Iron Cowboy is an patience memoir within the culture of Dean Karnazes’s Ultramarathon Man—a lifetime’s worthy of intensely lived adventure packed into twenty riveting chapters written via Matt Fitzgerald, the best activities narrative writers. similar to James Lawrence’s legions of enthusiasts, readers will observe via Lawrence’s extraordinary tale the key to attaining own pursuits of all kinds.
When James Lawrence (aka the Iron Cowboy) introduced his plan to accomplish 50 Ironmans in 50 consecutive days in all 50 states, the one one who believed that he may pull it off was once James himself (and his spouse, Sunny). An Ironman contains a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile motorcycle journey, and a 26.2-mile run. In Lawrence’s case, he must entire these distances after which make it to the following country in time to do all of it all over again the following day. Even Lawrence’s trainer didn’t imagine he may possibly do it; he penciled in one other occasion the day Lawrence used to be speculated to entire the problem. yet with the help of Sunny and their 5 teenagers in tow, and with grassroots help conjured regularly on the final minute through fb, Lawrence finished precisely what he got down to do. Iron Cowboy is the tale of Lawrence’s herculean 50-day trip and the entire incredible, depressing, and life-threatening occasions that occurred alongside the best way, in addition to a look at his lifestyles top as much as the project, and successful earlier global files.
Lawrence holds international documents within the Guinness ebook of worldwide Records: one for finishing 22 half-Ironmans in a single yr (2010) and one for finishing 30 complete Ironmans in a single 12 months (2012). In 2015, he set a checklist for finishing 50 Ironman distances in 50 states in 50 days. via social media and press, Lawrence was once capable of finding fanatics in each one state—anywhere from three to 500 people—to entire a number of the Ironman along him, and supporters have been invited to hitch him for the Iron Cowboy 5k (the final 3.1 miles of James’s marathon); for his final Ironman in his domestic nation of Utah, greater than 3,500 to 4,000 humans confirmed up. alongside the way in which, Lawrence survived tropical storms, inner bleeding, hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration, nerve harm, contaminated foot blisters, a blood-clot scare, severe sleep deprivation (he in basic terms bought 4 to 5 hours of sleep every one night), and a motorcycle crash—and simply because he’s Mormon he did all of it with out espresso!