Iron War Dave Scott Mark Allen the Greatest Race Ever Run The Ironman World Championship was the greatest race ever In a spectacular duel that become known as the Iron War the world s two strongest athletes raced side by side at world record pace for a

  • Title: Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, & the Greatest Race Ever Run
  • Author: Matt Fitzgerald Bob Babbitt
  • ISBN: 9781934030776
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The 1989 Ironman World Championship was the greatest race ever In a spectacular duel that become 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 bThe 1989 Ironman World Championship was the greatest race ever In a spectacular duel that become 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 just 58 seconds apart The race would redefine the limits of human endurance and the role of mental toughness in sports In his new 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.

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    1. I started reading this book without being aware of the letter Dave Scott and Mark Allen wrote, protesting the book. I read it anyway; I generally don't allow peer pressure to sway my decision as to whether or not to read a book. Isn't reading a study in critical thinking? Anyway, I digress. I enjoyed some parts of the book more than others; especially for its insights on mental toughness and training. But I had mixed feelings, especially regarding the author and his comments about the Hoyt racin [...]

    2. Given the subject matter, this could have been an excellent book. Unfortunately, the author's writing style includes so many awkward, cliched phrases and wacky sports metaphors that the story of this epic race is reduced to a confusing tale of two flawed characters. The author indicates that he is a fan of both Dave Scott and Mark Allen in the epilogue and acknowledgments, but here's what they had to say after reading the pre-pub copy:An Open Letter From Dave Scott and Mark Allen

    3. Great book with a lot of endurance insight. The book details an amazing race with two of the greatest athletes in our generation. The book drags a bit, but the information is quite powerful.A must read for any endurance athlete, and all triatheletes.

    4. This WAS a pretty epic race! Well told. Interesting digressions on how you can scientifically measure who can run through suffering the most. Average person quits when their mind says "you're exhausted." Iron-persons run way past that till their muscles are literally incapable of continuing. You can tell the difference by measuring "control entropy" which is how spastic their gait is. If truly spent w muscles giving out, gait becomes counter intuitively MORE regular (think when you get a cramp a [...]

    5. A fascinating story about two endurance athletes with very different backgrounds, personalities, habits, attitudes, and training methods, who nevertheless end up winning the Iron Man competition six times apiece and beating each other in the process.It's a very human story. The warts and imperfections are neither glossed over nor omitted.I agree with the author's conclusion: you cannot read a book, study the the training methods of the experts and replicate them and one day expect to find yourse [...]

    6. Horrible. I loved Secret Race (about doping in the cycling world) and I hoped this book would be fascinating too. It was horrible. It was filled with fluffy, repetitive text. He really didn't need 336 pages. 10 would do. I couldn't finish it. To make things worse, I listened to this book on Audible. The narrator sounded like a really bad jr high actor --- forced, over-acted, and unnatural.Avoid this book. Read Secret Race instead.

    7. Excellent book on the historic Ironman race between Mark Allen & Dave Scott in Kona. Unlike most race stories, this one has a pattern of a few chapters about the athletes followed by a chapter on the science of racing and suffering. Both are interesting, but the race story was more compelling for me. Still, it was a unique way to tell the story. This book has generated some controversy but I personally think both Dave Scott & Mark Allen look very good throughout the story.

    8. Thrillingly inspirational! You can almost hear their breaths and feel their pain. Matt Fitzgerald has tried to capture the solution to the question of why human beings are willing to suffer. Does enduring inhuman pain create a sense of achievement? What makes triathletes tick? What makes the best of them hang on when their bodies are on the verge of collapse? To anyone interested in endurance sports, this is an excellent motivational read.

    9. A great account of the best race ever run, interspersed with exercise physiology with respect to just "how" these men were physically and me tally capable of performing such feats. an informative and inspirational read. it has re-kindled my love for triathlon!

    10. EnthrallingBeautifully written and recounted. You feel like you're right there in the middle of the 1989 Iron War. Every triathlete or endurance junkie should read this book. Inspiring.

    11. Read this having completed Ironman UK this year but not knowing much of the history of the event or this race in particular.Superb page turner. A must for anyone with an interest in the subject matter or super human sporting achievement in general.

    12. Iron War tells the tale of two endurance athletes, David Scott and Mark Allen, who compete for the title of the 13th Hawaii Ironman in 1989. David and Mark are portrayed as quite different characters throughout the book. David is a firm believer of the ‘hard work will get you there’ mentality but a struggler of what seems to be bouts of ‘darkness’ (depression?). He appears more charismatic than his counterpart, Mark, who is more a spiritual soul and a survivor of a ‘tough’ upbringing [...]

    13. As a person who has been racing triathlons since the mid 80s, this was an incredibly fun nostalgic trip back to the "golden era" of the Ironman pioneers. In a time before the internet/social media/24 hour news cycle where we get immediate data, I enjoyed reading about the most iconic race in Iron-lore. I remember waiting for what seemed like forever to finally catch the race coverage months after the event. I remember waiting to read any news account of the race well after it was over. I'm aware [...]

    14. Before purchasing this book I'd advise all to read this firstlavamagazine/kona/an-open-And then make up your mind (unfortunately I didn't have the benefit of knowing about the above and only discovered the open letter mid read)Therefore I could only give this book a 3 star. Dave Scott, Mark Allen, The Iron War, the Sport of Triathlon deserves better but this is the highest I can possibly give this book.To his credit the author produced a big read of nearly 400 pages, I learnt lots about the Iron [...]

    15. This is the 31st book in my U.S. history series. It’s fitting for me because I love books about physical accomplishment, pushing bounds, and great competitions. The Dave Scott and Mark Allen competition is perhaps the greatest one in world history let alone the history of Ironman and U.S. history. If you know nothing of this story, it is about the 1989 Ironman and how these two super athletes stayed neck-in-neck until the last 2 miles (and with this distance of an Ironman that is a truly rare [...]

    16. I must say right off the bat that I am not training for anything. I'm not even an athlete. I've never even heard of Dave Scott & Mark Allen before reading this book. So why did I read the book? Well, because my husband is training for his first full Ironman in Kona later this year. (He won a coveted lottery spot. :) These 2 men are phenomenal athletes, the best of the best. Allen has won most other world triathlons but never Ironman World Championship. His toughest opponent is 6 time IM worl [...]

    17. An incredible story of human struggle, elite athletic prowess, willpower over pain and suffering, and individual achievement. It is also a story that may never again repeat itself due to the unique attributes of the athletes in question and the period in which their competition occurred - the early years of Ironman Triathlon. I greatly enjoyed the personal stories of Dave Scott and Mark Allen who were my early sports icons and who inspired me in the 80s and 90s to take on triathlons as a hobby. [...]

    18. For any athlete open to being inspired by the performances of great athletes, this is a book to read. Two of the greatest ever full distance triathletes dueled for years at Ironman Kona, but there was one race in 1989 which was so challenging, where they were so closely matched, where so much persistence in the face of intense suffering was experienced, that the race came to be iconic. The duels were so arduous that they came to be known as The Iron Wars. This book dives into Dave Scott and Mark [...]

    19. This book was amazing. Hands down. I had no idea who these people were before I was given this book for Christmas. My girlfriend's brother is very big into Ironman races and she knows that this year I was dabbling in sprint triathlons decided to get me a book. This book has totally warped my brain. After reading how hard these guys pushed themselves, how fast they swam, biked, and ran, and how much suffering they inflicted upon themselves; I find myself thinking"I wonder if I could last as long [...]

    20. Iron War is easily the best triathlon book I've read and one of the best sports books in general. Being a triathlete who entered the sport well after this race, it was nice to get some background and history on a sport I participate in. However, the personalities of Mark and Dave (which are well developed, creating rounded characters by Matt Fitzgerald) and the amazing performance they put together in October 1989 makes a great read that anyone can enjoy.Fitzgerald balances the book well by swit [...]

    21. Very motivating. I am probably one of the few people who read who didn't know who was the actual winner of the race and instead of googling it once I started reading I decided to keep reading (listening) and see what happened. Interesting stories and backgrounds were built in and the anticipation began to grow and just as I was getting to the point of frustration the race finish was described. It is unfortunate that most of those who will read this story will already know the winner, because Mat [...]

    22. I love the sport of triathlon and am training for my first Ironman. I loved this book. I'm not sure if it would appeal to someone outside the sport but if you want to read a real story about the human will and overcoming obstacles, I don't think you can do better than this book. I found it one of those stories you don't want to read to quickly because you'll miss it when is over but at the same time you don't want it to end. Fortunately, it doesn't ever seem to end.I would have given this 5-star [...]

    23. This is an incredible story of human struggle, elite athletic prowess, suffering, and individual achievement. Although I often recommend it to friends as a great triathlon book, I can only give it 3 stars. I enjoyed the personal stories of Dave Scott and Mark Allen who I already knew were greats of the sport. I finished the book respecting these elite athletes on the one hand for their discipline and courage, but pitying them for their inability to manage their actions and emotions better. Then [...]

    24. What an exciting read! The stories of Dave Scott and Mark Allen unfold beautifully throughout the text and are interspersed with historical information about triathlon as a budding sport in its early years. The author seamlessly educates readers about sports physiology, nutrition, training, and mental focus while introducing Scott and Allen as athletes and human beings.I struggled about giving the book five stars because it does have one major flaw it is clearly written in favor of Allen and por [...]

    25. Sheer brilliance. The book is anchored two miles from the finish of Ironman 1989: it opens there, and continually returns to that moment. That moment is present tense; everything else (even later events) are past. From setting the scene, there's a chapter each for Dave Scott and Mark Allen before Ironman, one for their Ironman years leading up, then one for the 1989 swim, one for the bike, one for the run: so time gradually stretches out as we approach the moment of them pounding side-by-side on [...]

    26. I don't read a lot of sports books, but I'm glad I read this one. The build-up to the 1989 Ironman, the Iron War, was gripping. I learned a lot about the development of triathlon as a sport. The differing training styles and motivators of Dave Scott and Mark Allen were interesting to delve into. I appreciated the inclusion of some of the scientific research into the physiology and psychology of endurance athletes. Fitzgerald's description about the Hoyt father/son racing team made me question th [...]

    27. An excellent story of the heroes & heroics of triathlon, BUTWhile the writing is generally very good, and the story exceptional, Mark and Dave's letter of protest (see link in Jennifer's review) definitely make me reconsider the validity of the author's work. As grippingly told, exhaustively researched non-fiction, this would rate 4 stars. As a well-written story that blends solid research with shaky speculation, 3 stars seems more appropriate.If you liked this, check out Born To Run by Chri [...]

    28. Review of the Audiobook.I wanted to like this book. It has all the elements that I like - a topic that interests me, a gripping sports rivalry, and tales of physical endurance.However, the interesting story is almost lost in the poor writingD for audiobook listeners :The audio version has a terrible reader. I listened to the book on a faster speed in some parts in a desperate attempt to improve the slow, over-enunciated speech patterns of the reader.I think I might look for another book about tr [...]

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