“Life’s Too Short to Go So F*cking Slow” – Author Susan Lacke

Life's Too Short to Go So F*cking Slow by Susan Lacke

Our chat with writer, professor and endurance athlete Susan Lacke. She’s just released the new book “Life’s too Short to Go So F*cking Slow,” which examines her transformation from a junk-food loving, pack-a-day smoking new professor battling alcoholism to an athlete and writer for fitness magazines with the help of her hard-driving boss (who also became a great friend).

[Programming note: We recorded Susan’s answers and my questions separately, as Susan is deaf. If there’s any strange transition or I didn’t ask a followup question, that’s why. –Chris G.]

Topics we covered include:

  • Why the title of the book is not making fun of slow people
  • What she thought of health and fitness nuts before getting hooked on endurance sports
  • How a well-timed smoke break started a conversation and friendship that changed her life
  • The influence of her notoriously hard-ass boss (Prof. Carlos Nunez) that pushed and encouraged her into increasingly challenging athletic pursuits
  • The most enduring lessons she learned from Carlos as he was battling and dying from colon cancer
  • How she began writing for magazines like Competitor and Triathlete
  • How her writing for Matt Frazier of No Meat Athlete led to a bet with Impossible HQ’s Joel Runyon about whether a “paleo-vegetarian” diet was possible
  • The race she would most like to do, and why she won’t take the “easy” method to get there


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