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Publisher's Summary

Susan and Carlos were unlikely friends. She was a young, overweight college professor and a bit of a trainwreck - juggling a divorce, a pack-a-day habit, and hiding empty boxes of wine under her bed. He was her boss, an Ironman triathlete, with life figured out. She was a whiner, he was a hard-ass. He had his shit together, she most assuredly did not.

Trash-talking workouts, breakdowns, a devastating diagnosis - this heartwarming story of training buddies reveals a deep and abiding friendship that traversed life, sport, and everything in between. Their journey reveals the inspiring power of sports and friendship to change lives forever.

Amusing and poignant, Life's Too Short to Go So F--king Slow is about running and triathlon, growth and heartbreak, and an epic friendship that went the distance.

©2017 Susan Lacke (P)2018 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Life's Too Short...cements Lacke's reputation as the storyteller of endurance sports." (Salt Lake Magazine)

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Positive tale but too many unexplored themes

Had great hope for this book to inspire me. The story of friendship, one man's grit and his best friends hidden 'f#ck ups' was a hook enough. As a repeat offender myself, I understood. The book however leaves so many themes untouched. It glossed over major life events that had previously been the major focus for the author. Case in point, author suddenly has new boyfriend, relationship struggles, surprise author suddenly has alcoholism and like some sort of all knowing Yoda her cancer battling BFF appears, discovers her secret, active alcoholism apparently lasted another 2-years before sobriety but not discussed beyond 'it lasted 2-,years' but they kept cycling mountains, literally. Similiarly, in one line we discover the boyfriend who dropped out of her narrative is now her husband. Ummmmm???? when did that happen???? Way too short. I'd thought from reviews the size wouldn't matter, I'd get my monthly fill in a small package. Not so 😪

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Amazing book!

Fantastic book, I have listened to it a few times. It has such a great story and is really emotional. Great to listen to while training, very motivating. I would recommend this to anyone!

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Not to be missed

I couldn't encourage you to read this book more. it was hilariously funny, so honest, and definitely made you have a good cry. it's not a long book but you will wish it kept on going.

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Don't be put off by the title!

When I saw the title I thought this was another author who has jumped on the "f***ked bandwagon.
I decided to listen and was blown away by both the content and the narrator.
This is a great book. Bought me to tears, made me smile and almost made me cheer out loud. I did an Ironman 8 years ago and since then have let things slip in every way. This book has motivated me to stop going so f*cking slow!!
Highly recommend.

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It will make you laugh and cry within minutes

Great story, and very well written. It will inspire you not to do an Ironman but to be a nice person to others.

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  • M. Verbeek
  • 03-12-2018

Nice (auto)triography

Nice relaxed story about a young woman discovering endurance and tri thanks to a ( to become ) best friend. The friend has a lot of love for the sport, hence wisdom to share. Allin all More about the friendship than tri , i found this audiobook great for relaxed commuting and you’ll pickup some endurancesport attitudeboosters too.

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  • david
  • 09-02-2021

The subtitle says it all.

A great personal story of friendship with Ironman running integrated into the narrative. I love stories of strength in the face of adversity. This is a good one. IF you aare a runner or biker and like good biographies that share personal stories this is a must read.

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  • Coach Denise-Marathon Whisperer
  • 17-10-2020

the beauty of endurance sports

I love how endurance sports not only brought 2 strangers together but also transformed the author. when I hit my wall in any races from now on, I will remind myself, "I came here for an F-ing Challenge!" thank you for sharing your story

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  • Tami R.
  • 10-09-2020

great Story

Loved it. Although it was hard driving and crying at the same time. Also, laughing.

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  • Joseph Rager
  • 19-07-2020

not a bot review

easy listen. makes me want to sign up for triathlon, not so sure about an ironman. more of a best-friend-love story than a book about triathlons

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-2020

A must listen

Whether a triathlete or not. A great love story of “just friends. The rare book that will make you laugh, cry, and totally motivate you.

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  • Ralph Rios
  • 22-05-2019

Amazing

She captures triathlon and life. Such a great story. I couldn’t stop listening to her story.

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  • E
  • 16-05-2019

This book make me believe everybody can do it!

Enjoyed the journey and did not expect the end. The story is rather funny and sad at times. And a unlikely friendship. It is heart warming

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  • CJ
  • 22-11-2018

Inspiring

Moving and inspiring story of friendship, dedication, and triathlon. A must read for all those who train hard and long. Of friendship and dedication to a goal.

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  • samira
  • 21-09-2018

I would listen to it again

I loved the story, the narration and the quality. I laughed hard and cried deep with this book several times. Thanks Audible!

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  • xrchris
  • 16-10-2018

Inspiring how one person can change a life

When I first started listening the narrator's voice really grated on me. However, I persevered and I gradually got sucked into the story and got hooked.

As I had never read what the book was about (other than cycling) it was a shock when the story took a sudden turn. This only made we want to listen more and hope that all would work out good.

I have to say that, for someone who is not known to be a softy, I found there to be some very touching moments in the later chapters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-2020

Great book

A great story well told, so much honestly I could relate to. very inspiring .

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  • Laura Browne
  • 01-09-2020

Hilarious. Heart breaking. Human

I’ve never enjoyed an audio book as much as I enjoyed this. If you’re a sports addict, a tentative triathlete or someone who just wants to hear an honest account for relationships through sport, this is everything.

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  • saffron martin
  • 31-03-2020

Friendship without limits

Nice feel good story to show that friendship has no limits and that challenges make you stronger

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  • Joe H
  • 03-02-2020

Heartwarming

A fantastic story about friendship, with triathlon as a vehicle for storytelling. A true tale of ironman spirit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-2020

emotional and captivating

I really loved the simplicity of this book it had me in tears by the end truly touching

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  • SteelCitymtb'er
  • 16-08-2019

Well Worth a listen

Well written and narrated and had my attention all the way through,Emotional at times.Highley recommended

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-01-2019

fab story

fab narrator very well written n descriptive book loved the narrative behind it . well worth a listen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-08-2018

Incredible!

Absolutely loved it, great story! Many times throughout the book I felt a tug on my heart strings as the story unfolded.

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  • Bevolicious
  • 05-03-2018

stunning book one of the best and fabulous Tribute

couldn't stop was brilliant read ! got to get out on my rd bike far more and will think of Carlos !

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