Book Series Reviews

Maximize Return on Your Aerobic Investment

  • Why do you train and race? 
  • Are you a slave to the watch and the metrics of power and pace?  Are you lost without them?
  • Are you dissatisfied with your times and slowing with age? 
  • Have you lost sight of the journey and forgotten that swimming, biking and running – activities from childhood – are supposed to be fun with the added benefit of improved mental and physical health? 

Shane Eversfield’s new Kaizen-durance book series may be the elixir you need.  Shane draws upon his background as a modern dancer, ultra-endurance triathlete and his 40-plus years of deep T’ai Chi practice to share his Zen wisdom with the reader.  Kaizen-Durance guides the endurance athlete to focus not just on “hitting the numbers”, but on what is happening HERE and NOW – in your body. 

He explains the vast potential of neural training to connect the brain with the intelligence of the body – a phenomenon he calls “Kinetic Intelligence”, truly the wisdom of the aging athlete.   With KI, we can move through the water and over land more efficiently.  Readers discover that kinetic intelligence is the awareness and the skill to occupy and animate our bodies with precision, grace and ease.  His book is more than just concepts.  Shane provides mindfulness exercises that will help you develop your kinetic intelligence.

The insights, techniques and exercises are applicable to the elite triathlete, the middle of the pack racer, and for all of us who seek to maximize return on our aerobic investment for healthy functional and fulfilling lives.   And they are compatible with any conventional training program.

The injury rate among runners is up to 70% per year.  With Kaizen-Durance, we can foster a body-mind union to increase awareness of every stride, every stroke, and thereby potentially decrease injury rate.  I recommend Shane’s series of six books to anyone open-minded enough to explore new ways to approach our passion for endurance,  for anyone who wants to grow as a triathlete or recreational exerciser and as a whole person. 

Book One, “An Introduction to Kaizen-durance, Your Aerobic Path to Mastery” opens the door to celebrate aging as the acquisition of wisdom rather than the decline of aerobic fitness.   As Shane says, “It’s not mind over matter, it’s mind IN matter.  Finesse is stronger than force.”

Andrew Getzin, MD
Clinical Director of Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance
Cayuga Medical Center
Ithaca, NY
Head Team Physician USA triathlon

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