You Are An Ironman

You Are An Ironman

How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World's Toughest Triathlon

Book - 2011
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A New York Times bestselling author takes readers inside the Ironman triathlon.

As he did so masterfully in his New York Times bestseller, The Gatekeepers, Jacques Steinberg creates a compelling portrait of people obsessed with reaching a life-defining goal. In this instance, the target is an Ironman triathlon-a 2.4-mile open-water swim followed by a 112-mile bike ride, then finally a 26-mile marathon run, all of which must be completed in no more than seventeen hours.

Steinberg focuses not on the professionals who live off the prize money and sponsorships but on a handful of triathletes who regard the sport as a hobby. Vividly capturing the grueling preparation, the suspense of completing each event of the triathlon, and the spectacular feats of human endurance, Steinberg plumbs the physical and emotional toll as well as the psychological payoff on the participants of the Ford Ironman Arizona 2009. His You Are an Ironman is both a riveting sports narrative and a fascinating, behind-the scenes study of what makes these athletes keep going..

Publisher: New York : Viking Adult, 2011.
ISBN: 9780670023028
Characteristics: viii, 290 p. ; 24 cm.


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ArapahoeHollyR Aug 23, 2017

Inspiring stories from 6 "ordinary" individuals who took on the Ironman distance (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike , and 26.2 mile run) at the 2009 Ironman Arizona.

A great read for any fans of endurance events.

mtri Mar 21, 2012

Well written account of 6 athletes chasing a dream...


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