By Kathryn Bertine
Think George Plimpton. other than with genuine athletic skill. And he’s a lady. And she’s taken on a problem that makes Paper Lion look like a brisk video game of move Fish.
Meet Kathryn Bertine, elite triathlete, former specialist determine skater, and ravenous artist. simply as her own desires start to fall apart in the summertime of 2006, ESPN stakes her to a dream: Take years to make the 2008 summer season Olympics in Beijing. As solid As Gold is the heroic, hilarious account of Bertine’s serial hard work within the nation-states of triathlon, glossy pentathlon, workforce handball, music biking, street biking, rowing, open water swimming, racewalking, and—fasten your seatbelts—luge.
On her trip, the stumbling blocks diversity from jet lag to jellyfish, flat tires to floundering relationships, repeated rejection to highway rash. yet, as time is working out, Bertine doesn’t sweat the small stuff, merely the large—like scouring the globe for a tiny kingdom to undertake her, and pushing her physique and brain so far as it is going to pass. probably the entire option to China.
Between harrowing, usually laugh-out-loud episodes of triumph and humiliation, Bertine takes brief “Water Breaks” to consider the ins-and-outs of fan mail, failure, rehydration, nasal reconstruction, and the way top to punish steroid users.
Kathryn Bertine swims, runs, and rides—and writes—like a champion. In As sturdy as Gold, Bertine proves she has anything extra worthwhile than an Olympic medal. She’s received Olympic mettle. in terms of the human middle, she takes the gold.
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Correct. in fact i've got. whilst is the following race? ” “Twelve days. In Nevis. And the following one is in Peru. ” What Winston is suggesting—that I swap activities but again—is either inspiring and absurd. Inspiring simply because he’s holding my Olympic dream alive through providing me a shot at racing overseas triathlons. Absurd simply because I’ve been biking my brains out for a yr and a part. I’m a bike owner now, no longer a triathlete. Triathlon issues (should I even win any) aren't transferable to biking. it's a entire separate activity, and so I’m at a crossroads: go back to triathlon and notice what occurs, or take a seat domestic and wait for the destiny of the unreserved? I push any biking unhappiness out of my head, as I’m easily unwilling to think it's the finish of the line simply but. I’m uncertain if I’m being thoroughly rational or I’m knee deep in denial or I’m simply an positive fool, yet there are too many What Ifs, too many e-mails Amanda has despatched out, and too many unanswered Maybes to throw within the biking towel. occasionally the simplest factor to do with a lingering What If is to morph it right into a What Now? , as in ok, I’ve been given a chance to race a few triathlons … So, what now? Gonna do it or no longer? perhaps i may have the simplest of either possibilities. I inform Winston I’ll see him in Nevis and I’ll test my success in Peru, but when i am getting a choice from any biking groups that desire me, that’ll be my first precedence. Winston concurs and desires me success with education. Oh god, education … Twelve days? Nevis? Peru? To be aggressive, I’ll have to swim 1,500 meters in lower than twenty mins and run six miles in less than thirty-nine mins to put excessive sufficient to win any ITU issues. these are quickly, quickly times—especially for somebody who’s been biking solely and hasn’t obvious a sneaker or a pool for almost years. Oh, only for a few extra pressure, if I don’t end inside eight percentage of the winner’s time, I won’t get any issues. yet, if I’m capable of motorbike my manner as much as the leaders, hmmm … I name trainer Gord. “Gord, i've got an ITU triathlon in twelve days. What am I gonna do? ” “Better commence operating. ” “Good inspiration, Sherlock. thank you. ” regardless of my loss of swimming and working and the excessive possibility issue of coming in final (and the thrill of having to jot down all approximately coming in final on a big activities net site), I choose to try out the triathlons in Nevis and Peru. Worst case state of affairs: I are available final and get nary an Olympic aspect. most sensible case state of affairs: I observe biking as been a great cross-trainer for swimming and operating, be capable to decide up a couple of Olympic issues, and detect that perhaps i actually can get to the Olympics in triathlon. along with, what else am I going to do? take a seat round and watch for biking groups not to name me? No. No method. I took this assignment—to do no matter what it takes to qualify for the Olympics—not just for myself yet for each athlete scraping through on expertise and pocket switch and large desires. 3 years in the past, i used to be operating crappy jobs and residing paycheck to paycheck instead instructor, pet-sitter, and lunch-shift waitress, saving each penny I had whereas education up the wazoo to be aggressive adequate to make the realm circuit as a qualified triathlete.