When I bought You Are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World’s Toughest Triathlon by Jacques Steinberg, the cashier asked me if I’ve completed this grueling endurance event. (“One day!” I told her.)
Using the 2009 Ironman Arizona as a lens, Steinberg delves into the lives of seven age groupers (or average Joes) and “attempts to bore deep into the lives, minds and souls of these athletes” (Steinberg 6). I enjoyed following these weekend warriors in their path to 140.6 (the total mileage of an Ironman), and this book is definitely a niche read—it’s catered to those who have soft spots for swimming, biking, and/or running—so I would recommend it to a very specific reader.
As he did so masterfully in his New York Times bestseller The Gatekeepers, Jacques Steinberg creates a compelling portrait of people obsessed with…
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