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Becoming an Ironman: First Encounters with the Ultimate Endurance Event

A collection of personal stories about the experience of competing in one’s first Ironman triathlon.

Becoming an Ironman: First Encounters with the Ultimate Endurance Event (Ironman Edition)This is the ultimate test of endurance: a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run, all raced end-to-end in one grueling day—and these stories tell it straight: what to expect, how to prepare, what was rewarding, what was miserable. These stories come from men and women of all ages and abilities.

Some are stories from the champions, and some from those who did not finish. Together they testify to all the joy and agony of the race; and they provide priceless personal advice on nutrition, equipment, clothing, mental preparation, emotional fatigue, terrain, and weather.

An unforgettable ode to an extraordinary endurance sport—a book for anyone who wants to become an ironman.

First Triathlons: Personal Stories of Becoming a Triathlete

Over 40 inspirational stories told by athletes about their first triathlon experience.

PLUS: Coaching advice from the experts: Terry Laughlin, Chris Carmichael, Bart Yasso, and Dave Scott

First Triathlons: Personal Stories of Becoming a TriathleteThese inspirational stories told in the voices of athletes—of all ages and abilities—give the clearest picture of what it is like to move up to the triathlon. Whether you are a swimmer, a cyclist, a runner, or “none of the above,” you can train for a triathlon and experience the incredible joy of accomplishing this challenging multisport event.

The stories in this book cover every bit of inside knowledge you need: What was hard? What was easy? What gear do I need? What should I eat? How can I make it through the transitions quickly? How does training differ in moving up from a single sport? What are the technical and mental barriers that must be overcome? How can I train to be a better swimmer, biker, runner? What is the inner experience of doing a triathlon? How do triathlons change people’s lives?

First Triathlons covers “sprint-distance” triathlons, Olympic-distance races, and the full Ironman, for athletes of all levels who are ready for their next big challenge—to do your first, or to do them for the rest of your life.