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DEN ULTIMATIVE MTB-BOG OM FLOW OG FART - Gennemfotograferet af adventurefotograferne Martin Paldan og Mikkel Beisner. - KØRER DU RACER ELLER MOUNTAINBIKE, kender du sikkert til fascinationen af fart. Fascinationen af at få kroppen til at yde endnu mere og nå til den yderste grænse af sin formåen. Fascinationen af smerte, sol, tørke, hårde stigninger, vanvittige nedkørsler, mudder, is ogfrost. Og fascinationen af kampen for at “overleve” på den yderste fysiske grænse – ude i naturen. På din cykel. KRIGER PÅ MOUNTAINBIKE er til alle, som gerne vil blive bedre til at cykle.Som vil lære noget om, hvad psyken og det mentale betyder, når manvil udvide sine grænser. Ikke kun på cyklen, men i livet i det hele taget. Bogener en spændende fortælling om at træne op til og gennemføre tre store mtb-løb på et højt niveau. Som supermotionist. Om at komme i flow og få mere fart på cyklen. Om at overvinde sig selv. Mtb er et frirum, hvor du leger og udfordrer dig selv og styrker din krop og din mentale tilstand. Mtb er kontakt med naturen, fordi det foregår i naturen. Hele året og i al slags vejr. Og mtb er meditation, fordi hjernens hverdagstanker kobles fra og kun fokuserer på de næste fem meter foran på det spor, du kører på. Men mtb er desuden et fællesskab med andre, som også er grebet af udfordringerne og afsøgningen af kroppens ekstreme grænser. Vi er alle krigere på mountainbikes. Nis Jakob (f. 1961) har udgivet 9 anmelderroste spændingsromaner siden debuten i 1999. -"Bogen adskiller sig fra meget andet ved at være usædvanlig godt skrevet. Det er ikke det sprog, man typisk støder på hos journalister, akademikere eller amatørskribenter. Nis Jakob kan sin metier. " Adam Eisen, Feltet.dk “Som MTB-dreng har jeg naturligvis slugt alle kapitler fra grejnørderi til de lidt mere dybe menneskelige beskrivelser om flow, der får mig op at køre og blive varm i kinderne.” Lars Bangsgaard,mountainbiker - “Det har været en fornøjelse at læse bogen. Du kommer godt omkring dine emner og fremhæver de vigtigste punkter.” Mathias Juhl Winkel,mountainbiker - “Jeg tog mig selv i at tænke FLOW på singletracket, simpelthen pga. dinbog. Den har gjort indtryk!!!” Jacob Sørensen, mountainbiker - ”Der er knald på Nis Jakobs medrivende fortælling om hans oplevelser og tanker om at køre vildt på mountainbike. Farten i hans jagt på kroppens yderste formåen i brændende sol, piskende regn, mudder og krævende spor i skoven fascinerer læseren. Han fortæller i en pågående, jegbaseret skrivestil om den anderledes jagt på følelsen af flow og erfaringer med at rykke sine mentale grænser. I sin smukt illustrerede bog bygger han sine historier og ærlige overvejelser på en række mtb-løb, som flere vil kalde ekstrem-løb. Der er også plads til selvkritiske reflektioner om værdien af at være en hårdt hund og den sejeste på sporene. ” Steen Bille, Udspil DGI´s medlemsblad. ”Nis Jakob har en fantastisk fortæller evne, og mens man læser hans beretninger og historier, kan man forestille sig det hele oppe i hovedet. Bogen er for dig der trænger til et spark i r…., og mangler den sidste motivation til at komme ud i skoven og fyrer den af og mærke flowet. At læse bogen, kan sammenlignes med at køre dit favorit spor. Når først du er kommet af sted, er der ingen vej tilbage, det er bare fuld fart frem.”Lars Bachmann MTBX.dk "Letlæst og spændende som en roman - fordi den er opbygget som en roman, blandt andet med en tydelig og menneskelig hovedperson, som oplever, længes og tvivler. Det virker og adskiller bogen fra mange andre og gør den ligeså inspirerende og fængende som oplæg til selvrefleksion.Det Hvide Spor. Smag lidt på det. Det Hvide Spor. En både lidt uskyldig og samtidig farlig, dragende klang. Det får måske en til at tænke på det frygtede hjerneindgreb, ’det hvide snit’, eller måske på Michael Hanekes film om ondskab, Det hvide bånd. Eller måske slet ikke. Det Hvide Spor er nemlig noget så simpelt som et mountainbikespor i Bidstrup Skoven ved Særløse, sydvest for Roskilde. Men det er samtidig netop det spor, som supermotionisten Nis Jakob i en god del af 2013 og 2014 konstant prøver sig af på. Træner på, konkurrerer på - mod sin venner og konkurrenter i Lejre Weekend Bikers, hvad enten de er med på turen eller ej. Der, han dygtiggør sig. Der, han flytter sig - flytter sine grænser. Det er på Det Hvide Spor, han søger, finder og legemliggør sit flow."Adam Aisen, feltet.dk
Jesper Kenn Olsen satte den ultimative løberekord, da han i 2006 som det første menneske løb hele vejen rundt om Jorden. I bogen fortæller han om sin 26.232 kilometer lange fodrejse: Fra Greenwich gennem Europa, Skandinavien, Rusland, over de sibiriske sletter, videre til Japan, Australien og Nordamerika frem til målet i London. På to år løb han cirka en maraton pr. dag skubbende al bagage i en babyjogger foran sig. Han fortæller om de mennesker, han mødte undervejs, om naturen, han måtte forcere, og ikke mindst om alle tankerne undervejs.
Recommended by the American Mountain Guides Association Advanced Rock Climbing, written by AMGA Certified Rock Instructor Bob Gaines, covers concepts and topics for today's rock climbers looking to take their skills and experience to the next level. Combining up-to-date and complete information on toproping, anchors, rappelling, safety and rescue techniques, gear, and so much more in one comprehensive book, Advanced Rock Climbing is a must-have title for any serious climber or climbing instructor. Inside you'll find:Detailed and thorough instructions on face climbing, crack climbing, and anchor systemsIn-depth information on aid climbing, including the Yosemite MethodBest practices for leading sport and trad climbsThe latest rescue and assistance techniquesAnd much, much more!
One of the first female extreme athletes reflects on how her feminine strengths led to her success in a male-dominated field *; Written by Jan Reynolds, medal winner in World Cup biathlon and former world record-holder for women's high-altitude skiing *; Recounts many of Reynolds' adventures, including her Mount Everest expeditions *; Explains how she didn't simply emulate the men around her but embraced her feminine strengths of compassion, mediation, cooperation, and observation *; Shares insights from her immersion in several indigenous cultures, where she identified gender traits found in all cultures World record-breaking skier and climber Jan Reynolds has sought adventure in the Himalayas, the Southern Alps, the Sahara Desert, the Canadian Arctic, and the Amazon Basin--often as the only woman in her expedition. Tasked time and again with having to prove herself in the company of men, her tireless dedication on each high-risk excursion opened the door for many of today's female extreme athletes. Recounting in vivid detail many of her adventures, including multiple Mount Everest expeditions, Reynolds explains that her success on each formidable journey didn't arise simply by emulating the men around her but by embracing her feminine strengths of compassion, mediation, cooperation, and observation. As she traveled the world, she broadened her insights into the psychologies of men and women with her immersion in several indigenous cultures, such as the ancient salt traders of Tibet, where she identified gender traits and strengths found in all cultures. Providing a guide for women entering male-dominated fields, Reynolds explains how women as well as men should nurture their feminine assets for more successful relationships at work, at play, at home, and in our global relationship with the natural world.
This book can be said to be the first all-in-one guide to competition for powerlifters. Created and developed by Great Britain's head powerlifting coach, the 1RM Method is more than just a program it shows athletes step-by-step, how to take the guesswork out of determining the maximum load possible for a championship. The1RM method has been successfully used to help peak both novice and elite level powerlifters. This book offers a look into the mind-set and preparation of some of the World's most elite lifters. Coach Farncombe interviews Ray Williams, Owen Hubbard, Kimberly Walford and Stephen "e;The Screamer"e; Manual.
Adam Walker is not your everyday record-breaking sportsman. He took on arguably the toughest extreme sport on the planet - to swim non-stop across seven of the world's deadliest oceans wearing only swim trunks, cap and goggles. It is not a test for the faint-hearted.In 2007, Adam, then a toaster salesman, was inspired by a film about a man attempting to change his life by swimming the English Channel to try to emulate the feat. After a year of rigorous training without a coach, Adam achieved his goal in 11 hours 35 minutes, despite a ruptured bicep tendon leading to medical advice to give up long-distance swimming. In 2011, after two operations and a change to his swimming style to take pressure off his injured shoulder, he became the first Briton to achieve a two-way crossing from Spain to Morocco and back. In the process, he broke the British record one way.Shortly afterwards, the Ocean's Seven challenge was born, a gruelling equivalent to the Seven Summits mountaineering challenge. At first it seemed that injury would prevent Adam from participating but, ignoring medical advice, he developed an innovative technique - the Ocean Walker stroke - that would enable him to continue with the ultimate aim of completing this seemingly impossible feat. Whether man would triumph over ocean, or fail in the attempt, forms the core of this extraordinary autobiography.Always intriguing, sometimes terrifying, and occasionally very funny, Adam's story is about sport in its truest form: rather than competitions between teams and individuals, it is about man against nature - and against his own failings and demons. In that, it is truly inspirational.
Shortlisted for the Sports Book Awards 2018 for Biography of the Year and Cycling Book of the Year There are things he does alone, and things that he alone does.Jacques Anquetil was a cyclist with an aristocratic demeanor and a relaxed attitude to rules and morals. His womanising and frank admissions of doping appalled 1960s French society, even as his five Tour de France wins enthralled it. Paul Fournel was besotted with him from the start ("e;Too young to understand, I was nevertheless old enough to admire"e;) and followed Anquetil's career with the passion of a fan and the eye of a poet. In this stunningly original biography of a complex and divisive character, Fournel - author of the seminal V,lo (or Need for the Bike)- blends the story of Anquetil's life with scenes from his own, to create a classic of cycling literature.
In 1986, the legendary fell runner Joss Naylor completed a continuous circuit of all 214 Wainwright fells in the Lake District, covering a staggering distance of over 300 miles - plus many thousands of metres of ascent - in only seven days and one hour.Those in the know thought that this record would never be beaten. It is the ultimate British ultramarathon. The person taking on this superhuman challenge would have to be willing to push harder and suffer more than ever before. There is no Map in Hell tells the story of a man willing to do just that.In 2014, Steve Birkinshaw made an attempt at setting a new record. With a background of nearly forty years of running elite orienteering races and extreme-distance fell running over the toughest terrain, if he couldn't do it, surely no one could. But the Wainwrights challenge is in a different league: aspirants need to complete two marathons and over 5,000 metres of ascent every day for a week.With a foreword by Joss Naylor, There is no Map in Hell recounts Birkinshaw's preparation, training and mile-by-mile experience of the extraordinary and sometimes hellish demands he made of his mind and body, and the physiological aftermath of such a feat. His deep love of the fells, phenomenal strength and tenacity are awe inspiring, and testimony to athletes and onlookers alike that 'in order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd'.
Riding tubes in Venezuela. BASE jumping in Europe. Climbing big walls in Yosemite. Riding bulls in Texas. These first-person stories from acclaimed climber and adventurer John Long may be vastly different in content, but they share an identifiable emotional texture, tone and delivery, and fundamentally are of one piece. This is storytelling at its bestnonfiction that reads like fiction. In Stories from the Dirt, the action leaves you breathless, but it's the characters that really leave a lasting mark. Like all stories worth a damn, this collection is all about the people.
Plunge down steep, rugged singletrack, relax along leisurely lakeside trails, or travel off-road through Virginia's scenic horse and wine country with Mountain Biking Virginia. Local mountain biker Martn Fernndez shows both novice and experienced cyclists how to get out of the gridlock and into the woods.Look inside to find:Detailed ride descriptionsGPS coordinatesFull-color photos throughoutTips on riding, trip preparation, and bicycle maintenance Accurate directions, difficulty ratings, trail contacts, and moreWherever you ride and whatever your skill level, let Mountain Biking Virginia be your guide to this mountain biking paradise.
Photos and stories that will stop you in your tracksCreated in partnership with Outside magazine for its 40th anniversaryThe gripping stories behind some of Outside's most iconic images.More than 140 of the best adventure photos ever featured in OutsideOutside magazine's editor Christopher Keyes, A View from the Edge of the World is a stunning collection of the best photography ever published by the leader in outdoor adventure photography and journalism. Covering Outside's most compelling stories from throughout the years, it offers readers an inside and dramatic look through the lens of the world's top adventure photographers.First published in 1977, Outside magazine's mission is ';to inspire active participation in the world outside through award-winning coverage of the sports, people, places, adventure, discoveries, health and fitness, gear and apparel, trends and events that make up an active lifestyle.'
The World Marathon Challengeseven marathons on seven continents in seven daysis the ultimate race for adventurous runners. It tests the athletes to their limits, going from biting cold Antarctic conditions one day to dry desert heat another. To survive the onslaught of sensationsfear, fatigue, depression, elationtakes a special sort of determination and strength of will. Few would voluntarily take on such a challenge, and fewer still would finish it. Relentless: Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days is David Gething's amazing story of his journey from a middle-aged couch potato to a World Marathon champion. Gething gives a deeply personal and candid view of what it is like to compete in one of the most demanding amateur sporting events on the planet, including the sacrifices made just to get to the start of the race and what it takes to win. He describes in detail each individual contestoriginating in Antarctica and ending in Australia a week laterand the physical, emotional, and psychological sides of this grueling, multi-day stage race. Far from just depicting the event itself, Gething also delves into the interpersonal relationships, rivalries, and bonds that form on this adventure that is like no other. Featuring photographs taken during the event from Gething's personal collection, and including private emails to and from the author and his family and friends, Relentless gives a truly unique and intimate view into the inner workings of this punishing ultra-endurance battle. Marathon runners, sporting enthusiasts, and anyone with a dream and a determination to succeed despite the odds will find Gething's journey a fascinating and inspiring story.
In the end, these people helped me realize that Boundless was more than a job; it was metaphor for life. It came down to one simple, daily decisiondo I stand still or move forward?Filming the hit television series Boundless, Simon Donato has raced thousands human-powered kilometres across the globefrom the frigid tundra of Iceland to the searing heat of the Sahara, journeys that strip away the regular trappings of life and pit us against ourselves and the natural world. There are no modern conveniences to lean on as crutches, and every metre gained is earned through both physical and mental effort.In his compelling first book, Donato details the quest for adventure and the opportunities to test ourselves in a very primal wayin ways that we arent able to in our lives very much anymore. Describing the key moments and adventures that put him on the path to Boundless, Simon takes you on an adventure-filled journey around the globe and shows how you can apply his lessons and experience to your everyday life.
The Unbelievable Story of Six Men Who Trekked Across the Great Ice Barrier in Support of Ernest Shackletons Antarctic ExpeditionOne hundred years ago, Sir Ernest Shackleton embarked on the legendary 19141917 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, defying the odds and accomplishing one of historys most remarkable feats of endurance while narrowly escaping death, even though his crew failed in their mission to cross Antarctica. His story, inflated by time and celebrity, has come to personify the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.Less well known, however, is the incredible but often forgotten tale of the Mount Hope Party (also known as the Ross Sea party)six men who worked in the shadow of Shackletons greater cause. Sent to the opposite side of the Polar continent, these men dropped life-saving food and fuel depots across the Great Ice Barrier, ensuring that Shackleton had the supplies necessary to complete his mission. Unaware of Shackletons own failed task, the party persevered in their mission, facing insurmountable obstacles of life on the iceexhaustion, starvation, and crippling frostbiterisking their lives for the safety of his.Stitching together the previously unpublished diaries of these unsung heroes, McOrist documents their pain and suffering, as well as the humor and camaraderie necessary for their survival. An incomparable record of sheer heroism and tragedy, Shackletons Heroes tells a story that history ought to rememberone of the indomitable human spirit in the most extreme conditions.
Shortlisted: 2016 Banff Mountain Book Competition'1001 Climbing Tips had me laughing out loud in places, which I never thought possible for this genre of book. A tremendous resource that should be an essential addition to every climber's loo-library' - Ian Parnell, Climb magazineImagine an alien came down to Earth, stuck a probe into a climber's brain - one who'd been climbing for over thirty years - and then transmogrified the contents into a big book of climbing tips. Well, 1001 Climbing Tips by Andy Kirkpatrick is just such a book. This is no regular instruction manual - it's much more useful than that. This is a massive collection of all those little tips that make a real difference when at the crag, in the mountains, or when you're planning your next big trip. It's for anyone who hangs off stuff, or just hangs around in the mountains. These tips are based on three decades of climbing obsession, as well as nineteen ascents of El Cap, numerous Alpine north faces, trips to the polar ice caps, and many other scary climbs and expeditions. 1001 Climbing Tips covers the following areas: BASI [1-240]: From how best to rope up and the importance of climbing partnerships, to racking your gear correctly and how to sleep in a harness. This section is designed for both novice and experienced climbers. SAFETY [241-327]: The name of the game in climbing is staying alive and coming home in one piece. This section covers loose rock, rescue, dealing with heat and what to do if you get caught out. BIG WALL [328-434]: Knowledge on tackling large multi-pitch climbs, with advanced topics such as pegging, jumaring, hauling and speed climbing. These tips will be an aid both to those new to multi-pitch climbing, as well as more experienced climbers. ICE [435-481]: Tips on all aspects of ice climbing, including movement, protection, looking after your gear, mental strength and - of course - not falling off. MIXED [482-503]: With a focus on Scottish and Alpine winter skills, these essential tips focus on how to use your tools on snowed-up rock, leading, gear and footwork on mixed ground. MOUNTAIN [504-802]: Essential reading for mountaineers, hill walkers and rock climbers, this section has almost 300 tips on living and staying alive in the mountains, be that in the UK, Alps or Greater Ranges. TRAINING [803-876]: A range of tips on how to overcome fear, improve strength and endurance, as well as diet and nutrition advice for climbers. STUFF [877-1001]: A mix of esoterica, such as how to rap off a fifi hook, what books to read, how to make your own kit, how to get sponsored, photo and video advice, and how to go to the toilet in tricky spots.
Skateboarding: the background, technicality, culture, rebellion,marketing, conflict, and future of the global sport as seen through two of its most influential geniusesSince it all began half a century ago, skateboarding has come to mystify some and to mesmerize many, including its tens of millions of adherents throughout America and the world. And yet, as ubiquitous as it is today, its origins, manners, and methods are little understood.The Impossible aims to get skateboarding right. Journalist Cole Louison gets insidethe history, culture, and major personalitiesof skating. He does solargely by recounting the careers of the sport's YodaRodney Mullen,who, in his mid-forties, remains the greatest skateboarder in the world, the godfather of all modern skateboarding tricksand its Luke SkywalkerRyan Sheckler, who became its youngest pro athlete and a celebrity at thirteen. The story begins in the 1960s, when the first boards made their way to land in the form of off-season surfing in southern California. It then follows thesport's spikes, plateaus, and dropsincluding its billion-dollar apparel industry and its connection with art, fashion, and music.In The Impossible, we come to know intimately not only skateboarding, but also two very different, equally fascinating geniuses who haveshaped the sport more than anyone else.
"e;The Pipeline"e; in O'ahu, Hawaii. "e;Maverick's Point"e; in northern California. "e;Ours"e; near Sydney, Australia. All over the world, extreme surfers risk severe injury or even death from riptides, shark attacks, and collisions with the seabed itself, just to experience the ultimate high from tackling-and triumphing over-one of the most powerful forces on earth.Surfing: The Ultimate Guide explains the culture of extreme surfing-including the often violent "e;locals only"e; mentality-and analyzes the dangers involved in riding the world's biggest and most ferocious waves. The author examines the history of extreme surfing, including past and contemporary heroes; the science of giant waves; the technical criteria for riding them; and the future of big-wave riding.
In the last half century, skateboarding has evolved from a simple, idyllic child's pastime that originated in southern California to becoming a worldwide youth culture phenomenon. This now-mainstream action sport has spawned a multi-billion-dollar commercial market for skateboarding equipment, skateboard-related media and entertainment, as well as skate-inspired softgoods like clothing, shoes, and accessories; and it is likely to soon become an Olympic sport.Skateboarding: The Ultimate Guide is brimming with fascinating history and engaging stories from skateboarding's 60-odd year existence and evolution. Covering the action sport's origins, myriad breakthrough developments, pioneering heroes, both "e;street style"e; and "e;vert"e; or ramp skating, unique popular culture, and likely future, this book will delight anyone with an interest in this individualistic and compelling athletic pursuit.
Dupa succesul international al volumului sau Sa alergi sau sa mori, Kilian Jornet revine cu o noua carte, profunda, sincera, in care isi impartaseste atractia pentru cele mai spectaculoase culmi si cele mai nebunesti provocari. Dincolo de povestirile palpitante din expeditiile intreprinse pe cei mai inalti masivi din lume, sportivul iberic realizeaza si o adevarata introspectie asupra propriilor trairi, scotand in evidenta nevoia de singuratate, predilectia pentru risc si situatii periculoase ori pasiunea sa pentru munte. Cu un stil surprinzator si vorbindu-ne despre realitatea uneori extrem de dura a performantelor sale, Jornet exprima si mai bine complexitatea propriei personalitati. O carte intensa si plina de emotie, asteptata de un public numeros.
A urcat pe munte de mic. La zece ani strabatuse Pirineii de la un capat la altul. In prezent, Kilian Jornet este campion mondial la skyrunning, una dintre cele mai dure probe fizice din lume. A urcat si a coborit muntele Kilimanjaro mai repede decit oricine altcineva. A doborit recordul mondial in competitii ca Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, Transpirenaica, Tahoe Rim Trail. Redefinind posibilul, Kilian Jornet forteaza in permanenta limitele, uimindu-si concurentii cu conditia fizica si abilitatile sale. Jurnalul sau, in care ne vorbeste despre pasiunea pentru sport, despre frumusetea peisajelor montane si despre cursele dramatice fortate pina la epuizare, este un adevarat manifest al spiritului liber.
Breathtaking and brilliantly illustrated-reclaiming the city with extreme urban explorationsIt is assumed that every inch of the world has been explored and charted; that there is nowhere new to go. But perhaps it is the everyday places around us-the cities we live in-that need to be rediscovered. What does it feel like to find the city's edge, to explore its forgotten tunnels and scale unfinished skyscrapers high above the metropolis? Explore Everything reclaims the city, recasting it as a place for endless adventure.Plotting expeditions from London, Paris, Berlin, Detroit, Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, Bradley L. Garrett has evaded urban security in order to experience the city in ways beyond the boundaries of conventional life. He calls it 'place hacking': the recoding of closed, secret, hidden and forgotten urban space to make them realms of opportunity. Explore Everything is an account of the author's escapades with the London Consolidation Crew, an urban exploration collective. The book is also a manifesto, combining philosophy, politics and adventure, on our rights to the city and how to understand the twenty-first century metropolis.
When James Cracknell and Ben Fogle decided to compete in the Atlantic Rowing Race, they thought they knew what awaited them: nearly three thousand miles of empty ocean, stormy weather and colossal physical stress. But their epic journey would become a living hell that tested the strength of every fibre of their being. Forty nine days later James and Ben were the first pair to cross the finishing line.They had pushed themselves physically, psychologically and emotionally to the limit. They had survived without water rations, lost the few clothes they had in a freak wave, capsized, hallucinated, played games, wept, fought, grown beards, nursed blisters and rowed 2,930 miles. They will never be the same again.
Each year, thousands of competitors pit themselves against the elements, extremes of geography and their own psyches to take part in the world's hardest physical challenges. From the cold of the highest peaks to the unforgiving heat of the desert, by water, bike or foot seemingly ordinary people are undertaking extraordinary feats. Whether seeking to prove themselves as athletes, or attempting to escape the humdrum, one thing they all have in common is an unbreakable drive to test the very limits of their endurance.Are You Tough Enough? looks at over 60 of the most extreme marathons, triathlons, bike rides and other iconic endurance events from around the globe, taking in the hottest, coldest, highest and most remote locations, and the toughest, cruellest and wackiest challenges.With a detailed description of each event, featuring personal stories from competitors, this book offers massive highs and excruciating lows, shows just what we can achieve in pushing the bounds of human endeavour.A licensed UK Athletics endurance coach, Helen Summer has been involved in running for many years, both as a club and county runner. She has written for various publications including running magazines, women's publications and the Food & Drink Guide.
Each year, thousands of competitors pit themselves against the elements, extremes of geography and their own psyches to take part in the world's hardest physical challenges. From the cold of the highest peaks to the unforgiving heat of the desert, by sea, bike or foot seemingly ordinary people are undertaking extraordinary feats. Whether seeking to prove themselves as athletes, or attempting to escape the humdrum, one thing they all have in common is an unbreakable drive to test the very limits of their endurance.Mental! looks at over 60 of the most extreme marathons, triathlons, bike rides and other iconic endurance events from around the globe, taking in the hottest, coldest, highest and most remote locations, and the toughest, cruellest and wackiest challenges.With a detailed description of each event, featuring personal stories from the competitors, this book offers massive highs and excruciating lows, and shows just what we can achieve in pushing the bounds of human endeavour.
A decadent history of sport with an alternative olympic games. From their offices above a boxing gym in Old Havana, Medlar Lucan and Durian Gray have set aside their congenital lethargy to begin a glittering and fantastical new project: The Decadent Sportsman. "e;We are inspired in part by the magnificent wastefulness of the preparations for the London Olympic Games, exactly the kind of futile extravagance that Caligula or Nero would have adored, and in part by the pungent odours of sweat and bruised leather that waft up through the ventilation grillles in the floorboards from the boxing ring below."e; This orchid-scented duo bring their wit and monstrous imaginations to play across the entire history of sport, with chapters ranging from the Greek athletic ideal and its perversions to the Nazi Olympics of 1936 and the use of drugs, alcohol and visionary states of being. The book also includes the full text of their proposal to the IOC for a new and more impressive Alternative Olympic Games, with events such as voyeurism, dentistry, Russian roulette, cocktail mixing, posing, couture, hairdressing, mendacity, bohemianism, architectural p?tisserie, and the roasting and carving of meat.
Loopy about lacrosse? Want to get into wing-walking? This is the book for you! Join BBC Breakfast sports presenter Mike Bushell as he swaps his suit for shorts to showcase the thrills and spills of the world's craziest alternative sports. Famed for trying out a dazzling array of extreme sports as a part of his weekend sport bulletin, nobody is better placed than Mike to explain how, when, where and why you might consider joining the ranks of some of the world's most dedicated practitioners of activities with a high level of inherent danger. Find out everything you never knew you needed to know about: shin kicking; elephant polo; worm charming; real tennis; swap soccer; roller hockey.With fun facts and figures and information on how to get involved, this is a must for any sport fan.
A razor-sharp analysis of how record-breaking exploits in extreme sport are redefining the limits of being human.Right now, more people are risking their lives for their sports then ever before in history. As Thomas Pynchon once put it in Gravity's Rainbow, 'it is not often that Death is told so clearly to f@%* off'. Over the past three decades, the bounds of the possible in action and adventure sports - from sky-diving to motocross to surfing and beyond - have been pushed farther and faster. A generation's worth of iconoclastic misfits have rewritten the rules of the feasible; not just raising the bar, but obliterating it altogether. Along the way, they have become a force pushing evolution relentlessly onward. In a thrilling narrative that draws on biology, psychology, and philosophy, Steven Kotler asks why, at the tail end of the 20th century and the early portion of the 21st, are we seeing such a multi-sport assault on reality? Did we somehow slip through a wormhole to another universe where gravity is optional and common sense obsolete? And where - if anywhere - do our actual limits lie?
Covering a diving championship in Greece on a hot and sticky assignment for Outside magazine, James Nestor discovered free diving. He had stumbled on one of the most extreme sports in existence: a quest to extend the frontiers of human experience, in which divers descend without breathing equipment, for hundreds of feet below the water, for minutes after they should have died from lack of oxygen. Sometimes they emerge unconscious, or bleeding from the nose and ears, and sometimes they don't come up at all. The free divers were Nestor's way into an exhilarating and dangerous world of deep-sea pioneers, underwater athletes, scientists, spear fishermen, billionaires and ordinary men and women who are poised on the brink of some amazing discoveries about the ocean. Soon he was visiting the scientists who live 60ft underwater (and are permanently high on nitrous dioxide), swimming with the notorious man-eating sharks of R,union and descending thousands of feet in a homemade submarine. And on the way down, he learnt about the amazing amphibious reflexes activated in the human body under deep-water conditions, why dolphins were injected with LSD in an attempt to teach them to talk, and why sharks like AC/DC. The sea covers seventy per cent of Earth's surface, and still contains answers to questions about the world we are only beginning to ask: Deep blends science and adventure to uncover its amazing secrets.