Slow Fat Triathlete: Live Your Athletic Dreams in the Body You Have Now

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Da Capo Press, Incorporated, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 179 pages
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The idea of participating in a triathlon may sound out of the realm of possibility for those without a typical jock-athlete's honed build, intense focus, and competitive mindset. But now Slow Fat Triathlete opens the door to those who may not come quite so equipped. After years of obesity, poor health, and self-doubt, Jayne Williams took part in her first triathlon in 2002 to prove something to herself and became hooked on the rush of the race. Today she is a self-proclaimed "slow fat triathlete," unafraid to overcome humiliation, laugh at her foibles, have fun, and accomplish impressive goals. Slow Fat Triathlete is a book for those who may be overweight, out of shape, undisciplined, or otherwise unprepared to enter a triathlon but are curious to try. Through personal stories, practical ideas and suggestions, and uproarious anecdotes, this book inspires, encourages, and proves that with a little training, almost everybody can have a great time and reap huge rewards from pursuing their tri dreams—and that everyone can become a participant and an athlete.

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Jayne Williams is a very personable, engaging writer. - LibraryThing
But the writing was not that great. - Goodreads
The writing wasn't really my cup of tea, though. - Goodreads

Review: Slow Fat Triathlete: Live Your Athletic Dreams in the Body You Have Now

User Review  - Az - Goodreads

Stumbled upon this in my search for books that were about athletics, but not physical perfection. I'm not planning a triathlon anytime soon, but as a solid and practical pep talk (not just you will ... Read full review

Review: Slow Fat Triathlete: Live Your Athletic Dreams in the Body You Have Now

User Review  - Cindy Dyson Eitelman - Goodreads

Didn't inspire me to become a triathlete, but if I'd been leaning that way, it would have. I put it on my to-read list awhile back before my enthusiasm for such things disappeared. But I already had a ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

Jayne Williams grew up in the halcyon suburbs of Northern California, began her impractical education in Russian literature at Harvard, and got an M.A. in Slavic Literature from U.C. Berkeley. She has organized whitewater rafting expeditions around the world and enjoyed years of frantic poverty as a freelance writer, interpreter, and editor. She has dabbled in public service and the Internet boom/bust and lives in Mountain View, Calif., with her husband, Tim, and their psycho-cat surrogate child.

Tim Anderson has done many amazing things in his life. Well, two amazing things. OK, one thing that he did twice. But he's got nothing on his older brother, who can play his teeth like a xylophone with his thumb. As for Tim, he is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he was inducted into both Phi Beta Kappa and the Golden Key National Honor Society. (These honors have yet to pay off.) He has worked as a waiter, a data-entry clerk, a photocopier repairman, a freelance writer, a music editor, a middle-school teacher, and a depressed employee of the state of North Carolina. He dreams of one day being an underwear model/bookie. Until then, he will keep working as an editor and living in Brooklyn with his boyfriend, his cat Stella, and his viola, which he plays in the band Simple Shapes. To learn more about Tim, visit his blog at or the Tune in Tokyo website,

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