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In a Single Bound: Losing My Leg, Finding Myself, and Training for Life

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Touching, funny, and honest, In a Single Bound is the story of how a feisty little girl from Long Island became one of the world’s most famous disabled sports figures.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by GPP Life (first published 2009)
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Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010s
Book seemed to be thrown together, and just when I really wanted more, the authors skip from riding on a bike trainer to competing in Kona. We are missing a lot in those months. I thought they did a good job of explaining the challenges of Kona, but not enough about the difficulty of qualifying for it. Kona isn't just another triathlon. it is THE triathlon. All that said, Sarah is an amazing inspiration to all triathletes, disabled or not. ...more
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
A friend of mine who personally knows Sarah gave me a copy of the book. It's well written and a pretty quick read. While reading the book there were several times I thought "Sarah sure was lucky to be here" or "that was lucky she met her" - but in hindsight I think Sarah is a very prepared and determined person. What was it that Seneca said "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” I hope to meet Sarah in person some day soon. Sarah is one of the good guys. ...more
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
after meeting Sarah, I couldn't wait to get started reading her book! Awesome easy read that truly gives insight to he struggles early on, how to continually worked to overcome obstacles and developed that Don't Quit attitude. ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This was pretty good as biography’s go.
Sarah Reinertsen's memoir of growing up and dealing with being an amputee is inspiring and fascinating. I kept reading bits out loud to my boyfriend which is always a good sign.

Sarah was born with a birth defect that left her left leg much shorter and it was never really going to grow. When she was still a little kid, she had the leg amputated. Her parents worked multiple jobs to pay for her many, many prostheses (insurance paid for the first one), and never limited her in any way. However, her
Cayla Attwood
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I recently read the book, In a Single Bound. The time frame of the book covers about 23 years of the author’s life. The main character, author of the memoir, is Sarah. Sarah is an amputee world class runner, and an amazing person all around. An important figure in Sarah’s book is David Balsley, who occurs a lot throughout the story. He has ran with her, and gave her a lot of support multiple times throughout her life. Sarah experiences a life changing disability caused by proximal femoral focal ...more
Jenny Hilborne
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
In a Single Bound is the story of Sarah Reinertsen, born with a congenital birth defect that resulted in an above-the-knee amputation of her left leg at age seven.

The book documents her struggles and follows her story as an accomplished athlete. Determined to succeed in her sport, Sarah gives the reader a look into the challenges she endured and the realities amputees must face, from societal attitudes to image, plus other issues such as insurance, prosthetics. She also shows the reader the pos
Tara Chevrestt
Nov 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, arc, memoir
What a woman! I admire Sarah for her strength and determination. I had never heard of her before coming across this book but now I will be watching for her. She has let nothing stand in her way and everytime life has thrown a hurdle her way she hasn't given up, but kept trying over and over again. She lost her leg at age seven due to a disease she was born with in which one leg is severely shorter than the other. After the age of seven, she had fake leg after fake leg, and all very different fro ...more
Krusher Basta
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: running
I knew this book would be inspirational, and it was. I remember watching the television broadcast of the 2005 Ironman Championships and being deeply moved by Sarah’s spirit and determination. What surprised me about the book is how open and honest she is about her life off the playing field. Sarah has had more obstacles to overcome than just here amputated left leg. She shares how she dealt with these various issues; and it was not always in a manner in which she could be proud. But like her pro ...more
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
very enjoyable memoir, mostly concerning the run-up to her successful completion (on second try) of the Hawaii Ironman world champs triathlon as a single-leg amputee. Also describes her completion of New York marathon, her season on the Amazing Race, and her difficult childhood in a conflictual family environment.

It is inspirational, but I think one thing that made reading the book enjoyable is that she paints a human self-portrait, so it's not all just aphorisms and "don't give up" slogans.
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What an inspirational narrative about a woman who wanted to be an elite despite having a condition which allowed only one leg to grow normally. Though no the most literary prose, the story speaks for itself. Any time I feel like complaining about my bad performance from now on, I'll keep Sarah in mind: a woman who pushed herself to the limit to achieve her goals, letting nothing stand in her way, not even a disability. ...more
Dave S
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Her story deserves 5 stars but the book only 3. Way too little depth on her personal life or the training involved for the Ironman. The book also had very little more than she tells in her 30" speeches. ...more
Conner Colosi
Aug 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Read this for a paper I had to write. While the concept of an amputee marathon runner is inspirational, the material in this book was not particularly fascinating. The book is very autobiographical, but don't expect a feel-good story of triumph over adversity. ...more
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
She is amazing not only doing what she did but she also helps so many others by showing them to not give up! No excuses " Fear less live more " I love her motto. Sarah is a pioneer in amputee sports especially for women. Thanks Sarah! ...more
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book! What an inspirational story.
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sarah's story is inspirational and her writing style is witty and engaging. ...more
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
All I can say is that if Sarah can perform all of these athletic endeavors on one normal leg...then why can't I? Very inspirational. ...more
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strong feel good inspirational read. And yes, I cried.
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great story of perseverance. She details her successes and failures. Really enjoyed her story and the writing style of this book. Her voice comes thru and by the end you feel like you know her.
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Inspirational and well-written. It shows that with a little tenacity, support and perseverance anything is achievable.
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Very inspirational
Heidi B
Fairly inspirational. But, I didnt like how she chose to talk about the people she felt have done her wrong.
Oct 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic story of a woman who did not accept societies view of a physical limitation - slow her down.
Feb 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a great book and I zipped right through it in a few days. Sarah is a real challenger.
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