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TV sofa woman gets on her book

BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin at the Edinburgh Book Festival. 

Pictures by Bill Heaney

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 ago I didn’t imagine for a second then, that, one day, I would be able to represent my country internationally,’ said Louise Minchin, who appeared at the Edinburgh Book Festival last week. Minchen 2What started out as a fun BBC Breakfast cycling stunt in 2012 culminated in Louise Minchin wearing the colours of Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championship in 2015 – this is the story of how a newly discovered sport became a passion and then an obsession.

Dare to Tri charts Louise Minchin’s incredible journey as she rediscovers competitive sport after 30 years and takes her first tentative steps as a triathlete. As her performances improve, there’s a realisation that representing the Great British team in her age group is a possibility and the book tells of her plucky attempt to achieve this almost-unthinkable goal. It is an adventure not without its challenges as Louise has to overcome personal nerves, a brutal training regime, the odd bike crash and the occasional drama.

Enjoy the ride as Louise Minchin challenges herself to represent Great Britain in triathlon.

Dare to Tri by Louise Minchin is published by Bloomsbury Sport and is available at good bookshops and on-line.

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Book lovers enjoy the sunshine at Edinburgh Book Festival, which continues through this weekend, in the city’s Charlotte Square.

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