- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st Edition edition (May 20, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250009081
- ISBN-13: 978-1250009081
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 89 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hurt Artist: My Journey from Suicidal Junkie to Ironman Hardcover – May 20, 2014
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“Talk about being competitive and being down to his last strike, Shane Niemeyer's harrowing journey from suicidal to successful offers everyone hope that change is possible and victory only comes when you refuse to give up or give in. I was alternately horrified and hopeful as I read the pages of this honest and intense book.” ―Tony La Russa, National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee and New York Times bestselling author of One Last Strike
“What does a junkie do with their life after abusing their body and mind for years with drugs and alcohol? He continues to push the limits the human body can withstand while becoming one of a handful of athletes that can call themselves an Ironman! The Hurt Artist is a riveting memoir by Shane Niemeyer that takes us on a raw, unedited life journey that includes the struggles of an addict trying to find peace and the joy and journey to every triathletes promised land: Kona, Hawaii!” ―Jason Peter, New York Times bestselling author of Hero of the Underground
“An honest, gritty portrayal of a life that began in Loveland, Colorado and derailed somewhere in childhood between California and the Midwest. Niemeyer's once slippery slope lifestyle was turned on its head with the ultimate goal of competing the Iron-Man World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.” ―5280 Magazine
“Like most of us, Shane Niemeyer likes to test his limits. THE HURT ARTIST gave me an entirely different perspective on just how far he fell before becoming an Ironman. His life story deserves to be told and demonstrates what perseverance can do for anyone no matter how hopeless they may feel their situation is. You may never compete in an Ironman Triathlon, but Shane shows how anyone can overcome any obstacle and pursue their dream with passion.” ―Craig Alexander, Five-time Triathlon World Champion and author of As The Crow Flies
“The Hurt Artist is an open, honest account of a misspent youth and young adulthood, centered on an incomprehensible life of drug abuse, self-loathing, and stints in jail and rehab. Shane's metamorphosis from imprisoned drug addict to an accomplished Ironman athlete is truly inspiring. Ditching needles for Lycra was no easy task, but the vigor and enthusiasm with which Shane made this transition is sure to motivate anyone looking to achieve an insurmountable goal.” ―Joanna Zeiger, Olympian and Ironman 70.3 World Champion
“It takes a strong person to conquer their demons but even stronger to share and expose their weakness allowing for judgment and criticism. Shane has met his demons and come out the other side on top with one of the best attitudes we know” ―Laura Bennett and Greg Bennett, Olympians
About the Author
SHANE NIEMEYER developed and executed a plan to turn his life around and become a world class endurance athlete, speaker, and expert in the field of strength and conditioning. He currently resides in Boulder, Colorado where he coaches, trains, competes, and plays.
GARY BROZEK has collaborated on more than twenty books, five of which have gone on to become New York Times bestsellers, including most recently Trident K9 Warriors. He lives in Evergreen, CO.
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The book reads like a movie - colorful, vivid, emotional, and raw.
The story of Shane Niemeyer is painful and destructive, forgiving and beautiful.
While in prison, after making the decision to change and to eventually compete in Ironman, he expresses:
“I didn’t really have a way of accurately measuring and comparing my “performance” as a human being in the same way I did my growth as a wanna be athlete. I knew that I was staying off drugs, that I wasn’t involved in any kind of criminal activity, but as far as an easily measurable metric to determine that I was getting better and not being a f***up, that just doesn’t exist. I couldn’t step on a scale to see if the burden of my shame and my self-hatred was any lighter or if my worldview and attitude were truly progressing.” P.94
His level of dedication to change is so incredibly commendable. This book shows that change is possible, growth is possible, and success in anything is achievable. It all stems from the decision to want it bad enough.
This is an amazing read, a page-turner you will not want to put down. I recommend this book to anyone who feels they are not good enough, not strong enough, or not disciplined enough to go after what they want. I recommend this book to any athlete that wants to challenge him or herself to see what they are capable of. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to KNOW that there are people like Shane in the world ~ that do good, that are good, and that are making a difference.
Brandi J Roberts
Certainly not for the faint of heart as there are serious issues discussed, but he's open and upfront about them all. No lag time in this book!
If you're looking for rainbows and sunshine, it's not here, but if your looking to read about someone who met his worst moment in life and clawed his way to the top with nothing but blood, sweat and tears, this is your book!
Shane is a prime example of being able to turn a life threatening 'addiction' into a positive 'addiction'... in his case Triathlon. He is proof that anyone can put the pieces back together once broke... and more importantly, that you have to continue to put the pieces back together because life will continue to break you down - He leaves the reader knowing you have to continuously choose to build yourself back strong.
Inspirational read that I would recommend to anyone; athlete or non-athlete.
As a fellow triathlete, reading the ups and downs of training (and OVER training), the struggles of Ironman and certainly the long road to qualifying for Kona (World Championships).
I also loved the "recommended" reading - the timeless books that Shane mentions throughout the book. Finding one's own presence and centeredness is a wonderful, yet painful process - and this book is a great teacher.
THANK YOU, Shane, for sharing this with the world.