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Dare to Tri: My Journey from the BBC Breakfast Sofa to GB Team Triathlete

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  368 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Dare to Tri is 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.

'I didn't even know what a triathlon was before 2012… When I took up the sport three years a
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Bloomsbury Sport
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Christine Parkinson
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book tells the story of how Louise started her triathlon journey and ultimately competed for team GB. I found this story very interesting and I couldn’t put this book down; reading it in record time for me. If you are not into sports or racing, this book may not not be for you, however, I found it extremely interesting and inspiring. 4 and a half stars.
Miss R
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Easy read. Useful for newbies to triathlon.
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Gemma Vincent
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! Funny, very honest account of Louise's triathlon journey. Very inspiring read, I even braved my cleats for the first time in almost a year after reading this book! ...more
Liz Moffat
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
An inspirational and easy read. Louise Minchin took part in a challenge for BBC Breakfast in 2012 with her co-presenters. It was to ride the velodrome, a scary prospect. But Louise loved it so much and, having been a strong swimmer in her teenage years, decided to try a triathlon. This was the start of a journey for her which she is still enjoying. She discovered she was good for her age group in the sport and went on to enter the European and World championships for her age group. I loved this ...more
Juliet Mike
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm aware of Louise Minchin as a TV presenter but I had no idea that she did triathlons. And at such a high level.

I greatly admire her sporting ability (in three disciplines), her guts, her resilience and her determination.
This book is an enjoyable read and really gives you a feel for the joy and benefits that training and competing in sport can bring, as well as the emotional and physical demands it makes. It was most interesting to me as I am the same age as LM and took up competitive (master
Jamie Bowen
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Louise Minchin is a busy lady, BBC presenter, mother and wife but a Christmas TV challenge for BBC Breakfast made her life become a little bit more busier. That challenge cycling around the Manchester Velodrome and competing against her fellow presenters, it re-ignited Louise's passion for sport. This is her story, the hard work, the failures, the successes and how she became a Team GB Triathlete. An inspirational story, showing how if you put your mind to something you can achieve great things. ...more
Nicole Cairney
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this and it is not the type of book I am usually into. I love the down to earth honesty that comes through. It’s not an excuse for how she lives but a celebration of the struggles and achievements pertaining to part of her life. Not sure if I will dare to tri but I do feel like trying to get into something.
Mrs Tina M Terry
Although I don't think I will be doing any triathlons, I enjoyed reading about Louise's journey and am inspired to set my own goals.

It has also helped me have an understanding of the rules of the triathlon system so can be calmer when my son takes part.

A brilliant read and helped me complete my goodreads challenge for 2019!
Jo Locke
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally enjoyable and inspiring read

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this book and it has inspired me to look further into triathlon...& even maybe a marathon. One day I hope to try! I think that is the essence of this doesn’t matter what speed you do it, just go and do it, and importantly, enjoy it. Which is great encouragement for those like me. Can’t wait!
Hannah Falconer
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great wee read and very inspirational to hear her story. I would have liked to read more about her training but great to hear how she tackles getting through the tough times mentally and how she motivates herself. I'd love to read another one now that's she's competed in both Patagonman and Norseman! ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
A tad too normal to be wowzers inspiring. This could be as I have competed in a lot of the same events so the long narratives were a bit dull, (though obviously the World Champs have eluded me somewhat.)
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
In Dare to Tri Louise Minchin discusses her journey as she picks up not only a wetsuit for the first time, but also a road bike and a pair of running shoes to become a GB triathlete. I found Minchin's story both endearing and inspiring. She certainly does not shy away from the lows she experienced over the years as she slowly progresses from novice cycler to fully-fledged athlete. Her determination to achieve the goal she has set herself is infectious and I'm almost tempted to give it a try myse ...more
Deborah Ashton
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book i have ever read !!!

You really do feel like you are on the journey with her.
I've already recommended this book to people.
I really hope she brings another book out and I wish her every success in the future.

Keep Tri ing !!!!!
Em Faulkner
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: running
A really gripping and inspiring read

Well written and compelling, this book charts Louise's triathlon journey from start to present.
I started reading it hoping it would inspire me to get back out running.
Picked this up by chance and enjoyed it as a quick read. Interested in the triathlon journey at over 40 and it made a good read event by event. Sometimes irritating the way she didn’t read the rules or forgot things but I guess she’s being honest (why wouldn’t you read the rules??). Worth a read.
Janice Williams
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tiffany Chevis
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this just days before my first triathlon, I can't wait to get stuck in and discover this crazy sport for myself. ...more
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is 4.5. If you enjoy running, competing or sport in general you will enjoy this. I listened to this, which was read by Louise herself and she describes how she got into triathlon and about her competitions. If you are a sportsperson you can relate to her stories.
I enjoyed it .
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great reading

A great read, well worth it if your starting out in the world of triathlon, shows that everyone has fears
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some good tips for beginner triathletes and fun lessons to be learnt from. A warming story of trying and giving things a good go!
Lozzer Turner
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you need some inspiration, this is the book
Ken Pemberton
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An inspiration for a 57 year old bloke.

Now I don't think about going for that ride/run. I just go. Inspired by the positivity and doubts that Louise overcame at every turn.
Lottie Lou
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. It has some brilliant tips
Doris FK
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: running-sports
Very inspirational for those taking up a sport they love later in life.
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