Stumbling Towards the Finish Line
The Best of Ironman Columnist Lee Gruenfeld

edited by Kevin Mackinnon


From the publisher:

"Best-selling novelist and non-fiction writer Lee Gruenfeld has been entertaining the triathlon world with hilarious essays, in-depth profiles and insightful observations for more than a decade. Now his best writings have been collected into a single volume that will let long-time fans relive their favorite pieces while introducing new readers to his unique voice. Anyone who likes sports – any sports – and great writing will love this collection of amusing, penetrating, and often totally off-the-wall observations."


About the editor:

A pro triathlete for nine years, KEVIN MACKINNON retired from pro racing three weeks after his daughter, Chelsea, was born. Two more children, Sean and Ian, followed over the next four years. Since “pretending to find a real job,” Kevin has coached numerous professional and age group triathletes, managed the Triathlon Pro Tour, worked as the communications director for Ironman Canada and Ironman North America and is currently the managing editor of He’s also the editor of Triathlon Magazine Canada and the author of two books, A Healthy Guide to Sport and A Healthy Guide to Competition. He’s also married to a world champion triathlete: His wife, Sharon, won the world sprint championship in 2008.



To every athlete who has ever toed the start line at an Ironman event (except the fat guy in the red Speedo at the 2007 World Championship in Kona; for him, there is no forgiveness)





© 2013 by Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK) Ltd.

ISBN: 978-1-78255-005-1

218 pp  US$14.95

All articles © 1992-2012 by
Steeplechase Run, Inc.

Original publication in Competitor magazne, Inside Triathlon and

Stumbling on*
Table of Contents
Read the forward by Bob Babbitt
Read a sample chapter
About the author
(back cover & list of other books)
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* To come, following official publication