“You name it, Rebecca Rusch has tried it―get inspired by her adventures mountain biking, white-water rafting and climbing in exotic locations around the world.” ― Triathlete magazine
Known as the Queen of Pain, Rebecca Rusch is one of the great endurance athletes of our time.
The relentlessly fast runner, paddler, and mountain bike racer, Rusch was a normal kid from Chicago who abandoned a predictable life for one of adventure. In her book Rusch to Glory: Adventure, Risk & Triumph on the Path Less Traveled, Rusch weaves her fascinating life's story among the exotic locales and extreme conditions that forged an extraordinary athlete from ordinary roots.
Rusch has run the gauntlet of endurance sports over her career as a professional athlete-- climbing, adventure racing, whitewater rafting, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking--racking up world championships along the way. But while she might seem like just another superhuman playing out a fistful of aces, her empowering story proves that anyone can rise above self-doubt and find their true potential.
First turning heads with her rock climbing and paddling skills, Rusch soon found herself spearheading adventure racing teams like Mark Burnett's Eco-Challenge series. As she fought her way through the jungles of Borneo, raced camels across Morocco, threaded the rugged Tian Shan mountains, and river-boarded the Grand Canyon in the dead of winter, she was forced to stare down her own demons. Through it all, Rusch continually redefined her limits, pushing deep into the pain cave and emerging ready for the next great challenge.
At age 38, Rusch faced a tough decision: retire or reinvent herself yet again. Determined to go for broke, she shifted her focus to endurance mountain bike racing and rode straight into the record books at a moment when most athletes walk away. Rusch to Glory is more than an epic story of adventure; it is a testament to the rewards of hard work, determination, and resilience on the long road to personal and professional triumph.
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About the Author
Selene Yeager is a top-selling author and professional health and fitness writer who lives what she writes as a certified personal trainer, professional mountain bike racer, and triathlete. She has authored, co-authored, and contributed to more than two dozen books. She is a frequent contributor to Runner's World, Women's Health, and Shape magazines and dishes out training advice monthly as Bicycling magazine's "FitChick." She lives in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.
Mark Burnett is a reality television producer best known for his work on Survivor, The Apprentice, The Voice, Shark Tank, and The Sing Off.
Table of ContentsForeword by Mark Burnett
Introduction: The Wild Ride
1 Finding Myself at the Finish Line
2 Running Away From Home
3 Facing My Fears
4 Vehicle For Change
5 Learning Management Skills in Morocco
6 If at First You Don't Succeed"
7 Exploring My Limits
8 Proving Grounds
9 A Heavy Crown
10 A New Beginning
11 A Big Year
12 Gaining Momentum
13 Riding for the Record Books
14 Winning & Losing
15 Keeping It Real
Epilogue: The Outer Limits
About the Authors