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

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A New York Times bestselling author takes readers inside the Ironman triathlon.

As he did so masterfully in his New York Times bestseller, 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 professionals 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 on 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..


 

About Jacques Steinberg

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JACQUES STEINBERG has been a reporter for The New York Times for more than two decades, covering education and the media. He is the author of the bestselling The Gatekeepers. He lives in Larchmont, New York.
 
Published September 15, 2011 by Penguin Books. 304 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Though the goal for which they are striving, described by one race official as a “poor man’s Everest,” may be remarkable, the majority of their experiences on the way to the finish line are more mundane, and none of their personalities come through strongly enough to provide readers more than a c...

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An Ironman triathlon's 112-mile bike ride is sandwiched between a 2.4-mile open-water swim and a marathon run.

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Publishers Weekly

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New York Times reporter Steinberg (The Gatekeepers) collects the personal tales of six people who set the completion of an ironman triathlon as their goal.

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

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"You Are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World's Toughest Triathlon" (Viking), by Jacques Steinberg: For many recreational runners, the achievement of a lifetime is to complete a marathon;

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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 professionals who live off the prize money ...

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