Long Distance: Testing the Limits of Body and Spirit in a Year of Living Strenuously (Google eBook)

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Rodale, Oct 26, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 215 pages
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A new edition of a classic McKibben book about what it takes to be a world-class athlete and where the true meaning of endurance can be found.

At 37, the celebrated writer and environmentalist Bill McKibben took a break from the life of the mind to put himself to the ultimate test: devoting a year to train as a competitive cross-country skier. Consulting with personal trainers, coaches, and doctors at the US Olympic Center, he followed the rigorous training regimen of a world-class athlete.


Along the way, he learned to cope with his physical limitations and, when his father was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor, discovered something about the real meaning of endurance.

Told with his trademark intelligence, humor, and honesty, Long Distance is an insightful examination of the culture and mind-set of endurance athletes, and a moving and inspiring meditation on finding balance in our often harried lives.

  

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User Review  - Long Ranger - Goodreads

Personal account of training for cross country skiing by an average Joe. Title is terrible misleading, as his longest races aren't all that long. Read full review

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

I actually read this a while back but was moved to post a rating when thinking about it after reading AJ Jacobs' Drop Dead Healthy. McKibben is certainly better-known for his writing and activism re ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
15
Section 3
37
Section 4
49
Section 5
61
Section 6
73
Section 7
83
Section 8
97
Section 11
131
Section 12
141
Section 13
153
Section 14
165
Section 15
175
Section 16
189
Section 17
205
Section 18
211

Section 9
109
Section 10
117
Section 19
216
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About the author (2010)

BILL McKIBBEN, author of the best-selling The End of Nature, has for decades been one of America’s most-admired environmental writers. He lives in Ripton, VT.

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