Irondad Life, a hilarious new book about Ironman triathlon and one man’s quest to conquer Lake Placid

June 4, 2021

NEW YORK, NY— Russell Newell’s hilarious new book, IRONDAD LIFE: A Year of Bad Decisions and Questionable Motives—What I Learned on the Quest to Conquer Ironman Lake Placid, captures the absurdity, humor, pain, and audacity of what it takes to do an Ironman triathlon while juggling a busy family with young kids. Filled with laughs, tips, and inspiration, it’s a buddy story, a travelogue, and an adventure tale all in one.

 It seeks to answer the question, “Why do people race in Ironmans?” What type of person goes to bed at 9:00 p.m. and wakes up at 4:00 a.m. every day for twelve months, eliminates every fun thing to eat and drink, incurs thousands of death stares from an angry spouse, and spends a minimum of ten thousand dollars…all to put their body through a seventeen-hour torture chamber during which a potpourri of exciting, physiological wonders—dehydration, fuel supply shortages, oxidative stress, muscle damage, brain fatigue, and overheating—occur, causing the body to age by twenty years?

Russell would find out when he signed up for the second oldest Ironman in the country: Lake Placid, in the idyllic Upstate New York village nestled in the Adirondacks that twice hosted the Winter Olympics. Russell would then question his sanity and test his resolve as he attempted to finish the 2018 Ironman Lake Placid…despite almost drowning, crashing on his bike, and nearly shitting his pants eighteen times.

A critically acclaimed author, former writer for Disney|ABC Television, and six-time Ironman, Russellplunged into the world of Ironman triathlon in 2012 at Lake Placid and has explored every cutting-edge nutritional supplement and muscle recovery tool to coax his creaking body to get out of bed each morning to swim, bike, and run. He has sought every aerodynamic adjustment and equipment edge to beat his archrival, Jim Kane, in a series of races more fraught than the last ones. With a very accommodating wife, four young kids, including a baby that doesn’t like to sleep much, he’s continued to race these torturous, bank account-sucking, narcotic- level addicting affairs, while poorly trying to balance his family life. Irondad Life explores just how poorly.


Devon Brown, Senior Publicist
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