A release from specialist book publisher VeloPress notes that women are becoming endurance athletes in record numbers. ‘From running to triathlon, women are the reason endurance sports are booming.’ Alicia DiFabio explores the surge of women in sports in her own personal story, Women Who Tri: A Reluctant Athlete’s Journey Into the Heart of America’s Newest Obsession.
DiFabio’s journalistic memoir is an inspiring and informative look at the history, psychology, subculture and transformative power of triathlons among ‘ordinary’ women. Women Who Tri is now available in bookstores, tri shops, and online.
What would you do if nearly all the women in your town took up triathlon? If you’re like DiFabio – an out-of-shape, harried mother of four small children whose daily look featured stained yoga pants, a messy ponytail, and under-eye circles bigger than her diaper bag – you would shrug your shoulders and try to hold on for that after-bedtime glass of wine. So, it was to her utter surprise when she found herself on the starting line of a triathlon.
In Women Who Tri, DiFabio explores the triathlon phenomenon that gripped her town and swept the US. This personal story compares DiFabio’s own experience in the small, New Jersey town of Mullica Hill alongside the national surge of women’s participation in endurance sports. Women Who Tri weaves together the insights of a psychologist, the research of a journalist, and the deep insecurities of a daunted newbie.
DiFabio shares her journey from nervous newcomer to triathlon finisher as she investigates one of the world’s most challenging, inspiring, and fastest-growing sports. As VelPress adds, ‘Women Who Tri will entertain, enlighten, and inspire any triathlon enthusiast, from tri-addicts to the tri-curious.’
Women Who Tri: A Reluctant Athlete’s Journey Into the Heart of America’s Newest Obsession
Paperback. 6″ x 9″, 216 pp., US$18.95, 9781937715588
Alicia DiFabio, Psy.D. finished her first triathlon at age 45. She is a member of the 900-woman strong Mullica Hill Women’s Tri Club. DiFabio has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. On hiatus from the practice of psychology to raise her four young children, she writes on health and wellness, women’s issues, parenting, and education for newspapers, magazines, and literary journals. An active blogger, Dr DiFabio chronicles her adventures as a special needs mother to four children, one who has been diagnosed with autism and epilepsy.
VeloPress is a leading publisher of books about endurance sports. Focused on cycling, triathlon, running and swimming, VeloPress books aim to help committed athletes achieve their goals of going faster and farther.