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Three Years, Three Letters: From the Couch to the Alps (2021)

English | 2021 | ISBN: N/A | ASIN: B0977NCHNN | 235 Pages | EPUB | 2.04 MB

If you have not tried – how do you know you cannot?

A gripping personal journey rich with challenges, crises, and peaks. A journey of self discovery, of coping, and of creating change. A journey around the world, including snow-covered mountain tops, exotic forests and wild landscapes in Japan, the Alps, the Dolomites, Iceland, Costa Rica and more. A journey that provides a unique insight into the world of mountain “ultra” runners.

Another day on the 30th floor of Google’s Tokyo Head Office. I am staring out the floor to ceiling window toward Mt. Fuji, unaware exactly how much this day is about to change my life. My self-image as “fat” has been fixed since childhood, I always hated running. Shocking news from a local physician are about to shake me out of my stupor and lead to a series of actions, and in fact turn out to be the very catalyst for my setting out on a journey of significant change.

This is my account of that three-year journey that began with me weighing over 120 kilograms, and culminates in my participating in one of the most challenging mountain races in the world – becoming the first ever Israeli to finish the “Tor des Geants”, a race of 340 km that takes place on a treacherous route deep in the Alps. It is a testament to the human spirit and our ability to achieve the “impossible”.

“Three Years, Three Letters” deals with the questions and ideas that trouble many of us – the desire to find the inner strength to accomplish change, coping with crises and our own fears – both old and new, setting targets, and chasing dreams that once seemed impossible.