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.

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


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


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,” […]

26 November 2014 0 Comments

A Word With Ed

My favourite track rider is, without a doubt, Ed Clancy. I’ve watched him cycle on the boards at the Manchester Velodrome many a time (I blogged about his world record Madison time trial with Ollie Wood here). I was also privileged to witness him, as part of the four man team pursuit squad, win World […]

24 November 2014 0 Comments

Maturing Nicely

There won’t be many cyclists or runnerswho haven’t heard of Strava by now. If you are in the tiny minority that hasn’t, it’s a running and cycling fitness tracker website and app. Ho hum, you say, there are plenty of those. But Strava’s big success is due to its segments system. A segment is a […]

23 November 2014 0 Comments

What’s not to like?

It takes a lot for me to shift my post ride eating habits from my Ultimate Peanut Butter Sandwich, but this week I received a freebie sample of a couple of Science in Sport mint choc Rego bars. I’ve never been a particular fan of the protein recovery bar. I find them too chewy and […]

7 November 2014 0 Comments

Where did it all go wrong?

It’s nearly two months since the last triathlon of the season, and I’m still mulling over the reasons for my non performance. My finish time of 6:08:13 at Weymouth was the first time I’d been over 6 hours in 6 years (last time was Wimbleball in 2008 and anyone who’s done that course knows that […]

30 October 2014 2 Comments

Caffe Italia

Part of the ritual for me of going out for a bike ride or a run has always been having a pre-ride espresso. I first mused on this in a blog post about 4 years ago. I bought my first Gaggia about 15 years ago and it churned out dose after dose of the black […]

19 October 2014 0 Comments

Wind Assisted

I wrote my season review a tad prematurely, it seems. This morning I ran the Lancaster Trail Half Marathon. I’d forgotten that I’d done this race last year and when someone mentioned it on the COLT club Facebook page I made a last minute decision to give it another go. And I’m so pleased I […]

17 October 2014 0 Comments

The Ultimate Peanut Butter Sandwich

The Danger Zone As we are constantly told, whenever we complete a hard training session or race, it’s really important to eat to put back some of the energy lost and replenish nutrients to aid recovery. The trouble is that whenever you read about this in a magazine the suggested foods of choice tend to appeal […]

7 October 2014 0 Comments

Hydrate, or be damned

I hate energy drinks. The fizzy ones are for teenagers wanting to get hyper on vodka and stimulants (I wonder what percentage of Red Bull sales go to athletes?). But even the ones aimed at sportspeople are unpleasantly sweet. In a race they get slopped all over your frame and your body leaving a nasty […]

6 October 2014 0 Comments

2014 Season Review

After the 2 previous seasons where injury had limited my races I was approaching 2014 with a renewed sense of optimism. 2013 saw me finish only one triathlon (Henley Half) and 2012 was similar. However, a new injury prevention regime meant that I trained fairly consistently through the winter. Lack of confidence in my body, […]