And so it begins…

30 05 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, my season has begun.

And it’s actually been going quite well.

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Riding London to Paris, in 24 hours…

27 04 2012

~24 hours on a bicycle. 2:16 on a train. Why am I riding?

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Buying the ticket…

24 03 2012

A friend of mine is a much better cyclist than I am. To be fair, he doesn’t distract himself with things like swimming and running, but his capacity on a bicycle is very, very impressive.

At times I wonder what does he have, that I don’t? What is it that he’s done that’s made the difference? I’ve put it down to many things along the way. He’s lighter than I am. He’s been cycling for longer. He has a nicer bike.

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My first IronMan, by Iain MacNaughtan aged 28 ½

9 02 2012

I wrote this quite a while ago, but sort of forgot about it. Here it is, 3,470 words about my first IronMan, at IM UK in Bolton; it’ll probably take you as long to read it as it took me to do it, but there’s an exciting twist at the end so it’s worth reading just for that…

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How I’ve found being Vegan…

2 02 2012

So today officially marks the final day of Vegan Month, and it’s bean OK (pun intended). A big congratulations to my brother who’s done much better than I have (apart from a Quaver incident!) but I’ve not been the strictest of Vegans, there have been failures along the way. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s starting to look a lot like a season…

26 01 2012

So, slowly but surely, I’m developing what could loosely be called a Season Plan.

 Until recently it was looking quite different to the last couple, there wasn’t much running in it at all, but slowly things are creeping in that might just change that.  Read the rest of this entry »

A New Year…

4 01 2012

Happy new year!

I’ve been away over Christmas, and a few things of note have happened…

1) I’ve grown a beard. It’s a bit of a rubbish beard, but it’s my beard and I like it. It’s good in the current weather (cold and windy) as it keeps my face warm.

2) I’m trying out being Vegan. Yeah… more on that in a moment.

Combine these things and you get a comment from my brother:

“So, at this present time you are a bearded, vegan ultra distance runner – Nice!”

Oh what have I done?

On Beards:

I didn’t bother to shave while I was on holiday, the beard had just reached a nice level of softness when I was due back to work so I decided to tidy it up a bit and see what kind of reaction I got on return to the office, comments were positive. Though one guy’s started referring to me as Scruff. Another said it made me look much older, but I was pleased to be able to respond “At least I’m young enough not to have to worry about looking older”.

It stays, for now, and I’d like to keep it until I go skiing again in March, see if I can get one of those good frozen ice beards you see photos of…


Ice beard from

On Veganism:

My brother read Born to Run and decided to have a go at Vegan January (starting 3rd January as there was curry and stuff to be eaten first!) I have tried being vegan in the past and didn’t make it past breakfast (so I’ve not been vegan at all then!) but I thought I’d give it another go, partly in support of Stephen’s efforts, partly because I thought that with two of us going for it, it would be easier, moral support and all that.

I did just find myself sniffing an open packet of cookies; it’s not that much easier!

I did also fail yesterday; when I went to get a baked potato with beans they were out of baked potatoes and all the veggie options had at least some cheese on them, so rather than go hungry I went for the least cheesy option. This is going to be the strategy from now on:

“Iain’s Vegan Guidelines”

  • Where possible, go Vegan.
  • Where no vegan option is available, what is the most vegan? E.g. what has the least cheese on it, what’s the leaset meaty animal to eat? In general the process will be something like this:
    • Vegetables < Cheese/Dairy < Fish < Chicken/Birds < All other animals.
  • If someone cooks for me, I will eat whatever they provide (except Mushrooms, they’re spawn of Satan (unless my niece Emily reads this – Emily, Mushrooms are lovely))
  • If I feel I’m not recovering from training sufficiently, or I find there is an issue that I can relate directly to this diet, it stops
  • If I don’t find any issues with it I will not become some kind of evangelical vegan. Hopefully.
  • I will not become a full time Vegan unless this radically changes my life; I don’t think I could cope with trying to eat out or go on holiday with people!

Pre-V-Day I did attempt to consume all the animal products in the flat that couldn’t be frozen, this included possibly the finest creation since someone said “Hey, here’s a bagel”: The Duck and Bacon Bagel. It’s all kinds of awesome. Once I’m done with Veganism I’ll have another, and it will include cheese. There will be photos… watch this space

Actually, you can stop watching this space for now, it’s going to be a little while.


So there we go. First comment of 2012. At some point in the not too distant future I’m going to finally put up my IronMan UK race report; it’s written, I just need to read it through and make it seem less dull, perhaps I’ll put a picture of a sparrow in there, or some random hyperlinks. Get excited.