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Against the Odds by John L. Pendergrass

Against the Odds

Against the Odds by John L. Pendergrass
Mar 26, 2013 | 224 Pages
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Against the Odds is a remarkable story, a tale of courage and perseverance told with humor and honesty. There must be thousands of athletes who have finished an IRONMAN® race faster than John Pendergrass, but there can’t be very many who have had as interesting a journey.”
Brett Favre, former Super Bowl champion NFL quarterback

“In Against the Odds, John Pendergrass describes in vivid detail what it is like to mentally and physically train for an IRONMAN® Triathlon. John decided to compete in the sport after he reached his sixties and went on to compete in six IRONMAN Triathlons on six different continents. John’s story is as inspirational as it is compelling. John is not only admired for his super human feats and accomplishments in the sport but also for his contribution to this great sport with this book”
Don Mann, author of The Complete Guide to Adventure Racing and Director of the Eastern Shore 140 Ultra Triathlon

Against the Odds is an easy read with so much self-deprecation and humor that you can easily lose sight of the fact that it’s a story of remarkable achievement. Six IRONMAN® Triathlons on six continents after discovering triathlon in your sixties? That’s amazing. But the biggest takeaway from Pendergrass’ book is just how much fun it was for him. He never takes himself too seriously, a refreshing change in the triathlon world, and it’s easy to imagine him being an unintentional hero for those who simply wondered what was possible, even if there were some moments when it seemed like simply getting up out of a recliner was a bit too much to ask.”
Jordan Rapp, champion triathlete and Chief Technology Officer at

Table Of Contents

Foreword by Brett Favre
Chapter 1: China on My Mind
Chapter 2: Looking for a Challenge
Chapter 3: “Whoever Finishes First, We’ll Call Him the IRONMAN®”
Chapter 4: Triathlon 101
Chapter 5: The IRONMAN Mystique
Chapter 6: In the Pool and On the Road
Chapter 7: Adventures in South America: Brazil
Chapter 8: No Country for an Old Man: Switzerland
Chapter 9: Hurricanes and Hip Fractures
Chapter 10: Back on the Road: South Africa
Chapter 11: A Land of Great Surprises: New Zealand
Chapter 12: A Crowd in the Desert: Arizona
Chapter 13: The Sixth and Final Stop: China

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