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.

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 […]

6 December 2016 2 Comments

Finishing with a whimper

Throughout October I had been a model of consistency, running every day of the month. Once the days darkened into November things took a different turn. With a target to hit of 5,000km cycling for the year I thought I’d better jump on my bike to have any hope of meeting it. It was a […]

2 November 2016 0 Comments

31 runs in 31 days

In late September two things were happening: Ben Smith was close to completing his incredible 401 marathons in 401 days challenge (he finished on October 5th) and a friend of mine, Raj, was close to notching up his 300th day of consecutive runs (he’s still going strong). Earlier this year I blogged about Raj and […]

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18 October 2016 0 Comments

Last Lancaster Trail Half?

Over the last few years the Lancaster Trail Half Marathon has become my traditional end of season race. This year’s however, may well be the last, as the field has been getting smaller every year. I’m not sure why this would be, as it’s an excellent course, mostly flat with a bit of a sting […]

25 September 2016 0 Comments

The Wiggins Thing

I’ve been a long standing fan of Bradley Wiggins but the recent revelations about his use of anti-allergy injections prior to Grand Tours is troubling. A few observations: based on the assumption that Wiggins suffers from hayfever: Are we saying that elite athletes can’t receive treatment for allergies/asthma etc? Should athletes have a right to […]

18 September 2016 0 Comments

A Trip To The Seaside

When imagining a traditional seaside resort it is hard to think of a more quintessentially English one than Weymouth. With its beautiful Esplanade full of hotels and guest houses; Punch and Judy; proper cafés and ice cream parlours (Rossi’s was founded in 1937 and, judging by the queues, is still going strong) it’s easy to […]

16 September 2016 0 Comments

Like a moth to the flame

Like a moth to the flame I am drawn to any blog, newspaper article concerning cycle safety. I often can’t help myself and try to engage with the more ignorant and hateful comments in the inevitable bile that follows such posts. It’s rarely worth it. For the record, as part of my job I drive […]

30 August 2016 0 Comments

What happened to my speed?

In 2014 I did 3 half Ironman races: the Beaver was first (bike is slightly short of the full half-Ironman) in 5:39 on what was a really wet day; second came the Cleveland Steelman which was also extremely wet, but I got around in 5:35. The third was the inaugural Challenge Weymouth which I completed […]

10 August 2016 0 Comments

Hoping to finish in style

I’ve just entered Ironman Weymouth 70.3 (or half ironman in other words). Unusually, as this is the first edition of this event, there is also a full Ironman on the same day. I’m guessing that with the proximity of Ironman Wales (the following weekend) there is a certain amount of bet hedging going on on […]

3 August 2016 0 Comments

Ironman 5: The Recovery

It is now 2½ weeks since Ironman UK so it’s a good time to review my recovery and plan my next adventure. This being my 5th Ironman I had a good idea of what to expect and this time around was no different: 1-3 hours:   Depressed appetite, shivers, elevated temperature. (Try to eat and […]

26 July 2016 0 Comments

Ironman UK – How did the race plan work out?

It’s just over a week since I crossed the finish line in Bolton and stopped the clock in 13 hours, 54 minutes and 48 seconds. It was my fifth Ironman and my first Ironman UK since 2010. In terms of time, it was my second fastest Ironman (my pb remains Regensburg in 2011 at 13:36:28), […]

18 July 2016 0 Comments

Ironman UK – the big report

After 4 successful Ironman races I was beginning to feel reasonably relaxed about the build up to Ironman UK, 2016. Registration was no hassle and apart from a bit of traffic around T1 for bike racking I got back to race briefing at Bolton Wanderers’ stadium in a pretty calm state. This would be my […]

13 July 2016 4 Comments

How to watch Ironman UK

This Sunday 17th July sees the 8th time Ironman UK has visited Bolton, and it will be my 3rd effort at this event. It would be fair to say that the original 2009 race was met with a mixture of bemusement and ignorance by the locals, and I well remember running down through town with […]