The Testimonials

“This is a very effective and informative guide for a new athlete who has the goal of completing their first Ironman.  As a 5x Ironman Champion and mother of three, I really appreciated David’s Christian perspective and how he candidly kept this perspective and balance in his life while training for this very time consuming and vigorous event. He  did a fabulous job detailing what it takes to be called an ‘Ironman’.”

Heather Gollnick
Professional Triathlete
5x Ironman Champion


“To complete an Ironman triathlon, one must strive valiantly with great enthusiasm and devotion. Within the pages of this book, you will find the humility and faith required to persevere the 140.6 miles which will change you forever. I pray you will take that risk.”

Erik Pace Birkholz
Founder of Multisport MINISTRIES


“Achieving a balance between, faith, family, vocation, and training is a challenging feat for any age group triathlete.  This book can help make the difference between becoming an ironman and becoming a divorcee.”

T. Bradley Edwards, MD
Husband, Father, Surgeon, Ironman


“As an Ironman finisher, I found this book captured the essence of Ironman.  Dave cleverly intertwines humor, spirituality, instruction and emotion to make a truly inspiring and entertaining read.  This book will have you believing that you too can become an Ironman!”

Todd Lundberg
Husband, Engineer, 2x Ironman


“A perfect inspiration for anyone who has even a kindling desire to become an Ironman. In this book, Dave uses humor and personal experiences to capture the spirits of humilty, determination, excitement and incredible grit that will leave no doubt in the mind of the reader about doing an Ironman.”

Jennifer Lundberg
Wife, Doctor, 2x Ironman


“David’s book grabs you and compels you to live out a better story with your life.”

Brian Bloye
Lead Pastor of West Ridge Church, Dallas, GA


“…an Average Joe’s Ironman experience, including useful and practical tips learned along the way that will help guide other Average Joe’s in their pursuit of an Ironman finish.”
Chris Anderson
National Director, FCA Endurance


“This book put into perspective my life and Ironman.  I became satisfied with the fact that the rest of my life is as important, and my family certainly more, than a good Ironman time.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about participating in this great event and might be doubting if they have the time or ability to do it.  We can all do it, and it feels great even at 16+ hours.

Dave’s book was inspiring for someone who is not a competitor but just wants to finish honorably, a bit older (48), and has a busy life.”
Roberto Argentina
Chef and Proprietor, Farm Artisan Foods


“I want everyone to know that had it not been for Dave Mills and his book “The Distance” I would never have even considered registering and training for an Ironman. Check out the book “The Distance.” It will inspire you to think big!”
Chris Peisher
Husband, Father, Engineer, Ironman


“Before I read David’s book The Distance, I had not entered a 5k in several years. I had never swam more than 50 yards at a time or biked more than 25 miles. Dave’s story inspired me to lace up my shoes again and train for one of the toughest single-day endurance events in the world. After a year of training, I found myself crossing the Ironman Louisville finish line.“
Ben Lesley


“Before meeting Dave and reading his book, I never would have thought that I would finish a triathlon. I would not even have known how to begin preparing for one. In his book , The Distance, Dave offers valuable advice not only about how to prepare and what to expect, but most importantly how to fit triathlon training into a busy work and family life. This book was entertaining, inspiring, and informative to me as a new triathlete. ”

Gabe Toms