About a month ago my brother and I randomly decided to wander around Barnes and Noble. Since I had triathlons on my mind, I decided to peruse the sports section. In the sports section, several books about how to train for a triathlon caught my eye. I picked one up and started skimming it in a nearby chair.
While I was sitting there, a Barnes and Noble employee approached me and asked, “Are you gonna do the Marine Corps Marathon next week?” I laughed and told him that I was just starting to train for the Nation’s Triathlon next year. He congratulated me and went on his way.
About ten minutes later, the same employee returned, handed me a book and said, “I think you’ll really like this one”, and walked away. Even though I was kind of annoyed by the B & N employee picking out a book for me, I flipped through the book and was very impressed by what I saw.
The book was called “Iron Heart: The True Story of How I Came Back from the Dead”, by Brian Boyle. In a nutshell, the book is Brian’s memoir about the car accident that almost killed him and his recovery from the crash where he had to learn to talk and walk again. Three years later he was able to run, bike, swim, and compete in an Iron Man Triathlon in Haiwaii. You can find the book on Amazon and get a much better synopsis of Brian’s book on his blog.
I knew the book would clearly be a inspirational read, but I was short on cash and left it on the shelf.
This past week, completely randomly, Brian Boyle sent me a friend request on Facebook. I’m not sure how he found me, but was honored that he would reach out to me.
Is it a coincidence that Brian Boyle has been randomly been introduced to me twice in one month? Maybe. But now I have to read his book. Who knows? Maybe someday I might even get a chance to meet him, or run the same triathlon as him.
[Added 14 Dec 09: Read the update to this story]