January Book Club: You are an Ironman

It feels like it has been forever since I wrote a blogger book club post, but I guess it has been two months. In addition, sorry for the delay in this entry. I finished the book last Tuesday and had plans to write the post on Sunday to get it out here, but I wound up super sick on Sunday and Monday, so Tuesday is how the world works this week, I suppose.

The selection for our January blogger book club was "You are an Ironman" by Jacques Steinberg.
Now, admittedly, triathlons have not really become my thing, at least not yet, like running has been. But I am interested in endurance sports, as a general rule, so I was definitely interested in this book. So, thank you to Jamie for selecting it and getting me to choose something that wasn't just about running for once.

This book follows 6 athletes in their journeys toward their first Ironman, the Ironman Arizona. Any Ironman race has the same distances making up the 140.6 miles that it covers. A 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike, and 26.2 miles running are what you need to achieve to hear those coveted words "You are an Ironman" sometimes 16+ hours after you have started.

None of these athletes that are being tracked are elites, they are all first timers. A few of them embarked on this journey after being told by doctors that they absolutely HAD to lose weight due to high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, etc. Some were inspired watching friends, significant others, or training partners finish their own Ironman journeys. Regardless of their reasoning, they were all committed to the race, and determined to FINISH it. Finishing was the single goal.

Some of the athletes were plagued by injuries, unsure if they would make it to the start line (much less the finish line!) and one ended up deferring her race entry to the following year due to a devastating knee injury.

The book follows their personal blogs a bit, trying to keep up with them as they go through periods of self doubt, as well as trying to fit in all of the workouts that are required of them to ensure they make it to the finish line on race day. To me, that was the best part of the book. I struggle sometimes fitting in all of the mileage that I want before a marathon, and so seeing them work hard to fit in all of the running mileage plus two more sports is amazing to me!

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?


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