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The amazing story of TV presenter Louise Minchin's journey from the BBC Breakfast sofa to representing Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships. This is a warmly written and wonderfully honest adventure through sport that will both entertain and inspire.

It started out as a fun BBC Breakfast cycling stunt in 2012 and culminated in Louise Minchin wearing the colours of Team GB at the World Triathlon Championship in 2015. This is the story of how a newly discovered sport became a passion and then an obsession.

Dare to Tri: An Adventure in Triathlon charts Louise Minchin's incredible journey as she rediscovers competitive sport after 30 years and takes her first tentative steps as a triathlete. As her performances improve, there's a realisation that representing TeamGB in her age group is a possibility, and the book tells of her plucky attempt to achieve this almost-unthinkable goal.

It is an adventure not without its challenges as Louise has to overcome personal nerves, a brutal training regime, the odd bike crash and the occasional drama such as swimming with jellyfish and getting stuck in a loo before a race. Along the way Louise rediscovers the forgotten joys of sport and receives surprising rewards in the form of being an unexpected inspiration to others. There is also the added bonus of newfound respect from her teenage daughters and the realisation of the important role mothers play in inspiring girls to continue to enjoy sport.

©2018 Louise Minchin (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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inspirational! A joy to listen too.

The fastest book I have listened to. Really enjoyed the journey Louise has gone on and glad she shared it.Even thinking about taking up running again after a 25 year break.
Well read by Louise.
If you enjoy sport and want to listen to someone's ups and down,trying to achieve their goals,this is a smashing,inspirational read.

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Nicely narrated

Very repetitive, I had hoped it would be more motivational instead it was a chronology of Louises’ events.

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Delighted with “Dare to Tri”

I was unsure if this book would relate to me as I’m only new to the sport . I was delighted with the detail and the encounters Louise gave about her story . The information was most helpful while also being honest and engaging with her audience . Louise did a fantastic job writing this book. I was most disappointed when the book was over as I felt I got to know her a bit through her words , she’s like a butterfly lively and full of life then she was gone . Thanks I felt so connected , can’t wait for the next book .

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inspirational - especially if you're over forty!

This is a very interesting book and very well read by Louise. Thoroughly enjoyable apart from occasionally giving me pre-race jitters when all I was doing was sitting on a train listening to her description!

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Great book!

Such a great realistic story. One of only 2 books I have read straight through - Great read.

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Fantastic!

Loved this book! Finished in a day which was a shame but the story is really engaging. It is so refreshing to hear from a female triathlete!!

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Great inspirational and insightful

This was a grrat book lived listening to it and Louise’s story hooe she is still racing now I am a ParaTri athlete so felt for her all the way as been i. The mental and ohusici pain but what an ama I got individual keep going

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A decent if somewhat formulaic story.

This isn't a spectacular, groundbreaking piece of literature. Minchin does some sport, really likes it, qualifies for team GB and does it some more. That's about it. She has a supportive network of family and friends and her trials and tribulations are fairly minor (and often not covered in much detail).

She has done a great thing and as an occasional BBC Breakfast viewer I found it interesting to read about her doing this. The last hour or so after she'd been in team GB and seemingly lost her sense of purpose did feel a bit like filler.

The narration was done very well and it was great to listen to. I think this is a good book to have on in the background when you're doing other things.

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Inspiring story

It is an easy listen with lots of great advice for beginner triathletes. Recommended !

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Inspiring

Amazing book, heart felt, and inspiring. Would definitely recommend. Great to see the ups and downs, and the mistakes made but the continued drive to date to tri.