I would have to say, the fact that I shared the most after reading this book was when Chrissie ran the fastest run-split (...moreRecommended by Laura Brett.
I would have to say, the fact that I shared the most after reading this book was when Chrissie ran the fastest run-split (2:52.54 marathon) of any athlete, male or female, in Ironman South Africa 2011.
My favorite, and most tagged, chapter in this book was Chapter 10: A Triathlete's Life. While most of the book Chrissie described events in her life that made her journey to becoming a triathlete and maintaining champion status, in this chapter she gives details about her program and her training and the mental side of her sport. As an athlete who is constantly trying to improve, that perspective was most interesting to me. Of course, the entire book and the description of her journey was almost unbelievable, because it was so amazing, but I liked learning more about what makes her tick.
On remaining positive, "Develop a mind bank of positive images and thoughts - family, friends, previous successes, favorite places, a big plate of chips. You need to build it up as you would any collection, but soon you will have a range of thought to flick through when next your body and soul are screaming for relief."
On repetition and boredom, "There is a lot of repetitive activity in an athlete's life, particularly in ironman, and you need to learn to handle it. The best way of improving your capacity to endure boredom is to endure boredom. Spend time training on your own and challenge your mind to stay focused."
"The mind constantly wanders when you are engaged in a repetitive activity for a prolonged period. Many's the time I have been thinking of other things, only to snap out of it and say, 'Wake up! You're in a race here!' This is natural, but ou have to be aware of it and to learn to stay in the moment. If your mind wanders, so does your body. You should constantly be asking yourself questions. Are my arms relaxed? Is my face? Am I working as hard as I can? Am I breathing into my belly, or am I stopping in my throat?... There should be a regular check/feedback mechanism, whether you're in training or in a race." - Personally, the minute my mind wanders is the minute I stumble on the sidewalk crack or on a small rock or tree root. Lately I've been noticing my foot gets lazy and points sideways if I'm not focused. I constantly check in during races in terms of landmarks, distance completed and distance remaining, how I feel at the moment, etc. I've never run with music and I don't think it would be best for my training because I like to maintain that focus and listen to my body.
"Never ever give up - and smile."
"The brain is programmed to protect us, and that can mean imposing limits on what it thinks we can or should do. Constantly push at those limits, because the brain can be way too cautious." "We should constantly question it, fight it. That means enduring pain." "There is a very real process of refinement going on. You are not just working your muscles and lungs, you are working your brain to learn to accept each new level of exertion as something that can be endured safely." - There was something similar that Scott Jurek mentioned in his book, "Eat and Run", to the tune of "Not all pain is significant." - Listen to your body, you know it best, and stop when the pain seems serious, but be aware that when you are pushing your limits, it will be UNCOMFORTABLE!
"To my amazement, at so many stages along the way, the limits that I thought I could see in the distance dissolved as I approached them. They turned out not to be real at all, but mere assumptions. And that has been the most exciting revelation of all."(less)
My favorite. (12) On Going Away to Camp "Relax, it'll be fine. You'll build fires, set up tents, sleep outside, it'll be...moreBorrowed from Jess and Billy.
My favorite. (12) On Going Away to Camp "Relax, it'll be fine. You'll build fires, set up tents, sleep outside, it'll be fun.... Oh, it's basketball camp? Huh. Well, cross out that shit I said you were gonna do and just replace it with 'play basketball,' I guess."
Three hours of reading. Wouldn't have spent much more time on this one. The anecdotes were good to break up the quick quotes and to give some variety, but I would not have wanted to spend more time with this book.
Dad is educated and enlightened, this shines through in his acceptance.
Some were gut-splitters while others I just breezed over. I can see how this was a successful Twitter page. I could see picking up the book and finding different ones funny each time. (less)
(171) "Crewing: The squeamish, faint of heart, self-centered, and glamour-seeking need not apply. It's a grind, plain and simple. Repetitive, demandin...more(171) "Crewing: The squeamish, faint of heart, self-centered, and glamour-seeking need not apply. It's a grind, plain and simple. Repetitive, demanding, detail-obsessed, often boring, sometimes distasteful. It takes a certain kind of person, someone who's really invested either in the runner or in the athletic accomplishment, to be an effective member of the crew."
(242) "... Why do the easy, expected thing? It takes guts to follow your dreams. Courage. Many people, even those who love you, don't understand how compelling that can be, and will try to keep you in the 'safety zone.' But fuck that. Half the fun is venturing into the unknown, taking on the difficult task that yields new knowledge, doing more and testing your limits."
"What I've done serves mostly to show that nearly all limits are self-imposed, a false construct of the mind. You can take on mind-boggling challenges. It may cause you grief, it may test your relationships and cause you to question your sanity, but you can do it!"
"Why not try?"
(242) "But everyone can dig deeper and love more."(less)
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people yo...more“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”
Read for Park Hill Book Club. The book kept my attention very well in the beginning and the end, but lagged a bit for some reason in the middle. I've...moreRead for Park Hill Book Club. The book kept my attention very well in the beginning and the end, but lagged a bit for some reason in the middle. I've watched a lot of crime shows in my days: Law and Order, Law and Order C.I., Law and Order SVU, all three C.S.Is, Criminal Minds, etc. I like watching the evidence come together, piece by piece, in order to solve the crime, no matter how unrealistic it may be. For the same reason, I enjoyed this book. Though to have been an Alienist, or Investigator, during that time period would have been quite time-intensive. The number of hours spent looking through records and documents would make my head spin. As with the time spent going from door to door, looking for someone. I also wondered if that type of work was any more dangerous in those days than it would be today? And Mr. Carr's description of any stairwell or building that included the smells, yuck, those always got my attention. His descriptions of the tenements, and immigrant housing in particular, brought out distinct images of cold, dark, and bleak living conditions that reeked of urine and other overpowering smells. I am thankful to live during the era in which I do, and with the comforts of modern plumbing and windows in my house which allow the breeze to blow through.
I finished this book while on vacation in Crested Butte. I read some of the final pages in my car outside the library and then had to go into a public restroom in an old building next to the fire station. I was creeped out! Mr. Carr did a great job of building my feelings of paranoia!(less)
Read for Niver Creek Book Club. Colorado author. We decided to read this as a follow-up to Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, because the settin...moreRead for Niver Creek Book Club. Colorado author. We decided to read this as a follow-up to Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, because the setting was a fictional small town in Colorado located near a Japanese intern camp. I listened to half of this book and read the other half. It was entertaining on audio and continued to be entertaining and fast-paced once I began reading. There were many (less)