The Thrill of Victory, The Agony of My Feet: Tales from the World of Adventure Racing

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Adventure racing is an exciting and fast-growing sport that combines nonstop, action-packed challenges such as trail running, mountain biking, orienteering, rock climbing, trekking, whitewater swimming, and paddling in some of the world’s most beautiful—and most challenging— places. Races last from just a few hours to two weeks, and are filled with passion, drama, sleep-deprivation, hallucinations, blisters, cramps, exhaustion—and inevitably great stories.  

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Overview

Adventure racing is an exciting and fast-growing sport that combines nonstop, action-packed challenges such as trail running, mountain biking, orienteering, rock climbing, trekking, whitewater swimming, and paddling in some of the world’s most beautiful—and most challenging— places. Races last from just a few hours to two weeks, and are filled with passion, drama, sleep-deprivation, hallucinations, blisters, cramps, exhaustion—and inevitably great stories.  

The Thrill of Victory, the Agony of My Feet contains over thirty first-person adventure racing stories that will take you from the leech-infested jungles of Borneo to the snow-capped peaks of Tibet to races near you.  You will be entertained and inspired as you read how athletes—from beginner to expert—overcame enormous odds, physical limitations, raging storms, equipment failure, personal fears, and in one case, even the tragic death of a competitor. These stories are as close as you can get to adventure racing without getting your feet wet.

Neal Jamison is the author of Running Through the Wall. Nic Stover and Maureen Moslow-Benway are adventure-racing competitors and journalists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891369544
  • Publisher: Breakaway Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,033,011
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Neal Jamison is the editor of Running Through the Wall (Breakaway Books, 2003), and has written for Adventure Sports Magazine, Trail Runner, and Runner's World. Maureen Moslow-Benway is an experienced adventure racer. She is also an avid trail runner, mountain biker, and backpacker. She writes for MetroSports, and lives on a farm in Central Virginia. Nic is an experienced adventure racer and writer for Idaho Magazine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006

    Lots of great 'lessons learned' in these pages!

    Contributors to this adventure racing collection include: Roman Dial, Ian Adamson, Don Mann, Robert Nagle, Marshall Ulrich, Cathy Tibbets, Robyn Benincasa, and Rebecca Rusch. And many more... Learn first-hand from some of the best athletes in the sport.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2005

    An inspiring read

    I was originally turned on by the book 'Becoming an Ironman' as I was training for my own first Ironman. This book had the same effect on me. The stories by the different athletes repeat similar tales of pain, adventure, pain, beautiful scenery, pain, and all-out efforts, but they also report another common experience that extends beyond that of individual sports: the rewards of developing team relationships that come from depending so completely upon each other during such a difficult event. The book does a great job of describing this exciting sport.

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