The Hurt Artist

My Journey from Suicidal Junkie to Ironman

Shane Niemeyer with Gary Brozek

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With troubles beginning as early as childhood, the trajectory of Shane Niemeyer’s life seemed to have only one direction: down. His struggles with heroin addiction led him to jail, and he eventually hit rock bottom. Soon, his two pack a day cigarette habit was the healthiest thing he did. One dark night in jail, his suicide attempt failed. What happened next transcends the term recovery.

The Hurt Artist is the searing yet luminous travelogue of Shane’s powerful journey from suicidal addict to Ironman. He vividly depicts the landscape of pain in which he’s lived his life—emotional and physical pain inflicted upon him and that he inflicts upon himself, pain that pulls him down, and, in detailing his training, the pain he harnesses to lift himself up. Ultimately, Shane’s story is one of redemption and triumph, a lesson in the value of second chances and a clear reminder that nobody, regardless of how seemingly desperate their circumstances, is beyond the reach of salvation.

From inmate #71768 to Ironman Triathlon World Championship competitor #1419, Shane paints a stirring self-portrait in this hilarious, horrifying, and hopeful account that is sure to hook readers of edgy sports biographies.

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I was born in Loveland, Colorado, in November 1975, but in a lot of ways, I could say I was born in the Ada County Jail in Boise on June 23, 2003. When I came to after the extension cord snapped and I survived my suicide attempt, I was in a world of hurt; my neck was stiff and abraded and my head was pounding and I was nauseated from not having done any dope or having a drink of alcohol since my arrest two days before. Worse than that though, my feet were throbbing. I’d fallen a good twelve feet or so and landed shoeless on a hard concrete floor.

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Shane Niemeyer with Gary Brozek

SHANE NIEMEYER developed and executed a plan to turn his life around and become a world class endurance athlete, speaker, and expert in the field of strength and conditioning. He currently resides in Boulder, Colorado where he coaches, trains, competes, and plays.

GARY BROZEK has collaborated on more than twenty books, five of which have gone on to become New York Times bestsellers, including most recently Trident K9 Warriors. He lives in Evergreen, CO.

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The Hurt Artist
My Journey from Suicidal Junkie to Ironman
Shane Niemeyer with Gary Brozek

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
5/20/2014
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250009081
ISBN10: 1250009081
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$25.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
5/20/2014
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ISBN: 9781250021090
ISBN10: 125002109X
304 pages
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