- File Size: 3124 KB
- Print Length: 192 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Arctic Glass Press (November 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 1, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LK0W54M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,414 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Into the North Wind: A thousand-mile bicycle adventure across frozen Alaska Kindle Edition
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What I liked about the book was the authors self awareness about the choices one makes in choosing to participate, and put her body through the agonies required to succeed in Extreme Endurance Competition Sports. She readily acknowledges many people think she must be crazy, to enthusiastically embrace pain and torturing injuries, pushing her body and mind to its limits and beyond. In this book she examines her reasons and how she deals with repeat failures that shake her confidence in her own ability. She's a remarkable woman, claiming she has no more special athletic abilities, than other people. What sets her apart is a mental fortitude, which can clearly be observed in the pages of this book, as she chronicles the lead up to, and the 17 days she spends on the quest to reach Nome, Alaska and fulfill a long standing dream and promise to herself. Her writing style is clear and concise, and it gives the reader an opportunity to vicariously experience something very few people ever have.
If extreme sports interests you, but is something you would never do yourself, read this book and take the opportunity to experience the adventure of a lifetime, in all its agony and ecstasy. It is easy and interesting reading, that will bring you an understanding of what it means to push your body beyond its limits and an understanding of what draws people to do so willingly. It's powerful stuff, told without ego or bravado. Jill's accomplishments are a little spooky, especially for someone who claims to have "no special athletic ability." This book is a perfect read for escaping yourself.
In addition to discussing the physical issues incomparably well, Jill reveals her heart, her mind, her emotions without self consciousness. Therein is the reason she does such a truly "Fantasy," achievement such as this. The drive and desire to do it regardless of overwhelming set backs.
I am a lifetime outdoors man, familiar with working on the Iditarod,
All my outdoor endeavors fall to trivia upon reading, Into The North Wind. Rarely does an author delve so much into the overlooked, incomprehensible, emotional aspects of such lonely traveling, along with the tremendously, (What’s a stronger word than that, Jill? Stupendously?) challenging difficulties of such a physical challenge. The emotions, the will power, the self sustaining desire to go on, alone, not team mates to help, all internalized without cheer leaders, coaches, helpers, are arguably the most important aspect of what you describe.
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However, once I get past this I found the book absolutely gripping. The text is very much in the moment - and really does a great job of putting the reader alongside the author. I couldn't put it down.
I won't spoil the ending ...!