EN­DURE: MIND, BODY AND THE CU­RI­OUSLY ELAS­TIC LIM­ITS OF HU­MAN PER­FOR­MANCE

North & South - - Review -

ALEX HUTCHIN­SON (HARPERCOLLINS $36.99) “This book isn’t a train­ing man­ual,” writes Alex Hutchin­son. But if you are cu­ri­ous about the in­ter­play between mind and body in ex­tend­ing your phys­i­cal lim­its, it’s fas­ci­nat­ing read­ing. Hutchin­son is a former toplevel run­ner, a re­spected sports jour­nal­ist and has a PHD, so he has the goods. Equally, he has no pre­con­cep­tions, ex­plor­ing the role of pain and how tol­er­ance can be in­creased, mus­cle power, oxy­gen, hy­dra­tion, types of fuel, brain train­ing and more. Mixed through are ex­am­ples of both tri­umph and de­feat. The re­sult is a nu­anced book full of en­durance ideas rather than rules. One thing is clear, though: “When the mo­ment of truth comes… there’s more in there – if you’re will­ing to be­lieve it.”

JIM ROBIN­SON

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