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How Bad Do You Want It?: Mastering the Psychology of Mind Over Muscle Paperback – 7 Jan. 2016
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About the Author
MATT FITZGERALD is a certified sports nutritionist and the author of numerous books on running, triathlon, nutrition, and weight loss. His most recent books are Racing Weight Cookbook, Racing Weight Quick Start Guide, RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel, Racing Weight, and The Runner’s Diary. Matt is a regular contributor to Competitor, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Outside, Runner’s World, Bicycling, Running Times, Women’s Running, and other sports and fitness publications. Fitzgerald is a featured coach on Training Peaks, Pear Sports, and Active.com. He is a certified sports nutritionist (CISSN) licensed by the International Society of Sports Nutrition. He lives and trains near San Francisco, California.
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It's a very well written book of real life stories of athletes battles with endurance and mental training. It's not all 'fairy tale endings' too as some of them give it their all but still don't win; this is a laudable fact as it adds relevance and a genuinely relatable factor to the stories.
I'm training for a 12hr charity indoor rowing challenge and this book has really helped galvanise my mental fortitude and i honestly believe that it gave me the extra push in my recent 100km indoor rowing session.
This book is good enough for anyone with a general interest in sports to enjoy as well as it covers some amazing feats of sporting courage and endeavour.
Along with Prof Greg Whyte's 'Achieve The Impossible' I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone considering or preparing for a sport that requires a higher level of endurance.
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So why do I give this book 3 stars after such a devastating review? Because the stories the author tells are actually vey well-written and very inspiring- I did not believe that you could write about endurance sport in a way that was actually exciting. This is a great book about stories from endurance sport. Just do not mistake this for a book about sport psychology - it simply isn't, no matter how hard the author tries to pretend it.
Started it the night before my first ironman 70.3 and that first chapter kept me to keep going along the most difficult parts of the race. It is full of insightful stories which I was able to relate with. If you are a recreational athlete, as me, I'm sure this will help you to self-motivate yourself into the sport.