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

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The 1989 Ironman® World Championship was the greatest race ever in endurance sports. In a spectacular duel that became 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 sport, Dave Scott and Mark Allen raced shoulder to shoulder through Ironman’s 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race, and 26.2-mile marathon. After 8 punishing hours, ...

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Overview

The 1989 Ironman® World Championship was the greatest race ever in endurance sports. In a spectacular duel that became 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 sport, Dave Scott and Mark Allen raced shoulder to shoulder through Ironman’s 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.

In Iron War, sports journalist Matt Fitzgerald writes a riveting epic about how Allen and Scott drove themselves and each other toward the most awe-inspiring race in sports history. Beyond its pulse-pounding race story, Iron War is a fascinating exploration of two men possessed by an unquenchable desire to succeed—one a master of pure will, the other plagued by self-doubt.

Weaving an examination of mental toughness into a gripping tale of athletic adventure, Iron War is a soaring narrative of two champions and the showdown that forced one to master his inner demons and left the other unable to forgive his loss.

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In other sports, relentless head-to-head competitions are relatively brief, seldom lasting more than a fifteen-minute quarter or a three-minute round. In the 1989 Hawaii Ironman Race, however, those precedents were resoundingly broken. For eight solid hours, race leaders Dave Scott and Mark Allen raced side by side at a record-setting pace, each straining his own endurance to force his rival back. Then, with less than two miles left in the 140.6-mile competition, Allen pulled away, eventually winning by a scant 58 seconds. Matt Fitzgerald's Iron War recapitulates this famous race, adding immeasurable depth to that historic encounter by fleshing out the competitors and also providing fascinating neuroscience discoveries about how elite athletes can press themselves beyond their limits. Perfect Walter Mitty armchair reading.

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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 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
 
“In an exhaustively researched book, Fitzgerald recreates the famous race between Dave Scott and Mark Allen in the 1989 Ironman World Championship….[Iron War] captures the strength of character of both athletes better than any other publication to date.” — Xtri.com
 
“The real gems of [Iron War]…are the robust descriptions of the race itself: the pain and suffering, the strategy, the story arc. The telling of this story gives insight into the race far beyond what we could see on the ABC special…or on YouTube today. It’s an insight that casual fans (and perhaps even athletes themselves) don’t often get. And for that reason alone, [Iron War] was one I could not put down.” — TriMadness
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934030776
  • Publisher: VeloPress
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 989,325
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Fitzgerald, runner, triathlete, and coach, is a former editor and current contributor for Triathlete magazine. He writes articles for such national publications as Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Outside, Fitness Runner, and the Runner's World Web site, and serves as managing editor of the sports nutrition Web site, Pioneering Muscles. He is a prolific journalist and an authority on sports nutrition and endurance sports. Since 2005, he has authored 10 books, including Brain Training for Runners and The Runner's Body.

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Table of Contents

 

1 The Moment

2 A Drop Too Much

3 Get a Grip

4 Pain Community

5 You Again

6 Dig Me Beach

7 Iron Will

8 Shot out of a Cannon

9 Burning Matches

10 Vision Quest

11 Breaking Point

12 The Man’s Search for Meaning

13 Shaman Surfer

Epilogue

Notes

Photo Credits

Course Map

Iron War Timeline

Acknowledgments

About the Author 

 

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    Good book

    I really enjoyed this book as a sports fan and a triathlete.

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