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Iron Dads : Managing Family, Work, and Endurance Sport Identities / Diana Tracy Cohen.

Author/Creator:
Cohen, Diana Tracy, author.
Publication:
New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, [2016]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource : 3 tables
Series:
Critical Issues in Sport and Society
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Endurance sports -- Psychological aspects.
Fathers -- Family relationships.
Fathers -- Psychology.
Triathletes -- Family relationships.
Triathletes -- Psychology.
Triathlon -- Psychological aspects.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Among the most difficult athletic events a person can attempt, the iron-distance triathlon-a 140.6 mile competition-requires an intense prerace training program. This preparation can be as much as twenty hours per week for a full year leading up to a race. In Iron Dads, Diana Tracy Cohen focuses on the pressures this extensive preparation can place on families, exploring the ways in which men with full-time jobs, one or more children, and other responsibilities fit this level of training into their lives. An accomplished triathlete as well as a trained social scientist, Cohen offers much insight into the effects of endurance-sport training on family, parenting, and the sense of self. She conducted in-depth interviews with forty-seven iron-distance competitors and three prominent men in the race industry, and analyzed triathlon blog postings made by Iron Dads. What sacrifices, Cohen asks, are required-both at home and at work-to cross the iron-distance finish line? What happens when work, family, and sport collide? Is it possible for fathers to meet their own parenting expectations while pursuing such a time-consuming regimen? With the tensions of family economics, how do you justify spending ,000 on a racing bike? At what point does sport become work? Cohen discovered that, by fostering family involvement in this all-consuming effort, Iron Dads are able to maintain a sense of themselves not only as strong, masculine competitors, but also as engaged fathers. Engagingly written and well researched, Iron Dads provides a penetrating, firsthand look at extreme endurance sports, including practical advice for aspiring racers and suggestions for making triathlons more family-friendly.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations And Definitions
1. Taking The First Step
2. Inside Triathlon Culture
3. To Tri Or Not To Try
4. The Juggling Act
5. Why Class Matters
6. Faith Meets 140.6
7. Th Rowing In The Towel
8. The Road Ahead
Appendix: Methodological Reflections
Notes
References
Index
About The Author
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 04. Sep 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780813570969
OCLC:
957465359
Publisher Number:
10.36019/9780813570969 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.