Could You Complete an Ironman Triathlon? One Man Tests His Strength to Go The Distance

August  25, 2011 : Liberty University Press

Liberty University Press proudly announces the release of The Distance: An Average Joe‘s Path to Balancing Family, Work and Triathlon by David G. Mills.

Have you ever watched those crazy people on TV as they compete in an Ironman Triathlon? Have you ever wondered in the back of your mind if you could do that? What if you actually set out to answer that question? What if you did the unthinkable and actually registered for an Ironman? The Distance is the compelling true story of an average guy who sets out to answer his haunting question, “Could I complete an infamous Ironman triathlon?”

Like you, David Mills was scared of a speedo, refused to shave his legs and didn't have much time to train due to work, family and life. With a hectic job, two kids, and graduate classes at night, David learned to balance work, family and training to attempt the craziest ultra-endurance triathlon on the planet.

The Distance is not just another “how-to” book about triathlon training. It is the passionate and inspiring path for all “Average Joes” who have big dreams. It’s about how to balance those big dreams with real life. David will not only convince you that you can do it; he'll give you the practical training tips to make it a reality. It's the perfect blend of personal story and training guide. The Distance is a must for every Average Joe who hopes to cross a big finish line! It is available online at and

About the Author

David Mills grew up in North Carolina, where he spent his days playing soccer and backpacking in the Smokey Mountains. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, David was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He tried his first (and second) triathlon while stationed in San Antonio, Texas, for navigator training, but it was during his three-year assignment to Okinawa, Japan, that he truly fell in love with the sport and trained for his first Ironman. Now in the Middle East on his fourth deployment, David is currently training for his second Ironman.

Active in both his church and his community, David has a passion to do big things and to take the road less traveled. David and his wife Kerry live in Warner Robins, Ga., with their two sons Luke and Braeden. When he’s not taking his kids to ball practice or navigating jets, he pursues his passions of backpacking, reading, drinking coffee and training for the occasional triathlon.