On a mission to share with others the thrill of finishing IRONMAN Switzerland, Tiffany worked with 40 female IRONMAN finishers to compile “Ironwomen”. This book contains funny, emotional & inspiring revelations from ordinary women who took on a Herculean challenge and turned their lives inside out to make it happen. Much more than tips on training, nutrition & equipment, it records in detail how the Zürich athletes overcame fears and failures, how they delighted in their strengths and success and how they all emerged as stronger, more courageous women. One Zürich participant wrote, "I do believe, that now, I can achieve anything I put my mind to."
It explores why anyone might undertake this grand challenge and in one chapter, gives the reader the chance to look deeper into her own character. The book examines the Ironwomen’s vastly different motivations: from the survey: “Almost everyone thought I was nuts when I said I wanted to do an IRONMAN; that challenged me even more,” and “I read that full distance triathletes are highly insecure, always seeking approval. I asked fellow IRONMAN triathletes, they all agreed; we are just continually striving to be better individuals.” It documents their hurdles, “I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis a few years ago and I wanted to see if I could pull off an IRONMAN,” and their coping strategies, “Don’t be scared of failing, I have learned more from my DNF’s (Did Not Finish) than my PB’s (Personal Bests.)”
The book is divided into two parts. The first part is Tiffany’s journey. It starts in Duluth, Minnesota, 25 years ago with a half marathon. Since then, Tiffany has run more than 35 half marathons, 12 marathons, 1 mountain marathon and has finished 3 half distance triathlons, (placing first in her age-group in 2015.) She has swum 3 long distance open water challenges and after IRONMAN Switzerland in 2013, completed Challenge Roth, another long distance triathlon, in 2015. She is currently training for her 13th marathon and her first ultra marathon, 50 km, in May 2018. Alongside her training and writing she has raised 4 children (26, 23, 21 & 19) and is still raising number 5(14.) Ironwomen is her second book.
The second part contains all the wisdom from the Zürich “tri-sisters.” Answering the survey questions like: "How has participating in IRONMAN Switzerland changed your life?" or "How did you keep motivated during the training period?" or "Specify any fears/obstacles you experienced during the actual race and how you over came them.” These wonderful women share a mountain of invaluable information. Their knowledge, experience and insights make fascinating reading and they generate 100's of new and entertaining tips like, "Go heavy partying and then run for two hours the next morning, this awful feeling comes close to how you will feel during the run part of an ultra distance triathlon." "Plan your finishing photo, you don't want to share your crossing-the-line-moment with anyone else, let him/her pass and then take all the glory as if you won." or " Don't worry about how heavy your bike is, lose weight instead, it is cheaper."
The information is relevant not just to a triathlete but to anyone interested in undertaking a mighty challenge. IRONWOMEN is a book about women, by women, for women.
There are 60 professional photos in the book.
On reading it one woman wrote: " I admire Tiffany hugely...I was bowled over by what she has achieved. If anyone can convey the passion for training it will be her. She writes well and you can sense her commitment and dedication fizzing off the page.“