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Inspirational athletic tale; BOOKREVIEW.

Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run by Andy Holgate "My brain and mouth were obviously having communication problems because in reality what I said was, "Ah go on then, I've got three weeks to train, I'll do it.

"It was like an out of body experience watching my enthusiastic maverick self agree to something that my sensible self would have run a mile from."

It's difficult not to feel one's sense of amity with author Andy Holgate start to grow after he's delivered these brief sentences. Though we're fully aware of what's coming, Holgate's confirmation that he will compete in the Cockerham Sprint Triathlon gets Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run off to a flier and prepares the reader for a thoroughly engaging journey.

Like so many of us, Andy Holgate was a lapsed runner who required the combination of a challenge and a change of circumstance to display a formidable willpower.

It was a mix that took him from overweight jogger who went running in the dark because "I looked like the Michelin man" to a guy who lost a stone in the space of a year and who, within 18 months, had completed five triathlons, a half marathon and 'The Big Woody', a 13-hour triathlon which finished with him running a marathon in three hours, 41 minutes.

Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run is an inspirational story of a frustrated, unfit man careering towards sedentary middle age who accepts a simple challenge that changes his life.

Holgate is particularly good at describing the sense of satisfaction amateur athletes feel when they excel themselves and acknowledging the raw beauty of the often rugged countryside where he and his fellow triathletes compete.

If you're looking for an inspirational read to help you rediscover your inner athlete, then buy this outstanding book.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 10, 2012
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