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Friday, April 4, 2014

Spartan Up! -- Joe De Sena

Spartan Races are the toughest obstacle courses around, and tons of fun!  This past November I did a Beast race with some friends and had a blast!

The Spartan race series was created by Joe De Sena, who is about to release his first book (May 13th)

Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life

This is not a 'how to' book for running Spartan races.  This is a how to book on life.  Don't think self help book.  Just... don't.

First off, Joe is crazy.  Like, freaking nuts crazy.  Joe grew up in Queens, worked hard, and made his way to Wall Street where he made a small fortune.  Joe is not your 1%er rich kid living in the lap of luxury.  

Remember, Joe is Crazy.

After making his fortune he moved his family to Vermont in an effort to return he and his family to "the way things used to be".  
Joe took up endurance racing.  Now, endurance racing is a feat all of itself, but training to do an endurance race wasn't what Joe was after.  In fact, at this point Joe has over 50 Ultra events under his belt.  He completed 12 Ironman events in 1 year.  Crazy.  But not one to be content with merely 'crazy', Joe once completed the Vermont 100, the Lake Placid Ironman, and the Badwater Ultra in ONE (1) week.  

Since that time, Joe has gone on to create what is, perhaps, the toughest obstacle course series in the world (having distances of 4 miles, 10 miles, half marathon, full marathon, 100 miles, and 48 hour deathraces, to name a few).  Joe breaks, reforms, motivates, and trains Olympic Athletes, UFC fighters, Ultra-Marathoners, US Special Forces, and more.

Whether you are a seasoned professional athlete or you've never gotten off the couch, where you read those accolades and think "Joe is crazy... What's wrong with him!" or "Joe is crazy... We could be best friends!", this book will open your eyes and inspire you to break down walls and expect the impossible, in whatever field you may choose.

It's a great read, with real, relatable stories of passion, triumph, and perseverance and one that I definitely recommend. 

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