Last night I finished reading Dominique Moceanu’s memoir, Off Balance. Last month I realized I hadn’t read a single fiction book so, I made it my goal to read one asap. When I read the preview version of Dominique’s book on my iPad, I knew it had to be my next read. I’m giving up on the idea of reading fiction for now.
Never being an elite athlete of any sort, I was surprised by how much I related to parts of Dominique’s story. Many of the feelings she had as child resonated with my own story, despite the fact that are lives are very different.
The book reveals surprising details of her family life and life in the gym with the famous coaching duo, the Károlyi’s. It’s a fascinating story that makes me wish more Olympic athlete’s would tell their tales of heartache and triumph.
The book is quite different from other books I’ve recently read written by other athletes. Usually, I finish the book feeling inspired to work harder towards my fitness goals. This book isn’t really that type of read however, it is a fascinating tale of an extremely talented and determined woman, which in turn is inspiring on an entirely different level.
If you live in NYC, I invite you to join my monthly book club starting this fall. We’ll be reading books that inspire us to go the extra mile and become better versions of ourselves. If interested leave a comment below or shoot me an email to stay updated on where we’ll be meeting and what our first book will be. I hope you’ll join me!