Reading has the ability to transform its readers and take them on a journey that ultimately serves to teach many lessons as well as give inspiration and hope. If you enjoy sports and athletic pursuits, you will most likely enjoy reading the following books written by the athletes themselves. Look no further than the bookstore or library if you are seeking autobiographical accounts of powerfulness, stamina and truth.
1. A LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS
A World Champion’s Journey – A book written by Chrissie Wellington, Ironman World Champion, about her journey to becoming a World Champion from a girl living in Norfolk who never really excelled in anything. Chrissie’s writing will keep you enthralled in the life of a triathlete and, more significantly, the belief, stamina and strength it takes to be number one. A great read for anyone, whether you watch the world of triathlon or not, it will inspire you.
2. FINDING ULTRA
Rich Roll’s memoir far exceeds being just another sports book about being an athlete or a rise to fame. Rather, Roll writes about his life as a former alcoholic to overcoming addiction to becoming an endurance athlete and adopting a vegan lifestyle. Roll writes candidly about his transformation and his inspirational moments out on the road that changed his life.
3. IN THE WATER, THEY CAN’S SEE YOU CRY
Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard recounts the story of her life growing up as a young girl winning an Olympic medal at the age of 14 and the pressures she faced thereafter as she became older, losing the simply joys of her youth. She went on to battle bulimia, cutting and low self-esteem, eventually seeking help from counseling for her depression and accepting the love and support of those around her.
4. ONE GEAR, NO BRAKES
Lori–Ann Muenzer and Karl Wilberg write the story of Muenzer’s ascent to Olympic gold on the cycling track. Written with great detail, you can almost feel the pain, physically and mentally, that Muenzer goes through during her career ups and downs to eventually hitting the greatest achievement she could with a gold medal. A great story that does not discount the tremendous hardships athletes must go through financially and personally as well.