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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:
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New York Times bestselling author Jacques Steinberg takes listeners 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 in each event, 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 keeps these athletes going.

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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 Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.