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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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    Igor G Abramovitch 01-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good to pass the time"

    Narrator is a bit monotone at first but you get used to the style and it goes along well. Good book for someone who is in the sport or looking to get into it. For me it was great to listen to while on the bike, it does motivate you as well

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    Robert 12-22-16
    Robert 12-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Realistic and transparent and inspiring"

    I was looking for a book to help me reinforce my decision to train for Ironman at 45. A planned 1 1/2-2 year journey. My weight was climbing and my health was declining because of my lack of exercise over the past 2-3 years. I blamed my lack of activity on injuries but deep down inside I knew I was just looking for an excuse to be lazy. I tend to compartmentalize my life and give everything to one indevor at a time. This time I plan to plan for a 3 tier commitment Family, work, (RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS WHILE PERSUING Ironman training & ultimately completing a full Iroman). This book was just what I needed!

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    Patrice L. Lehocky 12-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Save your credit!"

    I love ironman/ultrarunning/cycling/endurance books of any nature but struggled to the end of this one (on 2x).
    But it might be a good listen for someone who knows nothing of triathlons or working out in general.

    Robot-like reading of a story about regular folks who find ironman. Great concept but terrible execution:
    Author reads from blogs for a good portion of it. Including "lol" as "elll-ooo-elll"
    Author always includes a textbook-like definitions of what I might consider common terms: Camelbak, black recluse spider, brick workout, Hammergel. Probably beneficial for some, but others can listen to it at 2x and get the gist.

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    Dave Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 10-16-16
    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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    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 Member Since 2017

    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
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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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