Lee B Croft
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Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
As an inveterate triathlon competitor I really appreciated getting this book as a gift. The extreme endurance events described in it really cover the globe. The chapters are titled: Europe (13 events), Africa (7 events), Asia (2 events), Australia (2 events), North America (16 events, including the Leadville 100 run, The Catalina Channel swim, the Iditarod sled-dog race, and the late Sri Chinmoy's Self-transcendence 3100 Mile Race), South America (3 events), Antarctica (the Extreme World Races South Pole Race), and Cross-Continent (6 events). The parameters of the events (temperature, altitude, distance, terrain, mental, elevation change, technical skill, weather, and currents) are well explained on the over-all theme of being "tough." The authors then describe each event systematically, giving the "key facts" (where, when, contact website, etc) and analyses, accompanied by outstanding photography and illustrative maps. At the end of each event segment is an interview with a former participant. This is the feature I most enjoyed reading. Criticisms are few. The English Channel swim is treated separately, yet it is a part of the earlier cited Enduroman Arch to Arc triathlon. But this just gives the authors the opportunity to feature athletes Rachael Cadman (the Enduroman) and Michael Read ("King of the Channel"). Also, I appreciate it that the authors do not just feature the winners, but include interviews of all-levels of participants, even some of those who failed to finish. I felt that the section on "Freediving" was at variance with the authors' own guidelines about what events to include, lacking a listed organizing body and having no "predetermined start and stop point." Competitive Freediving is more dangerous than the others, in my opinion...the main point being to get as close to death as possible in order to achieve deeper, longer dives. The authors list the hazards...the bends and brain damage, drowning, sharks, and say that those who survive and achieve are met with "quite spectacular rewards." But what are these rewards? It seems to me that damage and death are just too much a part of the "game." Both winners and losers suffer. Yet the listed records are interesting (e.g. Stephane Mifsud's Static Apnoea of 11 minutes, 35 seconds). SO, I can only recommend this book highly, especially to those who keep trying to push themselves to their physical and mental limits in competitive endurance events. As they know, it's all part of the immortality drive, about "stayin' alive."