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USA Triathlon is the national governing body for multisport in the United States. The organization serves as the sanctioning authority for more than 3,500 diverse events ranging from grassroots to national championship races across the country. At the elite level, USA Triathlon is responsible for the selection and training of teams to represent the United States in international competition, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan Am Games and Summer Olympic Games.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for any Triathlete. 8 Aug 2012
By LOUISE M. - Published on
I thought that this book was very thorough for an athlete who is looking to start training for a triathlon. It breaks the training process down nicely into segments in the beginning, including definitions of each term, for beginners, like me. That was very helpful so I didn't have to go running to my computer very 2 pages to look something up.

It had many graphs and charts to follow with examples of training plans, so that you could easily develop your own. It discussed strength training, giving examples of exercises and instructions on how to complete them. There was a comprehensive section for each specific part of training, that went in depth with the routine that is best to follow, along with many ideas and suggestions.
There were many tips included for common questions such as what to do if you get tired running, or cramps while swimming or riding.

I found these very helpful and easy to commit to memory because they were explained well.
There was an extensive section on exercise physiology, while a little confusing to the beginner, I can only imagine it would be very insightful to someone a little more advanced.

I really enjoyed the sections on fitting the triathlon training into a busy schedule, and choosing appropriate footwear and clothing. These are things that a beginner, even to an advanced triathlete can always benefit from.
Overall, I was very impressed with this book, and I am sure it will be opened and used in my house for many years to come.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have 28 May 2012
By Ryan W - Published on
Human Kinetics hit a grand slam with this book! Divided into four parts (Training, Technique, Competitive Strategy, and The Triathlon Lifestyle), the text is easy to follow and offers more than you need to get started or improve. The Training section is very thorough and offers blank templates to use, sample training plans, coaching tips, strength training advice, a recovery & overtraining section, physiology insight, and important information on tapering. The remaining parts cover the technical and tactical areas of triathlon and excellent lifestyle advice such as choosing gear, a coach, nutrition, and long-term development. This book is an excellent resource.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 10 July 2012
By Adriana Shell - Published on
I found this book to be exceptional! This book jumps right into training in the first chapter, offering goals & strategies for athletes 12 and under through adults! It stresses the importance of making goals & developing your program to fit your needs from females, youth, to beginners. There is an entire chapter on the benefits of Yoga, which I loved because other books on this topic are not as informative on all your muscles & connective tissues. This alone was a great help, & relief when done before bed & waking up. Chapter four is all about strength training, & offered photos of how to perform each exercise properly & what it was best for in a triathlon. The following chapters offer assessments, drills, pace, & information regarding atmospheric conditions & how your body will react! Informative about nutrition & injuries, a total body conditioning guide & a must have for anyone that is interested in triathlons.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for any sports fan 19 Jun 2012
By Barbara - Published on
From training and technique to competitive strategies and the Triathlon lifestyle, this book covers every aspect that the triathlon needs/wants to know. The book is a must-have resource for coaches and athletes who are serious abut learning more about the sport or for moving up in their performances.
Each chapter is written by those who have enough knowledge and expertise to write their own books, but these coaching, training and racing leaders chose to be included in this guide.. Triathletes are highly motivated individuals and can use this guide to remain focused and motivated in their goals. Listing everything that is in this guide would be a very long review. In 357 pages, more will be learned from so many experts that the book should be in the hands of anyone involved in sports training. Every aspect of biking, swimming and running is included, so the reader will be able to pick and choose, the area where more knowledge is needed.
I heartily recommend this book to those who love sports, from being a participant, a coach, or just someone who wants to know about how Triathletes develop from exhaustive training.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and helpful, though aimed at experienced athletes 18 Jun 2012
By Rachel - Published on
This is a comprehensive guide to training and competing in triathlons. It begins by covering the basics of creating a yearly training regime, then describes training strategies and technique drills, it discusses techniques to use prior to and during races, and finally discusses injuries, nutrition, choosing gear, and choosing a coach. Although this book is advertised for triathletes of all levels, it would be most helpful to experienced (or very determined) athletes or for coaches. This is not a book for beginners or for people who just want to train for triathlons simply "for fun" or to get into good shape.
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