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Posted August 5, 2009
A real look inside a collegate sports team
This book chronicles a season with the University of Colorado Men's Cross Country team and their pursuit of the NCAA National Championship. While the events of this book are now nearly ten years ago, the story is still very compelling. Author Chris Lear spent the entire season with the team, including coach Mark Wetmore and All-American Adam Goucher. It is a fascinating read that delves into the personal dynamics of a team made up of individual performances and how the team comes together during the worst kind of adversity during their season. One of the truly enlightening things from a runner's perspective is just how close to the physical edge runners at this level live and train - constantly walking a tightrope between doing everything they can to reach their maximum potential without incurring a season-ending injury. The frustration of poor runs and the exuberance of breakthrough performances exist in the same race. It is a seldom-seen look inside a very tight knit group that doesn't let outsiders in. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in competitive running or sports in general.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 8, 2003
Inspiration and a New Outlook
Four years ago I graduated college with a degree and three MVPs from the cross country squad. There were times when I looked back and thought, 'man I really worked hard those hot mornings down south.' Little did I know the on the other side of the country the Buffaloes were stampeding through hellish workouts led by a fearless and admiraly dedicated Adam Goucher. This book chronicles the Colorado 98 men's cross country season. It seems monotonous at first with constant descriptions of workouts, but eventually author Chris Lear gives you an intimate look at the dynamic of a cross country team and soon you feel like you are part of the action. There is an ongoing debate as to whether or not cross country is a legitamite team sport because there is so much competition between the individuals who make up the team. After reading this book, the debate will be over for you. I enjoyed the book and use it as a source of inspiration when I m having trouble finding the will to lace up the trainers and hit the road.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.