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.

18 July 2016 0 Comments

Ironman UK – the big report

After 4 successful Ironman races I was beginning to feel reasonably relaxed about the build up to Ironman UK, 2016. Registration was no hassle and apart from a bit of traffic around T1 for bike racking I got back to race briefing at Bolton Wanderers’ stadium in a pretty calm state. This would be my […]

13 July 2016 4 Comments

How to watch Ironman UK

This Sunday 17th July sees the 8th time Ironman UK has visited Bolton, and it will be my 3rd effort at this event. It would be fair to say that the original 2009 race was met with a mixture of bemusement and ignorance by the locals, and I well remember running down through town with […]

4 July 2016 0 Comments

Home Straight

  Clicking “submit” on your entry into an Ironman always has a slight air of unreality about it, not least because for most races you have to enter so early to secure your slot that there is nearly a year of training and racing to be done before the fateful day itself finally rolls around. It […]

7 June 2016 0 Comments

Trying to find the positives

With the mercury hitting 27°C in the afternoon, Sunday’s Bala triathlon was always going to be tough. I finished, but my time of  6:12:57 was slow. Last time I did this race (2010) the conditions were much cooler and I hit the tape in a much more respectable 5:39:46.  Looking at my split times it’s […]

2 June 2016 0 Comments

June, the month for being awesome

The great thing about June (in the northern hemisphere) is the length of the days. With over 18 hours of daylight in England by mid-month and more in northern Scotland, race organisers use the extra daylight to put on some of the year’s most gruelling adventure races. For the same reason it is also a […]

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 sportive 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 […]