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Moving forward takes a 'Starting Line'

Dr. David Asp of Red Wing is an accomplished athlete, having run multiple marathons and finished three Ironman competitions. He writes about his athletic journey and battle with cancer in his first book, "Starting Line and Beyond." Submitted photo

As a three-time Ironman finisher and runner of multiple marathons, Dr. David Asp of Red Wing is no stranger perseverance. So when he was faced with a cancer diagnosis, the Mayo Clinic Health System psychologist and local sports coach approached it with his characteristic positive thinking.

"Start Line and Beyond" is available at Fair Trade Bookstore in Red Wing and online at Submitted photoAsp details his athletic and cancer journeys in his first book, "Start Line and Beyond" published by 9 Foot Voice.

We interviewed Asp about writing his first book and what people can learn from his experiences.

What inspired you to write your first book? Where there any surprises?

Understanding that my journey may help others. These are experiences that I, a cancer patient, now draw upon for strength and resiliency.

Both the athletic and cancer journeys are filled with stories of adventures. They are filled with emotions, people and faith which inspired me to dream, see possibilities and continue to confront the uncertainties of an unknown future.

What was surprising is that writing this was more difficult than I imagined, but also a positive psychological journey for me.

What's the significance of the title?

The important thing is getting ourselves to the "start line" even when we experience setbacks and failures. By "start line" I mean moving forward from any barrier or challenge that confronts us. We can then go beyond those challenges to recognize our strengths and potential.

What do you hope readers will take away from your memoir?

This book is about faith and resiliency. My hope is that my stories will inspire readers to follow their dreams and deepen their faith. I hope readers will explore new possibilities and find the strength to unlock the chains which keep them from confronting challenges.

Where can people find the book?

The book can be found at the Fair Trade Bookstore in Red Wing. Also from the publisher at and from

Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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