Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run: From Common Man to Ironman by Andy HolgateCan't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run: From Common Man to Ironman by Andy Holgate

Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run: From Common Man to Ironman

byAndy Holgate

Paperback | June 1, 2011

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This book is both a lesson in true grit and determination, but its goal is one that is attainable. Andy isn't a sporting superstar, he holds down a 9-5 job and all the pressures that go with it; he isn't blessed with speed and talent; there are no multi-million pound sponsorship deals; yet this remarkable "common man" is inspiring in a way that some of today's sporting superstars have forgotten how to be. You wouldn't recognize Andy in the street, yet his story provides valuable lessons to us all: "Never give up" and "Anything is possible." 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 is 37 years old and lives in Lancaster. After less than 18 months' training, in 2007 he completed his first Ironman distance race, The Big Woody. He walked down the aisle a week later and married Emma, who continues to be an Ironwidow. In 2009 Andy completed his second Ironman in Germany in a time of 12hrs 57m 21s.
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Title:Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run: From Common Man to IronmanFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.8 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:June 1, 2011Publisher:Pitch PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1848187432

ISBN - 13:9781848187436

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“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