September ’18: Recently Read
Whew what a month for reading! Training for Ironman zaps any desire I have to read books, short stories, or even the news. After months of training and wrapping up my season in August, I binged in September. Here’s what I read or listened to over the past couple weeks.
Play On: The New Science of Elite Performance at Any Age by Jeff Percovici
Percovici is a journalist and gets straight to the point, so this was a quick read. Lots of antidotal information about what happens as we get older, new technology and ways in which world class athletes are maintaining their performance. If you want to know the future for the “everyday athlete” take a look at pro athletes. They get the good stuff! Key takeaway…yes we slow down (a bit) but there’s a lot that can be done to keep our bodies on the field/course/track. Reinforces one of the cardinal rules of endurance sports…slow down slowly. Don’t just stop. If you stop, it’s over. Slow down slowly and your average pace will steadily decline BUT not nearly as quickly as if you were to just stop.
What Happened, Hillary Rodham Clinton
Wow! I wish Clinton’s team could have surfaced her honesty on the campaign trail…perhaps it would have changed the perception of her. I often wonder if “The Clinton Brand” is so much Bill that people don’t really know what to do with Hillary. Listening to her read in her own words What Happened made me realize how much I didn’t understand her. Read the book but if grab the audio version…it really puts things into perspective.
Becoming a Supple Leopard, Kelly Starrett
Not much to say about this book. It’s an illustrated manual of sorts. Very useful instruction if you’re into the whole “functional movement” fad. It’s really geared toward the CrossFit community. Highly recommended for CrossFit trainers, Personal Trainers or Endurance Coaches.
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
I didn’t know what all the fuss was about but when this book was released in 2015, I couldn’t help but chuckle at people in the NYC subway hauling around this tome. It’s a fun story that takes place in New York but I didn’t know that until I started reading it. Tartt’s colorful descriptions were a bit over the top but I got used to it by the end. I’ll definitely keep this one on the shelf.
Spirit of the Dancing Warrior, Asian Wisdom for Peak Performance in Athletics and Life, Jerry Lynch
Great meditation inputs! I really like this book and would recommend it to athletes that are skeptical about “the whole meditation thing” but are looking for ways to level up. Say for instance if you’re doing your first half-marathon or half-Ironman. I feel this book adds a dash of mental training that will liven up those long training workouts.
The Last Englishmen: Love, War, and the End of Empire, Deborah Baker
WTF…is all I could say as I started reading The Last Englishman. My fault, I was expecting a different type of story…more mountaineering less soap opera. The first two-thirds of the book were confusing as hell due to the number of people. The other thing that kept me reaching for the dictionary was the casual use of British colloquialisms. I couldn’t finish it fast enough.
Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House, April Ryan
Another WTF read. I thought Ryan would deliver more than just he-said-she-said blog fodder. Too little depth for someone that seems to have a lot more to say.