Hot Flashes And Half Ironmans

Middle-aged Endurance Athletics Meets the Hormonally Challenged




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Women get older, dammit, and sometimes it sucks, especially for women who pride themselves on athleticism and an adventurous spirit. Hot flashes. Weight gain. Sleepless nights. Yes, it can be hard, but middle age doesn’t have to be a flashing red stop light. It’s perfectly acceptable for women of a certain age, a certain level of hormonal imbalance, and a certain amount of cellulite to don spandex and even enter the rarefied sport of endurance triathlon. In fact, there’s a huge advantage to aging: much of the potential competition drops out in favor of the couch and a remote control. And the endurance high? The elation of dietary purity and discovering you can have arms like Madonna? The Zen of goal attainment? Better than a good Shiraz buzz. Once you get past the ugly mood swings, chafing on your girly parts, and “kill your own mother” craving for sleep and a hot Cinnabon, that is. 

The author has been there and done that, with lessons learned and sense of humor (usually) intact. She completed her first triathlon at 39 and her first Half Ironman at 40. She has her eye on an M-dot tattoo in 2014.

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Pamela Fagan Hutchins is an employment attorney and workplace investigator by day who writes award-winning and best-selling women’s fiction mysteries (Saving Grace, Leaving Annalise, and others) and humorous nonfiction (How to Screw Up Your Kids, What Kind of Loser Indie Publishes?, and others) by night. She is passionate about great writing and smart authorpreneurship. She also leaps medium-tall buildings in a single bound, if she gets a good running start.

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  1. Ann Brennan says:

    Reading Hot Flashes and Half Ironmans is like sitting down to coffee with you best friend. It is full of laughs, honesty and moments only another juggling it all woman could understand.

  2. Ally says:

    Reading this book makes me feel like I’m no alone in my battle with hormones and peri-menopause. I might not be crazy after all! Pamela’s training efforts, despite real life continually getting in the way are nothing short of inspiring. Through it all, their family stays supportive and connected, her and Eric’s love just grows stronger and stronger.

  3. Julie says:

    Witty, insightful and hysterically funny. You will laugh, cry and cheer Pamela on in her journey as a wife and triathlete. She bares her soul and shares with candor about her struggles with PDD and perimenopause. Not only making you think but sharing valuable information along the way. A must read for any women over 30 and her partner!

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  4. Kristi Corona Finley says:

    So excited to get this book in my “hot” little hands (no pun intended). Pam is a wonderful writer. Telling it like it is. She says things that all women want to say but don’t. I myself have erratic hormones along with severe anxiety. Reading Pam’s books is a must for all women. What an awesome support system she has with her children and a fantastic husband. Pam is an inspiration to me and I just can’t wait to read more.

  5. Ashe L. says:

    I never have been a huge fan of exercise (okay, that’s an understatement), but the way Pamela talks about working and her stick-to-itness is really encouraging. A lot of the stories were simply hilarious. It was also helpful to read about someone else struggling with hormones and still looking at the bright side of things. The author also include a lot of helpful tips to deal with hormonal troubles- really great. I think that anyone who likes athletics or just needs encouragement should read this!

  6. Peter says:

    An intriguing story that explores issues many older athletes confront. It is an honest look at what it is really like to be an aging athlete. This could help all people, male and female, understand some basic concepts inherent in your changing hormonal physiology.

  7. Susie says:

    Funny stories. It was so heartwarming to read about the joys and struggles of a middle aged woman who wants more than anything to compete in endurance sports with her new husband. Very compelling reading.

  8. CT White says:

    This was a really funny and honest book, the story about the elk was hilarious, I would really recommend this to women over thirty!

  9. Sam says:

    I loved this book! This book kept me up all night. They were very heart warming stories, and absolutey hilarious! Love, Love, Love!

  10. ShellyB says:

    An empowering story of an every-woman lady (who is also a great story teller) who fights her way through battles with hormone problems and feeling terrible to ultimately training for triathlons. She teaches anyone who reads it that anything is possible and that its worth the effort. When you are done you are going to want to get out and do something for yourself.

Let us know how you skip all the jack, too.