once more and put my name down for another Ironman. 3 half iron distance races this year following 2 years in […]

4 December 2014 0 Comments

A New Lease of Life

Like it’s owner, my trusty racebike ended the season in a shabby and disheveled state. Gear shifting had been a bit of a lottery all season: sometimes it took two clicks to shift a gear, sometimes one. Occasionally it shifted gears all by itself. At the Weymouth half, as if to say “enough is enough,” […]