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