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Irongran

How Triathlon Taught Me That Growing Older Needn't Mean Slowing Down
Narrated by: Charlotte Emmerson
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)
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Summary

At the age of 50, Eddie Brocklesby decided to run her first half marathon. Until that point, she'd done little running, and her exercise regime consisted of little more than chauffeuring her children to their own sports clubs. 

In common with so many people, any interest she'd shown in sport in her childhood had diminished as her adult life progressed, with spare time becoming ever more limited in the face of work and family commitments. But the half marathon was the first of what was to become a hugely impressive trajectory of sporting accolades and successes. 

After that event, and following the loss of her husband of 30 years to cancer, she completed a marathon. Now nearly 74, the past 20 years have seen her take part in marathons, triathlons and Ironman races across the globe, and she has accrued many medals and awards. 

In Irongran, Eddie looks back on her life and explains just how she's managed to develop the energy to match the enthusiasm she's always had for an active lifestyle. She shares the difficulties she's experienced in her sporting endeavours and explains how she's managed to overcome them. 

Eddie is passionate about the health and well-being of our ageing population and provides up-to-date research about why keeping active in later years is so important, along with guidance about how to remain full of life in your later years.

©2018 Edwina Brocklesby (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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The best book I've read on Triathlon.

Awesome blueprint for a 1st timer like me and more experienced athletes. I learnt so much and it schooled and talked me through so many lessons learnt

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Inspirational for all.

An incredible story of loss, love and learning. Thanks for sharing your valuable knowledge and inspiring story we can all learn a lot from this book.

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What a pity........

that the book was spoiled by a monotone, extremely boring reader. Her tone never changed. It didn’t make any difference if she was reading a dramatic, tragic or funny incident. The reader sounded bored herself. The book could have been read by a computer.

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So inspiring!

A fantastic book which I found really inspirational. Edwina is an amazing lady, not only for her outstanding physical achievements, but also for the incredibly important volunteering work she has done, in particular with Silverfit.

The book was not what I had expected and I enjoyed it so much more than I originally had anticipated. I found the narrator mildly annoying with pace and some of the pronunciations, but the content made persevering well worth the while.

Read/listen to it, and then buy it for your mum/dad/grandparents/friends. The book has an incredibly important message to get across, that for the sake of our own mental and physical well-being, we all need to get out and about more, and take responsibly for our own health through personal activity and social interactions.

Eddie's own personal story had me both chuckling and crying during my daily commute.

Recommended for all.

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An incredible woman

Eddie's story is absolutely amazing - from starting running at age 50 she has run marathons, competed in triathlons, cycled across America and represented Team GB in her age group. All that while working as a social worker and parent.
The only thing I found a bit grating was the narrators mispronunciations, but I guess many people will gloss over that.

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Fantastic and inspiring

Thank you Eddie, at 56 I’m now planning my training from zero to the Chippenham half marathon in September 2019.

(the teeth grindingly awful narration and mispronunciations of the narrator are better ignored)!

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Inspiring but awful narrator

Persevered as so inspiring but the narration was dreadful. Sounded bored, distracted and pronunciation was dire.

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get the book. narrator is awful, but story great

I had to persevere through the awful narration as I want to hear this great story.
There were sentences where she paused half way and then ran straight into the next sentence or paragraph, leaving me to make sense in my head and then catch up. This was very confusing.
Loved the tale but I would recommend the book over this audiobook any day. I wouldn't wish to impose this on someone else. shame as the story is fantastic

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Irongran

I enjoyed this audiobook as I have also completed Ironman triathlons and could appreciate the fact that we both were late starters in joining the world of exercise. I learnt a lot from the author about ageing and exercise and will follow a lot of her suggestions. However, the narrator was awful....she was very stilted and did not read the narrative with the correct expression and at times it sounded as though she was seeing the sentences for the first time as she read them. To make matters worse her pronunciation of some words, mainly place names, was appalling. Once heard, I could not ‘unhear’ them and it made me cringe every time she said them. It was a shame as this was a good listen otherwise.

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Totally inspiring!

At the age of 63 I feel as if I’m not as fit as I was. Put it down to getting older. Not accepting that now!