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Introducing Simply Swim's London Triathlon Team...

If you're a Triathlon fan, the chances are that you will have signed up for the London Triathlon this summer. Simply Swim have teamed up with this group of ladies for this years event and will be following their training leading up to it and supporting them on the big day! Read below to find out more about the team such as their current levels of fitness, what they are looking forward to most and what things they'll need to overcome in order to succeed at the London Triathlon. So without further ado, meet Simply Swim's #simplytri Team!

Natalie Hartley - Fashion Director at Glamour

Your name Natalie Hartley  Where you work and your position Glamour, fashion director Have you taken part in any challenges before? If yes, what were they? Yes the San Fran women's half marathon  How fit are you? Not very anymore!  What are you most excited about taking part in the triathlon with Simply Swim? Learning to do front crawl  What challenges are you going to have to overcome by taking part? The fact I have a very busy work life and making time to train is always an obstacle What is your favourite sport? Walking!

Farrah Storr - Editor at Women's Health

 Your name Farah Storr Where you work and your position Editor of Women's Health Have you taken part in any challenges before? If yes, what were they? I have trained for two half marathons and had to pull out of both at the last minute due to injury! How fit are you? Pretty fit. I can do 25 'real' push ups if that counts? What are you most excited about taking part in the triathlon with Simply Swim? Increasing my fitness, pushing myself that bit harder and hopefully perfecting my swimming technique- a lifelong ambition. What challenges are you going to have to overcome by taking part? Er..swimming. When I lived in Sydney I spent a small fortune on learning to swim with all the grace of an Australian. 3 months of 'perfecting' classes and I was still the Eddie The Eagle of the pool. What is your favourite sport? Can I count rambling? Please? I do 30 k every weekend with my dog and husband. And no, we don't carry flasks and alpine walking sticks before you ask.

Ellie Moss - Senior Writer at Women's Fitness

Your name Ellie Moss Where you work and your position Chief sub-editor/senior writer at Women's Fitness magazine Have you taken part in any challenges before? If yes, what were they? I've done a few 10k runs, some leisurely cycling events and a super sprint triathlon. How fit are you? It's part of my job to check out all the latest fitness classes and trends, so I'm pretty fit and am always at new gyms and studios trying out the latest fitness craze. What are you most excited about taking part in the triathlon with Simply Swim? I'm excited to do a sprint distance triathlon and it's great to be involved with Simply Swim as I think a lot of people underestimate just how tough the swim section of a triathlon can be. What challenges are you going to have to overcome by taking part? Cycling is my strongest event, but my swimming and running need a bit of work – plus I'm slightly nervous about swimming in the Thames. What is your favourite sport? I got into the fitness industry through gymnastics and that will always be my first love when it comes to sport.  

Sarah Nash - Freelance Stylist

Your name Sarah Nash Where you work and your position Freelance Stylist! – So I work all over the place! Have you taken part in any challenges before? If yes, what were they? Yes, London Marathon 3 times and Beachy Head Marathon twice. How fit are you? I’m reasonably fit. I certainly used to be a lot fitter prior to my knee operation. What are you most excited about taking part in the triathlon with Simply Swim? Combating my fear of putting my head under water and swimming in open water. Also just competing in an event itself is brilliant fun and being part of a team will add a new dimension. What challenges are you going to have to overcome by taking part? Learning the front crawl and also sucking up the pain from my knee injury. What is your favourite sport? Oh I like lots of sports! Marathon running is a favourite because of my association with the sport. My partner is doing Iron Man Wales this year so through that I've developed a mild fascination with what those athletes have to endure.

Naomi White - Push Pr

Your name Naomi White Where you work and your position Push PR: Account Executive Have you taken part in any challenges before? If yes, what were they? No, This will be my first! How fit are you? I would say I am quite fit, I go to the gym 5 days a week. What are you most excited about taking part in the triathlon with Simply Swim? Getting fitter and more toned. What challenges are you going to have to overcome by taking part? I am not a very competent swimmer, but I hope that by the end of August with Simply Swims help I will be! What is your favourite sport? Spinning

Katharine Watson - Push Pr

Your name Katharine Watson Where you work and your position Push PR – Deputy Fashion Director Have you taken part in any challenges before? If yes, what were they? Richmond Half Marathon How fit are you? Exercise has taken a bit of a back burner over the last few months but I would say I’m quite fit, regularly run 5-10km’s & attend spin classes as well as the gym. What are you most excited about taking part in the triathlon with Simply Swim? Learning to swim properly, think I have running and biking sorted but to be honest the swimming is the part I’m most scared about. Breaststroke fine but front crawl outside surrounded by loads of other competitors, that's scary. What challenges are you going to have to overcome by taking part? Being able to tear myself away from work for the training, the life of a PR can be all hours, evening events and early starts. What is your favourite sport? Has to be skiing, mixing fitness with pleasure, fresh mountain air and not feeling guilty about having a fondue every night after a day’s skiing.

Reem Kanj - Blogger at FiveFiveFabulous

Your name Reem Kanj Where you work and your position Founder/Blogger of Five Five Fabulous Have you taken part in any challenges before? If yes, what were they? I did a half marathon last year and it was one the biggest challenges I took on, I had the best time and can't wait to do another this year. How fit are you? I try and stay as fit as possible, I aim to train 5 times a week however find it difficult to stay consistent with the amount of travel my job requires. What are you most excited about taking part in the triathlon with Simply Swim? It's a new challenge, and I can never say no to a challenge! I'm excited to test my ability and see my progress. What challenges are you going to have to overcome by taking part? think the biggest challenge I will have to overcome with the Triathlon is finding time to train. What is your favourite sport? I don't really have a favourite sport but have become a fan of running over the past year and love swimming.

Sarah Ivory - Fitness Editor at Health and Fitness

Your name Sarah Ivory Where you work and your position I’m a freelance health and fitness journalist for various titles. I’m also the freelance fitness editor for Health & Fitness and can be found blogging at www.fittersphere.com. Have you taken part in any challenges before? If yes, what were they? I’m a little bit competitive and have raced a lot over the last decade. I run competitively for a club, which has led me to do everything from 1500m on the track to full marathons and beyond. I’m also a big fan of multisport and have done a range of triathlons (from super sprint to Olympic distance) as well as adventure races and bike sportives. How fit are you? While my fitness levels fluctuate depending on the races I have scheduled, I like to think I keep pretty fit all year round. That said, I still can’t do a yoga handstand. What are you most excited about taking part in the triathlon with Simply Swim? I did the London Triathlon Olympic event last year and it was stupid amounts of fun. I can’t wait to do it again. Better yet, I can’t wait to do it as part of a team. What challenges are you going to have to overcome by taking part? I adore lane swimming but I’m always a bit nervous about doing an open water swim. I have poor vision and struggle to spot accurately. In fact, I might invest in prescription goggles this year. What is your favourite sport? Most people will assume my favourite sport is running but, actually, it’s not. As far as triathlon is concerned, my favourite leg is the swim. It’s the most daunting, brutal and disorientating part of a tri, and it’s by far the most satisfying bit to complete.

Sally Anne Argyle - Deputy Fashion Editor at The Sun

Your name Sally-Anne Argyle Where you work and your position Deputy Fashion Editor The Sun Have you taken part in any challenges before? If yes, what were they? I've done 4 half marathons now and am excited about a new challenge. How fit are you? I'm fairly fit. I do yoga, spin, run and horse ride every week - but this is going to be an enormous challenge. What are you most excited about taking part in the triathlon with Simply Swim? I'm looking forward to doing something I've never tried before, training with a great team and (hopefully) crossing the finish line. What challenges are you going to have to overcome by taking part? I can barely ride a bike! Although I do spinning, when it comes to an actual cycle it terrifies me. What is your favourite sport? Surfing. I head to the coast as often as I can.     So, this is our team for this years London Triathlon! You can follow the girls progress as they train up until the big day here at the Simply Swim blog as well as on our twitter and facebook pages. Search twitter using the hashtag #SimplyTri for everyone's updates! Also click on each name in this post to follow each lady on twitter! Are you taking part in this years London Triathlon? What are the challenges you will need to overcome by taking part? Tell us all about your training regime and leave the girls any good tips in the comments box below!   Simply Swim
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