Swim better, run faster and fall in love with The River Why

June 4, 2014


Book and Movie Reviews

By OutdoorsNW Staff

Swim Speed Strokes

By Sheila Taormina

Sheila Taormina, a four-time Olympian and one-time gold medalist, inspires swimmers and triathletes to improve their performance techniques with her best-selling book Swim Speed Strokes.

If you swim to condition or train and have observed minimal improvement in your efficiency and speed, then read this book. Many swimmers are finding that Taormina’s techniques are valuable alternatives to body-position swimming, also referred to as Total Immersion (TI) technique, which is a training style for swimmers.

Taormina provides information and evidence that efficient swimming technique is maintaining a high elbow and a strong pull during the stroke. If you’re looking for a stronger pull and more efficient swimming, Taormina’s book will get you to the finish line faster. — By Kris Parfitt


Faster Road Racing

By Pete Pfitzinger and Philip Latter
Human Kinetics

Pete Pfitzinger, an exercise physiologist and respected running coach and Olympic medal runner teamed up with Philip Latter, a senior writer for Running Times, to produce Faster Road Racing.

Written for the intermediate to advanced level runners who are focused on training for 5k to half-marathon distances, the book is also a great tool for coaches whose clients are training to increase their speed.

The information will support any running athlete’s goal to become faster while at the same provide great statistical data to help them make better decisions, stay healthier and enjoy running more. — By Kris Parfitt


The River Why

Movie directed by Matthew Leutwyler
Ambush Entertainment

Based on a book of the same title written by David James Duncan (Sierra Club Press) and directed by Matthew Leutwyler (Uncanny, 2015), the movie, The River Why, does not disappoint.

The protagonist, Gus, is the prodigal son of a well-educated fly-fisherman who approaches this hobby much like a preacher approaches the virtues of God’s word. His mother is a staunch hook-and-reel fisherwoman who also preaches just as loudly but about a more free-range approach to life. The river and the fish are the religion of this family while the cutthroat battle is over fly versus bait.

Gus escapes Portland, Oregon after high school to fish along the banks of a fictional river called the Tamanawis. The eccentric friends he collects show up exactly on cue to help move us along. Even Eddy, the wild and feral fisher-girl he fancies, is both just as wise and vulnerable as Gus and together they teach each other how to fish in the river or life and love. PG-13 — By Kris Parfitt and Jennifer McLaughlin