It's almost time to go to the beach so time to pick up my books/kindle again! I wish I made more time to read during the winter. I've started reading before bed instead of playing games on my phone, which I think is a step. I just finished The Liar's Club by Mary Karr, which is a memoir about her absolutely insane upbringing. I saw her at a Lena Dunham speaking event about a year and a half ago and got really curious when she starting talking about how her mother shot several of her husbands but was never arrested. I just started Devil in the White City by Erik Larson which, coincidentally, my fiance is also reading on his kinyeah fodle.
I've read a couple of books about endurance sports/running in the past and have a couple on the list for this summer. They kind of remind me that I'm not THAT crazy and there are plenty of others like me and also others trying to figure out why we do this weird running/endurance stuff. My favorites so far are pretty well known including Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, my first foray into this kind of writing. From there I wanted to learn more about one of the ultra runners mentioned in the book, Scott Jurek, who, besides being a record breaking ultra runner, is a big proponent of veganism and plant based fueling. He wrote a book called Eat & Run which is a combination recipe book and memoir.
One of the subthemes of that book is Jurek highlighting the endurance athlete's struggle with public support and finances. Although endurance sports have grown considerably over the last 20 years, things like the Leadville 100 and the Ironman World Championships in Kona don't garner public attention like the super bowl or the world series, despite arguably being some of the hardest sports known to man with some of the best athletes in the world. There are obvious reasons for the differences in public interest (watching someone bike at a steady pace for 5 hours isn't exactly thrilling) but it still results in a lot of financial differences for the athletes. I could go on about this for a long time but I think that's for another post!
Before I go on ten more tangents, here's my reading list of this summer! Click on the images for the amazon links.
You Are an Ironman by Jacques Steinberg
Just a Little Run Around the World by Rosie Swale Pope
I listened to an interview with Rosie Swale Pope in a Human Race podcast a couple weeks ago and could not stop thinking about her afterwards. Rachel Swaby, who hosts the podcast, kept using the word "effervescent" to describe her and I don't think any of us know many 70+ year olds that can be described as effervescent. I could never imagine running around the world like she did, but less because of the athletic demands and more because of the logistical safety concerns. Rosie talks a lot about bravery and confidence in sticky situations on her run, an especially pertinent theme these days as the discussion of sexual harassment, assault, and in some cases murder of female runners. During the interview she used the quote "be like water: find a way through" and I was immediately obsessed. I can't wait to learn more about her journey!
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
Training life is busy and every day is heavily planned and scheduled around my full time job. A friend recommended this book to me. It's kind of the dream to start a triathlon related business and I have some ideas for apps and products. The reviews for this book are a bit mixed but I think we could all use some productivity tips in our lives so I'm willing to give it a shot.
Iron Cowboy: Redefine Impossible by James Lawrence
I followed the Iron Cowboy online in the summer of 2015 as he completed 50 Ironmans in 50 states in 50 days. Yep, you read that right. It was an absolutely insane feat he completed for to raise money and awareness for childhood obesity with his wife and kids in tow. Since I followed the journey pretty closely online I feel like I already have a good sense of some of the obstacles he faced, but I'm really curious to hear the ins and outs of his day-to-day during that time. I'm expecting a lot of fun and maybe some insane anecdotes from the trip, and hopefully some life lessons about maintaining relationships while living a crazy busy life. The book is on pre-order right now.
Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
Not all books I read can be about productivity and endurance! We can only be SO inspired. I'm going to guess this will be my book during Ironman week so I can take my mind off the race and actually sleep. Theft by Finding is Sedaris' latest book, hes always great for a dark laugh. He played a special part in my relationship with my fiancee and I've seen him speak a couple of times and plan to invite him to my wedding. Fingers crossed he comes.
DAVID: IF YOU'RE READING THIS it's on Martha's Vineyard in 2018 and you'll obviously love it. Have your people contact me via my blog email address and I will send you a save the date.
Honorable mentions if I have time:
Feel free to leave me any suggestions in the comments, I know there are way more great books about endurance out there!