TN50#166_My Beach Book List For 2024, Part 2_3 June_2024

Hi Team,

We made it back to Colorado and our time on S. Padre Island, in TEXASSSS (think William Shatner and name the movie) was amazing.  I easily cruised through all 4 books so let’s review.

Happy Monday and welcome to The Next 50 #166. I like to think of personal performance in 3 components: physical, mental and emotional.  My frameworks focus on 4 Buckets: Eat, Sleep, Move and Think.  This blog is my sandbox for sharing information that you might find useful for your personal performance.

First off, I’ll start by saying all 4 of these books did not disappoint.

  1. What The Fire Ignited, by Shay Eskew

This book will fire you up, most of us can’t compare our worst days to Shay’s worst days, but here’s the crazy thing; most of us can’t compare our best days to Shay’s best days either.  If What The Fire Ignited doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what will.  Shay boils his success down to 3 things.  They are: 1. Not 2. Going to 3. Tell you!  Shoot me an email and I’ll share his list (

  1. True Believer, Jack Carr

Book two in Jack Carr’s series on, James Reece, was a 14+ hour adrenalin filled Audible adventure.  I loved this book and unlike the first one, it ended with a couple nasty lose ends.  Not sure how long I’ll be able to hold out before I load book 3, Savage Son.

  1. Write Your Story, Allison Fallon

I read this one on the car ride back to Colorado; it wasn’t as exciting as Shay or Jack’s books, but I learned a lot about writing; and I have a lot of respect for the author, Allison Fallon, and what she does for people who need to get their story out regardless of who or how many may eventually read it.  If you have a moment from your past or current life that you need to work through, or you want to share through writing, this book help you find your way.

  1. Beneath The Surface, Michael Phelps

I’ll make a guess and say there are probably about 200,000 people in the world who have the physical structure (attributes) to swim as good as Michael Phelps (MP), but only one who has the brain and mind of MP AND who linked up with the perfect coach for that brain and mind, Bob Bowman.  This is a really good book, but the story that really jumped out at me was how Bob Bowman was able to figure out exactly how to train and lead Michael Phelps to be the best swimmer the world has ever known.

I did get 2 additional recommendations:

Stay Off My Operating Table, by Dr. Philip Ovadia.  I audibled this book and as a performance geek I enjoyed it.  But I’d offer a couple other titles up if you want to dive into a more wholistic book on metabolic health and its culpability in all the diseases of modernity.

Warrior’s Creed, by Roger Sparks.  I haven’t listened to this one YET, but it’s loaded to my audible account and I’ll be listening to it this summer.

Thanks to the 2 fellas that sent me recommendations.

Have a good one, Alex

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