Iron War Book Reviews

Iron WarIron War is the best endurance sports book I’ve ever read.” — Joe Friel, author of The Triathlete’s Training Bible and founder of TrainingBible Coaching

“Captivating, animated, uniquely readable and downright thrilling. [Iron War] is a truly great read—and an ode to our sport with all its quirky characters and epic venues…It is absolutely comparable to Krakauer, Bowden (Blackhawk Down), or Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm)… Iron War is what we buy books for: Excitement, entertainment, information and inspiration.” — TriSports

“A true page-turner about a too-little-known great moment in sports.” — 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.” — Triathlete

Iron War really is a book that should be on your bookshelf if you have even the slightest interest in the sport of triathlon, but it also is a great read for anyone looking for inspiration in general.” — Slowtwitch

“Fitzgerald eases readers into the nuances of the sport, capturing imaginations with a satisfying study of two exceptional athletes and what makes them tick.” — ForeWord magazine

Iron War is the very first time our sport has engaged in Krakauer-style journalism, where full-featured personalities are presented to readers without excuse, or pause, or an author’s self-censorship. Iron War is Fitzgerald’s Krakauer moment.” — Slowtwitch

Iron War by Matt Fitzgerald recounts the fabled Ironman world championship battle between triathlete legends Dave Scott and Mark Allen. By the end of the story, [triathletes] will feel like [they] personally know the athletes, raced side-by-side with them, and understands the amazing contribution they made to the sport.” — Active.com

“In his new book Iron War, Fitzgerald recounts in gripping detail the showdown between Mark Allen and Dave Scott. Iron War delves into the vastly different personalities and psyches of these two iconic athletes and presents an anatomy of mental toughness that both men shared.” — Triathlete

“In an exhaustively researched book, Fitzgerald recreates the famous race between Dave Scott and Mark Allen in the 1989 Ironman® World Championship….[Iron War] captures the strength of character of both athletes better than any other publication to date.” — Xtri.com

“The real gems of [Iron War]…are the robust descriptions of the race itself: the pain and suffering, the strategy, the story arc. The telling of this story gives insight into the race far beyond what we could see on the ABC special…or on YouTube today. It’s an insight that casual fans (and perhaps even athletes themselves) don’t often get. And for that reason alone, [Iron War] was one I could not put down.” — TriMadness

Read the first chapter of Iron War free!

IIron Warron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run
Matt Fitzgerald
Hardcover with jacket, color photosections
6″ x 9″, 320 pp., $25.95, 978-1-934030-77-6
Available now in bookstores, triathlon shops, and online.

Advertisements
Posted in Triathlon History | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lessons of Iron War: Fatigue Is Voluntary

When Dave Scott and Mark Allen waded into Kailua Bay to the start line of the 13th Ironman® World Championship on October 14, 1989, the existing race record was 8:28:37, a time that Scott had established in 1986. The record for the marathon run portion of the race was 2:49:11, a mark set by the same man in the same race.

But Mark Allen won the Iron War in 8:09:15, demolishing Scott’s record by nearly 20 minutes. Scott finished second, just 58 seconds back, after having raced at his rival’s side for the first 138.9 miles of the 140.6-mile contest.

How were Dave Scott and Mark Allen able to push so far beyond the illusory limit of Dave Scott’s 8:28:37 event record in their unforgettable Iron War?

Read the complete article “Lessons of Iron War: Fatigue Is Voluntary” on Triathlete magazine’s website.

Download the first chapter of Iron War free!

IIron Warron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run
Matt Fitzgerald
Hardcover with jacket, color photosections
6″ x 9″, 320 pp., $25.95, 978-1-934030-77-6
Available now in bookstores, triathlon shops, and online.

Posted in Triathlon History | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Triathlete Magazine’s Review of Iron War

Barry Siff review of Iron War book

Barry Siff, writing for Triathlete.com, offers a review of Matt Fitzgerald’s new book Iron War. This review includes a selection of photographs from the book.

Here’s a brief passage:

“I’m not normally one for hyperbole. But, I am totally comfortable with Matt Fitzgerald’s subtitle of his new book: Iron War: The Greatest Race Ever Run I can unabashedly (and proudly) admit I have watched that race at least 30 or 40 times while spinning on my Computrainer during those cold, dark days of winter. Somehow, watching Mark and Dave—The Grip and The Man—battle for an entire day on the Lava fields … well, it just makes things a lot warmer, brighter, and inspiring.

Fitzgerald’s book captures all of it, and more. I couldn’t quite imagine how an entire book, looking at one race, could fill nearly 300 pages; yet, by going deep into the details of the race itself, the two legends’ careers and lives leading up to that amazing day in 1989, plus a little “extraneous” scientific tidbits (chapters) on endurance and training,  this is accomplished. I certainly recognize it is somewhat of a weak cliche; but, I would simply say: 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.

Read the full article “Book Review: Iron War by Matt Fitzgerald” on Triathlete.com.

Download the first chapter of Iron War free!

IIron Warron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run
Matt Fitzgerald
Hardcover with jacket, color photosections
6″ x 9″, 320 pp., $25.95, 978-1-934030-77-6
Available now in bookstores, triathlon shops, and online.

Posted in Triathlon History | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lessons of Iron War: Why Competition Brings Out the Best in Us

The duel between triathlon legends Dave Scott and Mark Allen at the 1989 Ironman® World Championship is remembered as one of the greatest races in the history of endurance sports. In that race the longtime rivals swam, biked, and ran neck and neck for eight full hours until, with 1.7 miles left in the 140.6-mile competition, Allen broke away from Scott on the last hill to claim his first Ironman victory after six failures and five losses to Scott.

The battle caused so much excitement as it unfolded that a caravan of trucks, cars, motorcycles, mopeds, and bikes that was almost a quarter-mile in length formed behind Scott and Allen as the rivals scorched the marathon side by side. Among those in the caravan was Bob Babbitt, the 38-year-old publisher of Competitor magazine, who dubbed the epic battle “Iron War” in the next issue of his publication. The name stuck.

Research in exercise science has demonstrated that human beings are able to perform at a significantly higher level in sports activities when in group situations than they can when alone. For example, in a study conducted at Arizona State University, subjects were able to lift 11 percent more weight when they conducted a maximal weightlifting test in a competitive group situation than when they were asked to perform the same test without company.

Read the full article “Lessons of Iron War: The Competition Effect” on Triathlete magazine’s website.

Download the first chapter of Iron War free!

IIron Warron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run
Matt Fitzgerald
Hardcover with jacket, color photosections
6″ x 9″, 320 pp., $25.95, 978-1-934030-77-6
Available now in bookstores, triathlon shops, and online.

Posted in Triathlon History | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A Review of Iron War from TriSports.com

TriSports.com review of Iron War

Photo courtesy TriSports.com

“Captivating, animated, uniquely readable and downright thrilling. Iron War is a truly great read—and an ode to our sport with all its quirky characters and epic venues…It is absolutely comparable to Krakauer, Bowden (Blackhawk Down), or Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm)…Controversy aside Iron War is what we buy books for: Excitement, entertainment, information and inspiration. Iron War provides those things in volumes. It is great writing, great storytelling and a good historical record…It belongs on every triathlete’s reading list.” — TriSports.com

Download the first chapter of Iron War free!

IIron Warron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run
Matt Fitzgerald
Hardcover with jacket, color photosections
6″ x 9″, 320 pp., $25.95, 978-1-934030-77-6
Available now in bookstores, triathlon shops, and online.

Posted in Triathlon History | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lessons of Ironman: Mental Training and Motivation

Voluntarily accepting the degree of suffering that Dave Scott and Mark Allen bore in their Iron War requires an exceptionally strong motivation. What motivated Scott and Allen to embrace the agony they did in their epic showdown? It certainly wasn’t money. The prize for winning the 1989 Ironman® was a meager $20,000. The second-place finisher took home $8,000.

One of my goals in researching my newly published book about Iron War was to discover what motivated Dave Scott and Mark Allen to reach so deep in that race.

Read the full article “Lessons of Iron War: He Who Wants It Most Wins” on Triathlete magazine’s website.

Download the first chapter of Iron War free!

IIron Warron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run
Matt Fitzgerald
Hardcover with jacket, color photosections
6″ x 9″, 320 pp., $25.95, 978-1-934030-77-6
Available now in bookstores, triathlon shops, and online.

Posted in Triathlon History | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Xtri.com’s “Steamy” Review of Iron War

Paul Tyler of TriEssential.com has interviewed best-selling author Matt Fitzgerald about his experience researching and writing Iron War for Xtri.com:

When I opened my copy of Iron War, the steam from the Big Island of Hawaii seemed to virtually hit me in the face. In an exhaustively researched book, Matt Fitzgerald recreates the famous race between Dave Scott and Mark Allen in the 1989 Ironman World Championship. Yes, it was an amazing race to witness. But more importantly, it was the culmination of years of hard training, hard racing, and personal investment in the creation of an entirely new sporting event. In his book, Matt captures the strength of character of both athletes better than any other publication to date. When I closed the chapter and wiped the sweat off the book, I called Matt in California and asked him about his work.

Read the complete Iron War interview at Xtri.com.

Download the first chapter of Iron War free!

IIron Warron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run
Matt Fitzgerald
Hardcover with jacket, color photosections
6″ x 9″, 320 pp., $25.95, 978-1-934030-77-6
Available now in bookstores, triathlon shops, and online.

Posted in Triathlon History | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment