Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen & the Greatest Race Ever Run

Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen & the Greatest Race Ever Run

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By (author) Matt Fitzgerald, With Bob Babbitt

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  • Publisher: VELOPRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 33mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Boulder
  • ISBN 10: 1934030775
  • ISBN 13: 9781934030776
  • Illustrations note: 2 x 16-page colour photo sections with 50 photographs
  • Sales rank: 93,368

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The 1989 Ironman(R) World Championship was the greatest race ever. In a spectacular duel that become known as the Iron War, the world's two strongest athletes raced side by side at world-record pace for a grueling 139 miles. Driven by one of the fiercest rivalries in triathlon, Dave Scott and Mark Allen raced shoulder to shoulder through the Ironman 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race, and 26.2-mile marathon. After 8 punishing hours, both men would demolish the previous record--and cross the finish line just 58 seconds apart. The race would redefine the limits of human endurance and the role of mental toughness in sports. In his new book "Iron War," sports journalist Matt Fitzgerald writes a riveting epic about how Allen and Scott drove themselves and each other through the most awe-inspiring race in sports history. "Iron War" goes beyond the pulse-pounding race story to offer a fascinating exploration of the lives of the world's two toughest men and their unquenchable desire to succeed. Weaving an examination of mental resolve into a gripping tale of athletic adventure, "Iron War" is a soaring narrative of two champions and the paths that led to their stunning final showdown.

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Matt Fitzgerald is the author of numerous books on sports history and endurance sports. His best-sellers include "Racing Weight "and" Brain Training for Runners." He has also written extensively for "Triathlete," "Men's Fitness," " Men's Health," "Outside," "Runner's World," "Bicycling," "Competitor," and countless other sports and fitness publications.

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"Captivating, animated, uniquely readable and downright thrilling. ["Iron War"] is a truly great read--and an ode to our sport with all its quirky characters and epic venues...It is absolutely comparable to Krakauer, Bowden ("Blackhawk Down"), or Sebastian Junger ("The Perfect Storm")... "Iron War" is what we buy books for: Excitement, entertainment, information and inspiration." -- TriSports.com"A true page-turner about a too-little-known great moment in sports." -- "Booklist "(American Library Association)"For any triathlete or endurance athlete, or anyone who wonders what it takes to be the best in sport, "Iron War" is an excellent read...Readers will come away with a very strong understanding and appreciation for two of the true legends of our sport...as well as a very clear look at the greatest race ever run." -- Triathlete.com""Iron War" really is a book that should be on your bookshelf if you have even the slightest interest in the sport of triathlon, but it also is a great read for anyone looking for inspiration in general." -- Slowtwitch.com"Fitzgerald eases readers into the nuances of the sport, capturing imaginations with a satisfying study of two exceptional athletes and what makes them tick." -- "ForeWord "magazine""Iron War" is the very first time our sport has engaged in Krakauer-style journalism, where full-featured personalities are presented to readers without excuse, or pause, or an author's self-censorship. "Iron War" is Fitzgerald's Krakauer moment." -- Slowtwitch.com""Iron War" by Matt Fitzgerald recounts the fabled Ironman world championship battle between triathlete legends Dave Scott and Mark Allen. By the end of the story, [triathletes] will feel like [they] personally know the athletes, raced side-by-side with them, and understands the amazing contribution they made to the sport." -- Active.com"In his new book "Iron War," Fitzgerald recounts in gripping detail the showdown between Mark Allen and Dave Scott. Iron War

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October 14, 1989: The day of reckoning. The six-time champion seeks to destroy his competition once and for all.But his challenger knows "he" must win the race that matters most.Driven by one of the most intense two-man rivalries in sport, Dave Scott and Mark Allen faced off at the Ironman(R) World Championship to contest a race that would redefine the limits of human endurance. Shoulder to shoulder through a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike race, and a 26.2-mile marathon, Scott and Allen battled at record pace for a grueling 139 miles. After 8 punishing hours, the margin of victory would be a mere 58 seconds."Iron War" is the soaring narrative of how two champions--one a master of pure will, the other plagued by self-doubt--drove themselves and each other to push beyond all known boundaries of physical performance in one of the most awe-inspiring races in sports history.October 14, 1989, marked the much-anticipated showdown between a pair of superhuman athletes at the height of their racing careers.Dave Scott and Mark Allen fought many battles prior to the 1989 Ironman(R) World Championship in Hawaii. Six times before, the talented challenger Allen had come up short. Scott, a primal force from the dawn of triathlon, was a power to be reckoned with--a champion who in his Ironman debut finished more than an hour ahead of his competition. Allen's record was equally spectacular, yet while he was able to win races around the world, he repeatedly failed at the one that mattered most.In the race that would become known as the Iron War, Scott and Allen raced side by side at world-record pace for a grueling 139 miles. Hordes of spectators lined the streets in the final 2.6 miles, drawn by the unfolding drama to witness one of the most extraordinary stories in the history of sports.Sports journalist Matt Fitzgerald writes a riveting epic about the lives of two legendary rivals, each possessed by an unquenchable will to succeed. Beyond its compelling race narrative, Iron War is a fascinating exploration of how Allen and Scott became such driven athletes: one who fought his inner demons to become victorious and the other who was left unable to forgive his loss.Hell-bent on achieving greatness, these two Ironman champions redefined the limits of endurance and mental toughness and forever transformed their sport.