You Are An Ironman (New York, NY: Viking, 2011) by Jacques Steinberg, New York Times reporter and author of the bestselling “The Gatekeepers,” follows the stories of six people pursuing this life-defining goal: a 2.4-mile swim (the equivalent of about 175 lengths across a typical, 25-yard community pool), followed by a 112-mile bike ride (the length of the trip from New York City to past Philadelphia), followed by a 26.2 mile (marathon) run, all in less than 17 hours.
I’ll say straight off that I didn’t really like this book. It’s really hard to figure out who the intended audience is.
- Any book that puts “The World’s Toughest Triathlon” seems really misguided. Not that an Ironman is easy, but most devotees of the sport recognize there are many tougher races. I get it, they're trying to sell books, but it is emblematic to me about the problems with this book.
- This book has a "Chicken Soup for..." vibe to it, looking to inspire through the stories more so than offer good training or nutrition advice. Maybe I’ve just read too many Ironman success stories to be moved by the characters, but this group doesn't seem that inspiring to me.
- There's a distinct feel of a dilettante in this book, with Steinberg seemingly only having a surface knowledge not just of the Ironman, but triathlon in general.
Am I wrong in this?
Did you read the book and love it?
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