Busy week. Lots on in the office. Station is quiet, but then that is a good thing for the citizens of Leixlip and beyond as it means they have found clever ways to avoid coming a cropper in their homes and cars and other places. Well done all. I was delighted to be able to … More The mind. It matters.
Me and the Big G man would have a funny relationship. Funny on the basis that I don’t believe in God, so as relationships go, it’s a bit of a non-starter. So we just ignore each other, and that seems to work fine. Not that it stops me popping in to say hi every now … More A good day for polishing
At the weekend, S and I took her niece and nephew off to Dublin Zoo. It’s a far cry from the original Victorian edifice; the zoo opened in 1831 in an era that straddles Georgian and Regency, just prior to the long reign of Queen Victoria. Of course, this English history is relevant to Ireland … More To zoo or not to zoo…
Just a quick shout out to Kristian at MdS Challenge who’s heading off to the world’s biggest desert to do a light spot of running. Here’s the official website if you fancy checking up on the factual stuff. I am of course talking about the Marathon des Sables, sables being the French for sands. So the … More Safe travels
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
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!
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
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