Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

Alex Hutchinson

Book Synopsis

"Endure" by Alex Hutchinson is a captivating exploration of the limits of human endurance and the power of the mind in achieving extraordinary feats. With a mix of scientific research, personal anecdotes, and interviews with elite athletes, Hutchinson delves deep into the fascinating world of endurance sports, shedding light on the physical and psychological factors that determine our ability to endure.

Drawing from his own experiences as a professional runner and his background as a sports journalist, Hutchinson reveals the surprising ways in which our beliefs, emotions, and environment can influence our performance. He explores the concept of the "central governor" - a theory that suggests our brain limits our physical exertion to protect us from harm - and challenges the conventional wisdom surrounding pain, fatigue, and the infamous "wall" that many endurance athletes encounter.

Along the way, Hutchinson uncovers the truth about hydration, nutrition, and motivation, debunking common myths and offering practical advice for optimizing endurance performance. He also delves into the world of extreme endurance events, from marathons and ultramarathons to cycling and swimming, providing an in-depth look at the physiology and psychology behind these incredible feats.

"Endure" is a captivating and thought-provoking read that will inspire athletes, coaches, and anyone interested in pushing their limits to reconsider what is truly possible. With its engaging writing style and wealth of scientific evidence, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to unlock their full potential and discover the untapped reservoirs of endurance within themselves.

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