The inspirational true story of one man's journey from flab to super-fitness. Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run follows Andy Holgate's epic journey from being an overweight librarian to an Ironman triathlete. Before he could even begin the rollercoaster ride which amassed more punctures than Andy cares to remember, this would-be Superman had first to buy a second-hand bike and take swimming lessons. Along the way, he ended up in hospital, dealt with family crises, encountered crocodiles and deadly amoebas, and persuaded his friends that doing an Ironman event is what normal people do on their stag weekend. This is the inspirational, amusing and moving story of how one normal bloke learnt how to fall off a bike and not injure himself, to run a marathon despite two dodgy knees, and most importantly, how not to drown.
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 http://ironholgs.wordpress.com
And if you tweet then follow Andy @Ironholgs