Long Distance: A Year of Living Strenuously
The bestselling author of The End of Nature and Hundred-Dollar Holiday presents a provocative, unconventional book: approaching middle age and never much of an athlete, he trains to be a world-class skier and learns some unexpected lessons about his body -- and life. A celebrated essayist, journalist, and author, Bill McKibben is renowned as an original thinker. Here, writing with his trademark honesty and insight, he documents his year as an impostor of sorts in the demanding world of competitive skiing. The result is a fascinating portrait of a man in mid-life pushing his body and soul to the breaking point. McKibben decided, in his late thirties, that the time had come to really test his body. Cross-country skiing his challenge of choice, he lived the fantasy of many amateur athletes and trained -- with the help of a coach/guru -- nearly full time, putting in hours and miles typical of an Olympic athlete. McKibben's year would culminate in a series of long-distance, grueling cross-country races as he experienced his body's rhythms and possibilities like never before. But the year also brought tragedy to McKibben and his family as h
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Review: Long DistanceUser Review - Mike Zellers - Goodreads
McKibben is a great writer. Can make anything interesting. Here he tells two stories: his training for cross country skiing and his dad's illness. Both stories are compelling as is the way he links them... Read full review
Review: Long DistanceUser Review - Stuart Montgomery - Goodreads
This book works well on several levels. If you want to train for cross-country skiing you'll find a lot of useful practical stuff. Ditto if you're interested in general social attitudes to fitness ... Read full review
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