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.

The Chilly, the triathlon show and alot of pizza

twiggyby twiggyFeb 26th 2013
Ive been a bit quiet recently. Probably because Ive completely lost my training mojo. My knee is buggered, its cold and I've just spent 2 weeks eating out every day (lots of pizza).

I'm hoping that standing on the sidelines at the chilly duathlon taking photos in the freezing cold will have motivated be somewhat. The shop team were absolutely outstanding winning the mens race, the womens race, the team race and getting the fastest bike lap. Congratulations to Alex Matchett, Katie Jemima Synge, Matt Fisher, Ashley Brookes, Chris Newman and my lovely husband Jon Burrage. Also big thanks to Rich Shirley and Tim and Debbie Pocock for cheering everyone on and taking so many photographs with numbed fingers.

I have one more event this weekend which I'm hoping will reignite my motivation to train. Its the Triathlon Show at Sandown Park. Most of the shop staff will be coming along with us to enjoy the show and enjoy the hospitality of the 220 awards for which we have been nominated in the best retailer category. Wish us luck!
The Chilly, the triathlon show and alot of pizza
My husband on his new toy.
The Chilly, the triathlon show and alot of pizza
Collecting the team prize.
tallguy76by member: tallguy76, Feb 27th 2013 05:36
That's quite an achievement for the shop, sweeping the board like that. I've "taken part" in the Chilly a few times (I wouldn't dare to say that I competed...) and quite enjoyed it, although I always found it a little depressing when the first guys came flying past on their first lap of the bike before I had even reached the pit lane !

Having worked with Tim and Debbie, and borrowed one of Tim's bikes for a few events, I just wish that I could borrow some of their enthusiasm for training too.
TriBlogsby member: TriBlogs, Feb 27th 2013 09:55
Great work guys! Brilliant result.

Twiggy stick with it, so frustrating for you :-(

Fingers crossed for the 220 awards, go go go!
ritatrisby member: ritatris, Mar 1st 2013 14:19
Don't give up on the training Twiggy. It must be so frustrating with the knee, but running's rubbish anyway ( :P ) - can you cycle? Swimming pool is always warm too, and if you're like me lots of time to work on the massive margin for improvement in that department is always welcome.

And don't forget that you are in a small minority of being brilliant for even turning up. To be interested and have the intention is enough of a reflection of your mojo, especially in the young woman demographic. Make sure you're not letting being around all those super athletes skew how you feel about your training and achievements! It's easily done.

Have a great time at the awards (now how many people can say they're up for one of those?!), and try resetting your expectations of yourself. For me remembering to acknowledge how great you are relative to the serious amount of pizza eating that is possible is always refreshing for the motivation :)
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