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Two books, two reviews, one giveaway

Posted Apr 02 2011 1:45pm
I posted a while back that I was reading lots of books as I go into chapter two of my running life. Two at the top of list were Bill Katovsky's Return to Fitness and Dr. Phil Maffetone's Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing. One is the story of two-time Hawaii Ironman Katovsky's climb back to fitness after a 10-year absence from endurance sports. The other is the bible of endurance sports, authored by one of the foremost authorities on endurance training. They are perfect companion books, as Katovsky tapped into Maffetone's knowledge and methods to return to a place of health.

Return to Fitness chronicles Katovsky's path from a highly trained endurance athlete to out-of-shape couch potato and back again. You get his story in living color, detailing the emotional roller coaster of his highs--two trips to Kona, a solo bike ride across the country--to his lows, which included an addiction to ibuprofen and severe depression. He honestly depicts the two steps forward/one back journey that he undertook to get back in shape and fall in love with activity again.

Katovsky's book is made all the more interesting with stories of others who have similarly struggled with attempts to return to fitness. He also offers up worthy advice from an array of fitness professionals to help anyone in a similar situation find their way back to health. As someone coming off my own mini-trip into loss of fitness, I found this sage advice.

At the cornerstone of Katovsky's reclaiming his fitness was his relationship with Dr. Phil Maffetone. Perhaps best known as long-time coach to Ironman's most dominant athlete, Mark Allen, Maffetone is one of endurance sports' most highly regarded experts. He's recognized as a researcher, educator and clinician, and broke the mold on how endurance athletes should train.

In his "Big Book," you'll find a myth-busting approach on how to properly train for endurance sports. From heart-rate training--which Maffetone pretty much invented--to proper diet, input on strength training, stretching, and everything in between, Maffetone delivers a full toolkit for those seeking improved performance and health. I've been in endurance sports for almost 14 years now, and I can tell you that I still had plenty to learn from Maffetone's book. In fact, I'm adopting several of his approaches as I continue to grow as an athlete.

Both books can be found on , and I'm also offering up the set of books for one lucky follower. To enter
  • Be or become a follower and let me know in a comment. 
  • Bonus entry for tweeting, posting on your blog or facebook page and letting me know in a separate comment. 
  • I'll pick a winner via on April 7. Good luck!
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