BOOK DISCUSSION GUIDE - For Book Clubs, Tri Clubs, and other groups!

The Athlete Inside Book Cover

THE ATHLETE INSIDE:  The Transforming Power of Hope, Tenacity, and Faith

The RIGHT book for your group!

With the world gearing up for the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, this is a great time for your group to read a book about the surprising advancement of an everyday, morbidly obese woman (who couldn’t even tie her own shoes!) to a world-class triathlete who finished sixth in the world (and first American) at the Triathlon World Championship!  The book’s messages about conquering  fear and pride to become the person we wish to be are appropriate for both athletes and non-athletes.  Sue Reynolds’s inspirational and humorous story helps us all understand what it takes to become the best version of ourselves.  Anything is possible! 

Testimony from book clubs:

  • Thank you for your discussion with our book club.  It was a delight!
  • Thanks again for meeting with our book club!  Great zoom!  We all totally enjoyed it.  And FYI, a few of the ladies plan to recommend your book to be included in their church’s recommended book list!

Invite Sue to meet with your group!

Sue loves meeting readers and is happy to answer questions they may have.  If you would like her to attend your book club discussion, please contact Sue.

Suggested discussion questions: 

  1. What three words would you use to best describe this book?
  2. What was your favorite moment in the book?
  3. What surprised you most when you read the book?
  4. If you had to choose one lesson that Sue was trying to teach us with her story, what would it be?
  5. What feelings did this book evoke for you?
  6. What is your biggest take-away from the book?
  7. If you had a chance to ask Sue one question, what woul it be?
  8. What aspects of Sue’s story were most relatable for you?
  9. Share a favorite quote from the book.  Why did this quote stand out?
  10. Sue said, “Go away, fear!  Go away, pride!” throughout her journey.  When has fear or pride kept you from doing something that you wanted to do?  What did you do get past your fear or pride?
  11. One mantra that Sue used repeatedly was, “No excuses.  Whatever it takes.  Find away.”  How does this attitude impact one’s ability to achieve at a high level?
  12. What one word describes Sue and others you know who are successful?   As people share words, secretly tally if the word describes a) an attitude, b) finances, or c) an quality inherited at birth (for example, being tall).  Share the results with your club members.  Then ask, “What is the most important thing one needs for success?  
  13. What does this statement mean to you, “Big Successes is simply a series of little steps over time.”
  14. The most underlined phrase in the Kindle version of The Athlete Inside is “You can’t always control your motivation, but you can control your discipline.”  Why do you think this statement resonated with so many people?

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Available at:  Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  | IndieBound

100% of the book’s proceeds are being donated to the USA Triathlon Foundation.

about THE BOOK

The Transforming Power of Hope, Tenacy, and Faith

Four years ago, Sue Reynolds was morbidly obese at 335 pounds. After being on yo-yo diets almost all her life, she tried one more time without much hope for positive results. But this time was different. She was fed up with not being able to do things because of her size. She was tired of not being able to tie her own shoes, fit in restaurant booths, or walk more than a few feet. She was ready.

The Athlete Inside follows Reynolds’s journey as she lost 200 pounds and found an athlete hiding inside her body. From her first walk to the neighbor’s mailbox to finishing sixth at the World Triathlon Championship, Reynolds discovered the joy of conquering fear and pride to find that the best version of herself had been there all along.

A world-class triathlete and a grandmother, Reynolds is proof that you can transform your life at any age. Her story is one of hope, tenacity, and faith, as she committed to doing whatever it took to be among the best triathletes in the world. It’s a story about a unique intergenerational relationship between Reynolds and the young coach who earned her trust and helped her develop fitness and confidence. It’s a story about the power of kindness and the spiritual growth Reynolds experienced as she realized the compassion that surrounded her was the face of God. Ultimately, it’s the story of how each of us can discover amazing gifts and talents within ourselves.

BOOK Endorsements

“In her book of transformation and faith, Sue Reynolds shows how sport changed her life. She tells a story familiar to me—one of discovering untapped talents, finding a trusted team and using focus and discipline to achieve goals. That my journey provided inspiration fulfills one of my own dreams—to empower women and inspire others to be active.”
Gwen Jorgensen
Gwen Jorgenson 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Triathlon
"An astounding journey of determination born from a single decision, repeated day after day. Sue Reynolds' journey--and success--is accessible to every single person. Because success is a daily decision, and today is a new day. Regardless of your end goal, Sue demonstrates the possibility of achievement. "
Jane Rubietta
Author of "Worry Less So You Can Live More"
Sue Reynolds's incredible story of personal transformation is proof there's an athlete inside each and every one of us, and it's never too late to find him or her. If she can do it, you can too!
Matt Fitzgerald
Author of more than 20 bestselling books on nutrition and training for endurance athletes including Racing Weight and Life is a Marathon.
"Sue Reynolds offers a remarkable, inspiring story about personal transformation. I love sharing her accomplishments with my radio listeners!"
Dr. Ronald Hoffman
Host of the popular nationally-syndicated radio program Intelligent Medicine
"During her journey of self discovery, Sue Reynolds lost 200 pounds and became one of the very best in her age group. She changed her perception of herself and this book will help you do the same. Her message is simple: If this 335 pound grandmother can change her life for the better through the sport of triathlon, so can you!"
Bob Babbitt
USA Triathlon Hall of Fame Inductee Ironman Triathlon Hall of Fame Inductee Competitor Magazine Co-Founder Challenged Athletes Foundation Co-Founder
"Sue’s journey exemplifies the power of consistency is far greater than perfection in achieving big goals. Anyone striving to improve in life, health, or sport can learn from Sue’s stick-with-it-ness through doubts, struggles, and setbacks. Read this book, surround yourself with support, and go achieve your goals."
Brittney Bearden
Sports Dietitian Dallas Mavericks
"Sue Reynolds has inspired many of us in the USA Triathlon family by sharing her transformative journey, and The Athlete Inside provides an even bigger platform to reach those both within and outside the multisport community. Her infectious personality and incredible determination are evident as she shares how she tapped into the strength she had all along."
Rocky Harris
Chief Executive Officer USA Triathlon
"No matter what you weigh, what you've been told, or how many birthdays you've had, The Athlete Inside is a powerful reminder that each of us is capable of athletic achievement. Sue's example inspires both courage and vulnerability, two necessary ingredients for anyone thinking about taking that first step to fulfillment."
Joe Maloy
USA Olympian 2016 Rio Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Coordinator, USA Triathlon