From Library Journal
physical fitness proponents, an Ironman triathlon seems to be the ultimate exercise in masochism. It consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike race, and a full marathon (a 26.2-mile run), all done in one day. This sport attracts only the most dedicated athletes, and it apparently provides the participants with a huge amount of satisfaction. This book is not a description of how to prepare for an Ironman triathlon but an oral history of the men and women who have participated in Ironman competitions worldwide.. Thom, contributor to Triathlete magazine, Runner's World, and the Dallas Morning News, has arranged the book according to the athletes' experience, such as first-time competitors, veterans of the early days of the sport, and, most affecting of all, physically challenged athletes. The participants' dedication and single-mindedness are truly inspiring. No matter what physical pain they endured, these athletes all say they would do it again. Highly recommended for all public and school libraries. William Scheeren, Hempfield Area H.S. Lib., Greensburg, PA
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About the Author
Kara Douglass Thom has a masters degree in journalism from Northwestern University and currently is the editor of the Dallas Medical Journal. She is a freelance writer with an interest in health and fitness topics and writes about triathlon in Triathlete magazine and on xtri.com. Her writing also has appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Runners World and Spirit magazine, among other publications.