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In Surfacing, Siri Lindley opens up about her unique celebrity-dappled early life. When and NFL superstar notices her beautiful mother, her idyllic childhood is upended. Glitzy dinner parties and world travel pull her mother away, and Lindley grows up feeling alone and out of place. As her intense loneliness grows into anger, she lashes out against her New England life of privilege.

Shy and painfully self-aware, Lindley finds solace in sports, playing field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse at Brown University. But when she misses the cut for the US lacrosse team after college, she is left directionless - until a friend invites her to watch a triathlon. Lindley's dream is reignited and she never looks back.

Success doesn't come easily. Lindley fails early and often - brutal swim starts, bike equipment failures at key races, grueling workouts - but it's debilitating anxiety that still haunts her. She turns to unconventional Australian coach, Brett Sutton, who helps her tear up her script of self-doubt and transforms her into a world champion.

Lindley retires from the sport at the peak of her success, intent on helping athletes realize their own dreams, and finally finds the courage to step out into her true self and find love as a gay woman.

Surfacing is the breathtakingly honest book that shares Lindley's daring journey. She is proof that it's never too late to rewrite your own story and change the thoughts, habits and behaviors that hold you back. Surfacing will inspire you as it shows you how to stop being your own worst enemy and start uncovering your potential.

©2016 VeloPress (P)2017 Siri Lindley

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Nice that Siri has narrated

Honest and interesting, the book had me thinking about what my sport means to me.

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Inspirational from a true champion

Being a triathlete myself it was one of the most inspirational life stories i have ever heard. It kept me engaged during the whole audiobook. True champion Siri!

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Inspiring!

A wonderful book, full of inspiration and motivation. I thoroughly enjoyed listening and have been left with much to reflect on.

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I am a Siri fan but...

The narrator sounded incredibly bored throughout. Every single sentence used the same patterns and tone. I stuck with it but only just.

And honestly at times I was disappointed with the writing. It felt really rushed at the end and also like she was holding back when talking about some people giving it an incomplete feel.

It's worth it because she's a legend but it could have been better I think.

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Great story from inspirational coach

I bought this having listened to Siri give an inspirational talk. She is clearly an amazing athlete and coach, and in addition to this she openly and authentically talks about how she dealt with various challenges in her life. Invariably this meant facing into fears and she provides a number of good life lessons for anyone regardless of how important sport is to them. It is really about being your best self.

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  • Karla Ticona
  • 19-03-18

Respect , passion and human kindness

I loved this book.
This is the story of life of a great human being I respect and admire: Siri Lindley. The combination of the facts of her life and her journey towards winning in triathlon is fascinating. She portrays the human factors that are not very usual to read or hear about. Inspiring. Thank you Siri for sharing so openly. And thank you to my coach Mafe Flores for posting this book and planting the seeds of curiosity and desire to go for my dreams.

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  • Bianca
  • 11-03-17

An inspirational listen

Thank you Siri for sharing your insights anf your personal story. This is a motivating read/listen not only for athletes.

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  • Tricia Robinson
  • 14-04-21

Fabulous story of resilience!

As a new triathlete, I only recently became aware of Siri Lindley. This book gave me a true appreciation for her level of skill and determination to become a world class athlete and coach! I’m hooked!

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  • Rayne Clarkson
  • 24-10-20

EMPOWERING!!! Siri is authentic, transparent, and inspiring!

Wow I LOVED this book! Siri did an incredible job sharing her extraordinary story. She was honest and transparent, she kept me engaged the entire time. I couldn’t stop listening. Siri encourages one to find their own passion and to truly believe in yourself. I ABSOLUTELY recommend this book! Siri is a bright light in this world, someone who is a great role model!

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  • jaime heitmann
  • 04-05-20

Inspiring and relatable

I really enjoyed this book. The author starts with her childhood which could have been a book in itself. I particularly like that she read it herself. It’s a great listen on audible. I literally started it an didn’t stop until the end. It’s interesting, captivating and inspiring. Much of the book is about Siri’s career as a athlete but you don’t have to be one to appreciate her grit. Loved this book!!

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  • Diana H.
  • 08-03-19

Amazing book!!

Loved this book spoken from the authors voice. Truly inspirational to anyone who has gone through struggles in life. Highly recommended!

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  • Jordan Winar
  • 20-01-19

Reinspire yourself with this book before you give up

I first saw Siri on stage at a Tony Robbins event and then through chance her name kept coming up and I found out she had this book. Because I love triathlon I picked it up and it created every emotion in my body. It’s raw and authentic! She shares about her challenges growing up, how she went from a no one in triathlon to the top as an athlete and now coach.

It’s an incredible ride you must get a ticket on because it will inspire you to change. It will push you to knew limits and plant a seed of belief that you are capable of great things in life.

Regardless of your athletic prowess pick this book up and enjoy the journey!

So thankful she wrote this so we can all get a glimpse into greatness through the highs and lows of a true champion.

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  • Richard Roy
  • 05-10-18

Short read with substance

I picked this book up on hard back, but never got to it due to my busy schedule, but recently picked up the audio book due to time constraints. I enjoyed learning more about Siri's personal and professional journey.

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  • Carlos Amador
  • 07-05-17

I m sorry but it sucks!!

I like Siri I like her style and coaching I don t know her but this book is a little peace of her and..... it is sooo .... sounds like victim of everythin even to say thank you she makes it sound miserable

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