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Iron War: Two Incredible Athletes. One Epic Rivalry. The Greatest Race of All Time.

Iron War: Two Incredible Athletes. One Epic Rivalry. The Greatest Race of All Time.

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By (author) Matt Fitzgerald

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 234mm x 38mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 5 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1780871031
  • ISBN 13: 9781780871035
  • Sales rank: 117,598

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Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2012. On October 14, 1989, driven by one of the most intense and lasting two-man rivalries in any sport, a pair of generational talents at the height of their powers ran a race that redefined human limits. The battle between Dave Scott and Mark Allen at the 13th Hawaii Ironman stands as one of the most dramatic stories in the history of athletics. The two greatest athletes of triathlon's pioneering generation raced side by side, literally, for eight straight hours at breakneck speed before Allen finally tore away from his longtime nemesis with less than two miles left in the 140.6-mile event. His margin of victory was a scant 58 seconds. So intense was the drama, the race came to be known as 'Iron War' - the single most awe-inspiring sporting event ever witnessed. More than a compelling story, Iron War is a fascinating exploration of how Scott and Allen pushed themselves and each other - and what it takes for anyone to break through perceived limits. Much as Christopher McDougall added depth to Born to Run by tying in new research on the evolutionary origins of humans as runners, Iron War shows how new discoveries in neuroscience explain how some elite athletes are able to literally will their bodies to do things that should be beyond their capacities. The book weaves an examination of the anatomy of mental toughness into a gripping tale of athletic adventure. With its emotional and intellectual depth, Iron War is a captivating and thought-provoking portrait of the human will.

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Matt Fitzgerald is the author of numerous books on sports history and endurance sports. He has enjoyed unprecedented access to professional endurance athletes over the course of his career. 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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'a riveting read' Loaded magazine. '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' Triathlete. 'His account of how and why these two men were driven to push themselves through pain unimaginable to most of us remains absorbing' Independent. 'It is a great read about an amazing event and two of the best Ironman triathletes to ever race in Hawaii' Triathlete Europe.

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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.

Table of contents

The Moment. A Drop Too Much. Get a Grip. Pain Community. You Again. Dig Me Beach. Iron Will. Shot Out of a Cannon. Burning Matches. Vision Quest. Breaking Point. The Man's Search for Meaning. Shaman Surfer. Epilogue. Notes. Photo Credits. Course Map. Iron War Timeline. Acknowledgements. About the Author.