What happens to a regular guy who dopes? Surprised to learn that pro athletes aren’t the only ones taking performance-enhancing substances, journalist Andrew Tilin goes in search of the average juicing Joe, hoping to find a few things out: Why would normal people take these substances? Where do folks get them? Does the stuff really work?
But these controversial drugs often silence their users, and so his queries might have gone unanswered had Tilin not looked in the mirror and succumbed to curiosity. Soon wielding syringes, this fortysomething husband and father of two children becomes the doper next door.
During his yearlong odyssey, Tilin is transformed. He becomes stronger, hornier, and aggressive. He wades into a subculture of doping physicians, real-estate agents, and aging women who believe that Tilin’s type of legal hormone-replacement therapy is the key to staying young, and he often agrees.
He also lives with the price paid for renewed vitality, worrying about his health, marriage, and cheating ways as an amateur bike racer. And all along the way, he tells us what doping is really like: empowering and scary.
©2011 Andrew Tilin (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
A frank and personal look at what it's like to go on performance enhancing drugs from a middle-aged, amateur cyclist, who's a husband and father. He starts taking high dosages of exogenous testosterone and DHEA and talks about all the pro-'s and con's of this decision.
I thought it was fine as is.
Eric did a very good job narrating - smooth reader.
Yes - what I found fascinating was the 'hidden' side effects of the drugs that the author experienced. He was always worried that he might get caught, he felt like a fraud to his cycling coach, there were the mood swings, and also risking his family with secondary contamination. The author did a very good job about taking the reader through his decisions, even going back to key events from his childhood, and recent adulthood, which seemed to have shaped his decision to 'juice' and take the risks.
This book probes at the heart of the anti-aging industry. Supplemental hormones are the new panacea for men and women, it seems. This book should shed some good light on the overall effect of these drugs - moth physically, emotionally and psychologically.
The novel part was interesting but distracting from the core message: What was the impact of doping beyond a boner and feeling stronger. He cites one race and a handful of training runs but not before / after metrics. Was the impact marginal? Significant? Neither? He does delve into this details
As a cyclist myself I've often wondered if these drugs would help me and what the risks would be, I now feel as though I have a good idea. It's an honest look into the mind of a middle aged competitive cyclist looking to get back to that glory of youth.
Not sure it is a read twice type of book for me. Interesting info delivered in an entertaining way.
If you are into biking it is a added bonus.
interesting read good detail and content if at bit rambling at times. often disappears on an aside of pointless detail
"not all what I expected"
so much more than the story of a self confessed doper. I was disappointed at first but then found I thoroughly enjoyed this story in its entirety. well worth a listen. the narration is in my opinion, excellent.
"interesting insightful and compelling"
I got through this quickly ... clearly I enjoyed it, not least because I am a cyclist at a similar life stage as the author. I would have like him to experiment more and take it a stage further but understand why he didn't . I would recommend
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