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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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Great read

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

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  • Alan Shaw
  • 02-20-18

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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  • Escape Artist
  • 04-17-18

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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  • dezignwize
  • 04-25-18

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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  • Sue Le Heup
  • 10-11-18

Yes she did indeed run and cycle and swim.

An enjoyable read. Perhaps a little too much on facts and figures for me though.

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  • Catherine
  • 10-10-18

inspiring listen, great motivator at the gym

Inspiring story, made me want to push myself, was a great motivator to get me out of the house and to the gym. Just finished it and signed up to a 10k after not running for years. Need to find an equally inspiring book for training now

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  • Raven Wolfelili
  • 08-30-18

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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  • Mrspiky
  • 10-12-18

Interesting if you are into sports

Very well narrated, although a bit boring at time when it the reader is taken from event to event. I enjoyed the introspective part of the book as I agree sport should be fun and not become obvessive

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  • Iris Coco
  • 10-10-18

Dull

Just not very interesting or even inspriring. Jolly good for the author for running and not drinking. Super dull.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-18

Charming Story, Excellently Narrated

Helen tells the story of how she became obsessed by running and cycling, and how it had a positive impact on her life and career. She reads the book herself, so it flows naturally and shows her great character.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-01-18

Promising premise and start, but authors attitude

Listened to this audiobook with my wife, who is in agreement with me about the author. Whilst it was in part a good story of transformation, the attitude of the writer grated on both of us. Not bothering to read pre-event information or turning up to races without essential kit recommended for her safety, because she “didn’t know where to buy it from” when she clearly knows how to use Google. Her attitude just seemed to be that someone else would help her / sort it out for her. Whilst being a beginner this is more acceptable, the fact she continued to not learn from her mistakes and just kept repeating them had us both rolling our eyes towards the end of the book. It’s a shame as it started out as a promising book