Sunday reading from the NYT

June 1, 2008 at 9:38 pm 1 comment


A couple of really great articles from the archives of the New York Times‘ sports magazine Play

That which does not kill me makes me stronger” by Daniel Coyle is, at first glance, a profile of Jure Robic, an ultra-endurance athlete from Slovenia. Robic’s athletic accomplishments are incredible — he is a two-time winner of the Race Across America (RAAM) and the world record holder in the 24 hour time trial. But the article is most interesting and gripping as a rich exploration of the relationship between pain and emotion, providing insight into the (disturbed) mind of a champion athlete.

Thank God, this will only get worse” is Stuart Stevens’ first-person narrative of how he discovered and fell in love with endurance sports, and provides an opportunity for him to ruminate about some of the triumphs and tragedies that he has experienced as an endurance athlete.

Play, think…
J.R. Atwood 


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  • 1. UltraRob  |  June 2, 2008 at 2:17 am

    Solo RAAM starts next Sunday and Robic will be back again. I’ll be crewing for David Holt instead of racing this year.


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Jason R. Atwood

I'm an avid trail runner and doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley who studies motivation and the relationship between the mind and body. This blog is a forum to share research, news, and musings about these topics of interest. More

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