Recently I won a Pay It Forward Giveaway of two books hosted by Jason over at Life of An Aspiring Triathlete. I just finished reading the first of those books, 17 Hours to Glory. It is a compilation of stories about some of the World Champions of Triathlon and the everyday athletes that have found glory in the sport.
I enjoyed the book a lot and I have to caution you that it will inspire you to want to be an Ironman! This book lets you experience some of the greatest moments in Kona history. It made me get on YouTube to even watch some of those moments too. If you watched the 2010 race on NBC a few weeks ago you probably heard the commentators discuss the Iron War. That story is covered in the book as well.
From the pro triathletes to the challenged athletes to the age groupers all of the stories share a common theme...perseverance. Nearly all the athletes experienced setbacks, injuries, and sickness at some point in their careers and in races. It is really inspiring to know that the pros are human too!
This is a great book and if you stick around I will be hosting my own Pay It Forward giveaway soon. I have to finish the second book first and then I'll do a giveaway for both with the stipulation that the winner also promise to host a giveaway and pass the books along after they are done with them. I hope to have the giveaway up by the end of the week.