Ironman Arizona 2011 – Ironman triathletes didn’t invite Jacques Steinberg, but he is at the 2011 Ford event in Arizona because he’s a New York Times best selling author and national education correspondent.
His book follows six weekend warriors on their one year journey to completing what many consider as the most difficult single day endurance event in the world, an Ironman triathlon.
The race consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile all under 17 hours.
“Every Ironman has a story,” Steinberg said in an interview yesterday. “In so many instances they are gripping and moving. I think the best non-fiction writing is when it reads like fiction writing, but the facts are true. I knew I didn’t want to write a memoir. I thought â€˜What if I could write something suspenseful about an Ironman?’ That’s why I chose first-time competitors — I thought it would be fun for the reader to ride along with them as they trained and then competed.”
Here’s a video of an interview with Jacques Steinberg talking about his book entitled: “You Are An Ironman.”