Susan and Carlos were unlikely friends. She was a young, overweight college professor and a bit of a trainwreck—juggling a divorce, a pack-a-day habit, and hiding empty bottles under her bed. He was her boss, an Ironman triathlete, with life figured out. She was a whiner, he was a hard-ass. He had his shit together, she most assuredly did not.
Trash-talking workouts, breakdowns, a devastating diagnosis—this heartwarming story of training buddies reveals a deep and abiding friendship that traversed life, sport, and everything in between. Their journey reveals the inspiring power of sports and friendship to change lives forever.
Amusing and poignant, Life’s Too Short To Go So F*cking Slow is about running and triathlon, growth and heartbreak, and an epic friendship that went the distance.
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Life’s Too Short To Go So F*cking Slow: Lessons from an Epic Friendship That Went the Distance
5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, 184 pp., $18.95, 9781937715656
INTRODUCTION: RUNNING IS FOR CRAZY PEOPLE
1 OH MY GOD, I’M FRIENDS WITH A CRAZY PERSON
2 WHEN THE SHIT HIT THE FAN
3 THE ANTI-DIET SUCCESS STORY
4 ANYONE CAN DO AN IRONMAN?
6 IRONMAN IS HARD
7 VERY DUMB THINGS
8 ANYONE CAN DO AN IRONMAN (NO, REALLY: ANYONE)
9 A TEST OF RELATIONSHIP FITNESS
10 SQUEEZING THE LEMMON
11 WELL, THAT’S ONE WAY TO WIN AN ARGUMENT
12 MY MONEY’S ON THE UNDERDOG
14 LIFE AS I KNOW IT
15 SUNDAY MORNINGS
16 DAVID & GOLIATH
17 LIFE’S TOO SHORT TO GO SO FUCKING SLOW
18 PRAYERS & WEED
19 YOU WILL DO THIS
20 INTO THE LIGHT
21 YOUR MOUNTAIN IS WAITING
22 WHAT HURTS THE MOST
23 HE’S GONE
24 ABOVE ALL
25 THE NEW NORMAL
26 THERE’S A BIKE IN THOSE TREES
“Susan Lacke is not only a great writer but also one of the most hilarious people around…And her book? It’s all that and more…It’s poignant. It’s vulnerable. It’s real. It’s inspiring. It’s funny. It’s deeply personal and reflective. It’s the kind of story that makes you look within…that makes you want to call up your best friend in the middle of the night and say ‘thank you from the bottom of my heart’. It’s the kind of read that makes you want to write a bucket list and start checking things off of it now… This book is SO F*CKING beautiful.” — Fit Bottomed Girls
“With humor and brutal honesty, Lacke draws you in to a touching story that’s refreshingly free of affected ‘inspirational crap.’ It made me laugh, gave me pause to reflect on my own fallable inner voice, and to rejoice over relationships strengthened through sport. Brilliant!” — Heather Wurtele, professional triathlete
“I really loved Susan Lacke’s book. Her friendship with Carlos made me laugh and cry. More than anything, Life’s Too Short to Go So F*cking Slow is a reminder that sport is so much more than fitness: Sports are about friendship and the power to change the course of our lives.” — Rachel Joyce, professional triathlete
“A witty and honest story of an endearing friendship. Susan always keeps it real.” — Kelly Williamson, professional triathlete
“A relatively quick read about running, triathlon and friendship that will make you laugh, cry and reflect on what’s really important in your own life. Susan Lacke might not be a household name (yet, anyway) but she’s a hell of a writer and has a knack for using humor to tell stories that resonate on a deeply personal level… I can’t recommend [her book] enough.” — Mario Fraioli, The Morning Shakeout
“I was captivated and inspired by Susan’s story of the profound transformative powers of friendship and sport. To see the progression and improvement in her life reminds us all of the value these human relationships and athletic endeavors have, and of the tremendous capacity for change and growth that lies in each person.” — Ben Hoffman, professional triathlete
“Life’s Too Short…cements Lacke’s reputation as the storyteller of endurance sports.” — Salt Lake magazine
“A book you just can’t put down…Susan Lacke shows the reader that we, too, can take Carlos’ passion and love and ‘go the distance’ in whatever we set out to do.” — A Triathlete’s Diary
“Life’s Too Short… gave me all the feels. Inspiring and funny, just like Susan.” — Rebecca Warren, Women’s Running