• Multidiscipline sports
      January 2013

      Can't Sleep, Can't Train, Can't Stop

      More Misadventures in Triathlon

      by Andy Holgate

      A 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run makes the Ironman triathlon one of the hardest one-day endurance challenges on the planet. Now take those events and transfer them to a volcanic rock with cruel winds, searing sun, rough seas and nosebleed-inducing hills, and you have Ironman Lanzarote. Why, then, would Andy Holgate - who admittedly has never swum in the sea, who can't cope with the wind, sun or even stairs - take on such an extreme challenge? Simple: because he can. Can't Sleep, Can't Train, Can't Stop! continues Andy's inspirational journey from where Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run left off, chronicling his attempt to complete two Ironman triathlons six weeks apart. Already in his fortieth year, would Andy make it to his forty-first? Would Lanzarote prove one triathlon too far - or will Andy succeed against the odds and live to swim, ride and run another day?

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      May 2017

      Sentenced to run

      by Fredrik Svanfeldt

      This is a fictional story about Johan Dahlberg - a young man with a college degree and permanent employment has been sentenced to a three-year prison sentence. The book describes the life in the prison, the contrast to the other prisoners, and how Johan recovers from a depression by having the possibility to run on a treadmill in the prison’s gym. Johan’s training gets increasingly more advanced and the reader follows the difficulties he meets when he tries to prove that he can excel in something. In parallel, it’s described why he was sentenced to imprisonment and how he evolves as a human being during his time in prison. In addition, the reader will learn a lot about long-distance running, including how athletes can develop and what is needed to succeed at elite level. Sentenced to run is an inspiring novel about long-distance running.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      May 2018

      Free to run

      by Fredrik Svanfeldt

      In the prequel, Sentenced to run, we got to know Johan Dahlberg - a young man with a college degree and permanent employment, who was sentenced to three years in prison. Johan Dahlberg has soon served his sentence and needs to start thinking about his future. But how do you adjust to normal life outside the prison walls when you have been shut away from the world for 2 years? When Johan is released, he does his utmost to balance work with an ambitious running regime. But will he be able to conjure up new exciting goals after having surpassed all expectations. This sequel, Free to Run, is a novel about friendship, love and running and discusses some important questions. How do you find new goals after you have exceeded all expectations? How do you return to work and a social life after two years in prison? How do you find and retain love after being released? How do you combine all this if you also continue to run on elite level?

    • Multidiscipline sports
      January 2011

      Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run

      My Triathlon Journey from Common Man to Ironman

      by Andy Holgate

      A 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run make up the Ironman triathlon. It’s not for the faint-hearted. What possesses an overweight, thirty-something librarian who can’t swim, doesn’t own a bike and has two dodgy knees to take on the hardest one-day endurance race in the world? Can’t Swim, Can’t Ride, Can’t Run is the story of Andy Holgate’s inspirational, epic and life-changing journey to become an Ironman. Lubricant, alligators, rubber suits, blisters, pirates, extreme weather, Elvis, tragedy, romance, flesh-eating amoebas, crashes, hospital visits and perhaps the most unusual stag weekend in history all play a part in this amusing and moving tale of one normal bloke’s quest to arrive at his wedding intact. Oh yeah, that’s right, Andy is due to get married seven days after the biggest physical challenge of his life. Will he make it down the aisle in one piece?

    • Sports training & coaching
      May 2019

      Exploring Research in Sports Coaching and Pedagogy

      Context and Contingency

      by Editor(s): Charles L. T. Corsby, Christian N. Edwards

      This volume of abstracts provides an insight into the contested nature of sports coaching. Detailed, yet concise, this compilation of work recognises the importance of context and the socio-historical learning environments that coaches operate within. The text draws upon the work of a range of scholars varying from doctoral students, to leading international scholars, to provide a critical ‘snapshot’ of the current literature in sport coaching pedagogy. In doing so, this book outlines the challenges and potential developments of sports coaching as a discipline. The gathering of such work provides an insight to a variety of research projects, proposals and findings, varying from professional football and rugby union academies to community coaching and martial arts. This is the first book to present such an array of research projects in this format and, as such, is essential reading for any serious students of sports coaching, sport pedagogy, and for practitioners looking to engage in the study of sports coaching.

    • Track & field sports, athletics

      The Flying Pineapple

      by Jaime Baulch

      With his blonde dreadlocks and his speed on the running track, Jamie Baulch earned the nickname 'The Flying Pineapple'. This is Jamie’s story about his life as one of the most decorated British athletes. He puts his success down to his adopted parents who inspired him to be the best he could be. His sporting potential was quickly spotted from an early age by his teacher, Mr Atkins. Jamie's story is about the fun he had competing in school and around the world. His life on the track was always about how fast he could run. When he retired in 2005, he was determined not to slow down. He is now head of a sports management company and continues to inspire a new generation of sportsmen and women. About the author: Jamie Baulch was born in Nottingham, adopted by Welsh parents and brought up in Newport, South Wales. From an early age he was one of the best in his school at sport. Discovered by his teacher, Mr Atkins, Jamie became one of the most recognisable athletes in Welsh and World athletics. His first medal was in the 1991 European Junior Championships where he won gold in the men’s 4x100m relay team. He became one of Britain’s most decorated athletes with a huge haul of five World Championship medals, one Olympic Games medal, two European Championship medals, two Commonwealth Games medals and two IAAF World Cup medals. Recently, he was awarded a World Championship gold medal as part of the 4x400m relay team after the Americans were disqualified for using drugs.

    • Track & field sports, athletics

      The Flying Pineapple

      by Jaime Baulch

      With his blonde dreadlocks and his speed on the running track, Jamie Baulch earned the nickname 'The Flying Pineapple'. This is Jamie’s story about his life as one of the most decorated British athletes. He puts his success down to his adopted parents who inspired him to be the best he could be. His sporting potential was quickly spotted from an early age by his teacher, Mr Atkins. Jamie's story is about the fun he had competing in school and around the world. His life on the track was always about how fast he could run. When he retired in 2005, he was determined not to slow down. He is now head of a sports management company and continues to inspire a new generation of sportsmen and women. About the author: Jamie Baulch was born in Nottingham, adopted by Welsh parents and brought up in Newport, South Wales. From an early age he was one of the best in his school at sport. Discovered by his teacher, Mr Atkins, Jamie became one of the most recognisable athletes in Welsh and World athletics. His first medal was in the 1991 European Junior Championships where he won gold in the men’s 4x100m relay team. He became one of Britain’s most decorated athletes with a huge haul of five World Championship medals, one Olympic Games medal, two European Championship medals, two Commonwealth Games medals and two IAAF World Cup medals. Recently, he was awarded a World Championship gold medal as part of the 4x400m relay team after the Americans were disqualified for using drugs.

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