By Kathryn Bertine
Think George Plimpton. other than with genuine athletic skill. And he’s a lady. And she’s taken on a problem that makes Paper Lion look like a brisk online game of pass Fish.
Meet Kathryn Bertine, elite triathlete, former specialist determine skater, and ravenous artist. simply as her own goals start to collapse in the summertime of 2006, ESPN stakes her to a dream: Take years to make the 2008 summer season Olympics in Beijing. As solid As Gold is the heroic, hilarious account of Bertine’s serial hard work within the nation-states of triathlon, smooth pentathlon, staff handball, tune biking, street biking, rowing, open water swimming, racewalking, and—fasten your seatbelts—luge.
On her trip, the hindrances diversity from jet lag to jellyfish, flat tires to floundering relationships, repeated rejection to street rash. yet, as time is operating out, Bertine doesn’t sweat the small stuff, simply the large—like scouring the globe for a tiny country to undertake her, and pushing her physique and brain so far as it is going to move. perhaps all of the solution to China.
Between harrowing, usually laugh-out-loud episodes of triumph and humiliation, Bertine takes brief “Water Breaks” to consider the ins-and-outs of fan mail, failure, rehydration, nasal reconstruction, and the way most sensible to punish steroid users.
Kathryn Bertine swims, runs, and rides—and writes—like a champion. In As strong as Gold, Bertine proves she has anything extra beneficial than an Olympic medal. She’s acquired Olympic mettle. in terms of the human middle, she takes the gold.
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I raise my pistol, align the sights, squeeze the trigger slowly and gently. I hit the wall behind the target. The pellet bounces away, bapless. Sill encourages me to try again. And again. And again. Then, bap! Upper left hand corner! Woohoo, I hit the paper. After a few minutes of successful bapping, I notice that I’m actually getting better. I’ve nailed six bull’s-eyes right in the cornea. My right arm is incredibly fatigued after two hours of holding a blade and a pistol at a ninety-degree angle, and when practice is over I feel terribly lopsided.
We’re at the Colorado College running track, just a few miles from the Olympic Training Center. By “we” I mean Janusz, Dragomir, Lucas, Sandu Rebenciuc my run pacer, and a rowdy assembly of acids whooping it up in my lower intestines. I’m thrilled my swim went well and terrified my run won’t. Before I started my Olympic quest, I was in training for a marathon, so I’m much more comfortable holding a 7:45 pace for a couple of hours than attempting one sub-six-minute mile. That is a whole different world of hurt.
I got out after a year. I needed to be an athlete again—the only lifestyle that made sense to me. I didn’t want to go back to amateur skating; a fresh start seemed better. I considered a return to rowing, a sport I had competed in at Colgate University. Unfortunately, there was not a lot of open water in Tucson, Arizona, where I started graduate school in creative writing. What is in southern Arizona are lots of cyclists, runners, and swimmers. I joined a local triathlon club. I was hooked. Being a triathlete was a hell of a lot better than wearing makeup and sequins and worrying about how many calories were in a cup of coffee.