Holly's Tri mis-adventures
I'm a previously unsporty 20 something that has been trying very hard at tri for the last 6 years with minimal success! I love the sport to the extent that I helped my husband set up 'The Triathlon Shop' three years ago and have recently started working there full-time having given up a career in accountancy.

I'm lucky to be in the industry I love and often get to try out kit before it is released. When I do get to play with fun triathlon toys I tend to write a little review about my experiences. I also like to blog about my pathetic attempts to train and the fun I have in the summer racing and supporting all my friends at races.

A busy couple of weeks: tris, massage, track, wetsuits, modeling.

twiggyby twiggyMay 31st 2013
Its been a really busy couple of weeks since getting back from Mallorca 70.3. As usual I have taken too much on, but currently I'm just about surviving and enjoying myself! In the last 2 weeks I have:

- Helped out at a wetsuit test event that the shop put on at The Triathlon Training Centre in Bradley Stoke. While I was there I realised that I would like to learn how to swim open water and watching friend and swim coach John Wood taking a coached group out into the lake left me wanting to give it a go. Unbelieveably the only barrier to this at the moment is no wetsuit, but luckily my pay just arrived in my bank account to a nice new wetsuit will be purchased this weekend.

- Attended Bradford on avon and westonbirt triathlons. The shop sponsor alot of the DBmax races. Having raced them all ourselves we havent yet found a better organised or more friendly set of races to be a part of. I'm a keen amateur sports photographer so use these events as an opportunity to practice my photography skills and shout encouragement all those taking part. If you ever see a women in triathlon shop hoody brandishing a camera in your direction then I may have got a pic of you :). All decent photos end up on the shop facebook page.
Only downside to this is the 4am start required to get their before the first competitor and set up our brand spanking new inflatable stand (and Sundays are supposidly my day off!)

- I also started my first weekend of a BTEC National diploma level 5 in Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy. There is an awful lot to learn, and lots of theory behind it all. I'm very excited to be learning again, and my husband is pretty pleased about my requirement to perform at least 100 hours of massage over the next year. Ive also already picked up a few training tips such as: before stretching a musle, contract it hard for 10 secs. This tricks the brain into telling the muscle to relax which makes it easy to perform a more effective stretch. So excited about getting deeper into the theory behind it all. Our bodies really are incredible, complicated things.

- I became Bianchi UKs facebook cover girl! Check out their facebook page. (Dont think I'm going to quit my job for a modelling career any time soon)

- I had my first ever athletics track training session. I had great fun, but massively got over-excited with sprint drills and ended up buggering up my knee for the next few days. Lesson learnt! My husband also threw a javelin for the first time in 12 years (the last time he threw one he broke his back). He loved it but I have a feeling he's going to need alot of massage on that back now - which is all good practice.

Did I also mention I have a job too?!

Luckily its holiday time in a week. Off to Croatia for some relaxation (and maybe some cycling and open water swimming).
A busy couple of weeks: tris, massage, track, wetsuits, modeling.
sarahleonardby member: sarahleonard, Jun 1st 2013 10:23
Goodness when do you have chance to sleep?? Love the Bianchi pic, I wonder if you should in fact consider a move to modelling, looks great!
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