Stumbling Towards the Finish Line

Stumbling Towards the Finish Line



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Stumbling Towards the Finish Line by Lee Gruenfeld

Best-selling novelist and non-fiction writer Lee Gruenfeld has been entertaining the triathlon world with hilarious essays, in-depth profiles and insightful observations for more than a decade. Now his best writings have been collected into a single volume that will let long-time fans relive their favorite pieces while introducing new readers to his unique voice. Anyone who likes sports - any sports - and great writing will love this collection of amusing, penetrating, and often totally off the wall observations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782550051
Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Sport
Publication date: 04/28/2013
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Lee Gruenfeld was a partner in the international consulting firm Deloitte before chucking it all to become a full time writer. Since then he has written thirteen books, including noels, non-fiction and biographies, that have been published in a dozen countries and translated into eight languages. In addition to his Through the Eyes of Lee Gruenfeld column for, he has written feature pieces about triathlon for Competitor and Inside Triathlon magazines.

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

The First Part: Funny Stuff

You People are Completely Nuts 12

Visualizing Your Race 14

A Spectator's Guide to the Ironman 17

Exotic New Ironman Venues - Da Race'a Da Bums 20

SWT Seeks S/BWT for WOs, If You Know What I Mean 23

The 500th Anniversary Exxon-Mobile Ironman October 19, 2477 Event Summary 25

Ironing Out Ironman - How to Improve the World's Toughest Race 29

What's Latin for "Ironman"? 33

We Three Sports of Triathlon Are - Kona Karols for Obsessed Competitors 35

How to be Cool at a Triathlon 39

If Ironman was like the Tour de France 41

Eight Things Ironman Can Learn From the Olympics 45

Adding a Fourth Event 48

Advice for the New Owners 50

Six Things We Don't Want to Hear at Triathlons Anymore 53

Living With an Injured Iron Psycho Beast 56

How to Know if You're a Triathlete 59

Ironman: A Waste of Energy 61

Iron-Lingo 64

How to Win Ironman…Guaranteed 68

Ironman Whatever 71

Changing Course 73

Ambrosia 76

Advice no ka oi ("You Cant Get Better Advice Than This") 79

Who's in T1? (with apologies to Abbott and Costello) 88

The Second Part: Not So Funny Stuff

Things You Probably Didn't Know

The Stone Walls of Kona 98

The Challenges of Being a Challenged Athlete in Kona 103

Part I: Wheelies (Handcycle) 105

Part II: Amputees (Physically Challenged Division) 113

Q & A With: The Big Island 120

"While you were racing" 124

The Age Grouper's Race 130

Speaking Hawaiian 136

Things You Probably Didn't Know About People You Probably Know

Q & A With: Diana Bertsch 142

Q & A With Mike Reilly 148

Q&A With Steve Butterfield 154

Q&A With Rocky Campbell 161

Greg Weuch: Alive and Well 166

Rudy Garcia-Tolson 170

Part I: Athlete 170

Part II, The Rudy Projectile: Ironman Arizona 175

Q & A With Ellen Hart 180

Q & A With Karen Aydelott 186

Cherie Gruenfeld: One From the Heart 193

Things You Might Want To Know

Barbara Warren: A Reminiscence 204

A Word to the Triathlon Widow 206

Circling the Drain 211

Final Word - 2009 Ironman World Championship Wrap-up 214

The Author 216

About the Editor 216

Credits 217

Further Reading 218

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