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Zendurance : a spiritual guide for endurance athletes
Eversfield, Shane Alton.
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Publication Information:
Halcottsville, N.Y. : Breakaway Books, 2003.
Physical Description:
333 pages ; 23 cm
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GV749.5 .E85 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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'This is a wonderful piece of work - something all athletes need to read.' - Paula Newby-Fraser, eight-time Ironman World Champion

Using basic Zen techniques, the author provides a guide to improving athletic performance through meditation, centering, visualization and relaxation. The book is written for athletes of all levels, and for people who are not necessarily drawn to spirituality. The goal is 'meditation in movement,' and extending the many benefits of Zendurance into your everyday life. Many athletes struggle during training and racing, with their mental stress and physical imbalances creating barriers to their performance. Zendurance teaches you to find 'effortless power.'

Author Notes

Shane Alton Eversfield is a Zen instructor and Ironman triathlete. He lives in Hawaii. Paula Newby-Fraser is an 8-time Ironman world champion.

Table of Contents

Paula Newby Fraser
Forewordp. 7
Starting Linep. 9
Tri-Zenp. 21
Zendurancep. 23
Why Tri?p. 30
Swimming--Yieldingp. 33
Bicycling--Blendingp. 47
Running--Aligningp. 67
Zendurance Training Summaryp. 90
What Is Form?p. 94
What Is Feel?p. 98
Intelligence of Tri-Zenp. 121
T-1: Transition Onep. 142
Heartcore Zendurancep. 145
Zen Pentathlonp. 147
Leg Strength for Fitness and Intelligencep. 158
Zen Pentathlon: Integrationp. 170
Heartcore Integration: First Legp. 175
Heartcore Integration: Second Legp. 183
Heartcore Integration: Third Legp. 196
Heartcore Integration: Summaryp. 210
Zen Pentathlon: Contributionp. 212
Practical Navigationp. 215
T-2: Transition Twop. 225
Zendurance Racing and Performancep. 229
Why Race?p. 231
The Heart of Racingp. 234
Racing and Egop. 239
Centering and Peakingp. 242
Giveaway Racingp. 248
Zendurance Performancep. 252
Performance and Stressp. 257
Chemistry and Zendurance Performancep. 259
The Nature of Our Race Entityp. 265
Embracing Attachment: Why Not Race?p. 271
Final Milesp. 277
Beyond Zendurancep. 279
Genuine Fitness, Intelligence, and Powerp. 286
Final Milesp. 295
Final Miles: Impermanencep. 298
Final Miles: Selflessnessp. 303
Final Miles: Sufferingp. 313
Final Miles: Summaryp. 321
Finish Linep. 322
Awards Ceremonyp. 324
Recovery and Adaptationp. 327
Reading Resourcesp. 333