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26 April 2013 0 Comments

Turning Killer Hills into Big Ring Climbs

Sadly, if you have arrived here looking for the training manual on how to turn yourself into a climbing beast you’ve come to the wrong blog post. Similarly if you are looking for advice on microdosing EPO or another “Drogue du jour” I suggest you look elsewhere. No, I’m talking about those killer hills that […]

31 December 2012 0 Comments

Swings and Roundabouts

And so another year beckons. 2013 will be my eleventh season of triathlon and hopefully much better than the season that has gone before. I have already documented the injury-ravaged nightmare of last season. Suffice it to say that I managed to finish just a single triathlon. On the other hand, I successfully completed the […]

26 April 2011 3 Comments

My Dream Bike

As a kid I always was on the look out for a passing Ferrari Boxer, Lamborghini Espada, Maserati Merak and, my personal favourite, Ferrari Daytona when being taken on a journey. My brothers and I could quote Top Trump performance stats on Italian supercars at will, like any other boys growing up in the 70s. […]

29 September 2010 3 Comments

Hope for MAMILs everywhere

A couple of months ago my father-in-law sent me a link to an BBC article about the rise of the MAMILs (Middle-aged men in lycra). I could almost hear the chuckles as he hit the send button in his email client. Naturally enough, I knew that the article didn’t apply to me, after all I […]

13 September 2010 1 Comment

Los Lagos de Covadonga

Image under a Creative Commons license on Flickr by Coubert Being half Spanish, as a child I would spend the summer holidays visiting my mum’s family in Asturias on the rugged northern coast of Spain. Back in the 70’s Spain was still in the sway of the ageing dictator, Franco (and my Tio Antonio still […]

24 June 2010 0 Comments

The lengths triathletes will go to

The blogposts on here have been pretty intermittent of late. There is a simple reason for this: an impending house move. I felt that in order to improve my performance on the bike leg at Ironman UK I needed to move nearer the course. The whole thing has been an incredibly stressful and time consuming […]

8 February 2010 1 Comment

Tour heroes you can believe in

In 1977 I was a very short 3rd year at Kettering Grammar School. I was just old enough to be starting to visit record shops on my own and the very first album I bought for myself was Rattus Norvegicus by the Stranglers. The previous summer, my team, the mighty Southampton FC had upset the […]

2 January 2010 3 Comments

2010 here we come

I think I’ve covered what I did in 2009 in altogether too much detail in previous posts, so I’m not going to review it again in my end of year/beginning of year post. Instead I’m going to look forward to 2010. I briefly toyed with the blogger 365 meme (i.e. a blogpost every day for […]

16 December 2009 1 Comment

Irontwit is 4

I started this blog exactly 4 years ago. At the time I had just signed up for Ironman UK 70.3 at Wimbleball in Somerset. Risibly, in my first post I suggested that I would complete the course in about 6 hours. Anybody who has competed at Wimbleball will know that the bike course is ferociously […]

14 November 2009 2 Comments

My Marathon Running History

The main reason why it took me 7 seasons of triathlon before I signed on the dotted line for Ironman UK in August 2009 was the marathon at the end of the race. I had a real mental block about this; I couldn’t imagine the effort required to run a marathon after cycling 112 miles. […]

23 October 2007 2 Comments

In the beginning…

This post is a change from my usual rantings about lack of training or bad weather or other excuses for non-performance. It’s an autobiographical piece that looks back to a simpler time when all you needed were two wheels and a coffee coloured tracksuit to be the absolute epitome of 1970s chic. Like most children […]