By John L. Pendergrass
Completing a triathlon at any age is an enormous fulfillment; completing an IRONMAN® Triathlon on your sixties is little short of inspirational. a real account of John Pendergrass’ most unlikely objective of finishing six IRONMAN Triathlons on six continents, all whereas in his sixties, opposed to the chances will shatter your preconceptions of what a guy in his golden years can accomplish.
For most folks, their sixties are a time to decelerate, take issues effortless, and examine a existence good lived. now not for Pendergrass. As his 60th birthday loomed, he longed for a problem that will push him to his limits and force him to accomplish anything that few humans had ever performed before.
Pendergrass discovered his resolution within the IRONMAN Triathlon, the world’s such a lot tough patience occasion: an intimidating 2.4 mile swim in open water, a grueling 112 mile motorcycle journey, and an laborious 26.2 mile run—all within the comparable day. a complete of 140.6 miles, nonstop... a huge job for males part his age.
Against the chances follows Pendergrass via each one hard step as he struggles opposed to time, doubt, and his personal actual barriers to reach drained, yet positive on the end line. From the deserts of Arizona to the bush of South Africa, from the shorelines of Brazil to the coasts of latest Zealand, this trip chronicles not just the races themselves, but additionally the breathtaking nations that host them. advised with modesty and humor, opposed to the chances is a narrative of awesome force and outstanding braveness that might motivate you to new heights many may well basically dream of reaching
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Completing a triathlon at any age is an immense success; completing an IRONMAN® Triathlon on your sixties is little short of inspirational. a real account of John Pendergrass’ most unlikely aim of finishing six IRONMAN Triathlons on six continents, all whereas in his sixties, opposed to the percentages will shatter your preconceptions of what a guy in his golden years can accomplish.
For most folk, their sixties are a time to decelerate, take issues effortless, and consider a existence good lived. now not for Pendergrass. As his 60th birthday loomed, he longed for a problem that will push him to his limits and force him to accomplish whatever that few humans had ever performed before.
Pendergrass came across his resolution within the IRONMAN Triathlon, the world’s so much tricky patience occasion: an intimidating 2. four mile swim in open water, a grueling 112 mile motorbike journey, and an onerous 26. 2 mile run—all within the similar day. a complete of a hundred and forty. 6 miles, nonstop. .. a enormous activity for males part his age.
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This article, too, was written largely during the recriminations of the immediate post-war years. The last essay is new and written for this volume. It deals with my visits to Russia in 1945 and 1956. I wanted to give an account principally of the views and personalities of two writers of genius whom I had met and come to know, which I had not found elsewhere, not even in the memoirs of Nadezhda Mandel′shtam and Lidiya Chukovskaya, the most detailed and moving accounts that we have of the lives of writers and artists at a terrible time, to which my narrative (a part of which was delivered as a Bowra Lecture under the auspices of Wadham College, Oxford) can claim to be no more than a marginal supplement.
The texture and 1 Their Finest Hour [The Second World War ii] (London, 1949), 231. Subsequent references to this work are given by page number alone. 8 • Personal Impressions the tension are those of a tragic opera, where the very artificiality of the medium, both in the recitative and in the arias, serves to eliminate the irrelevant dead level of normal existence and to set off in high relief the deeds and sufferings of the principal characters. The moments of comedy in such a work must necessarily conform to the style of the whole and be parodies of it; and this is Churchill’s practice.
Against the Odds: The Adventures of a Man in His Sixties Competing in Six of the World's Toughest Triathlons across Six Continents by John L. Pendergrass