TRIPOLAR: The Story of a Bipolar Triathlete

TRIPOLAR: The Story of a Bipolar Triathlete

by Tim Davis, Kirstyn Smith

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Overview

"TRIPOLAR" is an inspiring journey about a boy who suffers great trauma and severe verbal and physical abuse in his youth.  At age 13, he is blamed for causing his father's death, and his life begins on a downward spiral of self destruction.  These incidents cause him to lose faith that there is any kind of God in the world.  He spends many years going down this dark path into multiple drug addictions and alcoholism, and he later discovers that he also suffers from bipolar disorder.  After hitting several bottoms during very turbulent, near fatal years in his 20s; he finally gets tired of digging towards deeper bottoms and surrenders, and begins to accept that he needs to follow the medical advice of his psychiatrists to treat his bipolar disorder - if there is ever going to be any hope of him leading some semblance of a normal life as a functional member of society.  On his road to recovery, he embraces 12 step programs and learns to treat his emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical fitness.  This spiritual awakening ultimately saves his life, his marriage, his family, and his career as a high school science teacher.  Along the way, he discovers that racing in and training for triathlons and ultra endurance races empower him to help manage his hypomania.  This transforms him, and becomes an extraordinary outlet for helping him treat his bipolar disorder and channel his addictive personality towards positive change and great accomplishments.  He goes on to complete over a dozen Ironman triathlons, one double-ironman triathlon, seven 100-mile endurance runs, and many other ultra races.

















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ISBN-13: 9781087894669
Publisher: Timothy J. Davis
Publication date: 07/01/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 12 MB
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About the Author

"Ultra" Tim Davis is an avid ultra-runner and triathlete, and advocate for mental health, 12-step programs, and how physical training promotes mental, emotional, and spiritual healing. He has completed hundreds of marathons, ultramarathons, and triathlons. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and three children. He has a BS in Exercise Science and a Master's in Education. He has been an athletics coach and science teacher for over 20 years. He is a 12-time Ironman finisher, one-time double ironman finisher, and a seven-time 100-mile endurance run finisher. He loves to joke around with his training partners when they are out on the streets or trails, and he doesn't always run, but when he does he prefers to run on trails.

Table of Contents

PROLOGUE

1. FALLING

2. THINGS CHANGED

3. FIRST ADDICTIONS

4. RUNNING

5. HIGH-ER LEARNING

6. MY BEST FRIEND & SOULMATE

7. OTHER SIDE OF THE CLASSROOM

8. NEXT ADDICTION

9. HONEYMOON PERIOD

10. CHRONIC RELAPSER AND MR. MOM

11. MARATHONS

12. ANOTHER RELAPSE

13. THE WONDER YEARS

14. METH MADNESS

15. BIPOLAR?

16. BUILDING A FOUNDATION

17. NEW BEGINNINGS

18. FIRST TRIATHLONS

19. BECOMING TRI-POLAR

20. "TIM DAVIS, YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!"

21. NEXT BIG CHALLENGE

22. RUNNING THE AC100

23. OREGON DOUBLE ANVIL

24. KEEP IT 100

25. EPIC ADVENTURES, STRIVING FOR BALANCE, AND LOOKING AHEAD

AFTERWORD by MARIAH CONE

RECOVERY & MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

LIFE SKILLS & COACHING

TRAINING PLANS

RACE HIGHLIGHTS AND RECORDS

LAST DECADE TRAINING TOTALS

INJURY REPORT

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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