If you've never seen it, link to the PDF is just below. The article in the May 14, 1979 issue of "Sports Illustrated" by then golf writer writer Barry McDermott about the second "Iron Man" competition in Hawaii, riveted the attention of those inclined to such things. For every thousand people who read the story in horror over Warren's reckless disregard for the natural limits of his body, there were two or three who breathed a soft "Wow" and started training. As you will read, it is pretty hard to find a middle ground: the event was either downright wonderful or hopelessly insane.
This is the kind of story we tell each other over a beer. It’s a triathlon classic from the wooly early days of the sport, when the world was just waking up to the notion of triathlon, and even folks in the business were learning as they went. It was on-the-job training for everyone,...Read More