Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges

Wednesday November 21 2012

I hadn't remembered ordering anything from Ireland. 

A book?

After tearing open the box, I find The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges.


On the cover, pictures of hikers in a desert and skiers at (obviously) one of the Poles, and bike racers on a dirt road.

Endurance Challenges… something is ringing a bell. 

I bet the Tevis Cup will be featured inside. And when I turn to page 125, "The Tevis Cup Ride" - I remember. I was contacted a (long) while ago for my input on the Tevis Cup. Would I answer some questions about it, for this book on the World's Toughest Endurance Challenges? Sure I would, as the Tevis Cup was one of my life's highlights and big athletic challenges. 

And there's my piece, under "Athlete Perspective."

The book's description says: "The World’s Toughest Endurance Challenges profiles 50 of the most extreme marathons, triathlons, bike rides, adventure races, climbs, open-water swims and other iconic endurance events from around the world."

I'm glad to be a little part of this book, and it serves to remind me how thrilled I still am to have finished the Tevis Cup, one of The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges!


  1. You should be proud of the fact that you contributed to the book and competed and finished the Tevis Cup. It's a great challenge and not everyone can do it.

    Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Great piece, Merri, I don't know how long after your Tevis you wrote it but it really carries your pride (and wonder) at having completed the race.
    (If you click on Amazon's "look inside" your page is one of the ones that can be viewed!)

  3. Hi Merri - thanks so much for helping out with the book and answering those questions on such an amazing challenge. Hope you like the finished version!

    Best Regards
    Richard Hoad

    1. Thank you Richard! I was hoping you'd respond because I could not find your original correspondence. Thank you for sending the book, it is lovely! I look forward to reading the rest of the endurance challenges (but not doing them!!!)

    2. Haha...glad you like! Best wishes, Richard.

  4. This is soooo cool Merri!! I must get the book. The Tevis is so huge on my list of accomplishments if I died today I would be happy.