Transformed by Triathlon: The Making of an Improbable Athlete
by Jane Booth
Follow Jane Booth's humorous, honest and surprising journey from a woman who couldn't tell the front from the rear of her bike helmet to an athlete capable of competing in an Olympic-distance triathlon. Celebrate her every victory, from a skirmish with a wayward wetsuit to conquering her fear of falling off her bike. Race alongside her as she battles to finish a race that...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 12th 2007 by Fast Foot Forward Press
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Halfway through the book I wasn't sure what to think. I expected a how-to, or a cheerlead-triathlon book. What I got was the story of a woman compelled to conquer a challenge she didn't quite understand. I expected everything to go wonderfully and that triathlon would be represented as the most amazing experience ever. Surprisingly this was not the case. Jane shares every grueling struggle including a bad leg injury resulting in bouts of physical therapy and multiple brutal falls from her bike....more
This is the second triathlon book I've read, so naturally I started out comparing this book to the first triathlon book I read (Jayne Williams' Slow Fat Triathlete, a very hilarious and very informative read about her experiences in the world of Triathlon). Besides the fact that they're both about improbable triathletes, the books can't really be compared. The first third of the book felt slow to me, but as Jane progressed in her training, I got in to it more and stopped expecting another Slow F...more
This book is about a woman in her early 40s who decides that she wants to compete in triathlons. I read this book a couple weeks ago, as I was sitting around waiting for our first baby to be born (and I'm still waiting). I hoped it would inspire me to great athletic feats once I've had the baby or at least get in shape - we'll have to wait and see :) However, it was inspiring how she pushed herself to her physical limits and made me wonder if I'm pushing myself to my limits, physical or otherwis...more
I absolutely loved this book! I love any book written by someone who sort of "fell into" triathlon, running, cycling, etc. Jane Booth writes a self-effacing, funny, informative story about her journey into triathlon and her trials and tribulations along the way. A similar book to "Slow Fat Triathlete" and just as entertaining. Highly recommended!