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Ultramarathon Man

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WHY DO YOU DO IT? HOW DO YOU DO IT? ARE YOU INSANE?Dean Karnazes is an internationally recognised endurance athlete who has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. In this remarkable memoir, he recounts the personal events that have led to him becoming an extraordinary athlete. The seeds of his exceptional talents were seen early at the age of nine he rode his bike alone over fifty miles to his grandmother's house. As an adult, he's taken part in a marathon across Death Valley, a 200 mile, twelve-person relay race (which he ran solo, of course) and one of the biggest and most controversial challenges of all the first marathon ever run to the South PoleIn Ultramarathon Man, Dean recounts all these races and other unbelievable achievements. He introduces us to the sometimes bizarre emotional and psychological make-up of endurance runners, as well as the peculiar mores surrounding the subculture of ultra-endurance athleticism. The book is filled with fascinating characters and situations from the touching (how his running helped to pull his family back together) to the absurd (organising to meet the pizza delivery man on the highway during his run!). Dean's story will amaze, fascinate, and inspire even the most comfortable couch potatoes.
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Part 11 The long road to Santa Cruz2 The formative years3 Run with your heart4 Run for your life5 The soiling of the Lexus6 Leaving normal7 Over the mountains and through the woods8 King of pain9 Into darkness10 Forever changedPart 2BadwaterFrozen stiffThe ultra endurance worldThe relayCrossing overTeam DeanRun for the futureThe gift of lifeAcknowledgementsAppendix A

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As an internationally recognised endurance athlete, Dean Karnazes has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. Among his many accomplishments, he has run 226 miles straight, swum across the San Francisco Bay, run a marathon to the South Pole, mountain biked for 24-hours non-stop, run 135 miles across Death Valley in the middle of summer and run 144 miles in a single day. On one occasion, Karnazes ran 100 miles all-night to the start of the Napa Valley Marathon, and then completed the marathon in 3:15. Karnazes holds two graduate degrees and is actively involved in the development of running footwear and apparel. He has raised thousands of dollars for charity through his running and is committed to bettering the world, one mile at a time. He is a frequent speaker to business audiences, sports clubs etc.

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