We are diversifying here at unironedman. I have always had a hankering for canoes, and love just about anything to do with water, including swimming, fishing, sailing, rowing, and that stuff they make out of it with barley, hops and malt… But I had never really tried canoeing. Many years ago, we had an old … More Paddling one’s own canoe
TIGER, tiger, burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry? William Blake ‘The Tiger’ Another busy week. Three runs (Tuesday, Thursday and today, Saturday,) for about 32k all told. And there should be another 10k tomorrow. With Pilates on Monday, and a gym session on … More I can see Ciara now Lorraine has gone…
A certain blogger who will remain nameless (hi Jim!) sent these over. They arrived in the post today. Saoirse’s says ‘Namacyclist – the cyclist in me respects the cyclist in you’ and mine says ‘A high end bike won’t fix low-end legs – respect the engine’. Whether by accident or design, I reckon these are … More T up!
…as the woman you feel. Or so the old gag goes. Yes, it’s a terrible joke, but it’s Groucho’s, not mine. In my case, making this smoothie gave me reason to pause and reflect on when I started the blog a few years back, and health matters in general. Well, to be honest, mine, to … More You’re only as old…
IN WHICH WE HAVE A TOUGH FEW DAYS AT THE OFFICE, TAKE AN ENFORCED RUNNING HIATUS, AND SURVIVE THE NATIONAL FESTIVAL RELATIVELY UNSCATHED Every two years, fire personnel have to undertake Breathing Apparatus refresher courses. For us, it’s a three day course, and it’s fairly full on. Essentially, if you can’t pass this course, you can’t … More Colours!
IN WHICH THERE IS SOME RUNNING, SOME STRANGE CROSS-TRAINING, A GLIMPSE OF THE MYSTERIOUS ‘BATDAW’, AND A LOVELY FINISH TO THE WEEK As promised, Wednesday was Vibrams Run #3. All told, about 5.5k in 6:16 pace, so still nice and steady. No ill effects as of yet, and I am staying on tracks and trails … More Catch a falling star…
A few weeks ago, the organiser and beating heart of Hardman, Alan Ryan, gave me a call. He said the top UK triathlon magazine 220 Triathlon were doing a piece on the best long distance (i.e. ironman) triathlons to do for beginners. He asked me if I’d write a short piece for the April edition … More 220 Triathlon gives the Hardman a nod
Today feels like the first day of Spring this year. At the moment, it’s blue skies and sunshine, and everyone, myself included, is out walking their dog. Along the Black Avenue, the usual suspects are out and about, including the perennial Lesser Celandine, which I suspect many folk dismiss as buttercups. They are of the … More Whale-riding in Kildare
Many years ago, I played in a band. The hair was long, and the craic was good. Well, that’s a sort of nod towards the old ‘Sally O’Brien’ Harp ad, and if you don’t know it, then check it out here… We used to drink in a local pub called the Ryevale Tavern, and then … More A sign of the times
Continuing on from last week’s Wednesday run, I took the Vibrams FiveFingers out for another spin. One thing seems consistent: when I wear these shoes, it pisses rain. That aside, it was an interesting run. This time, I tried running from the house. That means hard road and a hill to start with. Seemed easier … More Vibrams Run #2