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

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

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By (author) Jacques Steinberg, Narrator Kirby Heyborne

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 163mm x 28mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 20 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1452604231
  • ISBN 13: 9781452604237
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,774,518

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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.

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Jacques Steinberg is the author of "The Gatekeepers" and a reporter for the "New York Times" covering education and the media. Kirby Heyborne, an accomplished actor, musician, and comedian, has received a number of "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and has narrated such titles as "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist" by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, "Black Swan Green" by David Mitchell, and "The Genius" by Jesse Kellerman.

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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