One man’s dream festers for decades before erupting into a season of physical exhaustion and emotional extremes.
Trip Daniels is relatively happy with his life, but something is missing. He has two good kids, a mother eager to babysit, a tough-but-genial father, steady income from his landscaping business and a couple of good buddies to hang with once a week at the local bar. As a hobby, he occasionally competes in local triathlons. Many other men would be satisfied with this existence, but Trip has a secret wish that has remained unfulfilled since his college days–to compete in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, the ultimate race for triathletes. He once qualified for the race and came close to participating, but his guilt-ridden relationship with his father, who believes providing a good life for one’s family is the only important goal, kept him from competing. At the age of 40, Trip’s children and friends convince him that his dream is worth the investment, and he embarks on an excruciating training regimen. Written in a fast-paced, breathless style, Know Regrets takes the reader through a battery of races, from frozen New England to steamy Hawaii, where the heat is enough to render bicyclists unconscious. Durant knows his triathlon trivia, and the detailed specifics of the races and Trip’s training program add credibility and authenticity to a somewhat implausible tale. Dynamic action scenes move the story forward with gusto–readers can almost hear highly charged background music during key moments. The dialogue sometimes devolves into clichÃ© and the book is marred by occasionally confusing transitions from one scene to another, but these problems are easily overlooked by readers caught up in the engaging plot. The author joins the ranks of sports novelists with aplomb.
An enjoyable glimpse of a fictional amateur athlete’s passion.