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Can't Sleep, Can't Train, Can't Stop: More Misadventures in Triathlon [Kindle Edition]

Andy Holgate
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A 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run makes the Ironman triathlon one of the hardest one-day endurance challenges on the planet. Now take those events and transfer them to a volcanic rock with cruel winds, searing sun, rough seas and nosebleed-inducing hills, and you have Ironman Lanzarote. Why, then, would Andy Holgate – who admittedly has never swum in the sea, who can’t cope with the wind, sun or even stairs – take on such an extreme challenge? Simple: Because he can. Can’t Sleep, Can’t Train, Can’t Stop! continues Andy’s inspirational journey from where Can’t Swim, Can’t Ride, Can’t Run left off, chronicling his attempt to complete two Ironman triathlons six weeks apart. Already in his fortieth year, would Andy make it to his forty-first? Would Lanzarote prove one triathlon too far – or will Andy succeed against the odds and live to swim, ride and run another day?

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**Shortlisted for the British Sports Book Award**

"Following on from his hugely successful Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run, Andy Holgate s new book Can't Sleep, Can't Train, Can't Stop continues Andy's inspirational journey and it's a genuinely inspirational story for rookie or experienced triathletes." --Triathlete Europe

About the Author

Andy Holgate completed his first Ironman distance race, The Big Woody, in 2007. His first book, Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run, was a UK top ten sports book, and a number one Kindle sports book. It saw Andy nominated for Best New Writer at the 2012 British Sports Book Awards, where he was the only non-journalist/sports star to receive recognition.

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Andy Holgate spends his spare time splashing around a bit, pedalling a lot and shuffling forward ( on a good day ) in the pursuit of Triathlon glory, or more realistically finishing in one piece.

Andy was born in 1972 in Barrow-in-Furness and now lives just across the bay in Lancaster, the one in the always sunny north of England, not the one in the almost always sunny US state of Pennsylvania.

Writing and Triathlon are old bed-fellows for Andy. He started writing when he started harbouring strange urges to jump in dark, cold and frankly scary lakes. Andy started blogging about his Ironman training and other random thoughts and pretty soon he was getting mail telling him he was inspiring and also getting told off when he missed a blogging day. Eventually Andy was offered a book deal and loved every minute of writing his story, as did his cat who loved to sleep on the laptop keyboard. The cat was most upset when he found out he wouldn't be named as a co-author.

When not racing around the world you'll find Andy working as a librarian,training hard, drinking too much coffee, learning the ropes of being a new dad, diving with sharks, jumping off bridges and most of all just enjoying life.

Andy's first book Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run was a finalist in the Best New Writer category at the 2012 British Sports Book Awards. It also won Best Book at the 2014 Running Awards.

You can catch up with Andys latest thoughts by subscribing to his blog: IronHolgs: The Musings of a COLT Ironman at

And if you tweet then follow Andy @Ironholgs

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, honest, brutal and down to earth 22 Dec. 2012
By Emmy
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If I want to tell someone about Triathlon -I point them to Andy's books. How better to describe the hours of training, the heartache when the day just doesnt go right and the frustration involved with something that takes up so much of your life. Andy does that for me. He writes in a simple, easy to read way and I love that I can read it wherever I am and am instantly drawn into that chapter.

This book continues on from his first novel and details what he's been up to since it came out. Once again, it's brutally honest about the training required, the effort and selfishness involved in the sport but he comes across as someone completely and utterly ordinary that you'd love to take to the pub.

For me, the best part of the book is his honesty. He doesnt sugar coat anything (although at one point he does suggest if you're squeamish to move to the end of the chapter!) and he gives you the ups and down that's a normal part of being an amateur athlete. I think he's stark raving bonkers for even contemplating the Ironman competitions he does... but that's all part of the fun - doing something that ultimately challenges you and gets you out of your comfort zone.

My favourite part of the book is actually not about triathlon. It's about his overriding love for his two girls and family. This comes across so plain to read and is incredibly heartwarming.

I can't wait to see if there's another book in the wings :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a scratch on the first book 17 Nov. 2014
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Not as good a book as the first one. I found there was a lot of talk about writing the previous book from the travails of writing to the publisher going bust to getting a new went on about it a bit too much. I didn't buy the book to get a book about writing another book....

I'd highly recommend the first book but this one just left me feeling like he'd tried too hard to read it with flowery language that didn't really suit a notherner.

The guy is obviouisly great at what he does and it is an interesting read, but not a scratch on the first book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and entertaining 27 Mar. 2013
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As someone who attempts to do triathlon myself I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The trials and tribulations that Andy suffers in the name of triathlon are a true inspiration to anyone who has ever considered taking up the sport (or any type of exercise). Every time I don't fancy going out to do a training session I think of the difficulties that Andy has overcome and that soon gets me in the right mood to train. Can't wait for the next instalment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read 19 Feb. 2014
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A great follow up to the first book. Really very inspiring as it shows time and again what can be achieved with the right attitude and hard work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More great challenges 8 Jan. 2014
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A great insight into the highs and lows of training for triathlons and iron mans alongside your normal life. Very enjoyable read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Keep it simple 28 Dec. 2013
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The experience that the author projects in the book is interesting and helpful to triathletes. However, I found the use of metaphors and similes a bit annoying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great read... 2 Nov. 2013
By Pete H
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and sharing in the authors adventures as he made his way in life and triathlon. I liked the aspects about adversity that he has overcome and the infectious enthusiasm which is evident throughout the book.

A great read for anyone interested in triathlons or about to embark on the ironman adventure such as myself, so very useful tips!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 31 July 2013
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Good lighthearted read but not quite as good as the first book.
At times i felt like the writer tried a little too hard to be querky but it is motivational as if he can do it...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Wonderful to read about an average guy doing something amazing! Helping me on my own IM path
Published 4 months ago by Joanne Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - couldn't sleep, couldn't put it down!!
Fantastic book that I loved reading. Not usually a fan of sports books that aren't well known but Andy Holgate totally is a sports star now! Read more
Published 5 months ago by MICHELLE MATSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 9 months ago by Chris Chadwick
1.0 out of 5 stars Mince
First book was ok. This however is dire, should stick to lending books instead of writing them. If everyone has got 1 book in them, then we have already had more than enough from... Read more
Published 11 months ago by hiram53
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Awesome read, Andy is a great story teller. Very motivational and inspiring. Really enjoyed and would highly recommend to anyone.
Published 12 months ago by G Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book
Am enjoying sharing Andy's triathlon journey, and inspired by how he has overcome so many obstacles to still have the determination to train and compete for ironman. Read more
Published 13 months ago by karen littlejohn
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a patch on his first.
Really disappointing after his first book. This one's nowhere near as well written; it's all very much of a similar pace, there's little light and shade. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Soph
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow
70 pages in and this down to earth book has you reading on. An amateur telling you how it is rather than a 'pro' is what it's all about. Solid reading! Get training!
Published 21 months ago by Sarge
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