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Identity: A Book Review of Atomic Habits

Have you ever started reading a book and had to stop in the middle to really mull something over? That happened to me recently.

I saw the book Atomic Habits on Amazon, read some reviews, and hit “order.” As soon as I started reading the book, I knew this would be a valuable read.

For endurance athletes thinking about their “why,” this would be a hugely important read. From making changes one at a time to understanding perhaps the most important thing: why do you train?

You and I train not just because we race but, more importantly, because training is what athletes do!

Author James Clear points out that what we do is what we identify as. When we identify as an athlete, we behave like an athlete. We don’t train to train; we train because that is what athletes do.

I am still reading Atomic Habits. Why don’t you join me on this journey for a great read and a great 2023 and beyond?


Mark Turner (aka Coach MarkT) is a Houston, Texas Metro area based Coach who is a USA Triathlon Level II and Paratriathlon Certified Coach, IRONMAN University Certified Coach,VFS Certified Bike Fitter, and Mental Strengths Performance Coach. Coach MarkT absolutely loves coaching and helping the athletes achieve their dreams. MarkT is also a US Veteran having served in the United States Marine Corps. He is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. In addition to endurance sports, his interests include history, science fiction, and cooking. He can be reached at



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