Sunday, February 17, 2008

From The Ring to Kona-Check Out This New Book

My good friend, author Lee Gruenfeld (husband to a world champion Ironwoman ) has a new book out and this one might be of particular interest to triathletes and other endurance sports enthusiasts. Becoming Holyfield: A Fighter's Journey is the autobiography of Evander Holyfield, which Lee wrote with history's only four-time world heavyweight champion.

Holyfield's philosophies on what it takes to become the best in the world in a grueling sport will resonate with anyone who has ever stepped foot on the starting line of an Ironman. Lee's blow-by-blow account of Holyfield's first fight for a world title is uncannily similar to tales of epic struggles out on the lava fields of Kona.

Holyfield won, but the 15-round marathon almost killed him, and what went through his mind as he fought fatigue and dehydration in addition to his opponent will seem all too familiar to veteran triathletes. And of course there are the inside stories of the legendary Tyson bouts, Don King, the 1984 Olympics and many others.

You can find more information about the book on Lee's Website, here: (And, a little insider tip: Lee took hundreds of photos while working with Holyfield. While only a handful are in the book, dozens of others are in an unreferenced section of his site here.

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