The Happiness Of Pursuit: A Father'S Courage, A Son'S Love And Life'S Steepest Climb
Publish Date: 2011-06-01
Author: Davis Phinney;Austin Murphy
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For two decades, Davis Phinney was one of Americas 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 Parkinsons. 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 Parkinsons 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 Taylors 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 Parkinsons with tales from his cycling career and from his sons emerging career. The Happiness of Pursuit is a remarkable story of fathers and sons and bikes, of victories large and small.