Yo Swim, Bike, Run gang,
I find it helpful to surround myself with triathlon books and magazines, a bit of motivational reading and I’m ready to get out the door and hammer! The web is full of valuable info but it can’t compare to a fresh copy of “Lava” magazine in my hands. I love the full color way the action is captured… without the click of a mouse, and it looks good on the coffee table!
As for books, I just read Matt Fitzgerald’s book “Iron War”, a tome on the 1989 epic dual in Kona between Dave Scott and Mark Allen. I’ll give it a 7 out of 10 … I enjoyed the account of the race and loved being taken back to the birth of the sport and its early heroes. On the downside, I found the book to be choppy, jumping back and forth between the race and interviews and explanations from experts in the fields of Sociology and exercise physiology, trying to explain the extreme effort being put forth by Dave and Mark. My feeling is that Matt is reaching a bit to give us insight into what makes these incredible athletes tick, trying to add to his gripping account that of this amazing race, but taking a bit away from it by doing so. That said, I say read it, It’s one heck of a race!
Swim, Bike and Run forever,
Randy Step – Head Goat, obsessed runner, closet triathlete