Sunday, February 9, 2014

Hot Flashes And Half Ironmans (Women's Health and Triathlon) - Review

I really wanted to like this book…heck, I want to like all the books I purchase.  Besides, I love a good triathlon book. I love reading about the struggles and triumphs of competition. I love reading the race reports. Unfortunately this book just didn't do it for me.

I thought this book was going to follow a particular journey from training to race day. Instead, it seemed to jump around a lot. One chapter made such an abrupt change that I stopped to check to make sure that I hadn't somehow switched books. On top of that, 20% of the Kindle book was excerpts from other books the author was trying to sell.

Even though this book was only $2.99 in the Kindle store, I would suggest saving your money.

Official Summary

Hot Flashes And Half Ironmans (Women's Health and Triathlon) by Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Published April 29, 2012

Middle-aged Endurance Athletics Meets The Hormonally Challenged

Women get older, dammit, and sometimes it sucks, especially for women who pride themselves on athleticism and an adventurous spirit. Hot flashes. Weight gain. Sleepless nights. Yes, it can be hard, but middle age doesn’t have to be a flashing red stop light. It’s perfectly acceptable for women of a certain age, a certain level of hormonal imbalance, and a certain amount of cellulite to don spandex and even enter the rarefied sport of endurance triathlon.

In fact, there’s a huge advantage to aging: much of the potential competition drops out in favor of the couch and a remote control. And the endurance high? The elation of dietary purity and discovering you can have arms like Madonna? The Zen of goal attainment? Better than a good Shiraz buzz. Once you get past the ugly mood swings, chafing on your girly parts, and a “kill your own mother” craving for sleep and a hot Cinnabon, that is.

Pamela Fagan Hutchins has been there and done that, with lessons learned and sense of humor (usually) intact. She completed her first triathlon at 39 and her first Half Ironman at 40. She has her eye on an M-dot tattoo in 2014.