April 11, 2014
It’s a Friday Rest Day book review! Today we’re reviewing Racing Ironman Wisconsin (2010), Raymond Britt, 178 pages.
This book is written by Raymond Britt – he completed Ironman Wisconsin in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007. Observed in 2006 and 2009 as a photographer. He qualified to Kona at Ironman Wisconsin. I found it interesting that he noted he skipped 2006 due to being burned out by ironman racing – he had completed 26 Iromans between 1997 and 2006. It sounds totally reasonable with that many Ironmans, but also is another reminder not to get too obsessed with Ironman races and know when to take a break.
First, I just have to point out that this is a very low-tech book, and it looks like it wasn’t even edited that well. I use the term “book” loosely, because there’s not much writing either. It is more of a manual for the race/long race report from him. There is no history of the race, or advice for spectators, or anything like that. The advice he does give on gear, transitions, etc. was pretty basic. All very good, don’t get me wrong, but basic.
The book starts with some general information about the race, as well as some advice. He then spends the next section of the book detailing his own experiences with each Ironman race, breaking down each one into basically an elaborate race report of each one. Next, he details what it was like for him to watch the race.
The next section is the significant majority of this book, in which he goes into great detail about the bike course. This is neat, though it will probably make more sense after I’ve ridden the course. Still, a careful reading of this helped me do some visualization. In addition, he includes many pictures, which I suppose could be helpful if you’re coming from a long ways away and cannot pre-ride the course.
In this section he actually lists all of his splits, and analyzes the course in great detail including data like detail elevation, charts which may be interesting to a very competitive person but it was meaningless to me.
Overall, not sure I’d recommend this one, surprisingly. Honestly, you’d find a lot more info on his website http://runtri.com/, which I actually do recommend highly. Lots of info there, including much of what’s included in the book specifically related to Ironman Wisconsin. Check it out!