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Iron Cowboy is an endurance memoir in the tradition of Dean Karnazes’s Ultramarathon Man - a lifetime’s worth of intensely lived experience packed into 20 riveting chapters. Listeners will discover the secret to redefining their own goals and achieving great success. When James Lawrence (aka the Iron Cowboy) announced his plan to complete 50 full-distance triathlons in 50 consecutive days in all 50 states, the only person who believed that he could pull it off was James himself (and his wife, Sunny). An Ironman consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run. In Lawrence’s case, he would have to complete those distances and then make it to the next state in time to do it all over again the next day. Even Lawrence’s coach didn’t think he could do it; he penciled in another event the day Lawrence was supposed to complete the challenge. 

But with the support of Sunny and their five children in tow, and with grassroots support conjured always at the last minute via Facebook, Lawrence accomplished exactly what he set out to do. Iron Cowboy is the story of Lawrence’s herculean 50-day journey and all the wonderful, miserable, and life-threatening events that happened along the way, as well as a glance at his life leading up to the mission, and winning two prior world records. 

Lawrence holds two world records in the Guinness Book of World Records: one for completing 22 half-Ironmans in one year (2010) and one for completing 30 full Ironmans in one year (2012). In 2015, he set a record for completing 50 Ironman distances in 50 states in 50 days. Through social media and press, Lawrence was able to find fans in each state - anywhere from three to 500 people - to complete some of the Ironman alongside him, and supporters were invited to join him for the Iron Cowboy 5k (the last 3.1 miles of James’s marathon); for his last Ironman in his home state of Utah, more than 3,500 people showed up. Along the way, Lawrence survived tropical storms, internal bleeding, hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration, nerve damage, infected foot blisters, a blood-clot scare, extreme sleep deprivation (he only got four to five hours of sleep each night), and a bike crash!

©2017 James Lawrence (P)2019 James Lawrence

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Great story. Terrible narrator.

The story is awesome. Great inspiration. But the narrator is easily the worst I’ve ever listened to in 85+ audiobooks.

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if you're a Triathlete, this is a must-read

Enjoyed the book very much. Went into much more detail than the IMDb documentary. if you like the grit and mental brutality this sport requires, you'll love the stories within this book.

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Just inspiring!

Great read! From beginning to end! I’ll reading this one a couple of more time!

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Great story!!

Loved this story! What a motivating individual! I will re listen when inspiration is needed.
The reading voice was monotonous and sounds quite robotic often... my only complaint.

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TERRIBLE NARRATION

Great story but the narration is terrible. This is a great reminder that I should first hear the sample narration in Audible before purchase.

A great story should be presented properly.
The narration used was computer-generated. Its like listening to a male first-generation Siri.

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Inspiring!

Incredible story and I thoroughly enjoyed the content of the book. The narration just is a little lacking.

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Hard to listen

Very hard to listen. Sadly, I think my issue was more the reader than they text itself. It sounded like it was a computer generated voice, not a real person. Found myself zoning out with no idea what was going on at many points throughout.

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couldn’t stop listening

such an inspiring story. Anything is possible as long as YOU believe it. Thank you for sharing your experience IronCowboy. I needed this.

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So inspiring

I listened as I did my long runs. This book is interesting and inspiring. Kept me running for hours.

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Amazing and brutally honest

An incredible story and motivation as I’m training for my first iron man. The iron cowboy tells about all of the struggles and how he coped along the way. It’s crazy that he kept a sense of humor throughout the entire journey. As much of a story this is of perseverance and determination I also get the incredible gratitude that was felt throughout the 50 Ironmans. Helps me realize the importance and power that gratitude has.

Let’s be honest though.....the iron cowboys wife is the real star of the show. Sonny is a saint and the real driver behind making sure the goal was met.

I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend.

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  • 06-24-20

Audio book dreadful

This is awful. How can anyone listen to this man who sounds like a computer...

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  • 05-06-20

Loved it

Absolutely loved the book, the iron cowboy is so inspiring but I think James should of narrated the book, that’s the only bad thing.

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  • James B.
  • 04-21-21

Robot narration awful

I can’t listen to this terrible robot narration. What a disappointment. Why not just use a human being?

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  • Damon
  • 04-16-21

Very inspirational

Very interesting telling of the trials and tribulations of one man's extreme challenge. Go Iron Cowboy!!!

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  • Andy McClurg
  • 09-25-20

Awful narration

I can't give an honest review of the book because I couldn't get through it. I'm sure the book is fantastic it's just the narration was a little like listening to a computer program reading, I just couldn't listen to it. I'll get the physical copy and read it myself

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-20

did not enjoy the narrator

I've watched the iron cowboy documentary and found it to be very interesting, I quite like learning about James' struggle in more detail, it's obvious writing books isn't his calling in life and that's fine. but the person who narratied this book man the experience of listening quite unenjoyable for me. it may be my own taste but please have this book re-recorded by a actual human