Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run

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VeloPress, Sep 25, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 320 pages

The 1989 Ironman World Championship was the greatest race ever in endurance sports. In a spectacular duel that became known as the Iron War, the world's two strongest athletes raced side by side at world-record pace for a grueling 139 miles.

Driven by one of the fiercest rivalries in triathlon, Dave Scott and Mark Allen raced shoulder to shoulder through Ironman's 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race, and 26.2-mile marathon. After 8 punishing hours, both men would demolish the previous record--and cross the finish line a mere 58 seconds apart.

In his new book Iron War, sports journalist Matt Fitzgerald writes a riveting epic about how Allen and Scott drove themselves and each other through the most awe-inspiring race in sports history. Iron War goes beyond the pulse-pounding race story to offer a fascinating exploration of the lives of the world's two toughest men and their unquenchable desire to succeed.

Weaving an examination of mental resolve into a gripping tale of athletic adventure, Iron War is a soaring narrative of two champions and the paths that led to their stunning final showdown.

 

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Probably the best book I have ever read about the sport of triathlon. The main subject of this book is the epic 1989 Hawaii ironman race between Dave Scott and Mark Allen. This was the greatest ... Read full review

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Modern triathlon classic given to me by an old friend. Ranges from the ridiculous (Madam Pele...) to the sublime (the race). Fortunately, the good parts dominate. Recommended. Read full review

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Contents

THE MOMENT
A DROP TOO MUCH
GET A GRIP
PAIN COMMUNITY
YOU AGAIN
DIG ME BEACH
IRON WILL
SHOT OUT OF A CANNON
BURNING MATCHES
VISION QUEST
BREAKING POINT
THE MANS SEARCH FOR MEANING
SHAMAN SURFER
Epilogue
Notes Photographs
Copyright

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Matt Fitzgerald is the author of numerous books on running, triathlon, nutrition, and weight loss. His most recent books are Racing Weight Quick Start Guide, RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel, Racing Weight, Brain Training for Runners, and The Runner's Diary. Matt edits Running.Competitor.com and contributes to Triathlete and Competitor magazines. He has been a contributor to Men's Fitness, Men's Health, Outside, Runner's World, Bicycling, Running Times, Women's Running, and other sports and fitness publications. Fitzgerald is a featured coach on Training Peaks and Active.com. He is a certified sports nutritionist (CISSN) licensed by the International Society of Sports Nutrition. He lives and trains in San Diego, California.

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