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You Are an Ironman Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

As he did so masterfully in his New York Times best seller 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 17 hours. Steinberg focuses not on the professional 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 of 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.

©2011 Jacques Steinberg (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Anyone dreaming of completing a triathlon or just seeking to get off the couch and into better shape will find inspiration here." (Kirkus)

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    Dave Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 10-16-16
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    "A good story, inspirational"

    Got a little too much into some of the kit but everall a good story.

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    Keely J. Hope Gainesville, FL USA 06-12-16
    Keely J. Hope Gainesville, FL USA 06-12-16

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    "Seriously considering an Ironman"

    After hearing these stories, I am seriously considering the jump from half to full. I did some long runs listening to this book and quite honestly cried along the way.
    I love the stories of Ironman and I appreciated the stories of the average age grouper - like me.
    And I find myself wondering how these athletes are doing now.
    Thanks!

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    Rusty 04-08-16
    Rusty 04-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Just ok"

    Decent story and I'm a huge Kirby Heyborne fan but he and the editors of a triathlon focused book should know it's not pronounced triath-a-lon. Drove me nuts. Couldn't finish the book.

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    Ruther 09-11-15
    Ruther 09-11-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great book, annoying narrator at times."

    I loved the story, though I had some trouble keeping the characters straight. I just really disliked the way the narrator used such an annoying voice when speaking for women.

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    HB 06-08-15
    HB 06-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Read!"
    What did you love best about You Are an Ironman?

    Great stories...you got to know the people that were preparing for the race


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book for entertainment as well for encouragement. Great read for those long bike rides or runs. Good book and good reader as well

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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 11-14-13
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 11-14-13 Listener Since 2009

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Inspirational"

    You are an Ironman follows six people through their training for Ironman Arizona in 2009. This book is more of a memoir than an training manual. The author does a great job of capturing the spirit of the Ironman, explaining to the reader why people do these the types races and their back stories, some of which are funny, some of which are inspirational and some just plain strange (there was one guy who heard about people at his Gym talking about finishing one and just decided to jump right in, or at least that what it seemed like). There are also short inspirational stories about people the athletes meet on the way such as about leg amputee and would be Ironman Rudy Garcia-Tolson. The tales of the would be Ironmen (sorry ladies they’re called Ironmen no matter what sex the competitor is) do a good job of conveying the ups and downs of the training that one goes through when preparing for an Ironman.

    The only drawback to the book was being an audiobook it made the book a bit hard to follow as the author jumped from one person to the next, so I would recommend that you get it on paper or in your favorite electronic format. Additionally since there weren’t really characters the performance was more of a book reading rather than a performance of a fiction book.

    A mix of fun, and inspiration, if you like endurance sports I would highly recommend this book.

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    J. Poe DFW, Texas 11-06-13
    J. Poe DFW, Texas 11-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting but droned on a bit"

    If you have ever wanted to understand what is involved in an Ironman, this book follows the backgrounds of a diverse group of people and how they approached training for and competing in Ironmans. I don't really have any interest in participating in an Ironman, but I thought it would be an interesting read. I would say it was an average book. It didn't particularly move me and it droned on a bit in parts, but it was interesting enough. I probably wouldn't recommend it unless it was on sale.

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    Devin Romeo, Mi, United States 07-23-13
    Devin Romeo, Mi, United States 07-23-13
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    "great to listen too while training"
    Would you consider the audio edition of You Are an Ironman to be better than the print version?

    I only listened to it


    What other book might you compare You Are an Ironman to and why?

    "here to win" by Chris MacCormack. Both are about triathlons one from a professionals view and the other from a weekend worrier. both are great reads


    Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    great to listen while on the bike training for my triathlon.

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    Jason Comely 03-22-13

    ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW.

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    "Couldn't Make It To The Finish"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Another narrator. It's a subjective thing, but I couldn't stand the narrators voice, even after repeated tries. It was too passive and sort of whiny.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More emotion and less of a documentary angle.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kirby Heyborne’s performances?

    No. Kirby's style and tone isn't a match for my ears.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration because of the laid-back pacing of the story and Kirby's voice.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook has been the biggest disappointment yet.

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    Joe Pullman, Washington, United States 02-25-13
    Joe Pullman, Washington, United States 02-25-13
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    "Very Inspiring"
    Would you consider the audio edition of You Are an Ironman to be better than the print version?

    I liked it because I don't seem to have a lot of time to sit down and read. It probably would have taken me months to finish the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite. All of the athletes were truly amazing.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was great. He kept me wanting to hear more. I was sad when the book ended.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I would keep the book title as the tag line. You are an Ironman.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to have more inspirational "true life" books to choose from. This book was the best I have heard/read in a very long time.

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