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.

19 August 2014 0 Comments

Cycling in Asturias

If you look at a map of Europe and find Spain, then trace your finger until you are about half way along the top edge, you will be pointing at Asturias. It’s a land of coast and mountains with its own distinct traditions and dialects. The fabled Picos de Europa have long provided a considerable […]

19 August 2014 0 Comments

Peanut Power

The internet is full of advice on how to make money by blogging – carrying ads, providing backlinks, taking guestposts etc. all provide ways of making a little pocket money if you’re serious. But to actually break big time and get the kind of attention that will make you a living is hugely difficult and […]

10 August 2014 0 Comments

Los Lagos de Covadonga

Back in the summer of 722 King Pelayo was in a fix. For several years he had been asserting the independence of the Kingdom of Asturias from the Moors (Arabs) who controlled most of Spain. The Moors had finally grown tired of this irritation and sent a force to put down the rebellion. Cornered, with […]

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9 August 2014 0 Comments

La Torneria – an Asturian Classic

Ask a Spaniard about Asturias and the likely response will be, “Rain.” Just like in England, Manchester has the tag of being both “in the north” and permanently wet, so the province of Asturias suffers the same stereotypical fate at the hands of its countrymen. This does the area a disservice. Although it does suffer […]

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20 July 2014 0 Comments

Groundhog Day

In the words of Steve Earle, “And the rain came down.” I’m beginning to think I have upset someone. The second half-ironman of the season, and the second complete drenching. I didn’t think it was possible to be wetter on a triathlon than I was at the Beaver in May, but yesterday’s Cleveland Steelman came […]

18 July 2014 0 Comments

Ploughing a Lonely Furrow

Today has not been a good day. A simple trip to Staffordshire to pick up a trailer for the family holiday turned from a 5 hour jaunt into 8½ hours of traffic hell courtesy of the M6. It doesn’t take much on a Friday afternoon to turn this particular motorway into a car park and […]

15 July 2014 0 Comments

Defining Shared Space

Last week I came across a very interesting blog post on the  “As Easy As Riding a Bike” blog about the redevelopment of the centre of Poynton on Cheshire as a “shared space” scheme. I was particularly interested in this post because I used to live very near to the town in question and practically every […]

15 July 2014 4 Comments

With Fresh Eyes

I have long felt that the riding around the Lune Valley and Silverdale area is as good as it gets in the UK. Yet, it’s still easy to get complacent about the training loops that you regularly follow on your doorstep. Last week I was delighted to be able to host two friends from Florida […]

26 June 2014 0 Comments

The Fourth Element

Two weeks ago I failed to hit my PB for an Olympic Distance triathlon, not because my run wasn’t up to scratch, my bike didn’t pass muster, or even because my swim lagged behind. No, I lost just over the 20 seconds I needed in transition 2 between bike and run when the tongue of […]

20 June 2014 0 Comments

Objection to Fracking Plans in Lancashire

It is with alarm that I see a planning application has been made to frack wells in Plumpton. Cuadrilla is the applicant and the planning reference is LCC/2014/0096. It is really important that residents of Lancashire stand up and oppose these applications in order to demonstrate to the council that we don’t want fracking in the […]

16 June 2014 0 Comments

Lucky 13

The Southport Marine Triathlon was my 13th Olympic distance race. I haven’t done one since 2011 so I wasn’t sure how it would go. I knew the course was flat and fast but also exposed and prone to wind, but if the conditions were right I felt I would be in with a shout of […]

12 June 2014 0 Comments

Racing again, so soon!

At times over the last couple of years this blog seems to have developed into a prolonged whinge about injury and recovery so it’s really refreshing to be previewing a second race only 3 weeks after the last one. At last, I seem to have put my achilles problem behind me and my running is […]