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.

20 April 2017 0 Comments

Still Raceless

A couple of weeks ago I posted about the Bigland or Bust Sportive being cancelled and the pressing need to get my act together to sort out my race season. Looking at various events databases made me plump for the Torelli Manchester-Chester-Manchester sportive, a 100 mile jaunt around Cheshire. I got my entry in, but […]

20 April 2017 0 Comments

The Extra Mile

Anyone who rides regularly will appreciate the service of a decent quality cycle mechanic to keep their trusty steed in fine fettle, and I am no different. I’m sure there are jobs that I could do on my bike, but I prefer to spend the time riding the thing. So apart from cleaning it (I’ll […]

18 April 2017 1 Comment

Running Problems

2016 was the strongest running year I’ve had since staring triathlon 14 years ago. I ran 1,302km over the course of the year and smashed my Ironman marathon best at Ironman UK. I also managed something that I never have before, and that was to run every day for a whole month, notching up 272km […]

5 April 2017 0 Comments

Raceless

Just when I’m thinking I need to up the ante with racing and training up pops an email in my inbox informing me that the Bigland or Bust sportive that I had intended to ride at the end of April has been cancelled. The organiser cited lack of advance entries as the reason. Having entered […]

20 March 2017 0 Comments

Doping in amateur sport

The BBC have pushed hard a report that they commissioned into doping in amateur sport. On the face of it the kind of figures that they are quoting are extraordinary and alarming. 50% of the 1000 sportspeople that they questioned believed that doping was widespread. Everyone asked in the survey apparently was either a member […]

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20 March 2017 0 Comments

Do you know Andy Holgate?

I’ve come to a decision. When I finally get around to writing my long awaited autobiography it will be entitled, “Do you know Andy Holgate?” It’s inevitable that whenever I rock up at a triathlon or sportive wearing City of Lancaster Triathlon Club (COLT) kit, someone, at some point will ask, “Do you know Andy […]

17 March 2017 0 Comments

The Season Rolls On

Sunday sees me at the Jodrell Bank Sportive in Cheshire. I’ve done this a few times including both the short (50 mile) and full (80 mile) variants and it’s an event I very much enjoy. The organisers recognise that for an early season ride you don’t need killer hills or excessive mileage. Leave the ton […]

6 March 2017 0 Comments

A Busy Couple of Weeks

Yesterday was my first race of the 2017 season. I had intended doing the Grizedale Trail Race at the beginning of Feb but I forgot to enter and by the time I remembered it had sold out. Ho, hum. As it turned out, I had a nasty cold and a calf strain in the week […]

9 February 2017 0 Comments

Jens Voigt: Shut Up Legs!

A quick review of German pro cyclist Jens Voigt’s biography written with James Startt. Jens Voigt was a cult hero in the peloton with his do or die attitude to breakaways garnering him legions of fans, myself included, despite him never achieving serious greatness through winning a major classic or tour. This book is a […]

30 January 2017 0 Comments

A Year Powered by Etixx

Note: all the products reviewed below were won in a competition except where noted. No-one from Etixx has asked me to write this post or has requested editorial input. Product links provided are to the Etixx website and there are no affiliate marketing codes included if you follow them. Last year a couple of very […]

30 January 2017 0 Comments

Dry January

Talk to any cyclist and one of the things they most crave for is a dry January. Not in the sense of laying off the alcohol, you understand, but the lack of precipitation. Rain in summer is one thing, but throw in the cold and dark winter days and nothing is more likely to keep […]

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13 January 2017 0 Comments

This is not an exercise in nostalgia

So what’s a gig review doing on a personal triathlon blog? I’ll justify it by saying that Bristol’s finest rockers, and indeed, rollers have powered more training sessions of mine than I care to recall. If you are not familiar with the Blue Aeroplanes then you have been missing out on one of Britain’s best […]

3 January 2017 0 Comments

Pushed the button

After weeks of umming and aahing about 2017’s race season I pushed the button on my entry into Ironman UK on 16th July. Someone asked me if I hadn’t found a new challenge yet. My answer is simple. In five previous races I have yet to put together a “perfect race”. It took four races […]

31 December 2016 0 Comments

Ending the year on a high

Last January I set myself a target of 1300km running and 5000km cycling. Both targets were a significant increase on the last 4 years efforts so would be quite challenging. My achilles injury of 2012 had taken two years to recover properly from and I was pleased to hit 1000km in 2015, probably the first […]

16 December 2016 0 Comments

2016 – a solid if not spectacular season

2015 had been all about returning to Ironman racing, and at the time I reckoned it to be my toughest season yet. To top that experience I had decided that 2016 would be another year of Ironman, but this time I would be racing in Bolton. Having been a member of COLT (City of Lancaster […]