But first, I was interviewed by a site called Tri For Time about how to effectively manage training into your day-to-day life. Take a minute and check out the interview HERE. Leave a comment and let the author know of your quick tips for making training work!
Book #1: I'm Here to Win by Chris "Macca" McCormack
I received this book a couple months ago and put it to the side as I was not really that interested in reading. I have always thought Macca was one heck of an athlete and respected his abilities as one of the best triathletes in the world. However, I always felt he was kinda of a douchebag. His interviews and press conferences always came across as brash and selfish and have made him the black hat wearing villain of professional triathletes.
I finally picked up the book and after a few pages didn't want to put it down. The writing style was much like you get on this and many other endurance blogs - more stream of consciousness writing over structured foundation. This style made me feel like it was a couple of guys sitting around a table with a pint of beer just telling some stories. Very engaging.
The content of the book brought us back to when Macca was just getting started in triathlon. It told us of some tragic losses in his life and gave us some insight into why he has the work ethic that he does. It gives us a look inside of the professional and business side of Triathlon that I found extremely interesting. And in traditional Macca fashion, he pulls no punches when discussing some other professional Triathletes, both good and bad. And some of the information shared on training and racing are worth their weight in gold.
After fininshing I'm Here to Win my personal feelings towards him have changed completely. He is sort of like Mike Tyson - completely misunderstood! BUT I still see him as the black hat villain, the only difference is I now know that this image is by his choice.
Ranking: 8.5/10 Carrots
Book #2: Born to Run by Christopher McDougal
Kevin @Ironman by Thirty will be the last). Here is the description by Amazon:
Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.This first thing that jumped out to me is that Christopher McDougal is an excellent writer and amazing storyteller. I had been avoiding this book because of the barefoot running "fad" that has been popping up among the running world over the last couple of years. This book is responsible for the boom. Sometimes I prefer to take an ignorance is bliss approach to things in the endurance community and the barefoot running debate was #1 on my list of things to remain un-knowledgeable about! And I am completely aware I used the term "fad" to describe barefoot running. We can have the argument on whether it was used in the correct context 2-3 years from now!
Anyway, I absolutely loved the book. I was expecting a sermon on the minimalist approach to running and that was actually just a small undertone to what turned out to be a remarkable story with compelling and likable characters. McDougal strings together a story of his injury history with out beloved sport by becoming intertwined with some of the world's best ultramarathon runners. He regal's us with tells of the Leadville 100 and ends with a race among an ancient tribe, the Tarahumara Indians, who are considered the greatest distance running tribe of all time.
McDougal asks the question of how this ancient tribe can run through the brutal terrain of the Copper Canyons of Mexico day-after-day in rubber sandals and limited nutrition and not become injured? He takes us to scientists, professional runners, and coaches to try and answer this question. However, what I really liked is that McDougal did not let the science overtake the story he was trying to tell. This book could have got extremely technical but it stayed focused on the characters, which kept me reading.
FWIW, I ordered a new pair of running shoes the same day I finished this book and they were not Vibram Five Fingers! Ha!
Ranking: 9/10 Carrots
Movie #1: Super 8
After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the creepy phenomenon.I will make this review short and to the point - Super 8 was fantastic! Acting, directing, cinematography, production, story ... it was all just top notch. The best way to describe it is to say it is a combination of The Goonies, Cloverfield, and ET. It probably won't win any awards but it was a very enjoyable day at the movies and I highly recommend seeing it at the theater.
Movie #2: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon
The story starts out with an Autobots shuttle crashing on the moon in the early 1960's. NASA was aware of the crash and thus the story takes off from here. It takes us back to JFK, and him and his administration pushing for man to walk on the moon. However, once we land Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin have a much different agenda then what the American public knows - explore the crashed spaceship! Of course this leads to a major find and then a major cover-up and then to present day and thus our story begins ...
The 3rd Transformers brings back all the cast of character from the first two movies and recycles some of the same humor and relationship dynamics that seem to be the norm in most sequels. The only notable missing character was Sam Witwicky's
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