The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience Audible Hörbuch – Ungekürzte Ausgabe
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Record-holding endurance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis explores what makes women uniquely successful in the growing sport of endurance hiking and how those lessons can allow women to push themselves past their limits and to challenge their body, mind, and life.
Unlike many sports, endurance and extreme sports record-holders are not separated by sex; there is no record-setting male and record-setting female - there is only a single record-holder. The more the sport requires endurance, the less significant the gap between women's capabilities and men's capabilities becomes. What is it about women's bodies and minds that gives them an advantage in endurance sports that they don't have in other areas? And how can women harness the power of that endurance and use it to excel in all areas of their lives?
Jennifer Pharr Davis, the former record holder of the FKT (or Fastest Known Time) on the Appalachian Trail, tells the story of her meteoric rise in the world of endurance hiking and, in doing so, unpacks key traits that make women uniquely suited to endurance. With a storyteller's ear for fascinating detail and description, she takes us with her as she sets the record on the Appalachian Trail and introduces us to the mentors who helped her to identify and unlock different facets of her endurance capabilities. She reveals and investigates just what it is that gives women the ability to excel at endurance sports in ways that men cannot. She empowers women to delve deep into their minds and bodies to find the variables that will unlock phenomenal endurance in each individual, and inspires listeners to take that new-found endurance and use it to hit new personal records in everything from sports to the boardroom.
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|Geschrieben von||Jennifer Pharr Pharr Davis|
|Gesprochen von||Jennifer Pharr Davis|
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|Audible.de Erscheinungsdatum||10 April 2018|
|Amazon Bestseller-Rang|| Nr. 102,615 in Audible Hörbücher & Originals (Siehe Top 100 in Audible Hörbücher & Originals) |
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It turned out to be something else. The title should probably be "A short history of records on the Appalachian Trail".
I found the first part very interesting. It consists of portraits and accounts of the various hikers and runners that set FKTs (Fastest Knwon Times) on the AT. It's structured in chronological order, one chapter each. Jennifer weaves in some of her own experiences here and there and describes how she'd come to know these people,, but the chapters' focus is them and their record attempts.
Jennifer's own attempt is covered more or less one chapter like the others (neither much longer nor more detailed than that of the others), followed by more chapters of those who set new FKTs after her.
There are also chapters about related topics, like sports psychology or a chapter discussing the more technical details of setting a record (e.g. GPS tracking, publicity, honor system, etc.).
What I found tiresome, after some time, is the repeated and ongoing focus on setting FKTs. The last ones shaved mere hours off the previous FKT, those after Jennifer being world class athletes and with massive support. While the main topic of the book (Endurance) would apply to anyone hiking through the AT, in whatever time, this one focuses on an aspect that's probably in reach for only 1000 people on earth.
I'm currently reading "AWOL on the Appalachian Trail" by David Miller, which is a far more personal and detailed account of trying to master the trail by someone who is not a world class athlete. I am enjoying this a lot more.
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Jennifer draws connections between the obstacles the athletes have overcome in their personal lives and what they are able to accomplish on the trail. In doing so, she breaks down lessons in endurance into concrete take-aways I can use in my life. I'm not a distance hiker, yet I found myself inspired to push myself outside of my comfort zone and examine self-imposed limits on what I think is possible in my life.
Like Jennifer, this book has so much heart.
My favorite quote: When my husband and I are in the car and we pass a runner or walker on the sidewalk, it is natural for him to make comments about how fast or slow they're going and what their stride looks like. My rule of thumb is that you never judge someone else's pace or form, because you don't know how far they've come and what they're still planning to do.
We all have our long trails, and most of them do not include much hiking or running. Outside the forest, our paths take the form of higher education, climbing out of debt, navigating a career, staying married, undergoing divorce, surviving tragedy, and coping with illness. It behooves us to not come to quick conclusions about other people's paths and instead approach each individual with encouragement and compassion. We might be on different trails, but we are all midjourney.
Pharr Davis is mentored by mostly male endurance athletes and her book reads like a who's who of ultradistance athletes. Warren Doyle, David Horton, Scott Jurek, and Andrew Thompson are some of the ultradistance athletes that she mentions in The Pursuit of Endurance. Some of these men mentored her--others were influential in her journey. I've heard how tight-knit the ultra community is and by all accounts, these runners support each other and celebrate victories, even when records of their own are broken.
I found The Pursuit of Endurance to be immensely readable and interesting. Pharr Davis is a prolific writer and at times I lost myself in the adventures shared on the pages. I'm not an ultrarunner nor do I desire to be one, but I do find inspiration in the stories of runners, particularly women, who push themselves to attempt endeavors that the average person wouldn't dream of. As an aside, Pharr Davis was pregnant when she finished her FKT attempt. It seems the sky is the limit for women and it will be exciting to see what the next generation of young women do in the world of endurance events.
Pharr Davis ends the book with thoughts on the future of endurance and the pursuit of the FKT in the era of more athletes pursuing records, the use of GPS, and the honesty of athletes. She shares what she's learned from her fellow trail runners. She reminds her readers to continue to move forward.
Hah! I should have known better. This is a fantastic book, a must-read for an Appalachian Trail obsessive, like me, and for runners and hikers. For The Pursuit of Endurance Jennifer interviewed many of the most interesting AT FKT record holders--interviewed in depth, hiked with, and asked nonstandard, thoughtful, insightful questions. What sparked their interest in human-powered travel? How did they arrive at the starting point of their FKT hikes? How many unsuccessful attempts preceded the successful completion? (The answers will surprise you.) Did they experience setbacks? (Well, yeah.) What kept them going? Are FKT hikers/runners basically alike?
For good measure she also bounced ideas off a sports psychologist and a sports physiologist, getting their study- and observation-based input on what enables people to go above and beyond.
She also asks the question--above and beyond what? At the most basic level, who and what are the competition? Is an FKT a stunt? Or is endurance a crucial part of living a good life?
Jennifer is so quotable I could share dozens of inspirational lines from this book, but I will leave you with one:
"...I remind myself that sometimes you are so consumed by the task at hand that you don't realize you are on your way to accomplishing something amazing." (p. 203)
Some of the names in this book are familiar from reading Jen’s previous books about her own journey on the AT, but this time you really feel like you get to know Warren Doyle and David Horton in a more personal way. So many of the hikers who have managed to set FKTs on America’s long trails are men, and I found myself wishing more women could accomplish this too. But then I had to stop and remind myself that a strong, powerful woman who set an FKT wrote this book. By the time I got to the chapter about Heather Anderson, I was ready to stand up and cheer. The really beautiful thing about all these stories, and about Jen being the one to write them, is that she is boldly saying that women do not need to be bound by gender when it comes to accomplishing physical pursuits that are typically dominated by men. “Once I set the FKT, I was a stronger, more outspoken feminist. I was finally at the point where I believed that my ability was of equal value, and it took feeling like an equal for me to realize that I wasn’t always being treated like one. I had to walk more than ten thousand miles and set a record to dispel the gender bias I had accepted – the one that society, media, and the marketplace present, overtly and subconsciously, on a daily basis.” In the end, endurance isn’t a gender issue.
It felt like the writing of this book was a search to find the thing that makes endurance athletes unique. In the life of each person profiled there is some hardship they have to overcome, an inner drive that keeps them asking more and more of themselves. There are character traits that are similar, dedication and grit. But in the end, endurance is part of our humanity, the constant quest for inner strength. Maybe you won’t be the one to set an FKT on a national trail, but perhaps there will be a personal mountain you will conquer.
As a hiker reading this book, I got the jolt of inspiration that I needed. I want to wake up earlier, hit the trail harder, push myself to achieve more. Working a desk job and being a cog in corporate life does so much to strip the soul of meaning. While some in this book were able to leave careers and pursue a different life, many of us feel the weight of responsibility and are unable to leave at a moment’s notice. And that’s ok too because we’re all on our own path. But, we can still be inspired to live fuller, more passionate lives outside of the daily grind.
“Hiking is not escapism; it’s realism. The people who choose to spend time outdoors are not running away from anything; we are returning to where we belong.”