Monday, May 18, 2015

One Moment of Pain

Training quote from Gold by Chris Cleave

"The only way you could bear the training, and certainly the only way you could endure the pain of the sprint, was to take life one fraction of a second at a time. You carried that attitude with you across the finishing line, and through the dressing room, and out into ordinary life with your kit still wet in your kitbag. One moment of pain was never unbearable unless you allowed it to have some kind of a relationship with the moments on either side of it. Atoms of time could be trained to operate quite effectively in strictly partitioned cubicles on the open-plan floor of the day." Novel Summary: If your dreams pull you in one direction and your heart in another, which should you follow? This is the question that haunts Kate Meadows, a world champion athlete whose eight-year-old daughter Sophie is battling a recurrence of childhood leukemia just as Kate is about to compete for her last chance at an Olympic gold medal. For years, Kate has sacrificed everything for her family and watched her best friend and closest rival, Zoe Castle, conquer the world stage. Kate has never won gold and will have to go through Zoe—who has everything to lose—to get it. Now her child is facing a life-threatening illness, and the stakes are higher than ever. How can she do what is right for her daughter without abandoning all of her dreams?

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