Wow, it feels like it has been forever since I have written a book club post! We took the month of December off, but now we are back into the full swing of things.
While most of my readers identify as runners, it is no secret that I am a triathlete. Therefore, the book for January was Jacques Steinberg's, You Are an Ironman.
Now, I have to say that I did love this book because while I was reading it I kept visualizing the journey that Mike and I will be (are) embarking on very soon. We get to register for our first Ironman in about 7 months and I can't wait!
That said, I felt like there was something missing from the story. Often Steinberg would just pull from the triathletes' blog/training journal, which is fine but some of the details were lacking. I would have liked to "experience" more of what the potential Ironman finishers went through during their training, and the race itself.
You Are an Ironman follows six potential Ironman finishers during their training leading up to the 2009 Ironman Arizona, otherwise known as IMAZ. Each of the individuals followed in the story had his or her reason for pursuing the dream of becoming and Ironman, from overcoming cancer, proving to themselves that they could do it, losing weight, etc.
Steinberg did delve into the training that each individual went through, from open water swimming, long rides on a bike trainer, daunting long distance runs and anything in between. He also included some of the tune-up races that the men and women chronicled in the book participated in, and I had to laugh when one of the participants said to not train for a marathon and an Ironman at the same time. Maybe it's not as bad when it's a marathon and a half Ironman??
If the individuals were lucky enough to make it to race day, ie. they hadn't been plagued by injuries, Steinberg included stories from some of the participants' morning routine to what happened at the finish line.
For a race that covers a distance of 140.6 miles which is broken down into a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run, I felt that this part of the book was slightly rushed. I LOVE watching the Ironman World Championships every year and the age groupers are my favorite part, which is why I was slightly disappointed with the 2012 coverage last year.
Regardless, Steinberg's story got me slightly teary-eyed as he described the new group of Ironmen hearing Mike Reilly proclaim, "you ARE an Ironman!", for the first time. I can't wait to hear those four words.
Here are some other book club members' reviews:
Carrie at Fitness and Frozen Grapes
Now for the discussion portion:
Which of the potential Ironmen did you relate to the most? Why?
When do you first remember watching or hearing about an Ironman?
Would you ever do an Ironman or a triathlon? Why or why not?
Answer these, or discuss anything else that comes to mind, and check back to see what everyone else has to say!
Reminder: February's book is is Running on Empty by Marshall Ulrich and March's book is A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Wellington. We will discuss them February 11th and March 11th, respectively.