I had been training and racing for several years, picking up information from here and there. The one thing I was missing was a method for working out a detailed structure and a framework for making decisions as to on what areas to concentrate.
Then, a few years ago, I bought this book. Most books on training are aimed at people with all the time they need to train. This book takes a real work perspective and allows you to make the right decisions bearing in mind all the limiting factors, from the physical to the simple fact that most ordinary people have a limited time in which to train.
So, with the focus this book gave me, even though my time was more limited than ever, I trained to the best of my ability and resources and then a raced a handful of races in my category. Needless to say, I was placed in most races and got enough points to go up a category straight away. For this simple fact, I highly recommend this book to everyone!
Next year, I am going to try Triathlon.. needless to say, I am buying Joel's triathlon training bible too!