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Operation Ironman follows George Mahood's hilarious and inspiring journey from a hospital bed to an Ironman triathlon. After major back surgery, George set himself the ultimate challenge:

  • A 2.4 mile swim
  • A 112 mile bike ride
  • And a 26.2 mile run
  • All to be completed within 16 hours

He couldn't swim more than a length of front crawl, he had never ridden a proper road bike, he had not run further than 10k in 18 months...and he had never worn Lycra.

He had four months to prepare.

Could he do it?

©2015 George Mahood (P)2020 George Mahood

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What an absolute slog

For the most part I found this book very irritating and an absolute slog to get through, and not just because the narrator is annoying and can't sing, but honestly when he tries to imitate children or do any other accent that's not his own its like nails on a chalk board.

I have done the Ironman before and I know how much you have to sacrifice and how long you have to train for to even stand a hope in hell of completing it.
This guys attitude to a lot of it absolutely stank, I mean why Ironman? I admire the fact he wanted to do something physical to help with recovery from surgery but why not a standard triathlon or maybe even a half ironman at most? Most of the time, to me it came across that he appeared to be doing this for the social glamour rather than the personal achievement, this was obvious by the fact he takes the opportunity to tell everyone and anyone that he is doing it, but at the same time said he was only willing to put in 3-4 months of training, half of which he couldn't even run or ride a bike properly because he was still recovering. While I was racing and competing in lots of races over the course of a decade I saw the finisher percentage of the races I took part in radically decline as more and more people signed up to do these races and had to pull out due to
lack of training. While reading this book I couldn't help but think this guy is exactly the person I used to begrudge seeing on the start lines of races, turning up hoping to just have fun after having done little to no training. Normally I have absolutely nothing against this, especially of course if it's a beginners race, but the Ironman is an elite race, which is another reason why I thought he chose to do it to impress others rather than to help himself.

He also spends a lot of time explaining techniques and ideas he doesn't really appear to understand, so it's like listening to someone paraphrasing from someone elses book a lot. The book also contains a ton of boring conversation and a lot of filler that isn't really needed in the book, but does utilise the narrators terrible accents.

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A funny inspiring story

A funny inspiring story only let down (at times) by the narrator trying too hard. Notwithstanding the narration a funny, heartwarming and inspiring story which really does show that anything is possible. As a soon to be 1st time IM with a few weeks to go this story really put my journey into perspective. Thanks George.

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Brilliant story from start to finish!

Had to knock a star off the performance for the AWFUL scouse accent attempt!!

Need to just sign up to an Ironman now this book has definitely gave me the push I needed!

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Really Enjoyable

Great listen, I previously listened to free country again a great story. Will definitely be listening to more books by George Mahood 👌🏻.

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Good read

I can’t read so I have never read books started to listen to this found it really interesting and will be buying more and extremely inspiring book

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an inspiring hoot!

loved listening to George's story.
laughed out loud lots while on long runs! can't wait to read his other books

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Interesting story

Interesting story about a great achievement. As someone new to triathlon myself I could relate to a lot of the discoveries about the training, techniques, equipment etc. too.

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Great fun and inspiring

I enjoyed this so much more than I thought I would. My husband is training for his first Ironman and I must admit I felt for Rachel a bit. However George comes across as caring funny and intelligent. I’m glad Rachel completed her marathon and hope she may do an Ironman one day. This was well written funny and full of helpful tips.

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Great inspiration for people on the iron man journ

really enjoyed it, great humour and relatable. the guy reading it nails it. People complaining about the kids impressions are nit picking!

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Very good listen!

Loved it, am signed up for an ironman too and this was perfect for whilst training

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  • 13-05-21

I thought it was great!!

So funny and heartfelt. Loved the English accent and the English style it was written in. I'm going to check out his book about biking across the UK...or was it just England? I'll look forward to finding out.

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  • Steve Hughes
  • 20-04-21

Very entertaining audio book

I really enjoyed this book, helped to pass the time while doing my own training. Many inspiring, funny and sweet moments.

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  • HikerGirl
  • 18-03-21

Ironman goals

Pretty entertaining as I am training for a 70.3 but thinking maybe should have just gone for the full instead! Fun listen/read!

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  • Jesper Soerensen
  • 01-03-21

Brilliant

A very inspiring story that entertains and amazes throughout. Funny and brilliantly narrated as well. Highly recommended.

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  • Karen Malone
  • 29-12-20

Wonderful and inspiring!

Another great adventure told in a humble and humorous way! George makes you feel like family.