You Are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World's Toughest Triathlon (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Sep 15, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 304 pages
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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..


  

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Review: You Are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World's Toughest Triathlon

User Review  - Katie Hall - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book. I've never done an Ironman, and now I never want to do one, but it seemed like a pretty realistic portrayal of all that goes into training and completing one. Following 6 ... Read full review

Review: You Are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World's Toughest Triathlon

User Review  - Kerri Thomas - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the fact that it jumped back and forth between charectors. It kept my mind engaged as I think reading continuously about one athlete would have become long winded ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Introduction
Left Right Repeat
Lance Armstrongs Not My Hero AnymoreYou
Courageous Warrior of Love
Kids Dont Try This at Home
Walking on Air with My Chest Puffed
A Bright Pink Mohawk and a Skirt
Mommys Recess Time
This Is Going to Hurt
His Time to Fight Had Ended
Rumors of My Demise May Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
The Yorkie and the Sugar Cookie
Half of My Peers Are Dead Half of the Others Are in Assisted
My Kayak Angel
Talking to
You Are an Ironman

A Saw Blade Hammer and Chisel
The Incline
Epilogue Acknowledgements ALSO BY JACQUES STEINBERG
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Jacques Steinberg has been a staff reporter for The New York Times for more than ten years and currently is a national education correspondent. In 1998, he was awarded the grand prize of the Education Writers Association for his nine-part series on a third-grade classroom on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

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