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

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

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 seventeen 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.
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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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    Briana Melissa Ford Carson, CA USA 01-08-13
    Briana Melissa Ford Carson, CA USA 01-08-13 Member Since 2012

    Book nerd for life!

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    Would you listen to You Are an Ironman again? Why?

    I'd listen to it again whenever I need that extra boost of motivation to get through anything requiring endurance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You Are an Ironman?

    The most memorable moment of You Are an Ironman were when I heard the announcer call each person the story follows an Ironman.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hearing about the couple who met and spent quality time over training for the Ironman.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Each person's journey was moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Warning: May convince you to start training for 140.6 miles too ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 09-26-12
    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2012

    Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa

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    "good listen"

    good stories by athletes, i appreciated that they were from all walks of life. the narrator sounded like he was going to fall asleep reading

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    James Ashby, MA, United States 11-25-11
    James Ashby, MA, United States 11-25-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Well done, well spoken"

    I am also aspiring to complete an Ironman, in 2013, and I'm also a 'late bloomer' and a weekend warrior! Still... wasn't sure what to expect with these stories. Once started...couldn't stop listening. Excellent job by the narrator and compelling stories all around. As stated, not a training manual but clearly some tidbits are in there about training, mind control and racing strategies - to add to our own plans. Clearly worth the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Hood River, OR, United States 01-02-12
    Lisa Hood River, OR, United States 01-02-12

    hawkswind

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    "Awesome book, so-so narrator"

    This book was incredibly motivating and inspiring. I highly recommend it to anyone, whether you've done a triathlon or not. It's incredible what perseverance it takes to go from start to finish, not only on the day of the event, but in the year leading up to it! This book shows that any average Joe can train for a triathlon. What an awesome sport!

    I felt the narrator was slightly monotone. However, what truly drove me insane was the narrator mispronounced. "Triathlon" and all other words formed from that word EVERY time! It is pronounced "tri-ath-lon", NOT "tri-ath-A-lon".

    Other than that, I really do recommend this book highly.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    christopher Petersburg, MI, United States 09-18-12
    christopher Petersburg, MI, United States 09-18-12
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    "Dry Narrator - But still motivating"
    If you could sum up You Are an Ironman in three words, what would they be?

    Motivation , long, interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Realizing the sacrifice


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kirby Heyborne?

    Probably Not.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    Story carries on a little long and about half way through you just want them to get on with it. It does motivate you to get out and work out though.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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