BINDERY: Christie Aschwanden / Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery

Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 4:00pm

The Bindery hosts a special afternoon event with acclaimed FiveThirtyEight science writer Christie Aschwanden for her new book Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery. Joining Christie in conversation is triathlete and trainer Matt Dixon -- please save the date and join us!


In recent years recovery has become a sports and fitness buzzword. Anyone who works out or competes at any level is bombarded with the latest recovery products and services: from drinks and shakes to compression sleeves, foam rollers, electrical muscle stimulators, and sleep trackers.


In Good to Go, Aschwanden takes readers on an entertaining and enlightening tour through this strange world. She investigates whether drinking Gatorade or beer after training helps or hinders performance; she examines the latest trends among athletes, from NFL star Tom Brady’s infrared pajamas to gymnast Simone Biles’ pneumatic compression boots to swimmer Michael Phelps’ “cupping” ritual; and she tests some of the most controversial methods herself, including cryochambers, float tanks, and infrared saunas.


At a time when the latest recovery products and services promise so much, Good to Go seeks answers to the fundamental question: Do any of them actually help the body recover and achieve peak performance?



Christie Aschwanden is the lead writer for science at FiveThirtyEight and health columnist for the Washington Post. A finalist for the National Magazine Award, her writing has appeared in OutsideDiscoverSmithsonian and O, The Oprah Magazine. She lives in Colorado.




Matt Dixon is a world-class triathlon coach, former professional triathlete and elite swimmer, and an exercise physiologist.  He is founder and owner of Purple Patch Fitness, a fitness and coaching company serving triathletes and endurance enthusiasts across the world.  Under his guidance, athletes have recorded over 350 professional IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 victories and podiums, including multiple world championships.  His distinct performance methodology focused on integrating performance into a time-starved life has made him a highly sought after resource for many industry leading CEOs and executives. Matt is the author of The Well-Built Triathlete and Fast-Track Triathlete, a regular contributor to sports magazines and publications, an IRONMAN U master coach, and a corporate speaker to major companies on performance and leadership.



Please note: this event will be held at The Bindery, 1727 Haight. 


This is an all ages event with mature themes. The bar opens with doors at 2pm; event starts at 4pm.


As with all of our events, seating may be limited; you can guarantee a seat by pre-purchasing the book below -- when checking out, just be sure to include a note that you'd like to attend the event. If you cannot attend the event but would like to request a signed copy of Good to Go, order below and put your request in the comments field.


RSVP appreciated but not required


Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393254334
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 5th, 2019