I read this book in about two weeks and took three pages of notes, quotes, and follow ups to add to my training. He is about 10 year younger in the book than I am now and it was helpful to read a similar story of mental and physical struggle, just to see what happens. Sometime the two were one in the same (training slow to go fast) and sometimes goals are not achievable in a single season (or decade), to which the author brings some vicarious insights through his conversations with legendary skiers and coaches. It was fun to track down some of the places he mentions skiing and relate tot he low snow seasons, even several decades later, and commiserate in his quest for snow.
Long Distance is the second endurance book I read this year (the other is Running the Dream), both of which had similar advice. Build a base (and that takes a lot of time, not just a season or a year). Likewise, both books I read this year featured the illness of the author's parent and how that could affect training. The big takeaway, especially for masters athletes, is that training does not happen in a vacuum and the bridge generation is more likely to have to deal with parents who get ill, which will impact our big training plans. The mental conditioning you gain from sport can also be applied to life. And, sometimes, life gets in the way.
Highly recommended. Take notes. They will have years of benefits.