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

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Penguin, Sep 15, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 304 pages
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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2.4 mile open water swim, 112 mile bike ride, and then a marathon; all completed in under 17 hours for the chance to hear Mike Reilly say 4 words: You Are An Ironman. This is the the story of 6 ... Read full review

YOU ARE AN IRONMAN: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World's Toughest Triathlon

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New York Times reporter Steinberg (The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College, 2002) tells the stories of six ordinary people's attempts to complete an Ironman triathlon.For ... Read full review


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

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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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