Iron War: Two Incredible Athletes. One Epic Rivalry. The Greatest Race of All Time Paperback – 5 Jan 2012
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'a riveting read' Loaded magazine.
'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' Triathlete.
'His account of how and why these two men were driven to push themselves through pain unimaginable to most of us remains absorbing' Independent.
'It is a great read about an amazing event and two of the best Ironman triathletes to ever race in Hawaii' Triathlete Europe.
From the Back Cover
Iron War is a fascinating psychological exploration of how two men pushed themselves, and each other, in an epic sporting rivalry that lasted the best part of a decade. Dave Scott and Mark Allen were a pair of generational talents who dominated the sport of triathlon, and their remarkable story reveals what it takes to break through the perceived physical and mental limits of endurance and pain. The battle between Scott and Allen reached its peak at the 13th Hawaii Ironman, on October 14 1989, when the pair raced side by side for eight straight hours at breakneck speed, before the eventual winner finally tore away from his long-time nemesis with less than two miles left in the 140.6-mile event. His margin of victory was a scant 58 seconds. So intense was the drama, the race came to be known as 'Iron War' - one of the most awe-inspiring sporting events ever witnessed. Iron War shows how new discoveries in neuroscience explain how some elite athletes are able to literally force their bodies to do things that should be beyond their capacities. The book weaves an examination of the anatomy of mental toughness and obsession into a gripping tale of athletic adventure. Iron Wars is a captivating, thought-provoking portrait of the human will, and the thin line between triumph and defeat.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
I think this is well worth a read if you're interested in Triathalon or not - the story is that interesting and well written.
The best bit about this book for me was the science stuff and in particular the chapter on what marks these two guys out as "more" than others. Fitzgerald talks about a guy called Sam Marcora who did a study on Exercise Fatigue and it's really insightful but explained in simple terms. Basically it's about how we can always dig that little bit deeper than we think we can and it's not the muscles telling us "no", it's the brain. I did a ten mile run shortly after reading this chapter and I was able to push myself that little bit harder and clocked a great time. Seriously, it's worth reading.
Dave is all about working harder than the next man. Mark is all about finish, aero and technology.... You can feel the pain on the guys faces as you read the words.
Breathtaking and very inspiring to anyone, especially the budding triathlete!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Big fan of this writer and this book doesn't disappoint. Matt expertly blends the story of Dave Scott and Mark Allen with the science of Ironman. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Richard Bridger
Such a passionate book to read keeps getting better as you go along and just makes you want to do the ironman and if you have makes you think about what you went throughPublished 2 months ago by clint
A very enjoyable book which tells more than the story of a race. It's basically an overview biography of two super athletes whilst also explaining where many a modern/scientific... Read morePublished 9 months ago by fedgie
An excellent book detailing the struggle of two of the worlds greatest athletes to overcome all that was thrown at them to become ironman world champion.Published 11 months ago by Richard
A detailed account of the most epic battle of endurance that is yet to be surpassed in over 20 yearsPublished 12 months ago by Andrew Dax
Engaging book, well written and an excellent story. My only small "but" is that I found it a little fawning of the, admittedly amazing, athletes.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very nice story with lots of details about this fantastic day in history of sport. All the merits to Scott and Allen!Published 19 months ago by J. FLORIANI
story of scotts and allens battles in the ironman race,it documents the race history,motivation and determination of racers looks at the gradual development of scientific training... Read morePublished 20 months ago by m. dosa