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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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®, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Read the First Chapter of Matt Fitzgerald’s Iron War

Download the first chapter of Iron War free! Iron 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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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