Dig Me Beach: A Chapter from Iron War

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The week before the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii is known as "Kona Week," and it is a tense time for the athletes racing. In this chapter from Iron War, Mark Allen and Dave Scott make their final preparations and race predictions.

Read the First Chapter from Iron War: The Moment

It is one minute before three o’clock on the afternoon of October 14, 1989, and something is about to happen. Read the first chapter of Matt Fitzgerald's Iron War.

17 Hours to Glory: Peter Reid

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Peter Reid has had moments of remarkable fragility. While the hardworking, iron-willed competitor saw himself making up for average talents with an unrelenting work ethic that made him the best bet to win Ironman Hawaii from 1998 to 2005, Reid often found his toughest opponent was his own body.

17 Hours to Glory: Paula Newby-Fraser

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The greatest Ironman triathlete of all time is Paula Newby-Fraser. In this chapter, Paula shares the story of her rise, fall, and return to the Ironman World Championships in Kona.

17 Hours to Glory: Thomas Hellriegel

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Thomas Hellriegel accomplished what no German had done before him: He won Ironman Hawaii in 1997. In the buildup to that victory, his legendary appetite for training likely pushed him to cover more miles than any triathlete before or since. And on that long road he lost two heroic duels that prompted two of the greatest wins in the race’s history before his iron persistence rewarded him for his battles with disappointment, illness, and sacrifice.

Iron War Photo Gallery

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An image gallery of some of the photographs from the 1989 Ironman World Championships featured in Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen and the Greatest Race Ever Run.

Iron War Book Reviews

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Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run has received more praise than perhaps any other triathlon history book.

Lessons of Iron War: Fatigue Is Voluntary

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?

Triathlete Magazine’s Review of Iron War

"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.“

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

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.

Lessons of Ironman: Mental Training and Motivation

What motivated Scott and Allen to embrace the agony they did in their epic showdown?

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.

Slowtwitch’s Review of Iron War

"Iron War is 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

Lessons of Iron War: Race Your Way

The Iron War was great because Scott and Allen were such fascinating figures individually and such stark opposites in their personalities.

The American Library Association’s Booklist Review of Iron War

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A true page-turner about a too-little-known great moment in sports.

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

How did Dave Scott and Mark Allen both complete Ironman Kona in under 8:10? Mind over matter.

Joe Friel Loves Iron War

"This is the best endurance-sport book I’ve read since Born to Run and Duel in the Sun."

“Inspiration and motivation on every page,” a book review by Simon Freeman

"Iron War has had such a huge impact on me, that I intend to explore some of the main themes in the book in more detail,"

Barry Siff Reviews Iron War for Triathlete.com

"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."

Lessons of Iron War: He Who Wants It Most Wins

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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.

Lessons of Iron War: Do It Your Way

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Dave Scott and Mark Allen had very different personalities before their Iron War showdown.

What Ironman® Does to the Body

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

TriSports.com Reviews Iron War!

"Captivating, animated, uniquely readable and downright thrilling."

Lessons of Iron War: The Competition Effect

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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.

Lessons of Iron War: The Mind Can Change the Body

Dave Scott illuminates how expectations can determine your performance.

Video from The Moment at the 1989 Ironman World Championship Race

Mark Allen finally pulls away from Dave Scott at the 1989 Ironman World Championships, winning the Iron War.

Slowtwitch.com and Triathlete magazine love Iron War!

Slowtwitch offers its book review of Iron War.

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