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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The 1989 Ironman[registered] World Championship was the greatest race ever in endurance sports. This title explains how over the course of an eight-hour race, Dave Scott and Mark Allen pushed themselves and each other beyond the known limits of human more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 566.99g
  • Boulder, United States
  • English
  • 2 x 16-page colour photo sections with 50 photographs
  • 1934030775
  • 9781934030776
  • 138,884

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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 more

About Matt Fitzgerald

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 more

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"The 1989 Ironman World Championship is widely considered the most epic race in Ironman history, if not all of endurance sport. In his new book "Iron War," Fitzgerald recounts in gripping detail the showdown between Mark Allen and Dave Scott. "Iron War" delves into the vastly different personalities and psyches of these two iconic athletes and presents an anatomy of mental toughness that both men shared." -- "Triathlete "magazine "Dave Scott and Mark Allen had one of the greatest battles in sport history during their epic 1989 Ironman Hawaii matchup. Matt Fitzgerald captures the spirit of that duel in "Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen and the Greatest Race Ever Run." "Iron War" really 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." --"Captivating, animated, uniquely readable and downright thrilling. "Iron War" is a truly greshow more