Troubador Triathlon - It HURTS

Released: 28/03/2016

eISBN: 9781784626679

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Triathlon - It HURTS

Inspiring stories on the path to becoming an Ironman


In October 2012, over 1000 people applied to take part in a university research study to assess how normal, recreationally active people cope with the demands of training for their first IRON distance triathlon a 3.8km swim, followed by 180km of cycling and finishing with the mere matter of a 42.2km marathon run. This book is a collection of the tales from the people within the team affectionately known as the HURTS team, an acronym for ‘Hertfordshire University Research Triathlon Study’. Their individual goal was to inspire others to dream big and to live out those dreams, whether it be a triathlon or not. However, as a cohort, they wished to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a debilitating and fatal disorder. Their collective goal was to support Harrison’s Fund, set up in 2012 to support breakthrough research leading to positive interventions and ultimately a cure for muscular dystrophy worldwide. Triathlon – It HURTS is an inspiring story of what normal people can achieve when challenged. This book will appeal to those looking to learn more about the successes and harsh realities of training for a triathlon, as well as those who want an uplifting story of human achievement.

Jamie Chases Butterflies blog

Triathlete Europe, 10 June

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Gary Smith & Justin Roberts

Gary Smith is a Commercial Director for a global communications company, a family man and someone who definitely doesn’t see himself as athlete. Previously obese and 30-a-day smoker, he decided to change his life when a well-known store told him pretty bluntly that they didn’t cater for men of his stature.

Gary has now stopped smoking, completed 3 Marathons and an iron-distance triathlon, as well as numerous shorter distance running events and triathlons.

He lives in North London with his wife, two children and two dogs

Dr Justin Roberts is Research Lead for Sport, Health & Exercise at the University of Hertfordshire, specializing in Performance Nutrition. He gained significant experience working at the British Olympic Medical Centre, and has been recognized for his scientific and practical nutritional applications for endurance athletes, including ultra-endurance and expedition events

Justin is no stranger to endurance, having completed several iron-distance Triathlons, and the ‘Toughest Footrace on Earth’ – the Marathon des Sables, a gruelling 150-mile race through the searing heat of the Sahara Desert.

Justin lives in Hertfordshire

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