Becoming an Ironman: First Encounters with the Ultimate Endurance Event

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A collection of personal stories about the experience of competing in one’s first Ironman triathlon. This is the ultimate test of endurance: a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run, all raced end-to-end in one grueling day—and these stories tell it straight: what to expect, how to prepare, what was rewarding, what was miserable. These stories come from men and women of all ages and abilities. Some are stories from the champions, and some from those who did not finish. Together they testify to ...

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Overview

A collection of personal stories about the experience of competing in one’s first Ironman triathlon. This is the ultimate test of endurance: a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run, all raced end-to-end in one grueling day—and these stories tell it straight: what to expect, how to prepare, what was rewarding, what was miserable. These stories come from men and women of all ages and abilities. Some are stories from the champions, and some from those who did not finish. Together they testify to all the joy and agony of the race; and they provide priceless personal advice on nutrition, equipment, clothing, mental preparation, emotional fatigue, terrain, and weather. An unforgettable ode to an extraordinary endurance sport—a book for anyone who wants to become an ironman.

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"Truly inspiring. . . . Highly recommended."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891369315
  • Publisher: Breakaway Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 540,156
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kara Douglass Thom is a writer living in Minnesota. She is also the author of "Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom"
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Introduction 11
Fun-Core Finishers
Happy Birthday to Me 17
All in the Family 27
Brotherly Love 37
Earning the Ironman Degree 45
Never Say Never Again 55
A Decade of Dreaming 65
Too Close for Comfort
The Bride Wore a Finisher's Shirt 73
Ain't No Mountain Higher 79
Angels Seen and Unseen 85
Swim to Victory 95
Dnf
Date with a Lorry 103
False Start 107
Ironman Is an Evil Mistress 111
Three Hundred and Sixty Seconds Late 115
Fast Finish
Out of Darkness 121
The Long and Short of It 127
Weighing In at Ironman 135
Party On! 141
The Aura of Alii 147
Well-Deserved Brew 153
Golden Finish
Like Son, Like Father 161
Small-Town Girl Makes Good 167
Ironvet 175
I Can
Born to Run 183
Delayed Gratification 189
I Am Ironman 195
The Making of a Hero 201
The Early Years
Heaven Is a Rainbow Snow Cone 209
Into the Mystic 217
More to Explore 223
Aging Gracefully as an Ironman 231
Around the World
Surviving 239
One of Us 247
World's Hardest Vacation 257
The Best of Times 263
A Long Workout Day 269
Twice Upon a Full Moon 277
Afterword 285
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2006

    Inspiring

    I found this book inspiring. I did not exercise a lot and this book got me off the couch. Now I am happy to say that i am fit and I have inspired my children to become more active. We are reading this in my book club.

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