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)
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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.
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.
I only listened to it
"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
great to listen while on the bike training for my triathlon.
ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW.
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.
More emotion and less of a documentary angle.
No. Kirby's style and tone isn't a match for my ears.
Frustration because of the laid-back pacing of the story and Kirby's voice.
This audiobook has been the biggest disappointment yet.
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.
No favorite. All of the athletes were truly amazing.
The narration was great. He kept me wanting to hear more. I was sad when the book ended.
I would keep the book title as the tag line. You are an Ironman.
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.
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
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.
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!
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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