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Women Who Tri: A Reluctant Athlete's Journey Into the Heart of America's Newest Obsession Paperback – April 2, 2017
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“Alicia's courage, strength, and perseverance, along with all the women who tri, will bring tears of joy to your eyes and make you realize that, in overcoming your fears, anyone can achieve the impossible.” ―Barbara Mockford, author of An Unshakable Belief: Keeping the Ironman Dream
“A refreshing perspective! Alicia DiFabio's personal accounts of discovering and falling in love with the community of triathlon are endearing, humorous, and unique. The women highlighted in this book are not only inspiring, but also are amazing examples of how the sport of triathlon emboldens them to confront life's curveballs. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or just a curious bystander, you will feel a sense of sisterhood while swimming, biking, and running alongside the women Mullica Hill Women’s Tri Club.” ― Debra Hodgett, author of Tri-Mom: Swimming, Biking and Running Through Motherhood
“Greatly informative, exceptionally written with professional forethought and personal vulnerability, Women Who Tri is a beautiful tribute to 'those girls in pink' and women everywhere who are happily, imperfectly, honestly tri'ing.” ―Jennifer "J.J." Cannon, author of @Sophie Takes a #Selfie, contributor to Good Day Philadelphia, and creator of the #DontShowMe cyberbullying campaign
“When Alicia DiFabio moved into the epicenter of a Triathastorm, her first instinct was to flee. Instead, she plunged in and now she’s even written a book, Women Who Tri. In these pages, the story of her reluctance turned tri-celebration is interwoven with others’ inspiring journeys, spiced with choice tidbits of practical advice and delicious morsels of tri-history, all delivered with light humor and some delightful, invented triathaspeak.” ― Mina Samuels, author of Run Like a Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy Lives
“This is a well-researched memoir by a middle-aged mother of four (including a special-needs child) who reluctantly signs up and finishes her first triathlon despite pre-event dread and tears…DiFabio shares her journey into this athletic sorority, introducing readers to the sport’s history and topics ranging from equipment costs to successful fund-raising for charities.” ― Booklist, American Library Association
“Alicia DiFabio, mother of four, admittedly out of shape (before her first triathlon), explores the history, subculture, and psychological appeal of triathlons in this engaging memoir.” ― Foreword
In Women Who Tri, Alicia DiFabio explores the triathlon-mania that has gripped not just the women in her small New Jersey town, but all of America.
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Who is this book for? Well, I’ll let DiFabio tell you who the sport of tri is for: “Women between the ages of 35 and 55 are flocking to triathlons by the thousands. They are not all the sinewy, chiseled competitive athletes featured on Nike commercials. The large majority look more like the regular people you see in the mall or a PTA meeting. They are the new mothers changing diapers and chasing toddlers, women chauffeuring their preteens to a million activities while juggling a career, women navigating working 60 hours a week, and women facing health concerns. They are girls as young as 8 and women as old as 80. They have survived cancer, battle depression and anxiety, lost spouses, mothers, fathers and siblings. They have found sobriety, lost weight, let themselves go and found themselves again. They come to triathlons as new mothers, veteran mothers, single, married, widowed, and divorced. They come out of shape, unable to swim, or recovering from a major injury or illness. They come filled with anxiety and determination, as competitive collegiate athletes and as self-proclaimed couch potatoes. They come in every age, shape, size, athletic experience, and fitness level but they all share important common bonds – the desire to do something slightly outrageous, to push themselves further, to face their fears, to dig deep and test their mettle. They are “ordinary” women who want nothing more and nothing less than to swim, bike and run in between the heaps of laundry, the crying babies, the piles of dishes, and the long days at the office. They pledge their new fitness sorority insecure and daunted but they emerge empowered and addicted. These are the new faces of triathlon.”
To give a good idea of the topics covered, especially since, at the time I write this, there isn’t even the “look inside” feature available, here’s the contents, including the subheadings within the chapters.
Prologue: Greater Than The Sum Of All Fears
CH 1: A Spandex Revolution
CH 2: So It Begins
CH 3: A Tri Is Born – Parisian Roots; Mission Tri; Forging Iron; Ironman, the Sequel; Profile: Andrea Peet (Still Time)
CH 4: The Long And Short Of It – Maverick to Mainstream; Size Matters; Shake It Up; Going Rogue; Ultra Triathlons
CH 5: Who’s Drinking The Kool Aid? – Anytown, USA; Triathletes: What Makes Them Tick?; Profile: Debbie Niemann (For Cecilia)
CH 6: No Nuts, Just Guts – Women in Triathlon; No Boys Allowed; Fastinistas; Charity; Social Butterflies; Profile: Nancy Stevens (Visionary)
CH 7: Sigma Tri – Out Clubbin’; Climbing the Pyramid
CH 8: Inside The Tribe – Pioneering Wild Women; Staying Strong at Any Age; Surviving and Thriving; Beyond the Race; More Than Just Pretty in Pink; Profile: Linda Garrett (Ageless)
CH 9: Run With It – Reasons to Run; Cheaper than Therapy; Racer Girl; Broads take to the Street; Profile: Lisa Hallett (Remembering)
CH 10: Tri Girls Aren’t Cheap Dates – Fee for Admission; Making an Investment; Cha-Ching; Looking the Part; Cashing in on the Experience; Other Miscellaneous Crap you Realize You can’t Live Without; Checks and Balances; Profile: Erin Briggs (On Fire)
CH 11: Swim, Bke, Run… Divorce? – A Tale of Two Triathlons; Ironclad Romance; Divorce By Triathlon?; Chasing Iron: A Family Affair; Enter Children, Stage Left, and Right. And Hanging from the Chandeliers
CH 12: Triathaphobia – It’s All in Your Head; Aquaphobia; USAT Fatalities Incidents Study; Cyclophobia; Fear of DFL; Our Best Teacher; Profile: Chrissy Vasquez (Going the Distance)
CH 13: Sink Or Swim – Rolling in the Deep; Profile: Barbara Mockford (Unfinished Business)
CH 14: Women On Wheels – The Wheels of Change; She’s a Brick House; Profile: Terry Woods (Unbroken)
CH 15: Train Wreck – Triathlon and the Low Injury Fallacy; The #1 Perp; Born to Run… Or Not; Cycling and Swimming Make their Mark; The Overtraining Trap; Beginners (Un)luck; Jane’s Addiction; OTS: Overtraining Syndrome; Train Smarter, Not Harder; Profile: Tara Emrick (Back in Action); Profile: Jenn Sommermann (Fifty-Fifty)
CH 16: Charity, Causes and Cures, Oh Tri! – Cause to Tri; The Martyrdom Effect; Strength in Numbers; Tri for a Cure; Gals for Cal; Profile: Winter Vinecki (Team Winner)
CH 17: Tri: The Next Generation – Tri’ing Young; Tris Start to Trend; Getting Schooled; NCAA Emerging Sport for Women; Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds; Coping Skills; Match Made in Heaven; Too Much Too Soon?; Diversification Trumps Specialization; And It’s Self-Esteem for the Win!; Girls in the Game Triathlon Team; I-Tri Girls; Proud Mama Moment; Profile: Jessica Cappella (Could, Would, Should, Did)
CH 18: Queen of the Hill
Epilogue: Those Girls In Pink
A truly worthwhile read that may have a strong positive effect on your life long after you put the book down.