Becoming an Ironman: First Encounters with the Ultimate Endurance Event Paperback – 1 Oct 2002
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The book is very readable and gives you lots of different insights into this amazing sport. The information is not technical but gives personal accounts of the complete build up to races through to the actual event. I particularly enjoyed reading the stories of the original iron man races when modern technology really hadn't arrived with the triatholon sport.
This book is a great read as you can either read it from cover to cover or just dip in occasionally to read another story. It either inspires you to have the guts to compete in an ironman or leaves you happy to be an armchair athlete.
Do buy if you want to be inspired and moved by some truly remarkable tales of competing in the ultimate endurance event!
Since buying this book I've competed in 2 such events myself. The book was the catalyst to make me get off the sofa, lose some weight and do some worthwhile training.There are around 50 accounts of people finishing in great times, barely finishing, suprising themselves and some failing to finish. Their stories will get you hooked and can be revisited time and time again.
Well first of all, you do learn a LOT about what it feels like to run an Ironman - the book is packed with first hand accounts of entering the race for the first time, and not just from pro athletes. There's a real mixture of stories from a wide range of people - young, old, slow, fast, disabled, pros and beginners and some who didn't finish. It talks about the training, the racing and what goes through your head before, during and after the event.
Some of it is kinda scary, when people have collapsed, or ended up with hypothermia needing 3l of saline IV after finishing but I finished the book more determined than ever to finish, thinking "if these people can do it, I can do it"
Highly recommended for anyone thinking about trying the event. I wrote a longer review on my blog at  if you want to read more!
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