Long Distance: Testing the Limits of Body and Spirit in a Year of Living Strenuously

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Rodale, Oct 26, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 224 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 ofthe 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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When you earn your living writing about climate change, overpopulation, and the imminent demise of humanity, what do you do for fun? Take up the most grueling endurance sport ever devised, of course ... Read full review

Long distance: a year of living strenuously

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This book documents one man's training to become a world-class long-distance cross-country skier. Throughout, essayist, journalist, and author McKibben (The End of Nature) shares the lessons he ... 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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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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