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

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

Format:  Hardcover,

290 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Sep 2011

ISBN-13: 9780670023028

ISBN-10: 0670023027

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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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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Sep 2011
ISBN-13: 9780670023028
ISBN-10: 0670023027
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 290
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 1.2 x 9.1

Chapter outline

Introductionp. 1
Left, Right, Repeatp. 20
Lance Armstrong's Not My Hero AnymoreYou Arep. 42
Courageous Warrior of Lovep. 61
Kids, Don't Try This at Homep. 82
Walking on Air with My Chest Puffed Upp. 99
A Bright Pink Mohawk and a Skirtp. 112
Mommy's Recess Timep. 126
A Saw Blade, Hammer, and Chiselp. 136
The Inclinep. 148
This Is Going to Hurtp. 161
His Time to Fight Had Endedp. 174
Rumors of My Demise May Have Been Greatly Exaggeratedp. 183
The Yorkie and the Sugar Cookiep. 195
Half of My Peers Are Dead, Half of the others Are in Assisted Living, and Look What Fun I Havep. 209
My Kayak Angelp. 228
Talking to Godp. 243
You Are an Ironmanp. 255
Epiloguep. 272
Acknowledgmentsp. 287

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2012-02-01)

As he did in The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College, Steinberg follows six subjects through a rigorous set of tasks. This time, instead of gaining admission to a Little Ivy League school, it's completing Ironman Arizona in 2009. Detailed background profiles of the tri athletes show that each came to the event for different reasons ranging from the mundane to the inspiring. Former couch potato Bryan, for example, was getting in shape after he was declared a "heart attack waiting to happen". Scott, however, loved challenging himself after a double lung transplant that stemmed from his lifelong struggle against cystic fibrosis.

Because the book bounces back and forth among the athletes' stories, training regimens, and lives, it's sometimes difficult to keep track. Steinberg doesn't miss an opportunity to dramatize the difficulty of the sport; though some of this comes from the competitors themselves, it quickly becomes grating. Kirby Heyborne clearly and carefully narrates, but the overly serious tone makes for a slow listen. This is an optional purchase for libraries where triathlon is popular.

[The Penguin Nb will publish in June 2012.-Ed.] - Douglas C. Lord, Connecticut State Lib., Middletown

(c). Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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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