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If you had told Helen two years ago that she would be getting up at six a.m. on Sundays to swim in a freezing reservoir and spending her Saturday nights unshowered and covered in mud in a pub, she would have spat out her champagne. But when everyone around you starts settling down, what else is a glamorous party girl to do but to launch herself into the world of endurance sport?

For someone who didn't even own a pair of flat shoes (and definitely no waterproofs), Helen would soon find she had a lot to learn.

Join Helen on her hilarious and soul-searching journey as she swaps a life of cocktail bars and dating for the challenges and exhilaration of triathlons, trail runs, obstacle races, long-distance cycles and ocean swims...and sets herself the seemingly impossible goal of qualifying as a Team GB triathlete.

©2018 Helen Croydon (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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This Girl Writes Well ... and narrates brilliantly to boot

This is an extremely well written book about mostly the drive to push yourself to see how far your body can go in terms of running, cycling and swimming. Ms. Croydon is a born communicator putting her points of view across in a great story with passion and wit. When I said "about mostly" earlier I meant that her story is also about finding - without perhaps consciously meaning to - people to share the warmth and companionship and joy and then even someone to share love ... at just the right time. An excellent read - completely outside my usual reading zone - but This Girl Did Well!

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Enjoyable listen...

I’m at a similar point in my life to Helen at the start of the book, so much of the story resonates with me. I really liked the epilogue too and is a real life lesson for all of us, taking care of friendships is very important, as it will influence how we experience our lives.

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determination at its greatest. Great read

Im fairly new to running and similar to the author it is daunting when you first start out. everyone seems to be running faster and better than you. I could completely relate and it made me laugh. she is so right join a running group and just do it! great read very funny and motivational.

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OK...

I have an all too terrible habit of getting very het up someway through a book, mostly unleashing my not so much inner, but very definitely outer nerdness about rubbish narrators and Grammar, only to come back later, after 'martyring' on, to humbly beg forgiveness 'cos I am a huge pratt..'
Soooo.... I really hope I'll be doing that about this book...


Review on the review...
Yeah, I know, I'm a HUGE pratt...Helen really gets into the narrative, moreover, she makes me feel less feeble in life's journey, and not the only clueless one...I humbly beg your forgiveness..

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Great insight into the world of Triathlon

Amazed by Helen's journey of determination and self discovery. Well read and easy to listen to.

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Satisfyingly enjoyable.

As an ex club runner weekend biker and life long fitness nerd I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found myself finishing her sentences, understanding the insider talk, getting the drive Helen was portraying and telling her off for going too far and marvelling at the scrapes she got herself out of. A thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying book for any runner/triathlete/biker.

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Honest Profound and Inspiring

Well read, well written audiobook.

Just finished the book and I am left feeling sad as I didn't want it to end. I have just manage to live vicariously through Helen and I have to say a massive thank you for that. I have felt the cold, anxiety and panic along with you while still sat in bed all warm and comfy. I am seriously contemplating triathlons now after reading this.

Helen has been honest with her feelings and I really appreciated this as I think we all probably feel a little lost in life at times. For this reason this book is not just for sporty types but explores deeper feelings.

At one point in the book (I won't give it away) Helen felt deeply upset. Who was with her. Well I was with her and all the people she wrote the book for was with her. She just didn't know it then. So Helen please revisit that moment and imagine all your readers with you cheering you on and having a pint with you afterwards. Xx

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This girl can

I was pleasantly surprised by this book, I do not normally like to listen to books read by the authors.
But it is an enjoyable listen, a story of a search for happiness and fulfilment told honestly and with frank openness.

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For some reason I couldn't like the author

The book was definitely not a bad one, but for some reason I couldn't like the author. I think I just couldn't symphatize with her because she's having all these realizations about life (that high heels are uncomfortable, that you can have a day out without drinking, that ever-changing social circles do not satisfy the need for connection,...) that I think should be obvious for anyone over 25. The book begins with her as someone who 'cannot' wear flat shoes, and ends with her becoming someone who 'cannot' understand people who ever wears heels. It seems to me that she was looking down from a high horse either way, and didn't learn that much after all.

The book was definitely easy to listen to and engaging, and I think Helen Croydon writes really well. I just couldn't like 'the narrator' and little remarks that I found superficial/arrogant made the book less enjoyable for me.

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Inspirational

Buying this book broke 2 of my main rules. 1 no chick books. 2 no books read by author. Glad I did it. Its a great journey into fitness. Well written and narrated. Certainly you feel the pain and struggle she went through to change lifestyle to something greater.

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  • Carrie
  • 10-03-18

Great read

Great story. Hard to understand sometimes due heavy British accent. Definitely suggest to my friends.