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26 October 2017 0 Comments

Brits at Kona

Tri 247 has produced an interesting list of elite British results at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. What’s interesting about this list is the comparative success of the Brit women compared to the men. David McNamee’s 3rd place finish this year was the first time ever a British male has finished on the podium […]

19 June 2017 0 Comments

Tough Brick

My season is rapidly descending into a state of farce. It started well enough with an enjoyable Lancaster Duathlon followed by a favourite sportive of mine – the Jodrell Bank. The subsequent two sportives I entered (Bigland or Bust and Manchester-Chester-Manchester) were both cancelled due to lack of numbers. No matter, I was building up […]

5 June 2017 1 Comment

The Ying and Yang of being injured

Depending on the type of injury, being injured is not necessarily a huge disaster. While I wouldn’t wish achilles tendinitis on anyone, it hasn’t stopped me from riding my bike and, more importantly, has given me more time in the pool. Looking at my stats for 2017 I have run less than half the distance […]

9 May 2017 1 Comment

It’s Going To Be Epic

On June 11th a new triathlon will take place near Lancaster. The Epicman, run by Epic Events will feature a swim in the River Lune, a bicycle tour of the Forest of Bowland and a run along the cycle track next to the river. At only ?60 to enter it is one of the cheapest […]

5 April 2017 0 Comments


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

9 February 2016 0 Comments

A Relief To Be Racing

After such a miserable, gloomy and wet winter, it was a relief to be pulling on my running shoes in anger to actually race. To be honest, the forecast was pretty much as it has been since November: rain, and more rain. This time it was the impending arrival of Storm Imogen that was the […]

18 December 2015 0 Comments

Irontwit is 10!

I have just realised that yesterday this blog reached its 10th Birthday. In that time I have posted 495 blogs (if I’d planned this better this would be the 500th post, too). Still, that’s an average of 50 posts a year and about 4 a month. I have never been particularly interested in visitor numbers […]

22 July 2015 0 Comments

The Cleveland Windman

After the brutal “A Day in the Lakes” triathlon of 3 weeks ago, Saturday’s Cleveland Steelman was supposed to be a breeze (well it was, but not in a good way). I was hoping for 2 things from this event: an overall pb for half ironman (and getting under 5 hours 30 mins would be […]

5 June 2015 0 Comments

Miserable May

Yesterday I went out for a spin on my bike. Nothing unusual in that, except for the fact that it was the first ride in 2015 in which I wore a short sleeved jersey. I cannot remember a year where it has been so cold and wet for so long. Not to mention the wind! […]

3 May 2015 1 Comment

The Perfect Hour

Who knew that watching a bloke ride 200 times around a 250 metre track would be so compelling? The Hour Record, until a few years ago,?was one of the great and most prestigious titles in cycling. True legends like Fausto Coppi and Jacques Anquetil are prior holders before Eddy Merckx put the record out of […]

8 September 2014 5 Comments

Those Brownlee Boys

Back in 2012 I was one of the hundreds of thousands of spectators watching the drama unfold on the banks of the Serpentine in Hyde Park as Alistair Brownlee and his brother Jonny won gold and bronze in the men’s triathlon. The Sunday before last I watched on the television as Alistair won the World […]

6 September 2014 0 Comments

La Vuelta in Asturias

There are loads of cycling fans for whom their interest in cycling begins and end with Le Tour. This is entirely understandable as the mainstream media coverage of this one race, at least here in Britain, must outweigh the coverage of the rest of the sport by at least 10 to 1 (a statistic I’ve […]

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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