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- Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
A "Note" for Amazon Reviewers: This book is a pretty straight down run of his thoughts. Sure, he is boastful, pretty high on the ego side of things, but the guy has set records, if you are reading this for how to increase your sprinting or improving your technique - DO NOT bother. Matter of fact, if you want some fitness tips at all from this book - definitely avoid the book. The book is a train of thought of his life, sure, it has some video games, its parties and ladies too - but in essence, that's his life. He admits these flaws, he is also YOUNG and he knows his title can be taken away from him, and let's admit it, sprinters don't have a huge 'life span' on the track before a young gun will take over. That's the point though, it's interesting to read how he can face some adversity and try to step up when he needs to.
- Don't read if you are looking for exercise/sprinting technique.
- Be wary, hes currently the fastest man in history - of course he can be boastful.
- He's still young at times in his biography - he's not 'old' like most biographies written and that in itself is a reflection of what you can expect.
- Where will he go after 2016? we may never know. Let's just see where he is now.
So let's get down to the awesome part....
Before the Beijing Olympics. Before his Olympic record, there was a record time set by Usain Bolt which shocked everyone in Kingston, Jamaica - running 9.76 seconds for the 100m. Everyone began to criticise him, saying it was 'unofficial'. Critics were saying he didn't do it, the wind was in his favor (making times not count), the timer must have been wrong, or it wasn't possible. Who is this new guy think he is? Usain Bolt had barely been running 100m when he hit this time, but since it was unofficial everyone began to doubt him.
Then the New York Reebok run.
The announcer: "That is the fastest any HUMAN has ever covered 100 metres. Usain Bolt has listened to the critics for 2 weeks, they said his 9.76 seconds in Jamaica could not possibly have been legitimate."
He ran 9.72. Nine point seven two. He set the World Record.
Record. Set. He has silenced his critics.
It's as if Usain Bolt's life is dedicated to run one and two hundred meters faster than any other human being. (Remembering that 200m is HIS favorite field, not the 100m - but he also is the fastest there too! ). In someways he is an example of human potential. At some point in time, we thought we had a plateau in human speed, then all of a sudden... Bang! the records were broken the moment Bolt started his mark in 100m. It must be crazy and amazing how all this dedication is pinpointed to a number for him. Reduced to that number on the board.
At the same time, it can be scary. In Usain Bolt's autobiography, he shows how his title of being the fastest man can be stripped from him at any point in time. Anywhere, someone could be training for that moment to take his titles and his legendary "fastest man" title. Today the fastest, tomorrow, forgotten. Usain Bolt starts his story with his upbringing, at a young age, teachers noted his potential as a runner and he started to enjoy the crowd when he was at competitions. The 200m was what he enjoyed the most before he started running the 100m (he didn't like running the 400m - too much work! and he felt he could never run the 100m due to his height -as it takes time for tall people to 'unravel' in a muscle from crouch position).
He admits to his past laziness, riding his 'raw' potential:
"My Raw talent was out of this world, I used to cruise through practice and get by."
Then that changed when he got beaten. He Broke a record at the World Junior Championships 200m but even though he had won, even though he had beaten everyone... he lost to himself. He felt he rode on that raw talent as opposed to good training and consequently he got a new coach and started training the way he preferred.
"A killer athlete can't just roll up to the start line in any meet and expect to win without working hard. They can't hope to take gold medals or break world records without discipline. "
When he was lazy, he was beaten by Tyson Gay in the 200m - he had come second and everyone was pysched and proud of him. He wasn't smiling. He was unhappy. He wanted to know how Tyson, from behind, passed him in the 200m. The coaches words? Slack. Later he shuts his phone off, begins to watch what he eats and proceeds to train... he wanted to make a dent. He broke the world record.
Not to spoil his book but there were some very interesting notes and mentions:
- In the 2012 London Olympics Usain Bolt purposely turned around to Blake and whispered a 'shhh' as he mentions in his book (this was as a rebuttal not as disrespect to Blake!) - You can actually watch this online and be shocked when you see it!
- He had an extreme car accident in 2009 - almost dying and the car turning over and crashing. Legs and Feet injured too! He felt God was giving him a saying - you are meant to continue to run.
- He's a competitive guy, each time he had a rival - he steps up to the plate. He thrives on competitions.
Reading and watching Usain Bolt's runs was inspirational. There is no real limit, we can break them if we try. The Autobiography was a great read and I recommend watching the races he mentions (Olympics: 2012, 2008 and the New York Reebok time which are all available online).