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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (323 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacques Steinberg Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781452674230
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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 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • Anyone dreaming of completing a triathlon or just seeking to get off the couch and into better shape will find inspiration here. Kirkus
  • “Anyone dreaming of completing a triathlon or just seeking to get off the couch and into better shape will find inspiration here.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/3/2014

    " Great book! I found myself rooting for every one of them to finish and attain their time goals. All of the characters were likeable and inspiring. I was concerned that the subject matter could become tedious ~ still training....more training....oh look, another bike ride..followed by another run. But that was not the case. I highly recommend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maddy | 2/2/2014

    " I thought this book was spectacular. I had goosebumps towards the end during the race. I was very inspired. Highly, highly, highly recommend! I was training to just do a 70.3 before this book, and have that be my end point, but after reading this I am so inspired to do a full one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/1/2014

    " I actually didn't love this book - found it a bit dull at times. However, race day was incredibly inspirational and I loved that part! I was reading it on the stationary bike at the gym and it inspired me to go run immediately after I finished biking :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 1/31/2014

    " It was interesting to read about 6 different people and all the obstacles they faced. What the author failed to do was keep his narrative clear and engaging. At points I felt like he was trying to fit in everything they recounted to him and as a result, the writing didn't flow naturally. It was confusing when he switched from athlete to athlete 5 times or more in a chapter. All in all, it offered good insights into the training for an Ironman but wasn't the best read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Casie | 1/20/2014

    " It's no Born to Run. But perhaps if I had stuck with it, I would have found it more interesting as I went along. I got the book on CD and I didn't care for the reader's voice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 1/15/2014

    " If you think you want to do an ironman, or just want to be inspired to tackle your new year's resolution...this is the book for you. This is an story about people completing their first full Ironman, not a training plan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shauna | 1/5/2014

    " BEYOND inspiring. I absolutely LOVED this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/16/2013

    " Basically a narrative pulled from the triatheles' blogs. The information about Ironman itself was interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 8/27/2013

    " Excellent story about 5 normal people. Really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 8/7/2013

    " Lots of characters introduced at the beginning, took me awhile to get them all straight. Overall I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zalary | 7/6/2013

    " I really liked that this book wasn't about elite athletes, but normal people making huge commitments to tackle the IronMan. Inspiring stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 10/30/2012

    " Very interesting to see the different approaches to training and competing in an Ironman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 6/24/2012

    " While not the "how to" manual that I was hoping for, but knew it would not be, this was an enjoyable book. Definitely kept me motivated while training for my first half marathon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandi | 6/23/2012

    " Writing was basic but the stories were inspiring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 5/17/2012

    " Fast pace easy read. Not sure I'm ready for a full ironman yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danie | 10/3/2011

    " Terrific book about ordinary people training for the ironman. My favorite section was their stories about the actual competition and how they completed the race. "

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About the Author

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 and lives outside of New York City.

About the Narrator

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered twenty-two Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.