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Going the Distance: The George Thomas Story Hardcover – December 26, 2002

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC; 1 edition (December 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582616299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582616292
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.7 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 21, 2003
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I recently finished reading "The George Thomas Story: Going the Distance" by G. Thomas and J. Welsch. I feel, unequivocally, that this book merits a 5-star rating! The story entails the many moments of personal agony and anguish of a determined and courageous bicyclist by the name of George Thomas. The drama of this story, so eloquently and vividly expressed by the authors (Welsch and Thomas), took place during a 9 to 11 day, 2911 mile long bicycle race named the Race Across America (RAAM). This bicyle race, which started in Irvine CA and terminated in Savannah GA, is recognized by exercise physiologists as the most grueling athletic event in the world, far more strenuous then, e.g., the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon and requiring considerably more exertion then, e.g., the Tour de France. To add substantially to this incredible story is the recognition that George Thomas suffers from a relatively common but seriously debilitating disease known as epilepsy! The Forward of this book is written by renown Harvard Medical School neurologist and epilepsy expert Steven Schachter, M.D. who states...."At least once in a lifetime, you may be fortunate enough to meet someone truly inspirational, someone whose influence becomes a change in your life. I know this to be true, because I have met and been inspired by George Thomas." I would be remiss to share with you, in advance of your reading this book, the ultimate success/failures of George Thomas in this incredibly arduous solist bicycle race. I will say, however, that this is a book that I could not "set down", a book whose drama will remain in my memory forever. In essence, I enthusiastically and whole-heartedly recommend this superb and riveting book to you.
A Bicyclist in Michigan
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in the spring of 1984 while standing in the front yard of a friends house he was hit by a motorist. Several ribs were broken or cracked. His hands were shredded. He had an indentation in his left calf that made it impossible to see where the shinbone ended and the muscle began. His right knee was badly damaged and his ankle was broken. His left foot pointed down like he was on tiptoe. Both feet were immobile. He had blood clots in his left leg. In September of 1984, 5 months after the accident, he finished third in his division in a triathlon. If this is true he is not a normal man. He is a superman. And to think of him as being inspirational is ludicrous because no mere mortal could accomplish what he did. Personally I think this story is the story of a very delusional person.
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In writing, "Going the Distance," George Thomas and Jeff Welsch made a significant contribution to both the cycling community and the interested public.
I gained an understanding of ultra marathon cycling and the Race Across America when I was invited to crew for a solo rider in 2000. Ever since then, I have told the story countless times, trying to express to people outside of the Ultra Cycling Community exactly what the race is about. But my descriptions are usually insufficient.
So far, this is the only writing I have found able to clearly express the aspects of the sport and race that confound most people with disbelief.
For those not interested in cycling, it is still a great book to read. The "plot" is cycling, but the story is much, much more.
Through his struggles, George Thomas has proven that the only thing more limiting to man than the laws of nature is his own psychology. George has made the impossible possible, he has transformed himself from limited to limitless, and the authors tell his story in such a way to make readers realize that accomplishment, no matter what kind, is always within reach, as long as you're willing to stretch and believe.
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