If you are joining me today for the first time with the Grow Your Blog Hop welcome! Feel free to check out my About Me Page as well as my Why Try Beginner Series to find out a little more about me and my triathlon journey. Now on to the inspirational reads!
When I am excited about something I like to go full on immersion! I want to read about, it talk about it, basically get as much of it in my life as I can.
My experience with endurance sports and triathlon has been no different. I am also huge on book recommendations. I don’t know about you but I love getting the stamp of approval from some one I trust before I put time into a book that turns out to be a disappointment. Here are a few titles that I LOVE
Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself – Rich Roll
Rich Roll is such an inspirational figure, you can’t help but look up to someone who went from a junk food addicted alcoholic to a plant strong ultra distance triathlete. I love how real and honest Rich is in his book finding ultra. He takes you along for the journey, and while I have no desire to perform back to back ironmans, it was definitely inspiring to hear about how Rich did just that on the islands of Hawaii.
Another ultra distance athlete, and arguably the best ultra distance runner in the world. There is something about these ultra distance athletes that inspires the imagination. I love how Scott shares his story, the good, the bad and the ugly. One thing that stuck with me was Scotts’ fathers’ attitude, “Sometimes you just do things.” It was the mantra that Scott grew up with as he helped to take care of the family with a mother battling MS. That mantra sticks, and fits embodies the ultra running lifestyle the Scott came to conquer. Scott also shares a ton of plant strong recipes through out the book which was a great touch!
17 Hours to Glory: Extraordinary Stories from the Heart of Triathlon – Mathias Muller
I LOVE this book! It is a compilation of inspiring stories from the Ironman World Championships at Kona. Each chapter is a story of an individual who came to conquer at Kona, from pros to para-athletes, this book has them all. With it’s bit sized stories this is a great book before bed. If this doesn’t get you pumped up to tackle the big island I don’t know what will.Inspirational Reads for Endurance Athletes #triathlete #runner #sweatpink Click To Tweet
I’m Here to Win: A World Champion’s Advice for Peak Performance – Chris McCormack
Maybe it is because I am a big Chris McCormick fan, but I really enjoyed this book. It is so inspiring to learn about someone who truly did dominate at every level of the sport (with the exception of the Olympics) Chris has such a vibrant personality, and it is certainly inspiring to hear his attitude and how he tackles life. One of my favorite parts of this book is how Chris mentions that he wrote down a list of triathlons he wanted to win when he was just a kid. He went on to win every single one of those races, with the exception of those races that where no long held during his career. My take away, WRITE THOSE GOALS DOWN! There is amazing power in setting a goal and going after it with a vengeance.
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen – Christopher McDougall
This book may or may not belong on this list per say, I will let you be the judge, but this is one of my favorite books, and it get’s me fired up to go run! This book follows Chris’ adventure into the Mexican Copper Canyons as he seeks a tribe of legendary ultra runners. A captivating read that was the first book to get me excited about long distance running.5 books to get you excited to #race #run #triathlon Click To Tweet
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Now you have my top 5 reads for endurance athletes, did I mention I LOVE book recommendations I want to hear from you, what is your favorite inspirational read for endurance athletes?