Slowtwitch’s Review of Iron War

“The 1989 Ironman World Championship is widely considered the most epic race in Ironman history, if not all of endurance sport. 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 magazine

“Dave Scott and Mark Allen had one of the greatest battles in sport history during their epic 1989 Ironman Hawaii matchup. Matt Fitzgerald captures the spirit of that duel in Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen and the Greatest Race Ever Run. Iron War really 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.com

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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.

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Lessons of Iron War: Race Your Way

The rivalry between legendary triathletes Dave Scott and Mark Allen in the 1980s was among the most compelling rivalries in the history of sports.

It was not great only because the two men engaged in numerous epic battles at Ironman®, beginning in October 1982 (there was also a February 1982 Ironman) and culminating in the greatest race ever run, known as Iron War, in 1989. It was also great because Scott and Allen were such fascinating figures individually and such stark opposites in their personalities. That they were able to reach the same exclusive summit from opposite sides of the mountain, so to speak, is a powerful object lesson in what is essential to achieving greatness in triathlon–and what is not essential.

Read the full article “Lessons of Iron War: Do It Your Way” on Triathlete magazine’s website

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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.

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The American Library Association’s Booklist Review of Iron War

Booklist is the book review magazine of the American Library Association. Their review of Matt Fitzgerald’s new book Iron War is republished here with permission.

Iron War“There couldn’t be two more divergent individuals in a single sport than Dave Scott and Mark Allen. One is an old-school jock (Scott) for whom victory comes with hard work, constant training, and a hard-edge attitude. The other (Allen) takes a more spiritual approach, letting his body tell him what it needs and freeing his mind of all negativity. Their different approaches served both men well as triathletes. Scott became the man to beat in the biggest event of the sport, the Ironman® World Championship, and Allen became the most famous runner-up to that main event, though in all other races, he was unbeatable. Still, he played second fiddle to Scott, who was called the Man. In the Ironman match of 1989, the two raced nose-to-nose to a thrilling conclusion. Fitzgerald opens the book in the final leg of the race, but before revealing the outcome, he takes readers through the lives of these two amazing endurance athletes, their training, their mind-sets, their rivalry, their mutual respect. A true page-turner about a too-little-known great moment in sports.” — Booklist (September 1, 2011)

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.

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Lessons of Iron War: Mind Over Matter, or: How the Mind Can Change the Body

At a press conference held two days before the 1989  Ironman, a reporter asked the several top male contenders seated together behind a long table in a conference room at the Kona Surf Hotel what it would take to win the race. Everyone ducked the question—everyone except Dave Scott, six-time winner of the event.

“Eight ten,” he said.

Scott’s answered drew whistles and raised eyebrows among the journalists seated in folding chairs facing the athletes’ table. After all, Scott’s three-year-old course record was 8:28.

Two days later, Dave Scott went out and completed Ironman in 8:10—and lost to Mark Allen, who clocked an 8:09 after having gone no faster than 8:34 in six previous unsuccessful attempts to win the race.

At one point, my quest to explain Iron War brought me to Ypsilanti, Mich., where Stephen McGregor runs the exercise science laboratory at Eastern Michigan University. McGregor’s research focus is the running stride. He uses accelerometers and abstruse mathematical tools to shed light on how the strides of superior runners differ from those of lesser runners, and how the stride changes as running performance improves.

Read the full article “Lessons of Iron War: The Mind Can Change the Body” 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.

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Read the First Chapter of Matt Fitzgerald’s Iron War

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.

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Ironman® Triathlon and Its Toll on the Body

From the outside, swimming, cycling and running appear as movement. But from inside the triathlete’s body, swimming, cycling and running appear as an acceleration of time.

Blood gushes through veins and arteries like traffic through night highways in a time-lapse video. Within muscle cells, glucose and triglyceride molecules are tossed into the fiery furnace of mitochondria at a breakneck pace, as though someone has put a DVD of the process at rest on 4x fast forward. Armies of oxygen radicals punch holes in muscle cell membranes, causing a general deterioration that calls to mind those computer animations that show a person aging 20 years in 10 seconds.

Indeed, from an internal perspective, completing an Ironman is a bit like sitting on a sofa for 12 hours and aging two decades.

Read the full article “A Physiological View Of What The Human Body Goes Through In An Ironman” 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.

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In Praise of Iron War

“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.com

“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.com

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.com

“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.com

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 magazine

“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

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.

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