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Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen & the Greatest Race Ever Runby Matt Fitzgerald
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The 1989 Ironman® World Championship was the greatest race ever in endurance sports. In a spectacular duel that became known as the Iron War, the world's two strongest athletes raced side by side at world-record pace for a grueling 139 miles.
Driven by one of the fiercest rivalries in triathlon, Dave Scott and Mark Allen raced shoulder to shoulder through the Ironman® 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race, and 26.2-mile marathon. After 8 punishing hours, both men would demolish the previous record—and cross the finish line a mere 58 seconds apart.
In his book Iron War, sports journalist Matt Fitzgerald writes a riveting epic about how Allen and Scott drove themselves and each other through the most awe-inspiring race in sports history. Iron War goes beyond the pulse-pounding race story to offer a fascinating exploration of the lives of the world’s two toughest men and their unquenchable desire to succeed.
Weaving an examination of mental resolve into a gripping tale of athletic adventure, Iron War is a soaring narrative of two champions and the paths that led to their stunning final showdown.
October 14, 1989: The day of reckoning.
The six-time champion seeks to destroy his competition once and for all.
But his challenger knows he must win the race that matters most.
Driven by one of the most intense two-man rivalries in sport, Dave Scott and Mark Allen faced off at the Ironman® World Championship to contest a race that would redefine the limits of human endurance. Shoulder to shoulder through a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike race, and a 26.2-mile marathon, Scott and Allen battled at world-record pace for a grueling 139 miles. After 8 punishing hours, the margin of victory would be a mere 59 seconds.
This is the soaring narrative of how two champions—one a master of pure will, the other plagued by self-doubt—drove themselves and each other to push beyond all known boundaries of physical performance in one of the most awe-inspiring races in sports history.
About the Author
Matt Fitzgerald is the best-selling author of 17 books on endurance sports including Racing Weight and Brain Training for Runners. He has written extensively for Outside, Men's Journal, Men's Health, Triathlete, Runner's World, Bicycling, Competitor, and countless other sports and fitness publications. Learn more about Matt at mattfitzgerald.org.
Table of Contents
1 The Moment
2 A Drop Too Much
3 Get a Grip
4 Pain Community
5 You Again
6 Dig Me Beach
7 Iron Will
8 Shot out of a Cannon
9 Burning Matches
10 Vision Quest
11 Breaking Point
12 The Man’s Search for Meaning
13 Shaman Surfer
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