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Going Long: Training for Ironman Distance Triathlons (Ultrafit Multisport Training Series) Paperback – 18 Apr 2003


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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress (18 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931382247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931382243
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 674,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An in-depth guide to succeeding at Iron-distance triathlon. Ideal for anyone looking to life his or her game to the next level." -- "Triathlete "magazine""Going Long" is a valuable read for any triathlete, not just those aiming for an Ironman(R). This is a great resource for a large audience." --"Triathlon Magazine Canada"""Going Long" targets triathletes of varying ability and Ironman(R) aspirations. If you have one shot at the Ironman and training time is at a premium, then 22 pages on strength training may not be for you. However, the 21 pages on nutrition could determine your Ironman destiny." -- "IMPACT "magazine"Gordo and Joe have a unique way of helping the long-distance athlete to recognize what's important in fitting these events into one's life...In our age of information overload they give the self-coached athletes all the tools they need to succeed." -- Scott Molina, coach and former professional triathlete"25 years of active multisport coaching has proven that Joe Friel has an unprecedented understanding of endurance sports. As a multiple triathlon world champion, I would consider Joe as one of the leading figures in triathlon coaching today. Joe's professional approach and practical understanding of sports physiology has helped many endurance athletes of all abilities reach their full athletic potential." --Simon Lessing, 5-time Triathlon World Champion"Whether you're a beginning triathlete or a seasoned pro, Joe Friel is the leading authority on triathlon training." -- Ryan Bolton, member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team"In "Going Long", Gordo Byrn and Joe Friel have combined their talents to provide a meaningful training resource for Ironman-distance racing." -- George M. Dallam, Ph.D., former USA Triathlon National Teams Coach, co-author of "Championship Triathlon Training " --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Joe Friel is one of the most recognised names in triathlon coaching and the best-selling author of The Triathlete's Training Bible, Your First Triathlon, and The Cyclist's Training Bible, and The Mountain Biker's Training Bible. His clients include professional and amateur triathletes, duathletes, road cyclists and mountain bikers. He is a certified USA Triathlon and USA Cycling Coach and holds a master's degree in exercise science. Gordon Byrn is an elite long-course triathlete and coach certified by USA Triathlon, Triathlon Australia, and the American Swim Coaches Association. One of the best-known ultra-endurance athletes in the world, he has raced Ironman competitions in Hawaii, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jun. 2004
Format: Paperback
Looking at it objectively, Ironman Triathlon is insane. 2.4miles of swimming, 112 miles of cycling and then a marathon? Tell anyone that you are going to do it, and they'll tell you you're insane. But to complete an Ironman, first you've got to have passion and dedication. They will get you to the start line, and if you are lucky you'll make it to the finish line too.
This book, written by the guru of triathlon training, is based on years of experience and presents the science and art of ironman training in a logical and easy to follow format. It covers everything: training, equipment, psychology and (most importantly) nutrition.
Most people who do Ironman don't have the luxury of a personal coach. Get this book, and you'll have Joe Friel as your personal coach. Not only will your chances of becoming an Ironman go through the roof, but you'll probably amaze yourself with your result.
For those Ironman veterans, this is an excellent source of yet more information. And it's something you'll want to keep dipping into
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Feb. 2004
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This is a great book for those people, like myself, that were slightly daunted by trying to achieve the distance. It takes you through the most important areas that a newbie should aim to achieve first to ensure a finish and then (now I'm going for my second one) how to go about moving forward to a target time. I'm also sure that for those of you looking to qualify for Hawaii it has all the right stuff in their for you too.
One of the best sections is the description of how you are likely to feel at differenct sections of the race, such as mile 60-80 on the bike etc. It allows you to, within reason, get your head around what your day is going to be like - other than long ;)
If you're willing to commit to doing an ironman then i recommend forking out £10 for this as it'll repay itself easily.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By phil on 30 Oct. 2005
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If you're thinking of doing an ironman this is an invaluable guide. It guides you through every aspect of planning, training and finishing your first (and subsequent!) ironman race. The sample training plans are very useful in giving you an idea of the volume and type of training you need to do. Importantly stresses the pointlessness/danger of doing too much running. The author also offers a "contact me" facility. I thought "yeah right", but tried it and got a prompt and useful response. Probably the best piece of kit you'll buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Jones on 10 Aug. 2006
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As someone who has competed at duathlon, and running, but not yet triathlon (weak swimmer) and is contemplating whether it would be possible to complete an ironman I found this a pretty good guide, and picked up some useful (I hope) tips. Like most books of this nature, it was a bit "dry", but it was better than many training guides I have read. I really liked the way that it focused on the important aspects, and put the swim, bike and run into perspective. Without this, I'm sure I would have approached training in a different way, probably spending too much time running (and too fast), and worrying much more about the swim. And I'm sure I would have ended up overtraining. Now I know I should put the majority of my focus into the bike, and getting in the 3 key weekly sessions. I actually feel like the training could be manageable.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Must TRI harder on 9 Oct. 2009
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I worked my way through this, it's easy to follow has all the right advice in a good style for an age grouper fearful of what they've let themselves in for. You follow the training, in my case the "Novice", fitting in as much as you can around the balance of your life. I decided not to look right through the program to see what was to come, I wanted to train in the moment. I'd read the whole book just not all through the training schedules. BIG MISTAKE - get to the key part of the program only to find that some 10 weeks of training was missing. It is a missprint because the pages run sequentially even though the training period is missing. Of course by then I'd had it for so long it couldn't be returned. By all means buy this, it's a good training companion but CHECK IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH ON RECEIPT!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Joao Maral on 10 Sept. 2003
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By far, this is the better triathlon book I ever saw, and believe me, I'm a expert reader in the matter. Because the book is written for ironman athletes, and I am also one, this book could be called "Ironman Training Bible", because is just the most complete book about the distance. Nothing that could be learn here, is a new kind of method. The authors mixed the old way of reaching the top, with new and efficient techniques. I know their work for several years now. Joe is one of the best coaches in the sport, and unlike others, he's not afraid of sharing his knowledge and studies. Gordo, in other end, is the guy that went from middle of the pack (his first Kona experience was in 1999, with an International Lottery Slot, just like me that year), to the very top of our sport (3rd place Ironman Canada 2003, and Ultraman Champion 2002), cutting about two hours to his performance in the distance, in only four years (!!). Because this is a book about all aspect of Ironman Training, you can achieve a good knowledge of what is an Ironman Way of Life, in other words, Gordos Way of Life; he, like no other, as shown (in xtri.com and gordoworld.com) us that the abilities to ironman success are simply in learning; and because he has been an avid student, as a teacher, he's the best we can get.
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