A Long Ride Back

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MBS Press, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 250 pages
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If you pick up this book hoping to read an extraordinary story about a really awesome, talented athlete, who had major obstacles to overcome; did so and came back to the top level of their chosen sport, then sorry, but you might be a little disappointed! Maybe try a book about multiple Tour De France winner and cancer survivor, Lance Armstrong; AFL superstar James Hird; paraplegic athlete John Maclean; or even All Black legend Jonah Lomu, because I am nothing like those people. This book is about an average guy, who participated in Ironman and Half Ironman Triathlons, simply because I could. No podium finishes, just pleased to make it across the finish line. This is the story of how I got back doing the sport that I love, after a serious bike accident. It is about how an event can change your life and how your network of friends surround you and give you the greatest chance of success, more than you would ever be able to achieve on your own. The capacity for physical recovery is remarkable with the scars a mark of the trauma and the subsequent journey made possible when you add in the elusive mental strength.Prof. Fiona Wood FRACS AM Winthrop Professor, BIRU, School of Surgery, UWA Chair, The McComb Research Foundation Steve's story shows that the journey to Ironman WA (or equivalent), is just an analogy for life. To succeed is to love the journey, not just celebrate at the finish line. Mitchell Anderson Ironman Champion, MBBS, Raconteur
 

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Contents

The Day It All Went Wrong
1
Because I Can
9
Mind Games
17
Royal Perth Hospital Intensive Care Unit
27
Royal Perth Hospital Major Trauma Ward
35
00 a m and 800 p m
49
Ironmen Dont Cry Yeah Right
57
Bedpans And Pee Bottles
61
Party Time
153
Reality Bites
157
Round 3
161
Not A One Hit Wonder
165
Negative Gearing
179
Mental And Physical Traction
183
Going Through The Motions
187
The Positivity Chapter Eventually
195

Shenton Park Rehabilitation Campus Part 1
65
The Great Escape
75
Shenton Park Rehabilitation Campus Part 2
81
Home Finally
93
The Land Of The Long White Cloud
121
Back In The Saddle
127
Solitary Confinement
133
The Magic Of Thinking Big
139
The Starters Gun
147
Years On
201
Its All About You
211
Dear Diary
217
Thanking The Cool Kids
221
The Fab Four And Other Rock Stars
223
Further Acknowledgements
231
What Now?
235
Copyright

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