Long Distance: Testing the Limits of Body and Spirit in a Year of Living Strenuously
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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LONG DISTANCE: A Year of Living StrenuouslyUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
An inspired and inspiring memoir of one man's conquest of wimpiness.For more than a decade, McKibben (Maybe One, 1998, etc.) has been building a well-deserved reputation as a thoughtful, encyclopedic ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - seanpmurray - LibraryThing
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