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:||Penguin Group USA|
|Publish Date:||Jun 2012|
|Number of Pages:||290|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.54|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.25 x 8.0 x 1.0|
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|Courageous Warrior of Love||p. 61|
|Kids, Don't Try This at Home||p. 82|
|Walking on Air with My Chest Puffed Up||p. 99|
|A Bright Pink Mohawk and a Skirt||p. 112|
|Mommy's Recess Time||p. 126|
|A Saw Blade, Hammer, and Chisel||p. 136|
|The Incline||p. 148|
|This Is Going to Hurt||p. 161|
|His Time to Fight Had Ended||p. 174|
|Rumors of My Demise May Have Been Greatly Exaggerated||p. 183|
|The Yorkie and the Sugar Cookie||p. 195|
|Half of My Peers Are Dead, Half of the Others Are in Assisted Living, and Look What Fun I Have||p. 209|
|My Kayak Angel||p. 228|
|Talking to God||p. 243|
|You Are an Ironman||p. 255|
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
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An Ironman Triathlon Consists of A 2.4-Mile Open-Water Swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride, which is followed in turn by a 26.2-mile marathon run-all of which must be completed in no more than seventeen hours. Yet 50,000 men and women in the United States and around the world willingly take on this most brutal of challenges every year. In this riveting, unique, behind-the-scenes look at the Ironman phenomenon, Jacques Steinberg follows one small group of nonprofessional athletes from all over the country whose paths will converge at an Ironman event in Tempe, Arizona-a dramatic test of endurance and discipline that, after months of grueling preparation, only some of them will complete. Book jacket.
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