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Iron War: Two Incredible Athletes. One Epic Rivalry. The Greatest Race of All Time.

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It shows true grit, competition, fierceness, determination and creates the sensation of hot lava creating heat waves around you.

It didn’t get 3 stars because the story itself, no matter how told, was worth the endurance and pain to read it to the end. This was before TT bikes, before triathlon was commercialized, back when Ironman was 25 guys on a beach in Kona. The two protagonists are interesting people and their achievements, which are related in the book, are phenomenal.Counseling through the first 10 years of my racing career had not resolved this psychological weakness. For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force—and darling—in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning.

I started reading this book without being aware of the letter Dave Scott and Mark Allen wrote, protesting the book. While Fitzgerald absolutely did not convince me this was the greatest race ever, nor even in the top ten, this is a good read for anyone who is a fan of endurance racing of any variety.Driven by one of the fiercest rivalries in triathlon, Dave Scott and Mark Allen raced shoulder to shoulder through Ironman's 2. OverviewThe classic account of an unforgettable endurance test, now updated with a new introduction. Booklist (American Library Association) "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…Readers will come away with a very strong understanding and appreciation for two of the true legends of our sport…as well as a very clear look at the greatest race ever run. After 8 punishing hours, both men would demolish the previous record - and cross the finish line a mere 58 seconds apart.

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