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At the end of September last year I raced the Hever castle tri as my end of season race, and really enjoyed it. So when the race director asked me whether I’d like to return in 2011, it didn’t take any persuading, and I signed up for 3 of the 4 Castle triathlon series races. The first one was a only 1 week before Ironman France, so I had to give it a miss.

So on Saturday I embarked on an epic drive up to Yorkshire. Probably not the best preparation for a race, to spend 6 hours in a car without air conditioning, but thanks to numerous episodes of IMTalk and MarathonTalk podcasts I made it to the campsite by 4pm, and just went about relaxing.

I didn’t really know what to expect for the race with regards to my fitness. The last month had contained an Ironman taper

We are thrilled to announce that our Heroine Trisuit will be featured in the press again! The widely popular trisuit will be featured in the August issue of Triathlete’s World in the spread “Fit to be Tried.” The article includes tester feedback, highlighting some of the great features and qualities of our best selling kit. So many of our customers already love it and here is the opportunity for others to learn why.

To read the full review pick up your August copy of Triathlete’s World out now, and visit our site to view the Heroine and other excellent trisuits!

I’m aware that I was awfully quiet on the blog front leading up to Ironman France. There could have been many reasons for this, like training very hard, lots of work or similar. Unfortunately it was much less pleasant. My mum was diagnosed with a brain tumor. That’s bad in any case, but made worse by the fact that I’m in a different country. She’s also not been one for telling us things like this until she had to, and even then she still tried to keep us away. Not an easy situation, but one that does happen more often than we think. 1 in 3 people are affected by cancer, I think the statistics are.

I don’t want to go on about just how ridiculously rubbish I felt, and all the things I failed to do during the first few weeks. What I want to talk about is how much the sport helped me cope once again.

I’ve less than 3 weeks to go until my very first sprint triathlon at Cheltenham Tri in the park. This one is a 400m pool swim, 10Km bike ride and a 5K run, and will (hopefully) ease me in gently before the Cotswold Tri later on in the year. Training has been going really well, in fact I’m really enjoying myself – particularly with the recent good weather – it’s lovely being outside. Doing different things each evening rather than just going for a run, has given me an extra spurt of motivation, as it’s been rewarding seeing my progress over time.

For the last 4 weeks I’ve been going to a spin class on a Monday with a girlfriend to help build my speed and leg strength on the bike. It’s an absolute killer, but I’ve noticed my performance on the bike improve since. I’ve ditched driving to work and now cycle in every day with my boyfriend to get used to my bike. The journey is a 6 mile round trip with hills on the way in. Every other week I’ve stayed out for an hour to get a good session in.

Training before work has been a bit of a revelation for me, I used to find it really hard to get up and train – it always seemed like so much effort. But now, I find

I finished off my training week with a race. I made the long journey (all of 10min) to race at Dorney Lake this morning at the SteelMan olympic distance triathlon.

I came in first lady at 2.04.56

Swim: 0.23.40

T1: 0.01.07

Bike: 1.03.01

T2: 0.00.45

Run: 0.36.20

Many thanks to you all for all of your support – it was great to be back racing, even if it did feel like it was over before I’d started!

Next week is Henley Challenge River Swim, I’ll keep you posted…

This year’s Ironman World Championships is on the day of my 28th birthday. When I found this out last year it proved too much temptation to not try and be there.

So on Sunday the 26th of June I found myself nervously standing on the pebble beach in Nice waiting for the start signal for Ironman France. There were 17 girls in my age group competing for a single slot to be on the start line in Kona, Hawaii on the 8th of October. I knew my preparation had

We are happy to announce that our newest collection is now being featured in this month’s Health & Fitness in the spread “Triple the Action”. Featured are our popular Victory trisuit, Champion trishorts, cycling mitts, and race belt- who knew it could look so chic!

See the photos in Health & Fitness in news stands now and continue to check our site for fashionable and functional triathlon wear.

Our Trigirl Radiance Tanktop has been featured in June’s Triathlete Europe in the section “Gear Bag”. It talks about the outstanding qualities and comfort of the triathlon top which our customers have come to know and love. Given a 9 out of 10 in performance and a 8 out of 10 in value, this top is surely worth every cent!

Check out Triathelte-Europe.com to read more and check our online shop for this top and much more.

Saturday’s Open Water Swim Workshop was a great success! Seven ladies showed up at Hampstead Mixed Ponds for good weather and an educational couple of hours. Everyone had positive feedback and really learned a lot.

This workshop helped prepare for future races and was the foundation for proper technique and race strategies. It is still very important to continue to practice and we urge competitors to do so in open water.

Although we do not have any more Trigirl workshops planned, please feel free to contact us and another workshop or lessons can be arranged.
For more information, email info@trigirl.co.uk.

Calling all female novice triathletes. Please join us for our 2 hour open water session in the scenic Hampstead Heath Ponds in London.
This workshop aims to build your confidence when swimming in open water and prepare you for your first race.

When: Saturday 18 June 2011  11am-1pm
Where:
London Hampstead Mixed Ponds
Cost: £25

Topics covered will include:

  • Technique to put on and remove wetsuits quickly
  • Swimming techniques
  • Tips on sighting and open water turns
  • Race strategies

This workshop will be divided into an hour in the water and one hour of theory and Q&A. It will be coached by Terence Collins, of Tri For Fitness, a highly experienced coach for both swim and triathlon discipline.

We will also have a range of Zone3 wetsuits on site for you to try on and test swim.
Places are limited, please book in advance.

The critical tri specialists of 220 Magazine give Trigirl’s ‘Heroine’ trisuit a remarkable 84% verdict.

The 220 experts conclude that this trisuit is “An impressive, quick-drying women-specific suit“. The Test Centre review further comments “…Instead of having a built-in bra like most suits, it comes with a separate crop-top, giving extra bust support and allowing you to wiggle in and out of the suit with ease…There’s great news for ladies of smaller stature, too, because Heroine is also available in petite, with a shorter body-length specifically for women of 5ft4in and under.”

We couldn’t agree more. To read the full Test Centre feature, get your copy now.
220Triathlon Magazine Issue 261, July 2011.

Trigirl are delighted to see our Radiance Tri Tank and Champion Tri Shorts recommended in the latest Triathlon Plus magazine as “well -fitting women’s kit that’s good for long distance racing”.

Triathlon Plus particularly liked the light weight and soft fabric and the built-in Powermesh bra of this popular tri top. Worth mentioning is also that our Radiance top is the only triathlon tank top in the market that comes in two cup sizes A/B or C/D.

Read the full test report in Triathlon Plus Summer 2011, Issue 29, out now.

A week on from the Trigirl Novice Triathlon Workshop I’m having loads of fun starting out as a triathlete. It’s been a manic week at work with two business trips scheduled in and early starts for my train journeys.

I spent Tuesday totally engrossed on the train in some Triathlete specific magazines only to find Kim featuring in one of them with some tips for novices! I’ve managed to squeeze in a run with a friend, plus I cycled to work on the days I was in the office.

Trigirl is thrilled to announce professional triathlete Corinne Abraham as our new brand ambassador.

We are looking forward to following her first season as a professional triathlete in our lovely Trigirl kit. We wish Corinne all the best and good luck for her first big race this weekend, the Ironman in Texas on 21st of May!

Here is what Corinne has to say about our kit:  “…The stylish kit has colour, cut, and the fabric technology has research and science behind it.  Honestly? I put my Triumph Tankini on and I feel glamorous – not red carpet stuff of course but I don’t feel like I’m in my perpetual uniform of “training wear”…”

To read the full article and to learn more about Corinne, please visit her website at www.corinneabraham.com

I was thrilled when I found out that I’d won the Trigirl competition. I’d wanted to get into triathlon training for a while and didn’t really know where to start, so I was delighted to get the chance to go on the Trigirl Workshop as part of my competition prize. I felt a little bit daunted being a complete novice as to what to expect, but the workshop day was pitched just right for someone like me.

The group consisted of 6 ladies of varying ability, some were runners, we had an experienced swimmer, a couple of ladies that did duathlons and one lady that had completed a couple of sprint tri’s – a really good mixture. Our coach for the day was Kim Ingleby who really knew her stuff being a current competitor herself.

We covered all three of the disciplines starting with cycling. I hadn’t even considered certain aspects such as dismounting and mounting your bike, and how to change your tyre at the side of the road. Kim gave some great advice on choosing the right gear, I don’t have a tri bike just yet so it was reassuring to hear that there are people that compete without them to start with, and that I won’t look daft on a mountain bike! It was great fun to practice this with the other ladies. We went over the details around transition and had a practice at getting our gear ready with tips on how to lay it all out ready for action.