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
"Anyone dreaming of completing a triathlon or just seeking to get off the couch and into better shape will find inspiration here." (Kirkus)
Book nerd for life!
I'd listen to it again whenever I need that extra boost of motivation to get through anything requiring endurance.
The most memorable moment of You Are an Ironman were when I heard the announcer call each person the story follows an Ironman.
Hearing about the couple who met and spent quality time over training for the Ironman.
Each person's journey was moving.
Warning: May convince you to start training for 140.6 miles too ;)
Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa
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
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!
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.
Motivation , long, interesting.
Realizing the sacrifice
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.
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