[epub pdf] The Happiness of Pursuit: A Father's Love, a Son's Courage and Life's Steepest Climb (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Davis Phinney, Ira Rosenberg, Austin Murphy, Audible Studios: Audible AudiobooksAuthor Davis Phinney – Carcier.co

For two decades, Davis Phinney was one of America s most successful cyclists He won two stages at the Tour de France and an Olympic medal But after years of feeling off, he was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson s The body that had been his ally was now something else a prison The Happiness of Pursuit is the story of how Davis sought to overcome his Parkinson s by reaching back to what had made him so successful on the bike and adjusting his perspective on what counted as a win The news of his diagnosis began a dark period for this vibrant athlete, but there was also light His son Taylor s own bike racing career was taking off Determined to beat the Body Snatcher, Davis underwent a procedure called deep brain stimulation Although not cured, his symptoms abated enough for him to see Taylor compete in the Beijing Olympics Davis Phinney had won another stage But the joy, he discovered, was in the pursuit With humor and grace, Phinney weaves the narrative of his battle with Parkinson s with tales from his cycling career and from his son s emerging career The Happiness of Pursuit is a remarkable story of fathers and sons and bikes, of victories large and small


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  1. Jeremy Newby Jeremy Newby says:

    This is one of the most inspirational books I ve ever read This is a story of an elite athlete overcoming great adversity due to Parkinsons disease, and also describing the adversity faced by his own father who suffered with prostate cancer, and eventually died following its metastasis I am a cancer patient and this book has helped and inspired me very significantly


  2. Nirbhay Nirbhay says:

    It reached 2 days late and there was no auto update regarding the product s arrival


  3. Aqua Papa Aqua Papa says:

    I absolutely loved this book There are a lot of great cycling anecdotes, which I was expecting, but there is a lot of depth to it as well Davis Phinney is an inspiring character in numerous dimensions, but there is an incredible frankness and honesty to this memoir that I can only guess comes from having confronted such a challenging and personal illness as Parkinson s Disease He really opens up in terms of talking about his difficult relationship with his own father and his relationship with his son Taylor This book is stirring and thought provoking and literally moved me to tears, but ultimately left me feeling uplifted and inspired I highly recommend it.


  4. J. Wise J. Wise says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed Davis book It was touching, funny and compelling.I remember watching Davis race in the Tour de France and the Coors Classic He was the Mark Cavendish of his time It was thrilling to watch him race his bike.Davis is very forthcoming about his illness and being encased in armor for ten years Several times his honesty brought tears to my eyes.I recommend this book to anyone who is a cyclist or is dealing with a serious illness You will not regret reading this genuinely honest book.


  5. Bill Barnard Bill Barnard says:

    Great read, learned a great deal about managing my Parkinson s Disease from this book, recommend it for everyone s reading list.


  6. Denise Phillips Denise Phillips says:

    I found this book to be very moving Thankfully I have not had to endure a disability such as PD, but all of us experience challenges in our lives and should think about Davis Phinney s advice to look for small victories each day and push ourselves to never give up.


  7. Rickleaf Rickleaf says:

    An inside look at the trials and tribulations of one of America s greatest cyclists who goes from Tour de France stage winner to Parkinsons Disease patient Phinney s story is both motivating and inspirational A great read


  8. Dorothy A. Phinney Dorothy A. Phinney says:

    This is a great book by a great guy It helps to know that even those with huge success have huge hurdles to overcome.


  9. Glynn Young Glynn Young says:

    Since I started cycling seven years ago, I ve read a lot of cycling books about the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong, memoirs of famous cyclists and histories of the sport After a while, I began to see how some of these books, especially the memoirs, began to sound alike, following a familiar formula of biographical facts great races I have known cycling as a metaphor for life.Davis Phinney s The Happiness of Pursuit is decidedly different Perhaps it s because his life has been decidedly different.Phinney is one of the great cyclists He was part of the 7 11 team that cracked the Tour de France open for American based squads He won stages in the Tour de France He biked the infamous Passo Gavia stage in the 1988 Giro d Italia the one that included a snowstorm and cyclists getting frostbite and has passed into cycling legend.In 2000, retired from professional cycling but with a burgeoning television commentator career, Phinney was diagnosed with Parkinson s disease.In The Happiness of Pursuit, written with Sports Illustrated senior writer Austin Murphy, Phinney weaves four connected stories into the story of a life his professional cycling career, his relationship with his father, his battle with Parkinson s, and the cycling career of his son Taylor, who s become an accomplished cyclist and biking champion at an incredibly young age.He tells his story with candor and insight, two qualities often lacking in other cycling memoirs His struggles with his disease, how a distant at best relationship with his father grew into something important and meaningful after his father was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer, Phinney s less than endearing personality in his early racing years all are treated openly and honestly He worries less about other cyclists shortcomings and failures and about his own, and gradually the reader comes to see that this is a man who s come to terms with himself, his life and with a crippling disease.What also shines through is his love for his family His wife, Connie Carpenter, won Olympic gold for cycling in 1984 and was a champion in her own right And she is depicted here as one strong woman, who carries her family as her father in law and her husband both struggle with disease Phinney also tells the story of Taylor, who starts his cycling career at 15 and starts it with fireworks and the fireworks show is still going on The Happiness of Pursuit also differs from other memoirs in this important fact of Phinney s life the cycling career is put into its proper perspective It s important, yes, but Phinney comes to understand it for what it is a career, and a successful one, but not the most important thing about his life.


  10. G. Kellner G. Kellner says:

    I really enjoyed this book than I thought I would I had heard of Davis Phinney through an article in Bicycling a few years ago, and of course I d heard of his son Taylor I just ordered this book, not really having any expectations of it It s really good Davis s father, Damon, was an honest to god rocket scientist, and although Davis would say he missed out completely on his father s scientific mind, still Davis clearly got some of his father s intelligence He writes well, he s funny and engaging, and a good storyteller Also, not only is Davis s story inspiring, having to deal with Parkinson s disease, I also found his father s story really inspiring as well His Dad was diagnosed with cancer, and all of a sudden really seemed to come out of his shell, engage with people and live his life to the fullest And of course, this is the example that Davis tries to follow to this day Taylor is sort of a footnote he s not really in the book until the last few chapters but that s fitting his story isn t written yet, though he is a phenomenal talent I would definitely recommend this to cycling fans, people who suffer from PD, cancer patients, and really, anyone who enjoys a good story.


  11. Craig Stephans Craig Stephans says:

    The Happiness of Pursuit will engage and satisfy a wide range of readers from fans of Sports Illustrated to fans of Oprah Phinney and Murphy strike a perfect balance between stories of the cycling world and personal stories of battling terminal cancer and Parkinson s Disease.Davis Phinney was is an American Pro cycling pioneer who excelled in racing This book narrates some of his triumphs and tragedies on the bike As his son Taylor grows up in the book, readers live through some of his ups and downs on the bike For cycling enthusiasts, this writing is treasurable I think it will also appeal to general readers, too, as it provides context for the personal issues and challenges faced by the author and his family His life changes dramatically when he discovers at about age 40 years old that he suffers from early onset Parkinson s Disease for which there is no cure.An equally substantial topic of the book is Davis Phinney s father Damon who lived with what could have been terminal cancer for over a decade while logging over 40,000 miles on his bike The book tells the story of how Damon was transformed by embracing life with cancer and literally came out of his shell He is an example for his son Davis who has learned to appreciate every victory of the day no matter how small This has been a motto for his foundation to help people live with Parkinson s Disease Readers learn about the struggles that those with Parkinson s face daily and how difficult life can become for them.The book concludes with Davis boasting of his son s accomplishments on the bike and how his pride in his son has to do with his character and perseverance as much as his awards It is inspiring to see a father so proud of his son and his own father This is a book about the value of family and friends as much as it is a book about cycling.I thought this is a well written book that will inspire and entertain readers from all backgrounds.Cycling fans will also want to check outA Dog in a Hat An American Bike Racer s Story of Mud, Drugs, Blood, Betrayal, and Beauty in Belgium


  12. Karen Wilber Karen Wilber says:

    The Happiness of Pursuit is a multi layered story It s the story of Davis Phinney s cycling career It s the story of his relationship with father, Damon Phinney It s the story of his love of family and of getting to see son Taylor compete in the Beijing Olympics It s the story of Phinney s experiences with early onset Parkinson s Disease Above all, this book is a collection of stories that reflect Phinney s never give up attitude, which served him well as a cyclist and which he relies on in his battle with Parkinson s.Readers looking for a tell all cycling memoir this summer should look elsewhere Phinney and co writer Austin Murphy have given us a glimpse into the difficult work and choices that cyclists make in their career But the point of the story is not the prize at the end nor fame nor fortune, but about celebrating life s everyday victories whether they be barely hanging on to compete another day of racing or merely getting oneself out of bed.Though some of the people mentioned in this book will be unfamiliar to those who don t follow professional cycling, even non fans will find Phinney s story inspirational and engaging A terrific fathers and sons story that will appeal to older teens and adults alike.