- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Know the Score Books; 1st Edition edition (1 Jan. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848187432
- ISBN-13: 978-1848187436
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run: My Triathlon Journey from Common Man to Ironman Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Jan 2011
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**Shortlisted at the 2012 British Sports Book Awards**
"A great book! Andrew Holgate claims he 'Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run', but he can certainly write. His book is filled with terrific lessons on living life to its fullest. I would argue that he can swim, can ride and can run very well indeed!" --Dean Karnazes, New York Times best-selling author and ultra-marathon legend
"What really comes to the fore in Andy's book is that no matter what level of triathlon you are involved in, the motivations, discipline, rewards and love of the sport are universal. Andy's book dispels many of the reservations that can initially prevent people from taking up any form of physical activity and shows us how sport can not only be a positive step towards physical well-being but also can be rewarding for the mind and soul." --Catriona Morrison, Multiple Ironman Champion
"I thoroughly enjoyed it. The ability of sport to change people's lives, like Andy's story, is not something I've considered. It was a real eye-opener. Trying to be as fit and as fast as you can all the time it is very easy to get wrapped up in your own little world so it was nice to be given a wider sense of the sport and be reminded of the real reason and power of sport; to inspire enjoyment in activity. Thanks for a great read." --Alistair Brownlee, ITU World Triathlon Champion
"Anyone new to tri, considering the leap to ironman or just after a mental boost should check out this autobiographical account of one overweight librarian's first forays into multisport. In an inspirational story Andy recounts how he was enticed to take part in Cockerham's annual triathlon, and bitten by the endurance bug. If you want to roll your eyes and chuckle conspiratorially at another newbie's mistakes and triumphs, tuck in." --220 Triathlon Magazine
"Best for Inspiration! If he can do it... Holgate's ironman journey is an uplifting insight into the power of taking on a challenge. He tells his story with an irreverent sense of humour and packs the book with useful information. If you're thinking of doing an ironman this book is just the thing to convince you that you are up for the challenge." --Triathletes World Magazine
"Loved reading Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run. He is able to make you laugh as he turns his depressing situation around to a wonderful, fulfilling life. This is not just a story for triathletes, it's a great book for anyone struggling with life and looking for some sunlight." --MissTriathlon.com
"A great read which shows that it's more about the taking part and enjoyment of any sport. Having little knowledge of ironman I became interested immediately when reading Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run! It shows the efforts from a 'grass roots level'. I enjoyed the journey of how Andy accomplished his goal and how he enjoyed himself in doing so, finding time for laughs; and as you will read, he never takes himself too seriously." --Huw Bennett, Ospreys & Wales
"This book shows the reality that triathlon is accessible to anyone. This story would make a great television show as well as being a great book." --The Simon Gowen Triathlon Show
"Andy Holgate's honest and real-life writings set this book above the rest. A heart-warming and inspiring story of one man's personal challenge - try reading this book without wanting to put on a wetsuit. I have Andy to blame for having to get up early and go out training on these cold winter mornings." --The Fitness Blogger
"Andy Holgate is the Bill Bryson of the Triathlon World. Quite simply, I LOVED this book." --TriCrowd.com
"A really fascinating story." --Talk Radio Europe
"An inspiration to us all." --Lancaster Guardian
"If you are looking for an inspirational read to help you rediscover your inner athlete and your love for life, then borrow, buy (or steal!) this outstanding book from a fellow Serpie - you won't regret it, even if you are not remotely interested in triathlons." --Serpentimes.co.uk
"An inspirational story." --North West Evening Mail
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 10 sports book, and a number one Kindle sports book. It saw Andy nominated for Best New Writer at the 2012 British Sports Book Awards; his second book Can't Sleep, Can't Train, Can't Stop was shortlisted at the 2014 awards in the Outstanding Sports Writing category.
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Five stars because it is an entertaining and engrossing read. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. And yes, it is inspirational in a way that many other books that claim to be fail to be. As the sub-title says, it really is the story of "common man" (yes, that's you and me) to Ironman.
Which leads me to thinking it should be one star. Just four days after buying the book this runner-only has spent two grand on a racing bike and is checking out swimming lessons. I can only say if you don't want to be caught up in a sudden fervour to start training twenty to thirty hours a week in order to spend a day with other mentally deranged people physically exerting yourself to within a whisker of death's door then leave this book well alone.
A great story about determination and friendship that comes with the sport. It has given me a little boost to get training a little more seriously and it also shows what can be done when you put your mind to it.
A great read and a great story.
Thanks to this brilliant book, which is full of life, I'm now going to be doing one.
Andy writes brilliantly and if you are a runner, or any kind of sports person, you will live every twist and turn of the story.
Thanks for this Andy/Holgs
Written in a very easy going style. An ordinary bloke doing extraordinary thing, this book has now made me realise I can do anything I put my mind to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Entertaining read. Reassuring to know we are all just human and have to work hard for what we want.Published 6 months ago by Buzz
Easy read, very enjoyable. No details of how he trained, just general "did this did that" but I don't think it's this kind of book anyway, just a good history!Published 9 months ago by tereza
Well written and filled with inspirational moments. Holgate's narrative takes the reader on a journey from arm chair to Ironman. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Juice Free
I found "Tri" at the tender age of 48 and found this read disappointing. Inspirational, certainly; A good read, alas no. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Simon Osborne
Excellent, compelling and inspiring read. Could not put it down. I've got my triathlons planned for 2016. Thanks Andy. :-)Published 12 months ago by S C Mitchell
An Inspirational read and an insight for anyone considering competing in Triathlon or Ironman. If you think it may happen to you, don't worry it has already happened to Andy.Published 14 months ago by S. Stevenson