Reviewed by Sarah Hofhine, bibliophile and fellow slow, fat triathlete
With the London Olympics a recent memory it’s a great time to get off the couch, dust off the running shoes, and master a new sport. Or, read a book about an injured, overweight woman who reinvigorated her life by doing that.
Jayne Williams was fat and unhappy. After years of poor eating and inactivity (partially due to recurrent joint injuries) she decided to change her life. She started by jogging around the park, and moved up to 5k running events and then triathlons. In her hilarious book she describes herself as a slow, fat triathlete working her way to becoming a not very slow, not very fat triathlete.
While books on triathlons are a niche market, this book is funny and poignant enough to interest anyone. Her descriptions of the acrobatics required to get into and out of a wetsuit are hysterical. This is one slow, fat triathlete with a wicked sense of humor, and killer motivational skills.
My favorite part of the book is how she manages to inspire by poking good-hearted fun at herself. As she says “Self-consciousness is the enemy of fun. It’s the enemy of feeling comfortable. It’s the enemy of achievement.” Her message is to live your dreams NOW. Don’t wait until the kids grow up, or you lose 20 pounds, or the economy improves, etc, etc…just get up and do something that’s scary and exciting right now.
That’s a message worth listening to.
Language: I don’t recall any crude or offensive language at all.
Mature Themes: None