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Article Archive for September 2009

Smithy’s Norseman Report 2005
September 17, 2009 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

Things I have learned in these last few days.
The Norwegian word for ‘Hi’ is ‘Hi’, there is no Norwegian word for ‘flat’ but they have 67 words for ‘hill’ and a further 82 for ‘rain’.

Ironman Switzerland 2005
September 17, 2009 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

all of sudden I stopped and the entire contents of my stomach came up.. I suddendly got a bit concerned.

Ironman Lanzarote 2007
September 17, 2009 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

I just started willing it to end. But it didn’t, I got off for a while and sat on a fence for a few minutes, pissed myself and tried not to cry too much. I was amazed to then see someone pass me, I had thought I was last.

Ironman Germany 2006 – Pirate Race Reports
September 17, 2009 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

I reckon that completing an Ironman is as near as a bloke can get to having a baby.

Ironman Germany 2006
September 17, 2009 – 3:21 pm | No Comment
Ironman Germany 2006

With the sun bouncing the heat off Frankfurt’s cobbled centre onto thermometers that showed 118 degrees the day before the race, there were justifiable concerns from every quarter.

Ironman Florida 2007
September 17, 2009 – 3:07 pm | No Comment
Ironman Florida 2007

I am not putting myself forward as a good example to follow

Ironman Austria 2004
September 17, 2009 – 2:59 pm | No Comment
Ironman Austria 2004

On Thursday we registered and went down to the lake for the swim practice session. There were loads of ripped Americans getting changed on the pier, …

Ironman Austria 2007
September 17, 2009 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

she’d not had time to get me the beer!! We hugged and cried – goddamn it girl, I’ll drag your arse around Florida

The Big Woody Race Reports 2007
September 17, 2009 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

The route was very scenic, the aid stations were run with military precision, and the roadkill was varied. Things were looking good. Then all of a sudden my legs started to complain that they’d seen enough of the Forest of Dean and would rather be doing something else.

The Beaver – Middle Distance Tri 2007
September 17, 2009 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

After Bala I really needed to finish this. Especially after Smiffy texted erlier in the week with ‘Only 3 days to go to prove you’re not …