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.


twiggyby twiggyOct 27th 2012

First I suppose I should introduce myself and my sporting background (or lack of it).
Im in my mid-twenties, female and have no history of competing or training for any sport to speak of. Aged 18 I went off to uni in Cornwall to study design and met my now fiance who was in to Triathlon.

For several years I was a Triathlon WAG and spend many a weekend watching tris but never competing. That was until I was inspired by a lady in the Midlands who completed a triathlon despite being overweight and blind. I felt so guilty for writing myself off as incapable of doing such a thing, when really what this lady proved was that I was just lazy.

Aged 20 was when I first learned to swim with my head under the water. To this day I can still only do breast stroke, but I'm much much faster at it than I used to be (400m in 9ish minutes). This was probably around the time that I first got on a borrowed bike for the first time since I was a child and attempted to ride it on cycle paths. I remember the first time I rode from Bath to Bristol and it nearly killed me.
Aged 21ish I started to try to run. It didnt go very well and I really hated it! I probably only managed about 5 minutes running in one go! I decided that it really wasnt for me and my training ground to a halt very quickly.

My first attempt at a triathlon was a Supersprint in Stratford on avon when I was about 22. It didnt go very well. My lack of bike handling skills saw me crashing half way through the bike leg in the rain and it was all over for me. I was pretty proud for at least trying though!

So....when I was 24 my other half was working for the council training school kids to ride bikes and I was training as an accountant. He knew that his job was going to come to an end very soon and we started to look into the possibilty of starting a business instead of him finding another job. Before we knew it we had found a premises, been given a bank loan and had opened Bristol's first specialist triathlon shop.

This really gave me to the kick up the bum I needed to get fit and have another go at Triathlon. I couldnt possibly own a Triathlon Shop if I wasn't actively competing myself! I bought myself my first road bike (a felt F95 called Felty) and began to ride the bristol-bath cycle path to get my confidence up. I began to swim once a week with the guys from the shop (who are all fishies!), and started to attempt to run again.

In 2011 myself and the other half went to Mallorca and I decided that I was going to try and cycle up a mountain (after only ever cycling super flat roads). I did it with alot of breaks and some tears. 14km of climbing at an average gradient of 6%ish up the biggest mountain on the island (Puig Major). That evening the other half proposed so I'm fairly sure he was waiting to see if I was truely worthy before deciding to be with me for the rest of our lives.

I have now competed in another 2 triathlons this year which have not exactly gone well (got a stitch on one and a knee injury on the other), but have been thouroughly enjoyable. Having never done any significant training, I have suffered from injury since increasing my running training due to a lack of strength in my core. This has meant a break from running and seeing a physio twice a week for the past 2 months to build strength and im just about to start training again. My next big target is to get to a level of fitness where I can at least hope to try and train with 'The Triathlon Shop - Felt' team on our annual xmas training camp to Mallorca. Its not easy being so much slower than all the people you know. Just training with them is an extreme test for me!

So thats where I am.

This is going to be a blog about someone who is not very good at sport but who loves the sport of triathlon.
sarahleonardby member: sarahleonard, Oct 29th 2012 13:18
Hi Twiggy,

Great blog :-) Lots of your experiences sound very familiar to me and like you onward and upwards it what I say!

TriRachby member: TriRach, Nov 27th 2012 16:51
Welcome to the 'triathlon club' twiggy! We all have to start somewhere and sounds like you have great people to have fun training with and to keep you motivated for those big climbs! Enjoy your trip as well great time to get away somewhere warmer.
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